Accelerated MEd in Leadership in Higher Education

Master of Education
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Education professionals who want to attain higher positions of leadership in education, such as higher education specialists and managers, need to have a strong knowledgebase of the ins-and-outs of higher education with an emphasis on applying their knowledge and skills to make a difference in the field. This includes everything from the history of higher education and traditional and contemporary models and theories, to related legal and financial issues, and even curriculum development.

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 Higher Education

Course Schedule for Accelerated MEd

Foundation Courses - 15 credit 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.


Research Leadership for Learning Communities

In this course, students will explore current and future leadership strategies and current trends and issues. Students will also analyze their own and others’ paradigms and leadership styles, and determine best practices to promote positive social change. Topics include: change theory, change agents, and leadership in learning organizations.


Adult Learning Strategies to Improve Organizational Efficacy

In this course, students will gain a knowledge base of professional strategies to use in the organization and administration of adult learning experiences. Students will identify the differences between traditional and adult learners and evaluate factors that facilitate adult learning. In addition, students will understand how strategies applied based on adult learning theory ultimately improve organizational effectiveness.


Intercultural Communication

In this course, students will examine communication theory, cultural history, cultural identity, worldviews, and values. Topics include: intercultural communication, stereotypes, nonverbal communication, workplace communication, cultural structure, and diversity.


Technology and a Vision for the Future

In this course, students evaluate strategies to become agents of change in the field of technology and learning. Students will be introduced grant writing, management of a technology budget, leadership strategies within an organization, software for multimedia authoring, concept mapping, and office productivity. Additionally, instructional use of hardware tools such as digital cameras, PDAs, and investigative probes will be investigated.

Specialization Courses - 12 credit hours

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The Organization of Higher Education

This Master's level course provides an introduction to the classical theories, traditional models, and contemporary readings regarding approaches and structures relative to organizational governance in higher education. Topical areas to be covered include organizational theory, governance models, campus climate, institutional change, and diversity.


Topics in Higher Education

This course explores areas of interest in higher education. Often these areas are new topics of special interest to higher education. At times, areas of higher education that are receiving attention nationally will be highlighted through this course. Students will work with faculty to create a self-directed study plan on a topic appropriate for master's-level study.


Financial Issues in Higher Education

This course will provide students with an overview of financial issues applicable to higher education in the United States. Students will engage a broad foundation of theory, practice, research, and policy of higher education economics. Topics will include societal investment in higher education, methods of finance, costs of higher education, and budgeting concepts.


Leadership in Higher Education

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the nuances of higher education leadership and theory. Emphasis will be given to the practical application of higher education leadership theories in the academic and administrative roles of an institution of higher education.

Required Capstone Course - 3 credit hours

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ED6002 / ED6002-8

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.