2017 Top Online Schools for Educational Leadership

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Evaluating Online Educational Leadership Degrees

Online graduate degrees can be a godsend for working teachers and administrators. However, you may discover that schools offering 100% online degrees will expect you to provide proof of field experience. Look for programs that have:

  • Regional accreditation
  • CAEP/NCATE/TEAC accreditation
  • Courses that meet all state licensing criteria
  • Same faculty teaching online and on-campus
  • Strong “brick and mortar” reputation (e.g. high university rankings, good research funding, dedicated educational research centers, history of being a teaching school, etc.)
  • Internship opportunities
  • Top U.S. News & World Report Online program rankings
  • High retention and graduate placement rates
  • Distance learning support services

School Rankings

1

Lamar University

Students accepted to the Master of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership program at Lamar University have the option of completing the program entirely online or through a combination of online and on-campus courses. Online classes follow five-week schedules with a week off between classes. On-campus classes for the hybrid option take place one weekend each month during the fall and spring semesters, and two weekends each month during the summer term. The online and hybrid Ed.D. programs can each be completed in eight semesters and begin in the spring semester. Applicants must have professional experience in the field of educational leadership to be considered for admission. Acceptable work backgrounds can be P-16 schools, community-based organizations, or human services agencies.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 94.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

14,895 Students

2

Liberty University

There are two graduate-level programs in educational leadership that are currently offered online at Liberty University - Education Specialist (Ed.S) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D). The Ed.S. program consists of 30 credits, 24 of which must be earned at Liberty University. There is no residency requirement for students pursuing the non-licensure program. In addition to the 15-credit educational leadership cognate, students must complete core courses in the foundations of education (9 credits) and research and evaluation (6 credits). The completion of a capstone course in the final semester is a requirement for graduation. The Ed.D. program is comprised of 60 credits and includes coursework in organizational analysis and problem solving for educators, culture and educational leadership, college and university administration, and conflict resolution.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

3

Concordia University-Chicago

Students admitted to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership program at Concordia University Chicago have the option of earning the degree online or on campus. The program consists of 61-67 credits and offers a researcher track and a practitioner track. Students are prepared for district-wide leadership and administrative responsibilities in public or private educational settings. The curriculum includes the required core courses for the educational leadership specialization, as well as foundations/philosophy coursework and classes in research and statistics specifically designed for each track of study. The courses required for the Superintendent Endorsement of the State of Illinois are included in the curriculum. Students must complete an internship experience, pass a comprehensive exam, and write a dissertation in order to graduate.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

4

Gardner-Webb University

The fully online Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree at Gardner-Webb University is a 42-credit program that can be completed in six semesters. Applicants must hold a master's degree from an accredited university and have a minimum of three years of administrative experience. The completion of a final project is a requirement for the degree, as well as for North Carolina licensure. A Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership is also available online. Applicants must have the same qualifications required for the Ed.S. program, in addition to holding a valid School Administration-Principal license. The Ed.D. program consists of 63 credits. The university offers an Add-On Licensure for Executive Leadership certificate that consists of 24 credits and can be completed in five semesters.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

5

Nova Southeastern University

The Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University offers an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in educational leadership that can be pursued online. The 36-credit program includes coursework in topics such as ethical school leadership, technology for educational leaders, standards-based curriculum and assessment, organizational management of schools, and educational budgeting and finance. The university also offers an online Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) degree with a specialization in educational leadership. Both programs are approved in Florida to provide add-on certifications for licensed teachers and to offer courses that are aligned with the educational leadership requirements of the Florida Department of Education. Degree candidates must complete an administrative internship for a minimum of 300 contact hours under the supervision of an administrator.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

6

Arkansas State University

Arkansas State University offers an online Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership degree with five areas of emphasis: superintendency, principalship, special education, curriculum director, and gifted and talented director. There is also an online Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership degree available. The 36-credit program can be completed in just 20 months. The curriculum includes coursework in diverse topics in educational leadership today such as ethical leadership, school law, school and community relations, curriculum management, and supervision and evaluation of teaching. Non-resident students seeking an Arkansas teaching license are required to enroll in the Seminar in Arkansas Studies course. A certificate in educational leadership is available for state-credentialed educators who wish to qualify for the Building-Level Administrator license (principal's license).

