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Columbia College Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Advance your career by preparing for a leadership role

Gain skills and knowledge in school and instructional leadership

The Master of Education program is designed for certified teachers with classroom experience who recognize the value of using a standards-based approach for determining performance levels. Classes are foundational, theoretical and applicable, drawing students deeper into the research and policies behind administrative decisions.

Coursework prepares teachers to be agents of change, setting the tone and guiding the direction of their classrooms, departments, schools and districts. Classes are taught by experts in fields such as school governance and educational laws, covering the areas of leadership, supervision and management, as well as specific areas of emphasis.

Students in the MED program may select an emphasis in:

  • School Leader (K-12) Certification*
  • Gifted Certification 
  • Reading Specialist Certification 
  • Instructional Coach

Note: All four emphasis areas are available through the main campus in Columbia, Missouri; the School Leader (K-12) emphasis is also available through the Online campus.

School Leader, Gifted, and Special Reading certification is through the State of Missouri and may require additional coursework that is not required for the degree. 

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

Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.

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Available program formats

  • Core requirements 6 credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 36 credit hours

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