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Master of Education in Educational Leadership Degree

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

A. 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
B. 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
C. 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
D. Total 36 hrs

Achievement and Proficiency will be determined through development and oral defense of a Standards-based portfolio which includes Research design, Action Research completion and the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Standards. Anticipated length of the portfolio is approximately 60 pages including artifacts which delineate standards as they are applied in the selected setting. The ISSLC Standards are adopted by The National Association of Elementary School Principals and The National Association of Secondary School Principals and are appropriate for all Leadership Tracks.

Columbia College is currently in the process of seeking approval to offer the Master of Education in Educational Leadership online in certain states. The degree is currently not available in all states. Please see the state regulatory information and complaint process for specific degrees.


The Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree is available at the following locations:

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