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

7

Texas A & M University-Commerce

Texas A & M University Commerce offers a fully online Master of Education in Educational Administration degree with an option for principal certification. The 30-credit hour program includes coursework in the following: leading effective schools, using evaluation and data to improve learning, and facilitating learning for diverse student populations. The university also offers an online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in educational administration. The program has an emphasis in K-12 public school administration and follows a cohort model of education. The Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership program is offered 50 percent online and consists of 90 semester hours. Students are required to have a minor comprised of 30 semester hours in a field outside their major field of study.

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

12,111 Students

8

Concordia University-Portland

The online Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree at Concordia University Portland is designed for experienced education leaders in both K-12 and higher education fields. The program equips students with the skills to design, implement, and assess school-based instructional initiatives in a variety of educational settings. Students must complete 27 credits from the educational leadership core, which includes coursework in contemporary educational thought, school and community partnerships, and educational research. Most classes are five weeks in length. The completion of one of the following is required for the degree: action research, thesis, or practitioner inquiry. Although the M.Ed. program does not lead to state certification or licensure, completed coursework may be applied towards the renewal of a teaching license.

9

National University

The Sanford College of Education at National University offers a Master of Science in Higher Education degree that can be pursued online. Students must complete at least 45 quarter hours (10 courses) in order to earn the degree. The curriculum includes coursework in topics such as student services and enrollment management, higher education research, policy and accountability, community development in higher education, and strategic planning and analysis. A thesis is required to graduate from the program. The university also offers an online Master of Science in Educational Administration program. Students can complete the program with or without a preliminary credential option in administrative services. The program also consists of 10 courses and includes coursework in curriculum leadership, instructional leadership, and organizational/systems leadership.

10

Western Governors University

The online Master of Science degree in educational leadership at Western Governors University adheres to a competency-based learning model that allows students to advance in the program on the basis of their existing skills and knowledge. The curriculum is based on the standards of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium and the principles of the Baldridge National Quality Program's Education Criteria for Performance Excellence. Courses are measured in terms of competency units (CU), which is the university's equivalent of the credit hour. Students must enroll in a total of 40 CUs to earn the degree. The program is designed to be completed in four six-month terms. The completion of an integrated practicum and capstone experience is a requirement for graduation.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

11

University of Southern California

The Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California offers a Master of Education in School Leadership degree that can be pursued online. The program is designed for experienced educational professionals who wish to take on administrative roles in the academic field. The program follows a cohort model of education, with new cohorts beginning in the fall and spring of each year. No more than 25 students are admitted in each cohort. The curriculum includes coursework in topics such as data-driven leadership for schools, supervising instruction for optimal learning, leading with community and culture in context, and entrepreneurial school leadership. Students must complete field work experience for two terms conducted at their school site in order to earn the degree.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

12

Canisius College

Canisius College offers a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Supervision degree that can be pursued entirely online. The program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Applicants must already hold a valid teacher certification to be considered for admission to the MS program. Students have the option of selecting one of the following areas of concentration: emerging issues in educational leadership, educational technologies and emerging media, athletics administration, and instructional leadership. The curriculum includes coursework in school law, supervision for the improvement of instruction, school personnel administration, and instructional program design. Students must complete a minimum of 35 credits and an education administration internship experience in order to graduate from the program.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 94.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

