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A Master’s degree in Educational Leadership is a top tier degree in the specific area of study that will prepare the graduate for various Teaching positions in multiple levels of education but, more importantly, prepare the graduate for positions of leadership including Director, Assistant Principal, Principal, Headmaster and Head of School (to name but a few).  Executive and other directorial positions would also be open to the graduate with a Masters degree in higher education including Dean positions, Provost and Registrar.  Each State still requires licensing for many Teaching and Administrative positions in public schools, but private educational institutions still set their criteria for their staff and administrators.

The Master’s degree may be a Masters of Science (MS), Masters of Arts (MA) or Masters of Education (MEd) according to the issuing school’s standards and criteria.  Coursework will include (but not be limited to): professional development and leadership, school finance and law, strategic and organizational planning, adult learning, community relations and student affairs. The successful graduate will possess strong skills in management, communication, organizational and problem-solving skills and have been exposed to real world situations in the form of Internships and independent Research projects.

The criteria used for this ranking combines several elements of comparison including program reputation, overall student cost, faculty structure and student care as well as the exclusivity of the program.  All schools included in the ranking offer Online Degree programs including the Masters in Educational Leadership.  Master’s Programs Guide is pleased to present their Top 50 Masters in Educational Leadership Program for 2017.

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50. University of Louisiana— Monroe

The University of Louisiana— Monroe is a selective, comprehensive, coed public university located in Monroe, Louisiana. A member of the University of Louisiana System, the University began in the early 1930s and was originally called the Ouachita Parish Junior College. Renamed the Northeast Center of Louisiana State University in 1934, and Northeast Louisiana State College in 1950, in the late 1960s the school achieved university status and adopted its current name. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the University of Louisiana-Monroe offers several undergraduate, graduate and online degree programs through its colleges and schools. These include the College of Arts, Education, and Sciences; the College of Business and Social Sciences; the College of Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences; and the Graduate School. The University’s vision is to be “recognized as a preeminent student-centered university with learning as its primary goal” with a mission to “serve its students and community through teaching, research, and service.” This statement continues “…students are nurtured and encouraged to broaden their values, intellect, interests, talents, and abilities to become thoughtful and productive citizens.”

Among its several online program offerings, the University of Louisiana— Monroe offers a Master of Education in Educational Leadership program. A 36 semester hour program, completion of Tier 1 of the Educational Leadership program (6 hours) qualifies the candidate for Louisiana endorsement as a Teacher Leader. The program also includes an extended internship which provides valuable real-world experience for the student in school administration. A 100% online program, care is taken to coordinate the student’s home school district with University of Louisiana-Monroe professors to allow students to participate in internships and other hands-on learning experiences. The estimated cost for full-time, in-state residents is $6,489 per year and $18,589 per year for full-time, out-of-state students.

49. George Mason University

George Mason University is a public research institution located in Fairfax, Virginia, about fifteen miles outside of Washington, DC. Established as an independent member of the state of Virginia’s system of colleges and universities, in 1957 George Mason University began with just a single building and seventeen students. Today, the University has grown to be the largest public research university in the state with four campuses across Virginia, another campus in Songdo, Korea and 34,000 students who come from 130 countries and all fifty states. Named for George Mason, one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, it was Mason who drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights which served as the model for the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights. A “progressive, diverse university”, George Mason University seeks to graduate students who will go on to “become involved, caring and contributing members of society, who seek to make a positive imprint.”

George Mason University offers a number of online degree programs, including a Master of Education in Educational Leadership which is available through the College of Education and Human Development. A 30 credit-hour program, the Education Leadership Master’s program is aligned with national standards for school building leaders and fulfills the state of Virginia’s requirements for licensure in Administration and Supervising PK-12. Designed for active educators, the program emphasizes “an understanding of the complexities of change in schools, communities, and organizations.” The program is nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC). Estimated tuition costs are $572 per credit for full-time, in-state residents and $772 per credit for full-time, out-of-state students. Financial aid options are available for this program.


