Educational Leadership

Online Master of Science Program

Be a leader in using data for sound decision making in K-12 education.

Concordia University’s nationally-accredited School of Education offers advanced professional training for leadership positions in K-12 schools through the Master of Science in Educational Leadership (MSEL) degree.

The program is approved by the Michigan Department of Education for Principal preparation. Our curriculum is aligned with the Michigan Standards for the Preparation of Building Principals, as well as the standards for the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).

The MSEL program centers on a three-point mission to prepare educators who are serving leaders, reflective practitioners, and committed to life-long learning.

Program Features and Benefits

  • The faculty consists of highly qualified and caring educational practitioners who are dedicated to meeting each student’s needs.
  • Emphasis on Action Research to promote real change in your school.
  • Online Learning opportunities from the comfort of your own home or office!
  • The School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • Collaborative learning model places you in courses with your colleagues and peers, allowing you to grow and develop together and build on each others’ experiences and skills.
  • Affordable and Flexible
  • Christian community

Master of Science in Education Leadership

32 Required Credits

Course NumberCourse TitleDescriptionCredits
EDU 820Educational Leadership: Theory and PracticeAn exploration of the basic principles of educational leadership within the sociopolitical context of schools. An analysis of the beliefs and practices required for high levels of performance.3
EDU 830Organizational Theory in Educational SettingsOrganizational Theory in Educational Settings presents traditional and contemporary theories, research and practices related to the behavior of human beings in formal organizations; particularly with in the context of school as an institution.3
EDU 870Professional Learning Communities in a Pluralistic SocietyAn overview of the development of learning communities within the school system. The emphasis in this course is that the school system reflects the community it serves. This includes developing partnerships with parents, the business community and local/state/federal agencies that serve the community.3
EDU 850Research Methods in EducationResearch Methods in Education provides a broad introduction to educational research and the various traditions found within the community of educational researchers. Attention will be given to the central role of data collection and interpretation in curricular, programmatic, and leadership decision-making. The student will examine the moral, legal, and ethical issues that arise when conducting research. The coursework leads to the development of the initial research project design for meeting the degree requirements of the Master of Science in Educational Leadership.3
EDU 880Curriculum Development and Instructional SupervisionCandidates examine the criteria and development of effective instructional programs, including the dynamics involved in planning, implementation and evaluation of programs; the implications of personnel and resource development to the overall instructional model; and the skills necessary to effectively and positively impact personnel in order to create and sustain a positive learning environment.3
EDU 910Legal, Ethical & Policy Issues for School LeadersCandidates examine legal and ethical issues related to Educational Administration, including questions of liability and negligence, teacher and student rights, certification and accreditation, and disciplinary policies and practices. Particular attention will be given to the role and impact of local, state and federal stakeholders on the development and implementation of school policies.3
EDU 930The Principalship: Current Issues & Emerging TrendsParticipants examine the changing, multi-faceted role of servant leadership within schools and as it extends to the community. Course topics will include research on strategies and innovative programs to improve school operations and enhance achievement for all students.3
EDU 940Personnel Management and Professional DevelopmentParticipants explore and learn to apply leadership skills and dispositions related to the development and supervision of effective learning environments. The process and function of various leadership roles are explored as they contribute to the overall success of the instructional program, particularly through the ongoing evaluation and improvement of personnel, facilities, programs, schedules, services and staff development.3
EDU 950Funding and Financing SchoolsThis course traces the history and current realities of school funding within American public and private schools. Participants will examine state aid formulas, tax structures and federal aid, along with the use of tuition, grants and third-source funding. This course will include a practical application of the development of school budgets.3
EDU 995Guided Research and PracticeThe graduate student will work with his/her university research supervisor to write and submit the final Action Research Report. The focus of this course is the completion of the research report. This report is written according to Concordia University's prescribed format and writing style. This is a Pass/No Credit course.3
EDU 998Internship in Educational LeadershipThe two (2) credit hour Internship in Educational Leadership is completed in a school under the supervision of a school building administrator and Concordia Internship Coordinator. This course is designed to provide candidates with practical experiences related to Michigan's Standards for the Preparation of School Principals. Practicum hours can be completed before, during and after the school day across a broad array of activities that reflect all aspects of the principal's role in education. This is a self-paced pass/no credit course.2