4,181 Students

13

Colorado State University-Fort Collins

Colorado State University offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Human Resource Studies degree with a specialization in higher education leadership that can be completed partially online. Students are required to attend an on-campus orientation. The program consists of 60 credits, of which 50 percent must come from the higher education administrative curriculum and 50 percent from research coursework. The degree can be earned in five years. The university also offers a fully online Master of Science degree in student affairs in higher education. The 45-credit program can be completed in three years. The curriculum includes courses such as the following: Ethical and Practical Issues in Student Affairs, College Opportunity Program Models, and Trends, Issues, and Assessment in Higher Education.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee

14

Saint Leo University

The School of Education and Social Science at St. Leo University offers a Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree that can be completed entirely online. Applicants must hold Florida K-12 teacher certification and be able to fulfill the practicum requirement within the state. The program is approved by the Florida Department of Education and maintains a roster of coursework that reflects the eight major content areas of the Florida Educational Leadership core curriculum. Students must satisfactorily complete 36 credits to earn the M.Ed. degree, which includes an educational leadership practicum course. The curriculum includes coursework in school management, values and ethics in school leadership, curriculum for special populations, data driven instructional decisions, and building school and community relations.

15

Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University offers an online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership degree that is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). There are three emphasis areas currently available: school leadership, principal K-12, and community college and higher education. Students who complete the principal K-12 program will be recommended for state certification as a K-12 principal. All the required courses for the community college and higher education program are available asynchronously and there are multiple start dates for the program throughout the year. The school leadership degree prepares students without building or district certification for K-12 educational leadership positions. All work for the M.Ed. degree must be completed within six years of a student's initial matriculation.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 92.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

27,705 Students

16

University of the Cumberlands

The University of the Cumberlands offers a fully online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership degree that can be completed in less than three years. The 60-credit program consists of 27 credits of administrative leadership coursework, 18 credits in the student's area of specialization, and 15 credits of professional research courses. There are currently six fields of specialization available: business, education, English, history, mathematics, and psychology. The university also offers an online Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Leadership program. The program includes courses in curriculum and culture, professional research, and administration. Students have the option of selecting an area of concentration from the following: student personnel, religion, psychology, mathematics, information security systems, history, health sciences, English, education, criminal justice, and business.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

17

Ball State University

Ball State University offers a Master of Arts in Education (MAE) degree with a concentration in educational administration that can be completed entirely online. The program prepares students for a K-12 administration and supervision license in Indiana. Students typically earn their MAE degree in 18-20 months. The 36-credit program includes coursework in topics such as school law, supervision of instruction, educational finance and ethics, human resource development, and educational decision making. The university also offers a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Administration and Supervision degree that is available partly online. The program fulfills the licensing requirements for school superintendent in Indiana. The Ed.D. degree consists of 90 semester hours, 48 of which must be completed satisfactorily at Ball State University.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 94.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

20,655 Students

18

Eastern Michigan University

The Master of Arts (MA) in Educational Leadership, K-12 Administration degree offered at Eastern Michigan University can be completed online. The program has been approved by the state to offer a roster of courses that meet the academic requirements for the building level principal license in Michigan. Students work with their advisors to craft an individualized plan of study that culminates in the MA degree as well the administrative certification. The program consists of 35 graduate credit hours, 29 of which must come from basic concentration courses and 6 from supportive coursework. Some of the basic concentration courses include the following: Educational Leadership in a Pluralistic Society, Leadership for School Improvement, and Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues of Administration.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

19

Drexel University

Drexel University offers an online Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Management degree that follows a cohort model of education. Students can complete the 60-credit program in three years following a part-time plan of study. There are nine areas of concentration currently available: special education leadership, learning techniques, human resource development, higher education, global and international education, creativity and innovation, educational administration, athletic administration, and educational policy. The concentration in educational administration is offered with Pennsylvania Superintendent Certification. Drexel also offers a Master of Science in Educational Administration degree that can be pursued with our without principal certification. Although the program is available online, students must attend two orientation sessions, leadership seminars, and several campus events each year.

