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Master of Education in Educational Leadership

The skills you need to lead the classroom and beyond

A career in education often starts in the classroom, but, for many, it doesn’t end there. For those who want to influence the future of education, including impacting policy, preparing to take on a leadership role is critical. Our Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree program helps you gain the skills and knowledge you’ll need to lead the way.

Helping professional educators grow

Our comprehensive program is for applicants with a bachelor’s degree, current teaching credentials, and three years of teaching experience. It aligns with traits specific to the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), including data-driven decision-making and evidence-based educational practice. It’s an ideal option for those with a teaching background who want to prepare for leadership roles within an educational institution.

As a student, you’ll explore vital topics for today’s educational professional, including disciplinary theories, managing curricular resources, fundamental skills for administrative leadership and education policy for school leaders. We also cover school law, an essential area of understanding for education authorities. Additionally, we will look at managing school finances, including ethics, revenue and expenditures, and demonstrating financial accountability.

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program is offered online, allowing you to fit continuing education into your busy schedule. You’ll enjoy access to online learning tools designed to support your growth and weekly start dates so you can get started right away. You’ll also have the personal attention you need to succeed, thanks to our unique one-to-one learning model.

Earn Your Human Resource Degree Completely Online

At Northcentral University, you can complete your Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resource Management program online when it fits into your schedule. We also have no GRE/GMAT requirements, no residency requirements, no group projects, and weekly start dates. This provides flexibility you need to continue your education without putting your career on hold. Additionally, we have a unique one-to-one learning model that offers you the personal guidance, attention, and support you need to succeed.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply quality standards to enhance instructional rigor and instructional strategies fostering student learning and development and augment teacher professional development
  • Analyze the aspects of professional capacity and resource needs for a quality professional learning community promoting an effective and efficient learning environment for all teachers, staff, and students
  • Facilitate effective educational leadership vision and integrity through strategic planning involving data-driven decision-making and evidence-based practice
  • Select strategies to cultivate an inclusive and supporting learning environment to enhance accessibility, community collaboration, and student success
  • Synthesize current educational research and theory within educational evidence-based practice for ongoing school improvement

Career Potential*


  • Principal
  • Assistant principal
  • Superintendent
  • Teaching faculty member
  • Adjunct faculty member
  • Instructor
  • Academic advisor
  • Student service manager or director
  • Program coordinator
  • Managers

Work Settings

  • K-12 schools (public and private)
  • Colleges and universities (higher education)
  • Federal and state education agencies
  • Private sector (as an education consultant)

*Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond completing this degree program. Many roles may also require state licensure, and it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all licensure requirements are met.

SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at (Report viewed: 4/12/2022).

DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.

Master of Education in Educational Leadership Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 30 Credit Hours
Courses: 10 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 15 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size: One