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Master of Arts in EducationEducational Leadership

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare teachers to meet the learning needs of today’s K-12 students from an administrative role. Students enrolled in this program will develop an understanding of effective school organization, management and leadership.

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Educational Leadership Curriculum Overview

The Master of Arts in Education program with an emphasis in Educational Leadership prepares highly effective professionals, decision making, and reflective leaders for educational settings. The coursework is designed to be sequential and offered face-to-face and online.

Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ED - 502 Educational Issues 3
ED - 521 Educ Research & Applications 3
EDL - 550 Leadership in Education 3
ED - 508 Legal & Ethical Issues in Educ 3
ED - 554 Curriculum & Instruction 3
EDL - 556 Superv. & Improvmnt of Instruc 3
EDL - 507 Human Resources and Diversity 3
EDL - 557 Financial Resources 3
EDL - 553 Educ Policy & Admin 3
ED - 590 Research & Complete Capstone 3

A study of historical and contemporary issues in education. Students explore the social and academic goals of education, the current conditions of the nationÕs educational system, the teaching profession and the future of American education.

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Mastering the systematic and rigorous process of posing a focused question, developing a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis, collecting and analyzing relevant data and drawing conclusions.

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A study of the critical role of the educational leader to influence and impact the successful learning of all students.

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A study of legal issues, professional ethics, and moral philosophy with applications to the field of education.

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A study of the role of the educational leader to develop and implement curriculum design and effective instructional methods and strategies.

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A study of the knowledge and skills of the educational leader to build and implement collaborative teacher supervision procedures which will increase effective instruction and improve student learning.

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A study of leadership and management for human resources and diversity in the work place in the changing environment of contemporary schools.

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A study of leadership and management of the fiscal resources of contemporary schools.

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A study of the educational leader's role in the analysis, development, implementation and evaluation of educational policy in contemporary society and schools.

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A review and critical analysis of current educational research focused on a specific question. Students complete the capstone project.

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  1. Apply Online
  2. Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 system. More information can be found on the How to Request Official Transcripts site.
    • Please have all official transcripts sent to: Concordia University – Saint Paul Office of Graduate Admission ATTN: Kristine Erickson 1282 Concordia Avenue St. Paul, MN 55104
  3. Submit a typed personal statement that answers the questions listed below. Completed statements should be labeled with your name, academic program, and your contact information and submitted via your student portal. Each question should be answered in a minimum of 300 words (1 page).
    • Why are you choosing to pursue a graduate program at this time in your career, and what are you hoping to accomplish by doing so?
    • What strengths do you feel make you a strong candidate for the program?
    • Describe a past or present personal/professional experience that you believe positively influenced your potential to succeed in a graduate program.

Technology Requirements

Students enrolling at Concordia University, St. Paul must have access to a computer that meets Concordia’s technology requirements. Contact the University Help Desk at or (651) 641-8866 with any questions regarding these requirements.

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Career Potential

This program is for individuals who want to start the path to becoming a school administrator or school principal.

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