20

George Washington University

George Washington University offers an online Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership and Administration degree that is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The program is comprised of 30 credit hours and designed for working education professionals with master's degrees. A Graduate Certificate in Educational Leader and Administration program is also available online and can be completed in just one year. Students who earn the certificate fulfill the educational requirements for the principal or administrator licensure in the District of Columbia. The program includes two internship opportunities, both of which must be completed in order to graduate from the program. The university also offers an online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration degree.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

21

University of New England

The Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree offered at the University of New England is available 100 percent online and can be completed in just under two years. Students accepted to the program can choose educational leadership as their area of concentration. The 30-credit program is comprised of five core courses from the general curriculum and five electives from the student's area of concentration. The educational leadership courses are aligned with the national standards established by the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (formerly the ISLLC). There is also a fully online Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership degree available. The program can be completed in three years and follows the cohort model of education. Two cohorts are admitted each year.

22

George Mason University

George Mason University offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in educational leadership that can be pursued completely online. The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The 30-credit degree is comprised of 24 credits of educational leadership courses and 6 credits of general M.Ed. coursework. Students proceed through the program as a cohort and follow a pre-determined sequence of classes. The M.Ed. program offers a concentration in Mathematics Specialist Leader (K-8) that can be pursued partially online (50 percent). Students who complete the program are eligible to apply for state licensure as a K-8 mathematics specialist in the State of Virginia. The university also offers a fully online 24-credit Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 95.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

33,729 Students

23

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The University of Nebraska Lincoln offers an online Master of Arts in Education Administration degree with a concentration in higher education administration. Students accepted to the program follow a pre-determined schedule of courses on topics such as law and higher education, administrative theory, higher education environments, and foundations of research and methods of inquiry in higher education administration. The degree consists of 36 credits and has a non-thesis option. There are two doctoral degrees in educational administration available online - Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.). The Ph.D. program follows a hybrid or blended delivery system, while the Ed.D. degree can be completed entirely online. Online classes follow the regular semester and summer session schedule of the university.

Accreditation: Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee

CAG Score 95.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

25,006 Students

24

The University of Texas at Arlington

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies degree at the University of Texas Arlington is available online and can be completed in 18 months. This is a non-thesis principal certification program that follows the standards established by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC). Students must complete 36 credit hours that includes a capstone internship that fulfills the comprehensive examination requirements of the degree. The curriculum includes coursework in educational governance, political and legal aspects of education, curriculum design, implementation, and evaluation, principalship, and resource management in education. The M.Ed. curriculum fulfills the educational requirements of the Standard Texas Principal Certificate. The university's education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 95.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

39,740 Students

25

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The online Master of Science in Administrative Leadership degree offered by the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee has three areas of concentration: adult and continuing education leadership, educational administration and supervision, and higher education administration. Students in the adult and continuing educational leadership program can focus on human resource and workforce development or instructional design, educational technology, and online support services. The educational administration and supervision option offers a program of study that leads to the MS degree and/or principal and director of instruction dual licensure. This is a fully online, two-year course of study designed for working licensed teachers. The higher education administration program includes coursework in topics such as college student personnel administration and strategic planning and budgeting in adult education.

26

The University of West Florida

The online Master of Education in Educational Leadership Certification degree available at the University of West Florida is comprised of 33 credits and can be completed in 18 months. There are six start dates available each year. The program covers the 10 Florida Principal Leadership Standards and related competencies. Applicants without current professional teacher certification in Florida must meet additional requirements in order to be admitted to the program. Students who complete the program are qualified to take the Florida Educational Leadership Exam (FELE). The curriculum includes coursework on human relations and communication in education, curriculum development, and school improvement theory and practice. Each course is eight weeks in length, except for the course on principalship, which is 16 weeks long.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 94.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

12,602 Students

27

The University of Scranton

The University of Scranton offers an online Master of Science in Educational Administration degree that can be completed in as little as 18 months. Students enroll in 13 classes that make up a total of 39 credit hours. The credit hours are broken down as follows: 24 credits from the educational administration core, 12 credits from the foundation course requirements, and a 3-credit research course. The curriculum includes coursework in school finance, literacy and diversity, principles and practices of supervision, and curriculum theory and development. Students must complete two 150-hour practicums - one in an elementary school setting and another in a secondary school environment. Students have the option of requesting a faculty site visit to verify their practicum performance.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee

