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Master’s in Education Leadership: an Overview

The goal of a Master’s in Education Leadership is to prepare collaborative leaders who sustain and renew America’s democracy by transforming and managing schools and organizations for the benefit of each learner and to do so with a view to the common good. A core of education leadership courses is combined with course work and experiences in one of five different emphases to earn the degree. The emphases are:

Graduates are prepared to take leadership roles in non-profit, government and public organizations.

Three requirements must be satisfactorily completed to earn the degree: 33 graduate credits, a capstone paper/thesis and the Comprehensive Exam. A core of five Education Leadership courses (15 S.H.) is required of all degree candidates--each emphasis has an additional 18 credits specific to its mission.
A core of five Education Leadership courses is required of all degree candidates.

  • EL 612 - Systems Thinking (3 S.H.)
  • EL 614 - Change Leadership (3 S.H.)
  • EL 615 - Communication (3 S.H.)
  • EL 616 - Common Good (3 S.H.)
  • EL 618 - Scholarship (3 S.H.)

Full descriptions of all offered Education Leadership courses are available in the course catalog.

Capstone Writing Requirements

Candidates must write a significant research paper or a master’s thesis to show proficiency in research and writing at the graduate level. The topic and proposal for this paper is initiated in EL 618 Scholarship and brought to completion under the guidance of a capstone/thesis advisor. Guides for form and style are available from the Department of Education Leadership.

Non-Thesis Option – student completes EL 618 Scholarship and writes the paper under the guidance of their capstone advisor.

Thesis Option – student completed EL 618 Scholarship, takes EL 699 Master’s Thesis (Thesis Advisement Credits), writes the paper under the guidance of their thesis advisor, and defends their research to a faculty panel.

Comprehensive Examination

Each candidate must pass a written comprehensive examination on required course work.