48. Montana State University

Montana State University is a public land grant institution located in Bozeman, Montana. Established in 1893 as the Agricultural College of the State of Montana, the first classes were held in the rooms of a county high school with just eight students and two faculty members. Since that time, Montana State University has grown to become the largest land-grant university in the state as well as Montana’s largest university. With an enrollment figure of more than 16,000, including over 2,000 graduate students, Montana State offers over 200 academic programs, 54 master’s degrees and 37 doctoral degrees, including a specialist degree program. Comprised of several colleges, these include the College of Agriculture, the College of ARts & Architecture, the College of Business, the College of Education, Health & Human Development, the College of Engineering, the College of Letters and Science, the College of Nursing, The Graduate School, Gallatin College, and the Honors College. Montana State’s research expenditures typically exceed $100 million annually and the University is rated among the top 3% of colleges and universities for its research.

Among the several online degree programs available, Montana State University offers a Master of Education in Educational Leadership with a K-12 Principal Licensure. Nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the program is also approved by the Montana Board of Public Education. Particularly designed to train and equip K-12 school principals who will effectively serve within Montana communities and the rural communities scattered across the Northern Plains and Northern Rocky Mountain region, the Educational Leadership program is offered in a blended delivery model which features online instruction with a few in-person sessions. The estimated cost of the program is $5,200 per year for in-state residents and $16,200 per year for out-of-state students.


47. Stephen F. Austin State University

Stephen F. Austin State University is a public, independent university located in the heart of eastern Texas in the historic town of Nacogdoches. Named after one of Texas’ founding fathers, the University was chartered between 1917- 1921 by the Texas Legislature with the area of Nacogdoches chosen for its location. Called the Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College, the college’s first classes were held in 1923. Today, Stephen F. Austin State University (abbreviated SFA) is home to nearly 13,000 enrolled students and over 500 full-time faculty members and offers more than 120 majors and areas of study, 44 master’s degrees, 3 doctoral, and 20 online degree programs. Comprised of six colleges, these include the Nelson Rusche College of Business, the Arther Temple College of Forestry & Agriculture, the James I. Perkins College of Education, the College of Liberal & Applied Arts, the College of Fine Arts, and the College of Sciences & Mathematics.

Stephen F. Austin State University offers an Online Principal Preparation Program, available as either a 30 credit-hour Master of Education degree on an 18 credit-hour certification. Nationally accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), SFA boasts a 90% pass rate among students on the TExES. SFA utilizes a scholar-practitioner approach which incorporates theory and practice-based learning and focuses on “research-based leadership practices, curriculum and instructional leadership, data-driven decision-making, special programs, law, and school and community leadership.” Internship hours and/or field experiences are included in the coursework. Offered through SFA Online, the estimated cost of the master’s degree program is $272 per credit for in-state residents or $7,360 for the entire program with financial aid (out-of-state tuition is estimated at $680 per credit hour).


46. University of Colorado — Colorado Springs

The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (abbreviated UCCS) is a public comprehensive university of the liberal arts and sciences. Located in northeast Colorado Springs at the foot of the Austin Bluffs, UCCS’s 550 acre campus offers a breathtaking view of the Front of the Rocky Mountains, including Pikes Peak. One of four campuses within the University of Colorado System, UCCS was established in 1965 and built on the original 1964 gift of 80 acres given by George Dwire, a local businessman. Today, UCCS is the fastest growing campus within the University of Colorado System and has an enrollment figure of approximately 12,000 students. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a Member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, UCCS offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 22 master’s and five doctoral degrees through its six colleges and schools. The University’s vision is to be “a premier comprehensive undergraduate and specialized graduate research university, provides students with academically rigorous and life-enriching experiences in a vibrant university community.” This statement continues, “[At UCCS] we advance knowledge, integrate student learning with the spirit of discovery, and broaden access to higher education for the benefit of southern Colorado, the state, nation, and world.”

The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs offers a number of online degree programs, including a Master of Arts in Leadership designed for the development of educational leaders. A 30 credit hour program, the MA in Leadership’s curriculum was developed on “a foundation of research in the areas of leadership, management, schooling, curriculum, instructional practices, adult development, and technology.” The program meets the accreditation requirements of both the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Educational Leadership Constituency Council (ELCC). An estimated tuition cost for in-state residents is $555 per credit and $1,120 per credit for out-of-state students.


