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Master of Education in Educational Leadership Requirements

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Gain a deeper understanding of school administration

Principals and administrators set the tone and direction for their schools. They are agents of change, working collaboratively with faculty, staff and parents to ensure the best possible education for students.

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership provides a deeper understanding of the practices involved in leading a school. You’ll learn the research, policies and theories behind administrative decision making. This insight can help guide best practices in classrooms, departments, schools and districts.

Students in the MED program may select an emphasis in Initial Principal Certification*; Gifted Certification; Reading Specialist; and Instructional Coach..

Prepare for leadership roles

Graduate with the skills needed to be a leader in your school system. Some possible paths include:

  • School Administration
  • Gifted Education
  • Reading 
  • Instructional Coaching

Degree requirements

The Columbia College Catalog outlines the courses you will need to take to complete your degree program. This includes core courses and classes specific to your emphasis area. 

You’ll study:


Foundations and psychology of educational leadership


Behavior management techniques


Classroom management


Classes specific to your emphasis area

MED students benefit from a flexible program that fits their work schedules.

In addition to experienced faculty, you’ll learn from experts in fields such as school governance and educational laws.

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The Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree is available online and is approved at the following locations. Some locations may require a combination of in-seat and online coursework. Select one to view the tuition rate.

The MAT and M.Ed. degree programs are approved in the State of Missouri by the Missouri Department of Higher Education. State approval does not guarantee licensure eligibility in any state for the MAT, M.Ed. or any specialty emphasis areas within these degree programs. (Certification programs within some M.Ed. emphasis areas are for Missouri certification only.) For all states other than Missouri, there has been no determination of licensure eligibility. Students residing outside of Missouri must email to determine eligibility 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


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