Ottawa University's accelerated, online master’s degree in Educational Leadership program will prepare you to become a school administrator. Enhance your leadership in education and management skills with innovative courses that cover educational law and school finances. Field experiences provide opportunities for you to apply learning in real-life situations. This master of educational leadership program is designed to meet the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards. Pathways are available for Kansas licensure.
At Ottawa University, we focus on providing a supportive learning environment and small classes where students can get the instruction and assistance they need. With courses in instructional design and evaluation, clinical supervision and assessment, relations for leaders in diverse communication, and more, you will develop a well-rounded understanding of what it takes to excel in educational leadership positions.
We have created an accelerated, online master of educational leadership degree focused on educational administration leadership. Upon completion of this program, you will have developed your leadership in education and management skills and will have the knowledge necessary to:
- Become a better teacher
- Develop more enriching learning experiences
- Prepare for changes in education
- Promote improvement through school and community involvement
- Measure outcomes of school programs, curricula, services and activities
- Become a leader in education
- Continue your professional growth
We understand the challenges that adult learners and busy students face, which is why we’ve made this program available online. Now you can earn this valuable online master’s degree in Educational Leadership on a schedule that works for you! Courses may include:
- Master of Arts in Education: Educational Leadership
- Data-Driven Instruction: Part 1
- Data-Driven Instruction: Part 2
- School Finance
- Field Experience 1
- Field Experience 2
- Foundation Courses (18 credit hours)
- Foundation of Learning Theory
- Foundation of Education
- Foundation of Exceptionality
- Foundation of Educational Research and Assessment
- Foundation of Ethical Practices in Education
- Master's Research Project
Careers in Educational Leadership
With an educational leadership and administration specialization, you can pursue positions in private and public school systems, charter schools, colleges or universities, or state education departments. Positions may include principal, assistant, principal, athletic director, education coordinator, director of admission, assessment coordinate, dean of students, or program director.
- Instructional coordinator
An online master’s degree in Educational Leadership can prepare you for a career as an instructional coordinator. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, instructional coordinators oversee school curriculums and teaching standards. They develop instructional material, implement it, and assess its effectiveness. Instructional coordinators need a master’s degree and related work experience, such as teaching or school administration. Coordinators in public schools may be required to have a state-issued license. Employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 6 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. As states and school districts put greater emphasis on student achievement data, schools may increasingly turn to instructional coordinators to develop better curriculums and improve teachers’ effectiveness.
- Postsecondary education administrator
Another employment opportunity with a master of educational leadership may include a position as a postsecondary education administrator. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, postsecondary education administrators oversee student services, academics, and faculty research at colleges and universities. Postsecondary education administrators typically need a master’s degree. The median annual wage for postsecondary education administrators was $95,410 in May 2019.
- Principal or assistant principal
An accelerated, online master’s degree in Educational Leadership can also prepare you to be a principal or assistant principal. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, elementary, middle, and high school principals oversee all school operations, including daily school activities. The median annual wage for elementary, middle, and high school principals was $96,400 in May 2019. Principals typically need a master’s degree in education administration or leadership. Employment of elementary, middle, and high school principals is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
- HLC Accredited University
Ottawa University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
- NCATE Accredited Education Program
The National Association of Teacher Education (NCATE) has awarded Ottawa University accreditation of its Teacher Education program.
Why Choose Ottawa?
The courses in Ottawa University's Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program are 100% online. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. Ottawa University conveniently offers courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. Whether you live in Kansas City, Milwaukee, Phoenix, or are studying from a distance, you will benefit from the support and expertise of our faculty members who are dedicated to your success.
Download a program overview.
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education (KS)
Master of Arts in Education
Education - Curriculum and Instruction (Online) Master of Arts
Education - Educational Leadership (KS) Master of Arts
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