45. Nova Southeastern University (Fischler)

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a private, not-for-profit institution of higher education located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Established in 1964, NSU began as the Nova University of Advanced Technology and was chartered as a graduate institution in the physical and social sciences. Eventually more programs were added and in 1994 the University merged with Southeastern University of Health Sciences to form Nova Southeastern University. Today NSU is classified as a research university with the “highest research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. NSU is also one of only 50 universities worldwide to be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification and is the largest non-profit private institution in the country which meets the criteria of being a Hispanic-serving institution, according to the U.S. Department of Education. NSU offers 150 degrees including 50 undergraduate majors and 80 master’s and doctoral programs through its 18 colleges and schools. The University’s mission “is to offer a diverse array of innovative academic programs that complement on-campus educational opportunities and resources with accessible distance learning programs to foster academic excellence, intellectual inquiry, leadership, research, and commitment to community through engagement of students and faculty members in a dynamic, life-long learning environment.”

Nova Southeastern University offers several online degree programs, including a Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership. A Florida state-approved program for add-on certification for teachers, NSU’s Educational Leadership program is designed to prepare K-12 teachers for roles of administration within public and private schools and school systems. Students are taught leadership skills through practical application as well as a “broad knowledge of social, political, and economic forces at work in society that affect education”. Offered through the Fischler College of Education, the program is accredited by NCATE and is available 100% online, providing convenience and flexibility.


44. Arkansas State University— Jonesboro

Arkansas State University— Jonesboro is a public university located in Jonesboro, Arkansas on a 1,376 acres. Established in 1909, the University was created as one of four Arkansas high schools by Act 100 of the 37th Arkansas General Assembly. Originally, the school taught the subjects of agriculture, horticulture and the art of textile manufacturing. Today, Arkansas State University has grown to become a doctoral-level national institution and the second largest university in the state. More than 150 fields of undergraduate and graduate study are offered through the University’s several colleges; these include the Colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, & Technology; Business; Education & Behavioral Science; Liberal Arts and Communication; Nursing & Health Professions; and Sciences & Mathematics. Arkansas State University’s mission is to educate leaders, enhance intellectual growth, and enrich lives. More than 14,000 students are currently enrolled who are taught by more than 1,500 faculty and staff members.

Arkansas State University offers a wide variety of online degree programs, including an Online Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership. A 36 credit hour program, coursework can be completed in as little as 20 months with an estimated tuition cost of $294 per credit hours (includes administrative fees). Designed for educators seeking to develop the skills to lead in their educational community, areas of study include implementing research-based instructional strategies, designing curriculum, using assessments for learning, management, and ways in which to effectively motivate students. With the integration of theory and practice through performance-based field activities, students are encouraged to put what they learn in the classroom into action. Specific core courses include Philosophies of Education; Ethical Leadership; School Law; Theories of Instruction; and Administration and Supervision of Special Education, among others.


43. Montclair State University

Montclair State University is a public research institution located in Montclair, New Jersey.  Situated on a 252 acre suburban campus, the University is twelve miles away from New York City and serves the New Jersey communities of Montclair, Little Falls and Clifton. Originally called the New Jersey State Normal School when it was founded in 1908, today Montclair State University is known as a leading institution of higher education in New Jersey and was designated a “Research/Doctoral University” by the Carnegie

Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. More than 300 majors, minors, concentrations and certification programs are offered through the University’s nine colleges and schools (including over 130 graduate degree programs) and Montclair State University has a total enrollment figure of more than 20,000 students. In its mission statement, the University declares its commitment to “serving the educational needs of New Jersey with programs characterized by academic rigor and currency in the development of knowledge and its applications.”

