Educational Leadership degree overview

Master of Arts in Education: Educational Leadership

This Master’s degree in Education: Educational Leadership program will prepare you to become a school administrator. Enhance your leadership 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 program is designed to meet the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards. Pathways are available for Arizona certification and 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 and on campus in Arizona. Now you can earn this valuable Master’s degree in Education: Educational Leadership on a schedule that works for you.

We have created a Master’s degree focusing 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 a 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

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.
For detailed curriculum and more please visit the University Catalog entry for this program.

Master of Arts in Education: Educational Leadership Courses

Foundation Courses

Research: Assessment and Evaluation | EDF 7163
Develop conceptual and analytical skills and knowledge to assess organizational needs and program effectiveness through the use of research methodologies.

Data-Driven Leadership Practices | EDF 7703
Course examines how school leaders can create 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.

Human Relations for Leaders in Diverse Communities | EDF 7753
Course examines skills and knowledge needed for a school leader to effectively work with others in the problem solving process within diverse populations.  Topics include analysis and implementation of effective consensus-building as well as the exploration of one's own assumptions, beliefs, and practices.  Analysis and development of effective lines of communication and partnerships with decision makers outside the school community are also explored.

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

Concentration Courses

Education Law | EDC 7153
Examination of federal and state statues, agencies, and court decisions in education; including administrative and teacher rights, responsibilities, relationships, and liabilities.

School and Community Relations | EDC 7713
Examines the policies, practices, and strategies in school and community relations. Topics include public information techniques and procedures.

Instructional Design and Evauation | EDC 7723
Surveys the field of curriculum theory and organizational frameworks for current practices in curriculum development and evaluation, as well as curriculum revision and change.

The Principalship | EDC 7733
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 Finance | EDC 7743
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 will be considered when possible.

Clinical Supervision/Assessment | EDC 8073
Topics include principles of supervision, supervision theory, models, techniques of supervision, philosophical conflicts, teacher evaluation schemes, and research on supervision.

Concentration Electives

Field Experience in Education I | EDC 8453
Individually designed course offering opportunity to integrate course knowledge with practical experience in an educational setting. Approved written proposal required.

Field Experience in Education II | EDC 8473
Continuation of EDC 8453.


Six credits of EDF or EDC courses approved by program director or designee.

EDC 8453 and EDC 8473 are required for Arizona students.

One field experience is recommended for Kansas students.

For detailed curriculum and more please visit the Course Catalog entryfor this program.

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