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Master of Education in Educational Leadership

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The Master of Education in Educational Leadership offers theoretical and practical knowledge of school leadership. The degree program includes a Principal Track and an Instructional Leader Track. Students residing in Missouri are eligible to pursue Initial Principal Certification with the Principal Track. The Principal Track of the Master of Education in Educational Leadership does not guarantee a student initial principal certification. Students who reside outside of Missouri and plan to enroll in the principal track are responsible for verifying that the program meets requirements for licensure as principal in their state.

Online disclaimer: Students who reside outside of Missouri and plan to enroll in the Principal Track are responsible for verifying that the program meets requirements for licensure as a principal in their state.

Alabama disclaimer: 'Educator Preparation programs: State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at an institution outside of Alabama must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at'

Washington disclaimer: 'Eligibility for initial educator certification in Washington is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program. This program is approved in Missouri. Even though you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application. Go to for more information. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.' – Washington Student Achievement Council

Degree Requirements


Required Graduate Core Courses

27 hrs

  EDUC 500View Syllabus Research Design 3 hrs
  EDUC 502View Syllabus Foundations and Psychology of Educational Leadership 3 hrs
  EDUC 504View Syllabus Curriculum Design and Evaluation 3 hrs
  EDUC 546View Syllabus Perspectives on Parental, Community & Political Involvement in Public Schools 3 hrs
  EDUC 560View Syllabus Theories of Learning 3 hrs
  EDUC 563View Syllabus Management of the Classroom Environment 3 hrs
  EDUC 569View Syllabus Data-Based Instructional Decision Making 3 hrs
  EDUC 580View Syllabus Methods of Effective Academic Evaluation 3 hrs
  EDUC 608View Syllabus Educational Leadership Practicum (in-seat Missouri residents only) or 3 hrs
  EDUC 609View Syllabus Education Leadership Integrated Project (online or out-of-state students) 3 hrs


Elective Graduate Courses: Principal Emphasis

9 hrs

  EDUC 581View Syllabus School Law for Educational Leaders 3 hrs
  EDUC 583View Syllabus Elementary and Secondary School Principalship 3 hrs
  EDUC 587View Syllabus Supervision 3 hrs


Elective Graduate Courses: Instructional Leader Emphasis

9 hrs

  EDUC 582View Syllabus Evaluation of Teaching Effectiveness 3 hrs
  EDUC 585View Syllabus Theory and Philosophy of Instruction 3 hrs
  EDUC 586View Syllabus Techniques and Strategies of Instructional Coaching 3 hrs



36 hrs

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