Montclair State University offers several online degree programs, including a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. Founded on a strong theoretical foundation with a practical structure, the M.A. in Educational Leadership program is designed to offer students the professional preparation and conceptual tools necessary to become successful school leaders. The program consists of three terms per year (Fall, Spring, and Summer) with two sessions per term and one 8-week course per session. Blending theory with practice, the program offers plenty of interaction between peers and faculty and several student support services are available to ensure that they excel. A fast track option is available, allowing students to earn their full master’s degree (with both supervisor and principal certifications) in as little as 14 months while still working full-time.


42. Arizona State University

Arizona State University (ASU) is a top ranked public research university located in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. The University’s main campus is located in downtown Tempe, Arizona, about 8 miles east of downtown Phoenix; ASU operates several campuses and regional learning centers all across the state. One of the largest public universities in the country in terms of enrollment, ASU is home to nearly 59,000 undergraduates and over 13,000 graduates. ASU is classified by Carnegie as a research university with the “highest research activity” and has been named the most innovative university in America, above Stanford and MIT. Established in 1885 by an act passed by the Arizona Territorial Legislature, ASU was originally called the Territorial Normal School at Tempe. In 1945 the school became Arizona State College and in 1958 was renamed Arizona State University. In addition to its traditional campus degree programs, ASU offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its online platform which is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ. ASU’s online classes are taught by the same faculty and students receive the same diploma as traditional students.

One of the online programs Arizona State University offers is the Online Master of Education in Educational Leadership (Principalship). Designed for aspiring principals or active educators who are interested in filling leadership positions within their schools and districts, ASU’s M.Ed. program is 36 credit hours long with eleven total classes; each class lasts 7.5 weeks. Outcomes of the program include being able to successfully manage curriculum development challenges, interpret and use test results, interact with the community, and lead other educators and help them achieve school goals. Designed to meet the Arizona requirements for principal of supervision certification, out-of-state residents are advised to contact their local state department of education to determine the proper principal or supervision certification requirements before applying to ASU’s program.


41. University of San Diego

The University of San Diego (USD) is a private, coeducational, independent Catholic institution of higher education. Classified as a “Doctoral/Research University” by Carnegie, USD’s 180 acre campus is perched on a pristine canyon and overlooks the city of San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. With 16th century Spanish Renaissance architectural style, USD’s campus is easily navigable and pedestrian-friendly and is just a short drive away from beaches, mountains, downtown and the Mexican border. Among USD’s several recognitions and accolades, the University was given The Ashoka U designation as a Changemaker Campus – one of only 41 universities worldwide to earn this distinction. USD seeks to be a place where “where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges” and is committed to the core values of Academic Excellence, Knowledge Community, Ethical Conduct, and Compassionate Service. USD is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and offers more than 40 bachelor’s degrees, nearly 30 master’s, a Juris Doctor, five Master of Law degree programs, and three doctorates. The University has a total enrollment figure of over 8,000 including over 2,000 graduate/doctoral/paralegal students.

The University of San Diego offers several online programs, including a Master of Education in School Leadership. USD’s School Leadership specialization is geared towards educators with K-12 teaching experience who aspire to leadership or administrative roles within their schools and educational communities. Addressing the essential areas of school leadership (including data driven decision making, instructional leadership, ethical and professional norms and more), all courses within the School Leadership program are grounded in a social justice foundation. A Catholic School Leadership option is also available for students who are interested in leading with a Catholic School setting. Estimated tuition costs are $1,400 per credit and financial aid options are available.


40. St. Mary’s University of Minnesota

St. Mary’s University of Minnesota is a private, nonprofit national university based out of Winona, Minnesota. A Roman Catholic institution grounded in the Lasillian Catholic heritage, St. Mary’s was established in 1912 by Bishop Patrick R. Heffron and is affiliated with the De La Salle Christian Brothers. St. Mary’s puts students’ success at the core of their concern and is self-described as “mission-driven, committed to abandoning elitism, embracing respect, and being dedicated to every person”. Nearly 6,000 total students are enrolled and 58 undergraduate majors are offered. The University’s Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs (SGPP) offers degrees and certification programs in locations scattered all across Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as online and has an enrollment of nearly 5,000 with faculty mainly comprised of working professionals. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, St. Mary’s core principals include: Respect for All Persons; Quality Education; Inclusive Community: Concern for the Poor and Social Justice; and Faith in the Presence of God. The University’s mission is to awaken, nurture, and empower learners to “ethical lives of service and leadership.”

