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Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 18 months  |  Credit Hours: 35  |  Tuition: $17,920

Overview

Reignite your passion to improve the state of education and become an exceptional school leader with Eastern Michigan University's 100% online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership – K-12 Administration program. This CAEP-accredited degree program is designed to help you develop the professional leadership, research and management proficiencies you need to improve your school's system.

Gain the knowledge you need to manage school operations and resources and the skills to engage families and the community in meaningful, reciprocal and mutually beneficial ways to promote each student's academic success and well-being.

Taught by scholar practitioners, this online program aligns with ELCC standards and enables you to qualify for the building level principal license in Michigan—in as few as 18 months.

Graduates of this 100% online M.A. in Educational Leadership program will:

  • Develop, advocate, and enact a shared mission, vision, and core values of high-quality education and academic success
  • Act ethically and according to professional norms
  • Strive for equity of educational opportunity and culturally responsive practices
  • Develop and support intellectually rigorous and coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  • Cultivate an inclusive, caring, and supportive school community
  • Develop the professional capacity and practice of school personnel
  • Foster a professional community of teachers and other professional staff
  • Engage families and the community in meaningful, reciprocal, and mutually beneficial ways
  • Manage school operations and resources
  • Act as agents of continuous improvement

Courses

In order to earn the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership online, students must complete 12 courses (35 credit hours), including 32 credit hours of core courses and an additional three credit hours selected in consultation with the graduate advisor. All courses in the program are 7.5 weeks in length, with the exception of a 15-week capstone course.

To see the full list of our Master of Arts in Educational Leadership online courses, view courses.

Admissions

Applicants for the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership online degree program must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with an undergraduate grade-point average of at least 2.7. Among the other requirements, applicants must submit a professional resume, a personal essay and two letters of recommendation.

To learn more about our Master of Arts in Educational Leadership online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

Students in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership online degree program can pay for each course as they enroll. There is a $45 application fee, but all other fees are included in the total cost of tuition. Costs are the same for students in Michigan or from outside the state.

To learn more about our Master of Arts in Educational Leadership online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

With multiple start dates each year, the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership online degree program is convenient and accessible. Students should consider application date deadlines, turn in all required documentation and fees, register for classes and pay tuition to begin on their desired start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership online, view calendar.

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Courses

For the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership – K-12 Administration, students must complete the following required courses (32 credit hours), plus three additional credit hours selected in consultation with the graduate advisor.

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Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides analysis of the educational administration issues presented in culturally pluralistic educational environments and examination of sociopolitical context of schools, impact of dominant and subordinate groups and leadership challenges involved in striving for school success for all.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an exploration of the basic principles and philosophy of community education, its current status and relationship to education and interpretation of the educational institution to a diverse community. Emphasis is on promoting public confidence in schools via two-way communication and community involvement in schools.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an overview of the theories of leadership and organization that shaped the system of American education. Students critically compare the ideas, concepts, issues, broad knowledge and theories about managing, motivating staff, wielding power, leading people, handling conflict, making decisions, working within a bureaucracy and organizing educational institutions to improve learning.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course promotes development of the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for administrators as they supervise effective, positive instructional programs; principles and procedures for addressing issues related to professional growth and continuous improvement.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an exploration of knowledge and skills to nurture and sustain school improvement processes. Building capacity and support among staff for initiatives, revising and refining school practice, monitoring progress toward established goals and making decisions regarding effectiveness.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an examination of the basic economic, fiscal and legal theories of support for education, tax structures, state aid formulas, federal aid and school budgets.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course promotes development of an understanding of the issues, problems and practices involved in the administration of personnel programs in education. It is an in-depth exploration of the basic principles of staff administration and high-level morale. For prospective and practicing administrators.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the role of a school principal in: a) improving curriculum and instruction; b) the establishment of effective operations in a school; and c) establishing avenues for change by an awareness of innovations, materials, technologies and research that are relevant for the elementary, middle and high schools.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course discusses the operation of laws; development of legal principles; federal and state relationships to education; authority relationships to education; authority and liability of school boards, administrators and teachers; negligence; discipline and control; professional ethics and related issues.

Duration: 15 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course provides training in administration through actual supervised experience. Arrangements must be approved by advisor and director of the internship program prior to registration. Enrollment limited.

Duration: 7.5 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines basic concepts in understanding and evaluating contemporary educational research, addressing both quantitative and qualitative research methods. The focus is on critical understanding of, rather than production of, research.

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Admissions

The College of Education admission process has specific requirements that students must meet to enroll in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership – K-12 Administration online program. Here you will find out the requirements for the M.A. in Educational Leadership online program, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

M.A. in Educational Leadership Online Admission Requirements

  • Complete an application online and pay application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with an undergraduate GPA of 2.7, or a 3.0 GPA in major (last two years of undergraduate work)
  • GPA of 3.3 for applicants seeking a second master's degree
  • Resume detailing professional and educational experience
  • Two letters of recommendation from supervisors/advisors in the field
  • On the graduate application, students must complete the personal statement of accomplishments and academic goals portion describing the reasons for requesting admission. This essay must be a minimum of 250 words and will be reviewed as an indicator of writing ability.

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Office of Admissions
Eastern Michigan University
P.O. Box 970
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Documentation can be sent via email to: transcripts_admissions@emich.edu.

Have a question? Call us at 844-351-9389.

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Tuition

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership – K-12 Administration online. The tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. The tuition cost includes all fees.

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
Master of Arts in Educational Leadership $512 $1,536 $17,920
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Calendar

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall II October 25, 2017 October 15, 2017 October 15, 2017 October 19, 2017 October 20, 2017
Spring I January 3, 2018 December 13, 2017 December 20, 2017 December 28, 2017 December 29, 2017
Spring II February 26, 2018 February 5, 2018 February 12, 2018 February 21, 2018 February 22, 2018
Summer I May 2, 2018 April 11, 2018 April 18, 2018 April 27, 2018 April 30, 2018
Summer II June 22, 2018 June 1, 2018 June 8, 2018 June 19, 2018 June 20, 2018
Fall I September 5, 2018 August 15, 2018 August 22, 2018 August 30, 2018 August 31, 2018
Fall II October 23, 2018 October 2, 2018 October 9, 2018 October 18, 2018 October 19, 2018
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