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Master of Arts in Education - Educational Leadership (KS) | Graduate Degree Program

Master of Arts in Education - Educational Leadership (KS)


Ottawa University's 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 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.

We have created an accelerated, online master’s degree focused on educational administration leadership. Upon completion of this program, you will have developed the skills and 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

Career Outcomes

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 include:

  • Principal
  • Assistant principal
  • Athletic director
  • Education coordinator
  • Director of admission
  • Assessment coordinator
  • Dean of students
  • Program director

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Master of Arts in Education: Educational Leadership (36 credit hours)

Educational Leadership Concentration Courses (18 credit hours)

Data-Driven Instruction: Part 1EDC 7501 (3 credit hours)
Examines how school leaders can develop and maintain an atmosphere for improved student achievement based on data-driven systems. Topics include increased external accountability and data demands, as well as the ability to accurately interpret the data and implement positive learning opportunities based on the analysis of said data. Particular emphasis is placed on continuous improvement modeling. 

Data-Driven Instruction: Part 2EDC 7502 (3 credit hours)
Investigates the background and current status of assessment principles, purposes, strategies, and procedures used to evaluate curriculum with attention giving to school improvement planning through continuous improvement and gauging student progress. Emphasis on effective interpretation of evaluative data and methods of recording and reporting progress to stakeholders.

PrincipalshipEDC 7733 (3 credit hours)
Explores the principal’s role and responsibilities as related to organizational development, information systems, faculty and staff selection, orientation supervision and evaluation, curriculum development and implementation, scheduling, budgeting, and plant/facilities use.

School FinanceEDC 7743 (3 credit hours)
Covers the economics of school finance relating to theories and principles of taxation, reimbursement, financial planning, and budgeting; governmental impact, court intervention and the effects on public and non-public schools. Practical applications using local school district situations are considered when possible.

Field Experience 1 | EDC 8453 (3 credit hours)
Individually designed course-offering opportunity to integrate course knowledge with practical experience in an educational setting. Approved written proposal required.

Field Experience 2 | EDC 8473 (3 credit hours
Individually designed course-offering opportunity to integrate course knowledge with practical experience in an educational setting. Approved written proposal required.

Foundation Courses (18 credit hours)

Foundation of Learning Theory | EDF 7110 (3 credit hours) 
Evaluate key learning theories and environmental factors in relationship to student motivation, along with the behavioral and academic success of students. 

Foundation of Education | EDF 7210 (3 credit hours) 
Explore the historical and philosophical foundations of education in order to evaluate educational trends and create a personal philosophy of education while practicing the profession with intentionality. 

Foundation of Exceptionality | EDF 7310 (3 credit hours) 
A comprehensive investigation concerning the identification, support, and resources necessary for supporting families and children/students with exceptionalities. Utilizing a team-based approach, candidates will construct strategies for creating programs that advocate for and sustain an instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth. 

Foundation of Educational Research and Assessment | EDF 7410 (3 credit hours)
Evaluate the relevance of educational research to curriculum improvement, federal and state policies, systematic processes, and instructional and assessment strategies. Apply various research methods within educational environments at multiple levels. 

Foundation of Ethical Practices in Education | EDF 7500 (3 credit hours)
Examines the ethical guidelines and professional educator standards. Analyze, engage in, and demonstrate aspects of reflective practice, critical perspectives, and making informed and ethical decisions. Candidates will learn about advocating for sound educational practices and policies.

Master's Research Project | EDF 8503 (3 credit hours) 
Prepare major culminating scholarly project directly relevant to the program of study. Approved project proposal required.

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