St. Mary’s University of Minnesota offers an Online Master’s in Educational Leadership designed to prepare students for leadership positions within educational institutions. A 33-credit, 22-month long program, students can expect to “gain a deeper perspective on educational leadership, management, and administration to become a visionary who can affect change within the educational organization.” Intended for active educators and/or school administrators, St. Mary’s Master’s in Educational Leadership places emphasis on change and what is necessary to be an effective leader. Ideal careers for graduates of this degree include administrator within a private, parochial, or charter school; dean of students; principal in Wisconsin or Minnesota; and teacher-leader, to name a few.  


39. Lynn University

Lynn University is a private institution of higher education located in Boca Raton, Florida. Primarily grounded in the liberal arts, Lynn University began in 1962 as a two-year women’s finishing school; the small school experienced much change and growth over its first few decades, nearly disappearing before being revived by its first president, Dr. Donald E. Ross in 1970. In 1973 the school’s name was changed to the College of Boca Raton and in 1985 the College offered its first four-year degrees. By 1990 the name Lynn University was adopted, signifying the institution’s expanded scope and academic offerings. Today the University has international renown and is ranked as one of the most innovative schools in the nation. With a total student enrollment figure of approximately 3,000 (2,400 undergraduates, 600 postgraduate students), Lynn University is intentionally small in order to better maintain a “multifaceted, coeducational, primarily residential university with a small college atmosphere.” The University’s mission is “to provide the education, support and environment that enable individual students to realize their full potential and to prepare for success in the world” and nearly 40 majors are offered through its six colleges.

Lynn University offers a number of online degree programs, including an online Master’s in Educational Leadership. A one-year program, the online format is designed to offer convenient access to the program to busy professionals. Topics covered in the material include instructional leadership; human resources and curriculum planning; laws and rules governing educational institutions; the theory of educational leadership; ethical issues and implications and more. Estimated tuition per credit hour is $740 and financial aid options are available. A 37 credit hour program, students are given field-based assignments which combine theory with practice and opportunity is also given for students to meet and study within their local educational institutions to gain real-world insight and experience.


38. Robert Morris University

Robert Morris University is a private, suburban university located outside of Pittsburgh in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. Established in 1921, Robert Morris University (abbreviated RMU) began in downtown Pittsburgh as the Pittsburgh School of Accountancy, founded by educator and accountant, Andrew Blass. In 1935 the school was renamed the Robert Morris School of Business in honor of America’s Founding Father, often referred to as the “financier of the American Revolution.” By the late 1960s the school became a four-year college and in 2002 gained University status (and adopted its current name) following the approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. A pioneer in its emphasis on engaged learning, RMU has a total enrollment of 5,400 students who represent 48 states and 39 foreign nations. The University’s mission is to be “a student-centered institution that transforms lives by building knowledge, skills, and citizenship, all of which focus on the achievement of one’s personal and professional goals.” RMU’s vision is to be recognized as a “best value leader by providing a highly proactive student engagement learning environment that is focused on producing graduates of consequence and influence in their personal and professional lives.”

Among its several online programs, Robert Morris University offers a Master of Science in Instructional Leadership. Available both on-campus and in a fully online format, this program is designed for K-12 educators seeking to advance their careers. Also available with a combined certification program, RMU’s Instructional Leadership program is taught in a way which allows students to build on what they have already learned and “advance professionally, demonstrating instructional and leadership skills that are a cut above the rest.” Program specifics include being able to demonstrate effective leadership skills; manage curricula; integrate technology into teaching and learning and much more.


37. University of Iowa

Located in Iowa City, Iowa, the University of Iowa is a public research institution and the flagship and oldest university in the state, having been founded in 1847. Known globally for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities, Iowa is home to more than 33,000 students, including over 7,000 graduate and professional students, and offers more than 200 areas of academic study. In its mission statement, the University declares its commitment to “advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world; and to educate students for success and personal fulfillment in a diverse world.” The University of Iowa has been a member of the elite Association of American Universities since 1909 and was recently named one of the top 250 universities in the world by Times Higher Education.

