(M.Ed., C.A.S., Ed.D.)
Study in Educational Leadership provides both a theoretical and practical understanding of educational organizations, leadership, educational program planning and evaluation, and management functions. M.Ed. and C.A.S. programs prepare leaders primarily for public and private schools, but encompass higher education, and other education agencies as well. Doctoral study is a vehicle for scholarly analysis of organizational, leadership, and educational program issues.
M.Ed.: The Master of Education program in Educational Leadership requires a minimum of 39 credit hours. Two program choices are available: the Educational Leadership Core in which a cohort of students takes 27 credits together (a new cohort begins each Fall); and the Conventional Program in which students enroll in a sequence of courses agreed upon by the student and advisor.
The master’s degree is designed primarily to prepare program- and school-level leaders such as principals, team leaders, head teachers, and coordinators.
C.A.S.: The Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership offers opportunities for study beyond the master’s degree toward new leadership roles, such as school superintendencies or supervisorships, or to develop research capacities. A minimum of 30 credit hours is required.
Admissions deadlines for the M.Ed. and C.A.S. programs are November 1 (Spring admission), April 1 (Summer admission), and July 1 (Fall admission). Most coursework is offered in the late afternoon and evening in the Fall and Spring semesters and during the day in Summer Session. Study may be full or part time.
Ed.D.: The Doctor of Education program in Educational Leadership is designed for experienced educational leaders. Doctoral candidates pursue advanced study and conduct research in organizational leadership and performance. The application deadline for the program is February 1. In addition to the usual application materials, a prospective candidate for the Ed.D. program must prepare and submit a leadership portfolio, submit a plan for meeting the program’s residency requirement and be interviewed by the Educational Leadership faculty.