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Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 12 months Credit Hours: 30 Tuition: $9,750

Overview


Gain a holistic approach to leadership with Northwest Missouri State University's 100 percent online Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership program. Get the professional knowledge, skills and disposition you need to help all students learn in a diverse and ever-changing world.

The program focuses on leadership, communication, critical thinking, diversity, equity, inclusion and teamwork, with field experience embedded in courses and professional-based learning.

You will learn from the same distinguished faculty that teaches on campus and—depending upon your program—prepare for certification in as few as 12 months.

Offering multiple start dates, affordable tuition and 100 percent online coursework, this program prepares you to lead effectively in positions such as principal, education administrator or site coordinator.

Graduates of our 100% online MSEd. in Educational Leadership program will demonstrate:

  • The capability to create quality educational experiences for all students by enlisting stakeholders in the development and implementation of a vision promoting a positive school culture
  • The ability to foster relationships through creation of effective systems for communication, engagement, partnerships and advocacy resulting in the success and well-being of students
  • The promotion of student learning through a synthesis of curriculum planning and design, research-based instructional practice, data literacy and assessment, and effective learning supports
  • The importance of challenging the status quo through innovative actions supporting diversity, equity and inclusion, resulting in a professional culture for student achievement
  • Skills to cooperatively implement systems that ethically support students and staff academically, behaviorally and operationally through data analysis, fiscal management and legal compliance

Courses

In order to earn the Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership Online, students must complete 10 courses (30 credit hours), including 15 credit hours of core requirements and 15 credit hours of subject field requirements. All courses in this program are 7 weeks in length.

To see the full list of our Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership online courses, view courses.

Admissions

Applicants for the Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership online degree program must hold a baccalaureate degree with an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Upon admission to the program, applicants are required to submit a writing assessment.

To learn more about our Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

Students in the Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership online degree program can pay for each course as they enroll. There is a $50 application fee, but all other fees are included in the total cost of tuition. Costs are the same for students in Missouri or from outside the state.

To learn more about our Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership online tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

With multiple start dates each year, the Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership online degree program is convenient and accessible. Students should consider application date deadlines, turn in all required documentation and fees, register for classes and pay tuition to begin on their desired start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership Online, view calendar.

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Courses


For the Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership, students must complete the following courses (30 credit hours):

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to introduce the importance of school vision and mission statements as students investigate the process to developing these statements based on the district's improvement plan. Students will conduct an audit of the school's culture and develop an improvement plan that addresses one identified need, based on student learning. The course is intended to help students work with core values, systems of support, and the school improvement process to bring about meaningful change that impacts the school's culture and student success. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to prepare school leaders for effective two-way communication with families and the community. In addition, school leaders will effectively engage families, community and school personnel in strengthening student learning in and out of school. This course will prepare school leaders to build and sustain productive partnerships with communities and public and private sectors to promote school improvement and student development. Finally, this course will prepare school leaders to advocate for the needs and priorities of the school, district, students, families and the community. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to introduce program completers to best instructional practices in curriculum, instruction and assessment. Students will observe teachers in the PreK-12 classroom and provide meaningful feedback on instructional practices consistent with knowledge of learning theory, child development, and effective pedagogy. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

School leaders must work well with their staff members in order to provide a school building that promotes the success and well-being of each student. School leaders provide the knowledge, skills and commitments necessary for management and operation of the building. This course trains leaders to create a safe and functional school facility and grounds to support student learning, understand how routines and schedules support the school environment, and establish procedures that meet the needs of the building while managing a school budget. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

School leaders must work well with their staff members in order to successfully lead their buildings. Effective leaders implement human resource functions, develop and sustain a professional culture of engagement and commitment to the education of the whole child, develop and support positive workplace conditions, and implement systems of supervision and evaluation. This course focuses on the systems that support the hiring and improvement of the school personnel, that develop and sustain staff members' shared vision and goals, that promote staff member leadership and professional growth, and that provide feedback to effectively improve student learning. Class members will be involved in evaluating existing systems and the creation and revision of systems to meet the needs of learners. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will focus on the development of skills related to finding, evaluating, analyzing, prioritizing and integrating data sources for the improvement of student learning. Students will retrieve data, develop an action plan for improvement, and create a project demonstrating proficiency in data literacy. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students who complete this course understand and demonstrate the capability to promote the success and well-being of each student by applying the knowledge, skills and commitments necessary for equitable protocols for student support, equitable access in a least restrictive environment, responsive practices for culturally responsive teaching and leadership, and a supportive school culture that ensures each student and family is treated fairly. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers the laws of our country as they apply to all phases of the public school. Stress is placed upon laws concerning superintendents, principals, teachers and pupils. 21 hours field experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed through field experience to develop the coordination, articulation, and monitoring of a guaranteed and viable curriculum. Students will conduct an audit of curriculum to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of how the designed curriculum is actually being taught in a school with fidelity.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

During this course students will accumulate a minimum amount of hours of practicum experience under the direction of a university and site supervisor. Activities for the practicum are outlined in the practicum handbook. Candidates should provide coherent, authentic, experiences that provide opportunities to synthesize and apply the content knowledge, develop and refine the professional skills, and demonstrate their capabilities as articulated in each of the elements included in NELP Building-Level Program Standards.

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Admissions


The School of Education admission process has specific requirements that students must meet to enroll in the Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership online program. Find out the requirements, what additional materials you should send and where you need to send them.

Non-Missouri students should determine whether this program fits the certification requirements for their state.

MSEd. in Educational Leadership Online Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or 2.50 to 2.74 GPA with a 3.0 GPA on six hours of required graduate coursework at Northwest in the major program where admission is requested
  • Documentation of one of the following:
    • 3.5 or higher on the analytical writing measure of the GRE
    • Successful completion of another Master's Degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with at least a 2.75 GPA
    • National Board Certification
    • Successful completion of nationally normed educational performance assessment (MoPTA, EdTPA)
    • Valid state-issued teaching certificate
    • Two years of previous teaching experience with a valid teaching certificate
    • Department Analytical writing assessment that is evaluated using a writing scoring guide based on the modified CUNY scales with a score of 4.0 or higher

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Amber Duis, Graduate Records Specialist
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001

Have a question? Call us at 844-890-9304.

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership Online. The tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. The tuition cost includes all fees.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 3-credit hour Course Per Program
MSEd. in Educational Leadership $325 $975 $9,750
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Calendar


Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall 1 August 28, 2017 August 14, 2017 August 18, 2017 August 24, 2017 October 13, 2017
Fall 2 October 23, 2017 October 9, 2017 October 13, 2017 October 19, 2017 December 15, 2017
Spring 1 January 8, 2018 December 18, 2017 December 21, 2017 January 4, 2018 February 23, 2018
Spring 2 March 5, 2018 February 19, 2018 February 23, 2018 March 1, 2018 April 27, 2018
Summer 1 May 7, 2018 April 23, 2018 April 27, 2018 May 3, 2018 June 22, 2018
Summer 2 July 2, 2018 June 18, 2018 June 22, 2018 June 28, 2018 August 17, 2018
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