The University of Iowa offers a number of online learning options, including a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with a Principal Licensure. Designed for working educational professionals, many students of the program are practicing teachers and administrators so Iowa’s online format is designed to offer both convenience and flexibility for those with a busy schedule. The program’s purpose is to prepare candidates to work as principals in P-12 schools and other educational environments; as supervisor to instructional special education programs; or as supervisors of support for special education programs. Students pursuing the M.A. in Educational Leadership with the principal licensure are required to have a minimum of 3 years teaching at the Pre K-12 level in order to obtain Iowa Endorsement #189.


36. Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University is a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research university located in Statesboro, Georgia. The largest and most comprehensive center of higher education in Georgia, South of Atlanta, Georgia Southern University (abbreviated GSU) offers approximately 120 degree programs, including bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate, many of which are available in a classical campus setting or an online format. More than 20,000 students make up GSU’s total enrollment, with representatives from all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and 88 foreign countries. Established in 1906, GSU’s hallmark is their “culture of engagement that bridges theory with practice, extends the learning environment beyond the classroom, and promotes student growth and success.” The University is nationally accredited by the Commission on Colleges/Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and purposes to be “devoted to

academic distinction in teaching, scholarship and service”. GSU’s mission is to be “committed to advancing the State of Georgia and the region through the benefits of higher education”. The mission statement continues, “The University fosters access to its educational programs, provides a comprehensive and fulfilling university experience, and enhances quality of life in the region through collaborative relationships supporting education, health care and human services, cultural experiences, scientific and technological advancement, athletics, and regional development.”

Georgia Southern University offers an online Master of Education in Educational Leadership, which is open to P-12 educators who currently hold school-level positions below the principal and district positions that do not supervise principals. Designed to prepare Educational Leadership candidates for entry-level school leadership positions, GSU’s M.Ed. program consists of 36 credit hours which are administered through twelve required courses. With a curriculum that is based on “an inquiry approach that emphasizes foundation knowledge and skills”, the program leads to leadership certification at the Tier I level, as administered by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.


35. Sam Houston State University

Sam Houston State University (abbreviated SHSU) is a public university located in Huntsville, Texas and a member of The Texas State University System. Established in 1879 by the Texas Legislature as the Sam Houston Normal Institute for the original purpose of training public school teachers, today the University is classified as a “Doctoral Research University” by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education which also included SHSU on its list of “Community Engaged” universities. Named for Sam Houston, Texas’ greatest hero, SHSU seeks to honor its heritage through academic excellence. SHSU’s motto is “The Measure of a Life is its Service” and its mission to provide “high quality education, scholarship, and service to qualified students for the benefit of regional, state, national and international constituencies.” SHSU is home to more than 20,000 students and offers over 80 bachelor’s degree programs, more than 50 master’s, and five doctoral degrees. Among these offerings are included nationally-recognized programs in Business, Fine Arts, Education, Mathematics and Criminal Justice.

Sam Houston State University offers several online programs including the Master of Education in Instructional Leadership. Specifically designed for individuals seeking to work in a leadership position within a public school, private school, or other educational organization, SHSU’s M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership program is NCATE accredited. A 36 credit hour program, this program is not for principal certification candidates, but is rather geared towards educators looking for leadership positions within schools, businesses, agencies or other organizations. Tuition costs for full-time, in-state residents are estimated at $286 per credit hour and $694 for full-time, out-of-state residents. Several financial aid options are available, including $1,000 scholarships for new 100% online students.


