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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.

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At a Glance

Fall 2024

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Credits and Tuition Cost (2023-2024)

Credits Required: 30
Cost Per Credit: $594.50


Fully Online

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This program has paused admission for the Fall 2023 cycle. Applications will be accepted for Fall 2024.

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Masters in Educational Leadership overview

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What You'll Learn

  • 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.

In addition to earning a graduate degree, you may choose to specialize in one or more areas and earn graduate certificates that attest to your expertise in Instructional Coaching, Leadership for Deeper Learning, or School Technology Leadership.

Kentucky-certified teachers may also earn teacher leader endorsement and rank change provided by the Kentucky educator certification agency. Graduates may pursue a doctoral-level degree. Admission to the program requires an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher. Experience working as an educator is recommended.  

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

Program Contact

Lu S. Young
Program Director


Fall 2024

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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. 

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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 test scores required.

Grad tuition cap

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

Flexible schedule

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

Be Supported

Access supporting services and success coaches to help you succeed.


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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