28

Montclair State University

The fully online Master of Arts (MA) in Educational Leadership degree at Montclair State University is a 36-credit hour program that can be completed in two years. Each course is eight weeks in length and offered asynchronously. Students can select the fast track option that allows them to earn the MA degree in addition to principal and supervisor certifications in 14 months. This option combines online and hybrid classes and follows a cohort model of education. The curriculum includes coursework in differentiated supervision, effective leadership in a diverse society, and education law. Students who plan to apply for the New Jersey principal and superintendent certification upon graduation must complete the following two courses - Internship in School Leadership and Fieldwork in District Leadership.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

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Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan University offers an online Master of Education in School Administration degree that is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The program consists of a total of 33 credit hours and meets the standards established by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) as well as the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) for building-level administrator. Students must enroll in 15 credit hours of core foundation classes and 18 credit hours of school administration courses. The curriculum includes coursework in professional, ethical, and legal leadership, organizational, operational and resource management, and instructional leadership through effective management of human capital. Graduates of the program will have satisfied the academic requirements for the Indiana building-level administrator's license.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

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McKendree University

McKendree University offers an online Master of Arts in Education degree with a concentration in higher education administrative services. The program consists of 36 credits made up of 12 three-credit courses. All courses are eight weeks in length. Students can earn the degree in two years by taking one course every eight-week session. The program can be completed in 14 months if students opt to follow an accelerated pace by taking two courses each eight-week session. The curriculum includes coursework in areas such as student development and services in the modern campus, strategies of financial management, issues in student access, and power and influence in higher education. Students are required to complete a capstone group project to graduate from the program.

CAG Score 93.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

3,131 Students

31

Concordia University-Wisconsin

Concordia University offers a Master of Science in Education Leadership degree that can be pursued online. The program prepares students for administrative and leadership roles in the educational field by offering a comprehensive curriculum. Students acquire the skills and knowledge needed for personnel and resource development, sustaining a positive learning environment, fund raising, and implementing and evaluating school policies. The program is comprised of 32 credits and includes coursework that cover topics such as professional learning communities in a pluralistic society, curriculum development and instructional supervision, organizational theory in educational settings, and current issues and emerging trends in principalship. The online MS program is available through Concordia University in Ann Arbor, therefore, the curriculum is aligned with Michigan state standards.

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University of Cincinnati

Students accepted to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership program available at the University of Cincinnati are not required to make any on-campus visits since the degree can be pursued entirely online. The program consists of 30 graduate-level credits and can be earned in five semesters (21 months). Each course is about 14 weeks in length and students typically enroll in two courses per semester. The curriculum includes a course in Principal Clinical Internship, as well as coursework in the following areas: leadership for social justice, human resources administration in education, school and community partnerships, and curriculum development and data analysis. Students who complete the program and are seeking Ohio principal licensure must pass a Praxis Series Exam.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

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Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Southwestern Oklahoma State University has a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Administration degree that can be pursued online. Courses are delivered synchronously via webinars. Students and instructors meet at a pre-determined time online at least once a week, providing ample opportunity for discussion and instruction. Applicants are required to have at least two years of professional classroom teaching experience and hold a valid Oklahoma teaching certificate to be considered for admission. The program is comprised of 36 credits and includes coursework in the following: fundamentals of curriculum planning, educational leadership psychology, supervision of instruction, public school finance, and school personnel administration. Students must complete a graduate capstone experience during their final semester in order to graduate from the program.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 95.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