34. George Washington University

George Washington University is an independent academic institution located in Washington, DC. Chartered by an act of Congress on February 9, 1821, George Washington University (GW) has a total enrollment figure of more than 26,000 students, with representatives from all fifty states and 130 foreign countries. The alma mater of several notable alumni, past students and graduates include Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State; former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy; Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominated actress, Kerry Washington; Marjorie Townsend, the first women to manage a U.S. space launch; and Arnold “Red” Auerback, 16-time NBA Champion Coach Executive, among others. In its mission statement, GW stresses its dedication to creating a dynamic, student-focused community stimulated by cultural and intellectual diversity and built upon a foundation of integrity, creativity, and openness to the exploration of new ideas.” In an effort to “promote the process of lifelong learning from both global and integrative perspectives,” GW works to provide a “stimulating intellectual environment for its diverse students and faculty.” Its mission statement continues, “By fostering excellence in teaching, the University offers outstanding learning experiences for full-time and part-time students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in Washington, D.C., the nation, and abroad.”

George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development offers a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration. Available as both an on-campus program and online, the program is designed for professional educators seeking positions of leadership or administration within their learning community. Nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), GW’s program is also nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) is designed to meet the administrative certification requirements for the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and other interstate compact agreement partner states. Tuition costs for full-time students are estimated at $1,600 per credit.


33. Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University (abbreviated NAU) is a public, student-centered university located in Flagstaff, Arizona. Established in 1899, the University defines its character as “personal” and “independent”. Built upon the core values of Excellence in Education, Student Success, Educational Access, Diversity, Integrity, and Civility, NAU takes pride in its top-tier programs, cutting-edge research, and world-renowned faculty. The University has a total enrollment of 30,000 students and offers more than 150 degree programs. NAU’s mission is to “enrich lives and create opportunities in Arizona and beyond” through its “academic programs, research, public service, and creative endeavors”. The University’s mission statement continues, “We develop solutions to challenges and drive innovation in a supportive, inclusive, and diverse environment.” NAU’s vision is to offer “rigorous programs and pioneering research with substantial community impact” and to “provide the foundation for transformational student opportunities that prepare graduates to excel in creating a sustainable future, nationally and globally.”

Northern Arizona University’s College of Education offers an online Master of Education in Educational Leadership. Offered through the College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership, the program is available with several concentrations, including Community College/Higher Education, Educational Foundations, Instructional Leadership K-12 School Leadership, and Principal K-12. Each program and concentration requires 30 units for completion, with the exception of the Principal K-12 concentration, which requires 36 units. The main purpose of each program is to prepare professional educators for roles of administrative and leadership within their school or district. Available both on-campus at various extension sites and online, the delivery format of NAU’s M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program is designed to offer maximum flexibility and convenience to the student. Estimated tuition costs are $8,972 per year for full-time, in-state residents and $20,958 per year for full-time, out-of-state students.


32. University of Delaware

The University of Delaware is a public land-, sea-, and space-grant university located in Newark, Delaware, about halfway between Washington D.C. and New York City. The University of Delaware (abbreviated UD) began as a private academy in 1783 and is one of the oldest in the nation. In 1833 the college was chartered by the state of Delaware and in 1921 was officially named the University of Delaware. A “research-intensive, technologically advanced university with a global impact”, one of UD’s interesting historical tidbits is that it claims the U.S.’s first study abroad program which set off in July of 1923. Today more than 30% of students study abroad each year in one of UD’s 100-plus programs in over 400 countries. With a commitment to excellence in education, research and service, UD’s mission is to “cultivate learning, develop knowledge and foster the free exchange of ideas.” This mission statement continues, “the University has a strong tradition of distinguished scholarship, research, teaching and service that is grounded in a commitment to increasing and disseminating scientific, humanistic and social knowledge for the benefit of the larger society. “

The University of Delaware offers an online Master of Education in Teacher Leadership through its College of Education and Human Development. Designed for professional educators who are interested in pursuing leadership roles within their schools and districts, the program helps students to develop the insights necessary to better manage the classroom, improve student outcomes and take initiative in leading. A two-year, 10-course program, UD’s M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership program offers convenience, thanks to its flexible online format which allows students to learn on their own schedules from anywhere in the world. Aligned with the National Teacher Leadership Standards, tuition costs of the program are estimated at $625 per credit hour for in-state residents.


