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Masters (Ed.S. / M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership

Expand your expertise as a leader or teacher who is part of the education system. This graduate-level program is for teachers, instructors, and leaders who wish to earn a a Master of Education (M.Ed.) or a Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree.

Kentucky students in the Masters of Educational Leadership may achieve either Rank II or Rank I designations through the Education Professional Standards Board. 

Kentucky students in the EdS program may achieve either Rank II or Rank I designations through the Education Professional Standards Board.

Students who seek to receive School Principal Certification complete this program concurrently with the School Principal Certification Program.

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At a Glance

Fall 2024

Application Due Date:
06/15/2024
Start Date:
08/26/2024

Credits and Tuition Cost (2023-2024)

Credits Required: 30
Cost Per Credit: $594.50

Format

Fully Online

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Masters in Educational Leadership overview

Program format
Format
Fully Online
Total credits
Total Credits
30
Degree awarded
Degree Awarded
Ed.S.
M.Ed.

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What You'll Learn

Overview
  • Develop the skills needed to foster a learning-centered school environment where all students can achieve their highest level of performance.
  • Identify research strategies that can be used to diagnose problems in classrooms and schools and identify solutions.
  • Use data to make informed decisions that improve learning outcomes across classrooms and schools.
  • Cultivate a network of teacher leaders to consult with after you graduate.

 

Course Examples

  • EDL 700 Knowledge Base
  • EDL 701 Leadership in Educational Organizations I
  • EDL 702 Leadership for Organizational Learning
  • EDL 703 Leading Organizational Change
  • EDL 571 Design Thinking in Education
  • EDL 669 Leadership for Creative Problem Solving
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How to Apply

Application Requirements

Standard graduate application requirements apply.

  1. CV
  2. Personal Statement
    • Please write 2-3 double‐spaced pages, word‐processed in either Times New Roman 12‐point or Arial 10‐point, page numbers and your name in upper right corner about why you are applying to the program. If you cite literature/resources to support your comments, adhere to the academic writing guidelines provided in 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
  3. Writing Sample
    • If applying for Teacher Leader Endorsement or rank change prepare a Professional Reflection (2-3 double-spaced pages, word-processed in either Times New Roman 12-point or Ariel 10-point, page numbers and your name in upper right corner). Describe how your classroom evidences the components of highly effective teaching and learning (i.e., learning climate, classroom assessment and reflection, instructional rigor and student engagement, instructional relevance, knowledge of content). If you cite literature or resources to support your comments, then you must adhere to the academic writing guidelines provided in 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
  4.  If applying for Teacher Leader Endorsement or rank change a copy of your valid K12 teacher certificate.

Admissions Criteria

Standard graduate admission requirements apply.

 

  • M.Ed. applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree, preferably education-based, from a fully accredited institution of higher learning in the USA or from a recognized foreign institution with cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Ed. S. applicants must have successfully completed a master’s degree, preferably education-based, from a fully accredited institution of higher learning in the USA or from a recognized foreign institution with cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Experience working as a P12 teacher or as another type of educational practitioner is highly recommended.

Program Contact

Lu S. Young
Program Director

Deadlines

Fall 2024

Application Due Date:
06/15/2024
Start Date:
08/26/2024

Distance Learning

Licensure & Authorization

Where you live matters when completing distance education activities. If you will live outside of Kentucky while completing your program, please check the Distance Learning Authorization & Licensure page to confirm that the program can be offered in your state or country, and if relevant, that it meets professional licensure requirements in your state. Please note: Admission and enrollment in a fully-online program can NOT lead to the issuance of a J-1 or F-1 student visa. 

AUTHORIZATION & LICENSURE INFO
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Student Support

Once you become a student, you will have access to a wide variety of academic support services to maximize your success. These services are available completely online to meet the needs of our online students.

Why UK Online

No GRE

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No test scores required.

Grad tuition cap

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Save money by paying for only 9 standard credit hours per semester, even if you take more.

Flexible schedule

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Fit learning into your busy schedule with no prescribed class times.

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Access supporting services and success coaches to help you succeed.

Testimonial

Jack Young
The course selection provided me with fundamental knowledge and skills so I could effectively initiate change within my own school community.
Jack Young
Alumni and Principal, Country Day School
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