Educational Leadership

Master of Education
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Education at all levels is ever-changing, but the need for qualified leadership never does. NCU’s master’s degree in Educational Leadership specialization will help you acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to assess current K-12 education trends and address these ever-changing conditions in and outside of the classroom. With the guidance of your mentoring professors, you will explore educational reform from a current and historical perspective, and develop the skills that can help you guide and transform education as you evaluate the needs of diverse student populations and work to improve educational outcomes. As an Educational Leadership graduate, you are positioned to pursue leadership roles in your current educational environment. An accelerated approach to this specialization is also available.

Certification and Licensing

The School of Education serves educational leaders by providing online graduate studies in education to reach worldwide populations. The MEd program is designed to reach national and international markets and does not purport to provide licensure or certification in any particular state or country. Certification requirements vary by state. Students are advised to contact their state department of education or local school district for guidance in obtaining certification or licensure, or for approval in fulfilling district level incentive programs.

There are several reasons why an educator would want to pursue a graduate degree in education that does not lead to state licensing or certification.

Reasons may include:

  • "Move up" steps on the salary schedule.
  • Improve skills and professionalism in general or to pursue a ”leadership” position outside the classroom (school-based or district level).
  • Advance as a ”teacher leader” through a graduate degree (already has a bachelor's degree and certification).
  • Meet the needs of increasingly diverse students.
  • Work in a traditional K-12 classroom environment (trainer, educational consultant, etc).

Completion Period for Master's Degrees

Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master's programs. Normal time to complete varies depending upon the rate courses are taken and credits transferred.

See below for specialization courses specific to this program. To learn more, fill out the request information form below or view the course catalog.

Course Code


Course Description


Teaching Diverse students

In this course, students will address the nature of cultural diversity, its sources, and its importance to educators. Students will understand how to adapt instructions to the needs of diverse students, taking into consideration epistemological and axiological perspectives unique to each culture. Topics include: multicultural education, diversity, cultural diversity, the achievement gap, and strategies for diverse learners.


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.


Leading and Developing Human Capital

This Master’s level course will provide students with opportunities to research, practice problem solving and leadership skills as applied to human resource issues. Course activities include evaluating ISLLC standards, developing organizational culture, approaches to decision-making, planning and development, mentoring, and human resource policies and procedures.


Leadership in Educational Organizations

This Master's level course is about effective leadership in educational organizations. It is particularly relevant for practicing school administrators, those who desire to become administrators, and classroom teachers who recognize the importance of leadership to positively impact schooling in our nation. Students pursuing a specialization in Educational Leadership are advised to take this as their first course of study.


School Finance

In this course students will develop an understanding of and practical experience with the major concepts and tools in school finance. Students will explore 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.


School Organization

In this course, students will be introduced to organizational theories, systems, and concepts of leadership as they pertain to schools and related educational settings. An exploration of philosophical and practical trends and issues pertaining to the organization and management of schools will provide students with insight into the inherent conflicts surrounding what is best for students as they prepare to enact transformative leadership in globally-focused twenty-first century schools.


School Safety

In this course, students will be introduced to a set of standards that educators can use to evaluate their school’s safety plan and procedures. The course also addresses several theoretical perspectives through which students can come to understand school safety. Topics include: positive cultures and climates, emergency/crisis management plans, bullying, safety partnerships, and strategic safety planning.


Instructional Supervision and Leadership

The purpose of this course is to examine the theoretical framework and practical applications of instructional leadership within the economic, social, political, and educational context of schooling. This course proposes a concept of supervision and leadership designed to help educational leaders build a repertoire of approaches and strategies that will enhance professional growth while showing the importance of sensitivity to individual needs. Emphasis is placed upon the student gaining a clear understanding of the interrelatedness among supervision and leadership, instruction, and assessment.


Education for Social Change

In this course, students will focus on the dynamic relationships between education and a variety of social, institutional, economic, and cultural change issues. Students evaluate how broader events and trends affect the structure and purpose of educational systems. Topics include ethnicity and race, socioeconomic status, gender, children with exceptionalities, religion, the achievement gap, and cultural norms.


Policy and Politics in the Administration of Education

Students enrolled in this course will explore the latest in research in the politics and policies in education. Special emphasis is placed on governance, curriculum and standards, accountability, community relations, finance, and school choice. Students will address topics in this class such as how to interact with business leaders, local institutions of higher education, boards of education and community leaders, parents, and other stakeholders. Internal and external issues such as relationships with colleagues and team members will also be explored.


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.

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.

Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

 The Northcentral University Master of Education Program, which is designed to prepare professional educators to become effective leaders, reflective practitioners and successful communicators within the diverse field of education, centering on improving teaching, learning, research and leadership contributions throughout PK-12 Education, is granted Initial Accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for a period of five years, from June 24, 2013 – June 24, 2018.This accreditation certifies that the forenamed professional education program has provided evidence that the program adheres to TEAC’s quality principles. To view the Summary of the Case that has been posted on the TEAC website (