4,994 Students

34

Stony Brook University

The Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration degree at Stony Brook University is available entirely online. The program consists of 36 credits, 15 credits of which must be taken from the core requirements for the degree. Students can take the remaining 21 credits from a cluster of electives that support their academic and professional goals. The university also offers an 18-credit Advanced Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration entirely online. The following courses are required for the certificate: Foundations of Higher Education Administration, Survey of College Student Development Theory, Leadership in Higher Education, and Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. There is a post-master's certification program available online that prepares students for certification at the school district and school building levels.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 95.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

24,607 Students

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University of St Francis

The online Master of Science in Education/Educational Leadership program offered at the University of St. Francis has two areas of concentration: principal preparation (36 credits, leading to P-12 Principal Endorsement) and teacher leader (30 credits, leading to Teacher Leader Endorsement). Both programs follow a cohort model of education. All students must complete the required core courses common to both programs before enrolling in classes in their selected area of emphasis. There is a Doctor of Education/Educational Leadership degree that is available partially online. There are two concentration areas: stewardship, leadership, and learning, and superintendent certification. The available courses for both programs are based on the standards established by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC).

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 94.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

3,762 Students

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The University of Texas at Tyler

The University of Texas Tyler offers a Master of Education in Educational Administration degree that can be completed online. The program has a principal certification concentration and accepts Texas residents only. Applicants must be a state-certified teacher, with professional teaching experience in a public, private, or charter Pk-12 school environment. The 30-credit hour curriculum is structured along four study blocks: introduction to educational administration, curriculum and instruction, special populations and functions, and the principalship. The program does not require students to write a thesis in order to earn the degree. Instead, students develop a research project at the beginning of the program, which they conduct in their own school. The culminating experience is a written research report summarizing their findings.

Accreditation: Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee

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University of West Alabama

The online Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Instructional Leadership at the University of West Alabama is designed for students with a current Class A Professional Leadership or Educator Certificate in Instructional Leadership. Applicants with Class A leadership designations (as instructional leader, principal, superintendent, etc.) may also be considered for admission. Students complete a minimum of 30 credit hours to earn the degree, 12 credit hours of which must be comprised of professional courses with the remaining 18 credit hours consisting of instructional support coursework. The curriculum includes courses on school reform models in elementary schools, innovative practices in a P-12 setting, and advanced educational research. There is also a Master of Education in Instructional Leadership program that leads to Alabama Class A certification.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 93.3

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

3,989 Students

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Jacksonville State University

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree at Jacksonville State University is a 30-hour program that can be completed online. The Ed.S. program of study leads to a Class AA Instructional Leadership Certificate in addition to the specialist degree. Applicants must already have a Master of Science in Education (MSE) degree or certification in instructional leadership to be considered for admission. Students enroll in a total of 10 classes, which cover topics such as measurement and evaluation in education, curriculum development, planning and managing facilities and programs, and personnel development. The university offers an MSE in Instructional Leadership degree that can also be pursued online. This is a 36-credit degree that leads to the MSE degree and a Class A Instructional Leadership Certificate.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

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University of Northern Colorado

The University of Northern Colorado offers an online principal licensure program that allows students to simultaneously work towards a Master of Arts (MA) or an Educational Specialist (EdS) degree in educational leadership. The program consists of at least 27 semester hours. Students with a Colorado principal's license can apply for admission to the online Administrator Licensure: District Level Leadership program. The degree requires an additional 15 semester hours beyond the principal licensure program. The administrator licensure can be pursued at the same time as an EdS or EdD (Doctor of Education) degree. There is an online Educational Leadership and Special Education Administration: Dual Licensure Degree program that leads to principal licensure, an MA or EdS degree, and a special education director license.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 93.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

12,050 Students

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California University of Pennsylvania

An online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership degree with a concentration in educational studies is offered online by the California University of Pennsylvania. The curriculum includes coursework in instructional design, current technologies in education, and inclusive classroom strategy. There is also an online M.Ed. Administrative Program for Principals that fulfills the academic requirements for K-12 school principal certification in Pennsylvania. The program is comprised of 30 graduate-level credits. Applicants who already have a related master's degree in education can complete only the school principal certification requirements, which consists of 24 credits. The M.Ed. Administrative Program for Principals follows a cohort model of education and includes coursework in curriculum leadership, school law and ethics, instructional strategies, and school community relations.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 93.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

