Accelerated MEd in Educational Leadership

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K-12 leaders must possess the knowledge to assess current education trends and address the ever-changing conditions of education today. This specialization focuses on a variety of values and practices in modern education, and provides a historical perspective from which to guide educational reform, evaluate the needs of diverse student populations, and improve educational outcomes. 

Please note: This is not a certification-granting program and will not prepare students to become K-12 principals.

If you’re ready for the challenge, we’re ready to support you through it.

In our one-year MEd track, you should expect to devote 30 - 35 hours per week to your program. You will be required to organize your time more efficiently than ever before and overcome challenges to meet stringent deadlines. In this program, it will also be important to maintain frequent communication with your faculty mentor, academic advisor, employer, and even family members whose support and feedback will be so critical to your success in this accelerated track.

Completion Period

The accelerated MEd allows completion in 52 weeks.

Course Schedule for Accelerated MEd with a Specialization in Leadership in Educational Leadership

Accelerated MEd in Educational Leadership Course Schedule

Foundation Courses - 15 hours

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Foundations of Graduate Study

This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue a Master's degree in Education. Graduate level skills, such as academic integrity, time management, effective use of the Northcentral Library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and APA form and style in professional communication are also introduced. Students will complete the course with a better understanding of personal goals, strengths, and challenges, and a roadmap to navigate their way to completion of their educational aspirations.


Education Policy and Practices

This Master’s level course focuses on research and theory in developing effective schools. Topics include: aligning contemporary educational practice with Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards, collaboration, communication, decision-making, and conflict management. Current educational trends will be addressed to promote the establishment of effective educational climates for teaching and learning.


Contemporary Issues

This course examines the major contemporary issues impacting education. Students evaluate the issues, attempt solutions, and develop personal professional positions. In a broader context, the education profession is affected by numerous and diverse issues that are highly political, emotional, and complex. It is imperative that students understand the issues; the effects the issues have on the profession, as well as formulating a personal response to the issues.


School Community Relations

This course introduces educators to essential competencies and considerations needed to build and sustain positive, productive relationships with members of school communities and the external communities in which schools reside. Emphasis is placed on the development of effective communication policies and practices to instill public confidence in community schools, improve school quality, and improve student learning.


Multicultural Relationships

The effects of cultural diversity on organizational behavior in an educational environment are complex and powerful. In this course students explore the definition of diversity and the role of schools in achieving a more diverse society. Students also examine perspectives on race, language, culture, gender, and disability in educational settings from a perspective of educational leadership.

Specialization Courses - 15 credit hours

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School Based Leadership

In this course, students are provided the leadership concepts and skills needed to be dynamic, innovative, and adaptive school leaders. One of the major roles of school leaders is to cultivate the development of a culture that promotes student-centered schools. In a student-centered school, there is a shared responsibility of leadership among the entire school staff that fosters the creation of authentic learning communities. This course offers students the opportunity to explore the authentic learning communities from a shared – school based leadership perspective.


School Law

Students will investigate the impact of school law on the rights of students and educators as guaranteed by the Constitution and its amendments. This investigation will include state and federal statutory and regulatory provisions as well as tort and contract liability as they influence education.


School Finance

This course will provide students with an understanding of and practical experience with the major concepts and tools in school finance. The course will cover the three distinct components of education finance: (1) evaluating revenue sources, including school aid; (2) developing and defending budgets; and (3) managing the finances and business operations of a school district. The objective is to provide students with an understanding of the general principles of education finance that can be applied in any setting.


Supervision of Curriculum

This course provides students with the skills and knowledge required to design and manage curricula resources and delivery to ensure congruence among the written, taught, and tested curricula. The course also provides students with the skills and knowledge required to examine, review, evaluate and select consistent and equitable instructional programs, materials, and products that support student achievement and institutional goals.


Action Research Capstone

This graduate course emphasizes practical research skills utilized by education practitioners. Students will develop an action research project based on the scientific method and concepts presented in ED6001. The culminating product will reflect critical thinking, graduate level writing skills, and correct APA format. This course is open only to students pursuing the Master of Education.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s MEd costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $628
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $1,884
  • Program cost: $19,190
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about our students, it’s that they are motivated and ambitious—but they are also busy! At Northcentral University, we’ve designed our education experience to work with you, not against you, so you can achieve your academic goals without sacrificing the quality, flexibility and support you need to be successful.

To learn more, request information or call 1-866-776-0331 to speak with an enrollment advisor today. We offer new courses every Monday of the year so you can get started when it’s best for you.