Enhance your classroom abilities and build the foundation for a successful transition into school administration positions with the online MEd in Educational Leadership from Southeastern University.
Advance your career in education and earn the credentials you need to advance your knowledge and ability to effectively serve in the K-12 system. Incorporate the fruits of the spirit into your school as you cultivate a thriving educational community. As a school administrator, you’ll have the ability to influence the future of education and take on more responsibility for student achievement.
Through our online master’s degree in educational leadership, you will explore various topics that are critical to effective academic administration, including:
- Defining, planning, implementing and analyzing K-12 curricula
- Examining various instructional strategies
- Adult learning theories, behaviors, supervisory models, tasks and skills, along with strategies for continuous improvement
- The issues and opportunities surrounding academic administrators, such as authoritative, delegative, participative and servant leadership
- Effective written and verbal communication, mediation and conflict-resolution skills
- Human resource management
- Student evaluation and achievement
- Planning and management functions of a school, such as budgeting, purchasing, records management, maintenance and technology application
- Legal principles and interpretations of constitutional and statutory laws that affect teachers’ rights, as well as student legal rights and the ethical parameters of educational leadership
The online program requires you to complete an action research project in your school or classroom and a supervised practicum that will allow you to apply educational theory and practice in real-world leadership experiences.
Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.
Courses and Requirements
The online master’s degree in educational leadership includes a total of 36 credits and takes about 18 months to complete. A six-credit practicum in educational leadership is required.
Students who wish to enroll in Southeastern University’s MEd in Educational Leadership program must:
- Have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or official GRE score of 300
- Have a current resume showing three years of teaching experience, along with their two most recent teacher performance evaluations
Course Number Course Title Description Credits EDUC 5153 Curriculum and Instructional Strategies for All Learners This course focuses on assisting candidates in defining, planning, implementing, analyzing, and evaluating the K-12 curricula. The course also examines instructional strategies that have a positive impact on student achievement and school-wide policies and procedures that support learning for all students. 3 EDUC 5163 Educational Leadership Research This course is designed to step graduate students through the process of developing, conducting, and reporting an action research project in their school or classroom. The major emphasis of this course is the acquisition and application of action research and decision-making skills and techniques in school leadership and management. Candidates will become consumers of quantitative and qualitative research in their field and learn to conduct research in their particular educational setting. 3 EDUC 5173 Adult and Lifelong Learning This course provides candidates with the study of adult learning theories, behaviors, supervisory models, tasks, and skills of informal data collection. The course also includes strategies for continuous improvement for all candidates and stakeholders. 3 EDUC 5203 Educational Leadership This course examines issues and opportunities surrounding educational leaders by examining administrative practices, theories, and techniques of various leadership styles including, but not limited to, authoritative, participative, delegative, and servant leadership. 3 EDUC 5213 Communication Skills & Supervision For Educational Leaders The purpose of this course is to enable candidates to develop communication skills and practices used by school-based administrators. The course will explore theory and research applying to effective verbal and written communication, mediation, and conflict resolution skills. 3 EDUC 5223 Organizational Management in Schools This course examines state and federal case laws pertaining to human resource management in education. Instructional and clinical supervision, as well as, educational human resource management theories, models, and practices are examined. 3 EDUC 5233 Learning, Accountability and Assessment This course is an examination of the theory and practice of student evaluation, communicating student achievement, and the use of assessment data as decision-making tools. 3 EDUC 5243 School Finance This course examines the planning and management functions in a school that encompasses such activities as budgeting, purchasing, storing, warehousing, records management, utilization, and maintenance of the physical plant, including the needs of the handicapped. The application of technology in the ongoing fiscal and business operations of the school are emphasized. 3 EDUC 5253 Public School Law for Educational Leaders This course introduces legal principles and interpretations of constitutional and statutory laws as they affect teachers' rights and their legal responsibilities to students. The course also includes an examination of student legal rights and the ethical parameters of educational leadership. 3 EDUC 5263 Educational Technology for School Leaders This course prepares candidates to meet the state and national technology competencies for school administration. It provides both theoretical and practical knowledge and skills as well as the opportunity for an increased ability to effectively implement and use technology in schools. 3 EDUC 5276 Supervised Practicum in Educational Leaders The purpose of the practicum is to enable candidates to gain awareness, insight, and competency in school administrative operations. Candidates will be able to further their leadership skills by applying educational theory and practice in real world leadership experiences. All practicum hours will be supervised by a school-based administrator and the course professor. Educational leadership students are required to complete an administrative practicum of at least 120 clock hours. The student is responsible for arranging for his or her own practicum-setting, preceptor, and must satisfy all practicum-setting requirements. 6
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$375 per credit hour||$13,500|
|Technology Fee||$100 per semester||$300|
|General Student Fee||$150 per semester||$450|
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated three to four semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 866.858.6290 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.
At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options. About 98 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid, and we have multiple payment options available.Learn More
You can pursue a variety of careers within education administration after graduating from our online master’s degree in educational leadership. Some of the possible career outcomes include:
- Assistant Principal
- Dean of Students or Faculty
- Instructional Coordinator
- University Registrar
Frequently Asked Questions
- Because our online tuition rate is already discounted, we do not offer additional internal scholarships. However, we encourage you to apply for external scholarships. Connect with your tuition planner for additional information.
- We accept transfer credit all the way up to the master's degree level and offer free transfer credit evaluations. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as institutions accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. We also accept transfer credits from nationally accredited or unaccredited institutions if an articulation agreement exists. For information, view our Transfer Policy.
- Undergraduate students may be eligible for federal grants through financial aid, which do not have to be repaid. However, not all undergraduate students will receive federal grants. We also offer payment plan options to spread the cost over a few months. Once you apply, you'll have access to a tuition planner, who will work with you to determine the best financial plan. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.
- As an online student, you're still part of a community. We have enrollment counselors, advisors and tuition planners who will work closely with you for the duration of your program. You’ll also have access to our tutoring services, career services and the online library.
Benefits of Learning Online
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