Educational Leadership

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program is designed for educators who wish to specialize in K-12 administrator and supervisory functions in public and/or private educational school settings. Each educational leadership concentration provides a different focus and offers practical applications, as well as the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be successful as an educational leader.

This online master's degree is meant for practicing teachers seeking administrator roles which do not require state certification.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online master’s degree is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Management of educational programs, personnel, and facilities
  • Creating a positive school environment
  • Internal and external home-school-community relations
  • Recruitment, selection, retention, and evaluation of personnel
  • Strategies for coaching and mentoring teachers
  • Conflict resolution and effective communication skills
  • The economics of education including the roles of federal, state, and local governments and agencies in financing public education
  • Legal, ethical, and political issues governing K-12 education

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Note: The program has unique admissions and completion requirements. Please view the requirements below to be sure you qualify to apply for this program.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Manage a school setting with awareness of historical, social, political, legal, and economic influences on education, show effective leadership, and also recognize the importance of community and collaboration.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills to work well with school personnel, pupils, and parents and to acknowledge and appreciate diversity in its many forms to assess and instruct without influence of bias.
  • Use educational technology as an effective tool to promote student learning as well as a means to improve communication among colleagues, staff, parents, students, and the larger community.
  • Develop school policy, implement strategic plans and new programs, exhibit problem-solving skills, analyze and respond to emerging issues and trends in education, and put into practice the accepted norms and principles of educational research.
  • Manage daily school operations including record keeping, finances, and reports, and show effective leadership in the areas of supervision, evaluation, professional development, legal issues, and school reform.
  • Evaluate and effectively use performance-based assessments, and implement assessment, instruction, evaluation, and intervention plans as appropriate for diverse learner needs.

Degree at a Glance

Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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K-12 Non-Certification in Athletic Administration

Teaches an array of leadership skills necessary for managing an athletic department in nontraditional K-12 learning organizations such as charter and private schools. Topics include: budgeting and financial management; legal issues, risk, and liability management; conflict resolution; managing facilities; and strategies for coaching and mentoring teachers.

Sample Courses

  • EDUC695 - Capstone Seminar K-12 Learning Organization
  • EDUC523 - Supervision of Instruction
  • SPMT603 - High School Athletic Administration
  • SPMT620 - Leadership and Management in Sport
  • SPMT650 - Legal Issues in High School Athletic Administration
  • SPMT610 - Sports Finance
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K-12 Non-Certification Track

Explores the unique structures of nontraditional K-12 learning organizations, including charter schools and private schools. Topics include: effective teaching strategies during the observation/walkthrough process; methods of collecting and analyzing assessment data; effective fundraising programs; and the importance of quality financial reporting and controls to protect and sustain nonprofit organizations.

Sample Courses

  • BUSN643 - Nonprofit Fundraising Planning and Implementation
  • EDUC695 - Capstone Seminar K-12 Learning Organization
  • EDUC504 - Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • EDUC651 - Technology Leadership in Education
  • EDUC523 - Supervision of Instruction
  • BUSN642 - Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations
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K-12 Non-Certification Virtual School Track

Looks at online learning in nontraditional K-12 learning organizations. Topics include: different types of software/genres and their effect on raising student achievement; intellectual property and copyright infringement issues; philanthropy and effective fundraising programs; and the differences between the learning needs and abilities of adult learners and K-12 learners.

Sample Courses

  • BUSN643 - Nonprofit Fundraising Planning and Implementation
  • EDUC695 - Capstone Seminar K-12 Learning Organization
  • EDUC621 - Online Learning for the Adult and the K-16 Learner
  • EDUC622 - Ethics and Legal Issues in Online Learning
  • EDUC623 - Online Learning and Student Achievement
  • BUSN642 - Financial Management in Nonprofit Organizations

Admission Requirements

All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

In addition, the following documentation is required for admission into any of the Educational Leadership program concentrations, and must be provided prior to course registration:

  • Official bachelor’s or master’s transcript showing conferral of degree
  • School of Education non-certification questionnaire
  • Graduate writing sample
  • Signed statement of understanding (SOU)
  • Documentation of 3 years teaching experience or 3 years managerial experience in an instructional setting

An admission representative will contact you with further details about how to submit the required documentation including your transcript after you complete the enrollment application.

Important notes:

  • This program is not designed to lead to certification or licensure. We strongly encourage you to explore your state-specific requirements prior to applying here in order to make an informed decision. In addition, you may email our coordinator of certification and licensure at SOE_CertificationLicensure@apus.edu
  • As of November 1, 2014, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 is required for admission into this program.
  • You are required to take EDUC509 as the first course in this degree program, but other courses may be taken in conjunction with EDUC509.
  • You must be physically located in proximity to a school district where the right to conduct on-site observations is approved.
  • Background check requirements and fees for on-site observations might be required and are your responsibility.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates  

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

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Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.