Master of Education: Educational Leadership

The Master of Education: Educational Leadership, delivered 100% online, allows students who already hold a baccalaureate license to gain master licensure while providing an individualized approach to enhance educator’s leadership abilities.

Public education today dictates the need for a new type of school leader – an executive instead of an administrator. No longer are school and district leaders just managing operations, they must be able to create learning organizations that can grow and change quickly to improve performance. The Master of Educational Leadership degree prepares educators who aspire to become school or district leaders.  Students will designate their desired NCDPI approved licensure area:  Principal, Exceptional Children’s Program Administrator, or Curriculum Instructional Specialist. The 33-hour online MEd degree consists of courses in educational leadership, human resources and finance, technology, curriculum and instruction, and law and ethics followed by two, 16 week internships under the direction of a mentor and a university supervisor.  The internship experience will be tailored to each student’s desired licensure area. The mission of the program is to prepare innovative, collaborative, effective, and reflective educational leaders who can develop school and district environments that ensure equitable and quality learning opportunities and continual program improvement.

Scholarships worth up to $5000 total over the course of the program are available for qualifying students.  These scholarships will be applied on a per credit basis as a qualifying student advances through the program.

Key Program Features

The MEd in Educational Leadership Program Learning Outcomes are aligned to the North Carolina Standards for School Executives. The North Carolina Standards for School Executives focuses on building a culture of disciplined thought and action that is rooted in the ability to build relationships among all stakeholders to build trust and create a transparent environment that reduces all stakeholders’ sense of vulnerability as they address the challenges for transformational change.

Program Details

  • Our instructors have been school leaders (school superintendents, principals, school district directors, etc.) and share their real-world experience with students.
  • The cohort structure of the program generates collegiality and creates a professional network of support for years to come.

The MEd in Educational Leadership is compliant with the North Carolina State Board of Education policies and has been approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

MEd students will be eligible for a Level M license and employment for school and district administrative roles according to their chosen track (Principal, Curriculum Specialist, Exceptional Children Program Administrator).

Candidates will complete two 16 week internships under the direction of a mentor and a university supervisor.  The internship experience will be tailored to each student’s desired licensure area and career path.

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Level A Teaching License and three years of successful teaching experience
  • Three letters of recommendation from an individual who can attest to the candidate’s academic ability and/or leadership potential.  Physical signature required.
  • Writing Requirement
    • Letter format using 12 point font (e.g. Times New Roman).
    • Double spaced text and addressed to the Division of Education
    • Essay length: 2-3 pages
    • The letter of application must include your personal definition of educational leadership and a description of your career goals and interests in pursuing graduate study.
  • GRE or GMAT are not required

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Graduate Degree Sheets
  • Principal (K-12)
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Exceptional Children Program Administrator