Master of Science in Education Leadership

Online Education Degree



Concordia University Online’s  School of Education provides advanced training that opens opportunities to leadership positions in K-12 schools. Our courses are designed to accomplish a three-point mission by preparing educators to be leaders in service to the community, continue as reflective practitioners, and be committed to lifelong learning. Study and grow in our programs as you collaborate and share experiences with other students, current professionals, and caring instructors who lead the education field in research and methodology, while enjoying classes in a flexible online format designed for the working adult. Our Master of Science in Education Leadership program is top ranked by US News and World Report.

The curriculum for this program is offered through Concordia University Ann Arbor and is developed to meet all Michigan state standards. It is also able to meet many other state standards. Please check with your state’s department for details.

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Goals / Objectives

  • Ability to attain school funding using state aid formulas, tax structures, and federal aid directives
  • Experience in implementing and evaluating programs while considering the facets of personnel and resource development
  • Ability to effectively and positively impact personnel in order to create and sustain a positive learning environment
  • Working knowledge of the legal and ethical issues related to educational administration
  • Understanding of the impact of local, state, and federal stakeholders on the development and implementation of school policies

Career Outlook

  • Early Childhood Program Administrator
  • Principal
  • Vice Principal
  • Literacy Specialist
  • Numeracy Specialist
  • Instructional Coach
  • Data Specialist
  • Testing Coordinator

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Educational Leadership: Theory and Practice (EDU 820) - Credits: 3

Course Description

An 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.
Professional Learning Communities in a Pluralistic Society (EDU 870) - Credits: 3

Course Description

An 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.
Methods of Research (for MS) (EDU 850) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Research 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.
Curriculum Development and Instructional Supervision (EDU 880) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Candidates 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.
Legal, Ethical & Policy Issues for School Leaders (EDU 910) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Candidates 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.
The Principalship: Current Issues & Emerging Trends (EDU 930) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Participants 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.
Personnel Management and Professional Development (EDU 940) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Participants 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.
Funding and Financing Schools (EDU 950) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This 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.
Guided Research and Practice (EDU 995) - Credits: 3

Course Description

The 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.
Internship in Educational Leadership (EDU 998) - Credits: 2

Course Description

The 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.
Organizational Theory in Educational Settings (EDU 830) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Organizational 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.

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