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

Master of Arts in Education | Online Masters Degree in Educational Leadership (KS)

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.

Curriculum

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

Courses

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 
  • Principalship 
  • 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.

Accreditations

  • 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.

See Also:

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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For more information about earning your accelerated, online degree through the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program at Ottawa University, contact us today!

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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University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

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