Do you have the passion to become an exceptional school leader, improving the state of education, managing school operations and resources while enabling student academic success and well-being? In order to have an impact on community, families and students, it’s important to learn from scholar practitioners who will help you develop the professional leadership, research and management proficiencies you will need. You have the opportunity to gain those required skills and proficiencies through a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program.

Knowledge, Skills and Proficiencies

The online M.A. in Educational Leadership program from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) equips graduates to develop and support intellectually rigorous and coherent systems of curriculum, instruction and assessment. This NCATE/CAEP-accredited program focuses on helping educational leaders develop, advocate, and enact a shared mission, vision and core values of high-quality education and academic success.

In addition to learning how to manage school operations and resources, you can gain the knowledge you need to engage families and the community in meaningful, reciprocal and mutually beneficial ways. You will learn ways to strive for equity of educational opportunity and culturally responsive practices. As an educational leader, you’ll have the tools to help develop the professional capacity and practice of school personnel and foster your community of teachers and other professional staff.

Course of Study

The M.A. in Educational Leadership program requires students to complete 32 credit hours in a variety of subject areas, plus three additional hours in consultation with the graduate advisor. Each course is 7.5 weeks long and provides 3 credit hours except for the Master’s Internship which is 15 weeks long and provides 2 credit hours. Students can complete the entire program in as few as 18 months.

Required Courses

  • Organization and Administration of K-12 Schools.
  • Instructional Leadership.
  • Leadership for School Improvement.
  • The Principalship.
  • Economics of Public Education.
  • Administering Human Resources in Education.
  • Educational Leadership in a Pluralistic Society.
  • Community Education and Community Relations.
  • Principles of Educational Research.
  • Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues of Administration.
  • Master’s Internship in Educational Leadership.

Flexibility and Affordability of Online Programs

According to U.S. News & World Report, online programs designed for the working professional teach the leadership, management, organization, communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills that principals and administrators need to be effective.

Busy professional educators who are teaching full-time need a flexible program like the EMU 100 percent online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership — K-12 Administration program. From the comfort of home, students are able to take the required courses, interact with professors and classmates, and submit coursework online at their own convenience. In addition to being more convenient and flexible, this online program is more affordable than typical in-class programs.

Requirements for admission to the College of Education’s M.A. in Educational Leadership online program include: a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with an undergraduate GPA of 2.7, or a 3.0 GPA in major, two letters of recommendation from supervisors/advisors in the field, a resume and a personal essay describing the reasons for requesting admission.

Learn more about the EMU online M.A. in Educational Leadership program.


U.S. News & World Report: Online Education Leadership and Administration Master’s Degree