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The Top 10 Master’s in Educational Leadership Degree Programs

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Principals of Elementary, Middle, and High Schools handle managing all school operations including daily school activities, coordinating curriculum and overseeing teachers and other staff. Principals must ensure a safe and productive environment for students. They are the public face of the school. They meet with parents, superintendents, legislators and members of the community. In order to become a principal, candidates must have a master’s degree in educational leadership or educational administration. These programs are designed to help future principals manage teachers and staff, prepare and manage budgets, set goals and work with parents as well as the community. Most often candidates will need prior teaching experience. Principals should have good communication skills, critical thinking skills, decision-making skills, interpersonal skills, leadership skills and problem-solving skills. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median yearly salary for principals was $87,760 as of May 2012. The projected growth of job availability is 6 percent from 2012 to 2022.

Below is our top ten list of Master of Educational Leadership Colleges. Colleges are listed based on the following criteria:

* Affordability
* Flexibility
* Course Length
* Accreditation
* Designed with the working student in mind

10. University of New Mexico

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Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

The Educational Leadership program at the University of New Mexico offers rigorous and relevant curriculum to prepare students for leadership roles in P-12, higher education, and nonprofit educational organizations. The program consists of 36 credit hours which includes six credits of either a practicum or an administrative internship. All graduate students are required to work under the supervision of an assigned advisor and must develop a program of a study plan. Students must maintain a 3.3 GPA in all program of study coursework. A research-based inquiry project as the final examination assessment is required to complete the degree. Admission requirements include a letter of intent, writing sample, official transcripts, three letter of recommendation forms and professional biographical form. Resident tuition is $254.26 and non-resident tuition is $858.42. The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The school also has accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities.

9. Pittsburg State University

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Master of Science in Educational Leadership

The Educational Leadership program at Pittsburg State University is designed to prepare elementary, middle and secondary principles and school superintendents. Students may write a thesis or research a problem as part of their curriculum. To gain admission into the program, candidates must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, portfolio, teacher certification and the approval of the Educational Leadership Admissions Committee. Students taking less than eight credit hours may expect to pay $305 for instate tuition and $711 for out of state and international tuition. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Pittsburg State University holds accreditation with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

8. DePaul University

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Master of Education in Educational Leadership

The Educational Leadership program with DePaul University provides a strong, discipline-based curriculum that is problem-solving orientated so that students may become effective decision, makers. Several concentrations are available which include general, Catholic Leadership, Higher Education, and Physical Education. The program meets weekly Monday through Thursday evenings, online or a combination of the two. Students may choose their own pace through the curriculum by taking two courses per quarter or one course. Students taking two courses at a time may be able to complete the program in two years. Those going part time may complete the program in three years. Admission requirements include official transcripts, two letters of recommendations from professors or work supervisors and a personal statement reflecting the college’s conceptual framework as well as describing your goals and how they relate to your interest in the Educational Leadership program. Tuition is $610 per credit hour. DePaul University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

7. Colorado State University

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Education Sciences-Principal Licensure and Master of Education in Education and Human Resource Studies

Colorado State University combines the master’s in education and principal licensure program to provide thorough training and hands-on experience so students may become a confident school, leaders. Coursework is designed to develop leadership skills needed to direct educational programs, implement new approaches to solving problems that are confronting education and facilitation of educational change. For principal licensure, the program is 24 credit hours. The M.Ed. And principal licensure is 33 credit hours. Tuition is $585 per credit hour. Students may be able to complete the program in 1 year. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

6. Georgia Southern University

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Masters of Education in Educational Leadership

Georgia Souther University’s Educational Leadership program will begin accepting applications in Fall 2016. The program lays a foundation for leadership development and prepares students for the GACE, the required examination needed for admission into Performance-Based Educational Leadership programs. The program is 36 credit hours long. In order to gain admittance to the program, students must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, be eligible or have professional level four certification, a 2.5 undergraduate GPA, submit a personal statement of purpose of no more than 200 words, submit a completed disclosure and affirmation form, submit school endorsement and agreement and have at least one year of teaching experience. For provisional students to remain in good standing, students must earn “B” or higher in their first nine hours of coursework after acceptance. Tuition is $410.The school is accredited by the Commission on Colleges/Souther Association of Colleges and Schools as well as the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

5. Southeastern University

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Master of Education in Educational Leadership

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership at Southeastern University is designed with the certified teacher who has been working for three or more years in public or private schools in mind. The program consists of 11 online courses or 36 credit hours. Each course is eight weeks long, and students may take one to four courses per semester. Students are permitted to take a break between semesters if needed or may choose to continue. Field study experience is required for each course and may be completed in your local area. There is a practicum during the last semester which may also be completed in your local area. Students will work with their supervising administrator an average of 10 hours per week for a total of 15 weeks to gain hands-on experience. Once academic work is completed, students must complete the Florida Educational Leadership Examination. Students must pass all sections of the exam to graduate. Tuition is $390 per credit hour. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and the Schools Commission on Colleges.

4. Columbia College

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Master of Education in Educational Leadership

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program at Columbia College provides a theoretical and practical knowledge of school leadership. The degree has a principal track and instructional leader track. It is recommended students residing outside of Missouri verify whether the program meets the necessary requirements for licensure in their state. The program consists of 36 credit hours. The program is available online. Tuition is $375 per credit hour. The college has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1918. The Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approves this college for teacher preparation.

3. The University of Missouri

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Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with an Emphasis in PK-12 Educational Leadership and Administration- elementary and secondary principal certification.

The 30 plus credit hour Educational Leadership program with Missouri online is a hybrid online/ face to face principal preparation degree created for practicing educators. Individuals may continue to work full time while pursuing their educational goals. Students receive face to face advising from faculty members who have been principals or superintendents in the past. On campus, courses meet three to four times a semester typically on a Saturday. Internships during this program prepare students for certification to lead elementary, middle or high schools. It is nationally recognized and has been named as one of the best online programs by US News and World Report. The program may be completed in 15 months. Graduate program students may expect to pay 350.10 per credit hour.

2. Evangel University

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Master of Education in Educational Leadership

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program at Evangel University combines principal certification with the master’s degree. Graduates will be prepared to take on leadership roles at the school, district, state and national levels. 100% of Evangel graduates have passed the SLLA administrator licensing exam. The program is designed to be flexible for working adults. Program features include online classes and a one-week long seminar each summer, a thesis or project option, and the flexibility to complete the program in two to five years. The program consists of 36 credit hours. Candidates interested in the program must have a teaching certification, at least two years of teaching experience are preferred and official Praxis or GRE test scores. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a 3.0 GPA or better within the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. Tuition is $300 per credit hour. The schools is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and is endorsed by the Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education.

Our number one choice is Stephen F. Austin State University. The school offers a Master of Educational Leadership and Principal certification program that has helped 90% of students pass the TEexes and pursue their dreams. The school meets all the necessary criteria of being affordable, flexible and is student centered.

1. Stephen F. Austin State University

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Master in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification

The program is nationally accredited by NCATE and has a 90% passing rate on the TExes. It is offered online to allow students flexibility to complete their coursework in a convenient timeframe. Classes are taught by highly qualified and experienced faculty members. Students interested in attending must first meet the requirements for graduate school. Applicants should have a GPA of 2.5 or higher on all undergraduate work and at least a 2.8 for the last sixty hours of undergraduate coursework. Students who do not meet the GPA criteria will be asked to submit GRE scores and a resume to be considered for admission. Students enrolled in the principal preparation program have access to scholarships that will reduce the cost to $6000 for the 30-hour master degree or $3,600 for the 18-hour principal certification.