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Columbia College Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Help shape the future of our schools.

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
  • Instructional Coach

Develop your abilities and become a leader in your school system

The MED program includes in-depth exploration of the foundations and psychology of educational leadership as well as techniques for behavior and classroom management. The goal is for teachers to be able to apply these in their day-to-day work and to extend their knowledge to others, in roles such as school administration, instructional coaching or specialization in reading or gifted education.

As a graduate, you’ll have a deeper understanding of the best practices involved in leading a school and truly preparing students for the future.

Some possible paths include:

  • School Administration
  • Gifted Education
  • Reading 
  • Instructional Coaching
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Dr. Kristi Clevenger

" One of the things that we really pride ourselves on at Columbia College is getting our students out into the schools, not only early, starting in their freshman year, but also often. "

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Department phone: 573-875-2756
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Your degree starts here Take these courses

Available program formats

  • General education requirements 0 credit hours
  • Core requirements 6 credit hours
  • Electives 30 credit hours
  • Multicultural requirements 0 credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 36 credit hours

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