7,978 Students

41

Concordia University-Saint Paul

Students accepted to the Master of Arts in Education program with a concentration in educational leadership at Concordia University St. Paul have the option of earning the degree online. Each course included in the 30-credit program is seven weeks in length. Students complete one three-credit course every seven weeks, allowing them to graduate from the program in two years. Although there are no face-to-face meetings required, online students must attend a one-hour synchronous audio-visual chat every week. The MA program follows a cohort model of education. Students enroll in a pre-determined course sequence that includes courses in the following: Supervision and Improvement of Instruction, Educational Research and Applications, Legal and Ethical Issues in Education, and Human Resources and Diversity.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

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Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Edinboro University offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership degree that can be completed online. The program is made up of 30 credits or 10 graduate-level courses and prepares students for leadership and administrative roles on the classroom, school, and district levels. Students enroll in classes that cover essential topics in the educational leadership field today, such as technology standards for educational leaders, school and community relations, instructional leadership, and dynamics and processes of change. The M.Ed. program fulfills the academic requirements for K-12 Principal Certification in Pennsylvania, as well as for the Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility. Students must satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination in the final semester of the program in order to earn the degree.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

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North Carolina State University at Raleigh

The Master of School Administration (MSA) degree at North Carolina State University is an online program that is open only to North Carolina educators. Applicants must be employed in a K-12 school in the state and have three years of professional teaching experience. The program consists of 42 graduate-level credits, 24 of which come from the completion of eight three-credit courses, with the remaining 18 credits coming from a one year full-time, building-level internship. The MSA program leads to principalship licensure. The curriculum includes coursework in school-based budgeting, ethics in educational decision making, school law, and principles of educational administration. There is also a Doctor of Education in Adult and Community College Education degree that combines face-to-face instruction with online classes.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The University of North Carolina Greensboro offers a Specialist in Education in Educational Leadership degree that follows a hybrid delivery system. The program is comprised of 33 semester hours and meets the educational requirements of the North Carolina Level II (Advanced Principal) and Superintendent Licensure. Applicants must have a Master of School Administrator degree or principal licensure. The curriculum consists of coursework in four major areas: administration and leadership (21 hours), curricular and instructional leadership (3-6 hours), school and cultural foundations (3-6 hours), and research (3 hours). The university offers a Post Master's Certificate in Urban School Leadership and Administration program that is available entirely online. Students must complete 27 credits hours and a field-based practicum experience to earn the degree.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 95.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

18,647 Students

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Mississippi College

McKendree University offers an online Master of Arts in Education degree with a concentration in higher education administrative services. The program consists of 36 credits made up of 12 three-credit courses. All courses are eight weeks in length. Students can earn the degree in two years by taking one course every eight-week session. The program can be completed in 14 months if students opt to follow an accelerated pace by taking two courses each eight-week session. The curriculum includes coursework in areas such as student development and services in the modern campus, strategies of financial management, issues in student access, and power and influence in higher education. Students are required to complete a capstone group project to graduate from the program.

Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

CAG Score 92.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

4,984 Students

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Central Michigan University

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership program at Central Michigan University is offered predominantly online. Students are required to attend only four face-to-face meetings during summer at pre-set dates determined a year in advance. The program consists of 63 credits and has TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council) accreditation. There are currently four areas of concentration available: K-12 leadership, higher education leadership, K-12 curriculum, and educational technology. The university also offers a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership degree that can be completed online. The program is comprised of 30 credits and has the following areas of emphasis: charter school leadership, rural education leadership, supervision, and virtual education leadership. Completion of the degree qualifies students for the Michigan Administrator Certificate.

Accreditation: Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee

CAG Score 94.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

26,879 Students

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