31. Old Dominion University (Darden)

Old Dominion University is a public, metropolitan research university located in Norfolk, Virginia. The University prides itself on being forward-focused and is distinguished for its rigorous academics, energetic community and entrepreneurial research and collaboration projects. Born out of the Norfolk Division of The College of William and Mary, in 1962 the school became an independent institution, obtaining university status in 1969. Today, Old Dominion has a total enrollment figure of nearly 25,000 including over 4,500 postgraduate students and an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. More than 130 graduate programs leading to 54 master’s degrees are available as well as 70 bachelor’s degrees, over 40 doctoral degrees and two educational specialist degrees. Comprised of seven academic colleges, an honors college and a graduate school, Old Dominion University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The University’s mission is to be a “dynamic public research institution that serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships, and active civic engagement.”

Old Dominion University’s Darden College of Education offers an online Master of Science in Education degree in Educational Leadership. Available through the College of Education’s Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership, the degree is offered as a cohort-based online program and leads to full Commonwealth of Virginia Licensure in Educational Administration and Supervision, Pre-K-12. Designed for active educators who already posses classroom experience, this program equips individuals for positions of leadership within their school or district. Program themes include leadership for school improvement; strategic human resource and fiscal management; data analysis and decision making and more. Estimated tuition costs are $496 per credit hour for in-state VA residents and $538 per credit hour for out-of-state students; financial aid options are available.


30. DePaul University

DePaul University is a private, comprehensive, Catholic University located in Illinois. DePaul has two campuses, one in Chicago’s business district and the second in Lincoln Park. Named among the nation’s Most Innovative Schools, DePaul University is currently the largest Catholic University with a total student population of 23,000, including over 7,000 postgraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. More than 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered through the University’s 10 colleges and schools and DePaul boasts a high employment rate among graduates, with 94% of postgraduate students employed within 6 months of graduation (2016). DePaul University’s mission is to be “dedicated to teaching, research, and public service” and all of DePaul’s curricula “emphasizes skills and attitudes that educate students to be lifelong, independent learners.” The mission statement continues, “DePaul strives to bring the light of Catholic faith and the treasures of knowledge into a mutually challenge and supportive relationship. It accepts as its corporate responsibility to remain faithful to the Catholic message drawn from authentic religious sources both traditional and contemporary.”

DePaul University offers a wide variety of online degree programs, including both a Master of Arts and Master of Education in Educational Leadership. Several concentrations are available in both degree programs, including a General Concentration and concentrations in Catholic Leadership, Higher Education, Physical Education, Principal License, and Teacher Leader. Designed to offer flexibility to working professionals, the program’s schedule is customizable and is available in both online and hybrid (a blend of online and on-campus) formats. A discipline-based curriculum, the program has a problem-solving orientation and seeks to prepare “effective and principled decision-makers.” Estimated cost per credit is $620 and financial aid options are available.


29. Pennsylvania State University– University Park

Pennsylvania State University- University Park (shortened to Penn State), located in University Park, PA, is a public land-grant university. Established in the late 1800s, Penn State is the sole land-grant university and the largest public university in the state with two dozen campuses, 17,000 faculty and staff members, 100,000 students and half a million active alumni. Penn State’s mission includes embracing “teaching, research, and public service in order to support the citizens of the Commonwealth, collaborating with industrial educational, and agricultural partners to create, disseminate, integrate, and apply knowledge that is valuable to society.” The University offers more than 160 baccalaureate degree programs and over 160 graduate degree programs including doctorates and academic and professional master’s degrees. The University’s reach stretches all across the globe, thanks to its online World Campus which “empowers anyone to pursue an education – anytime, anywhere.” Notable for its research, Penn State reported $836.4 million in research expenditures in 2016.

Among its online degree programs, Pennsylvania State University- University Park offers an online Master of Education in Educational Leadership. The Educational Leadership program encompasses two major career paths, one focused on individuals seeking to engage in a “wide variety of leadership, instructional leadership within and directly affecting schools and districts.” This first path may also lead to certification in principalship. The second path is intended for educators seeking to “exercise leadership roles in educational policy arenas and/or engage in educational research.” Possible careers for this second path include professors of educational administration, intermediate unit officials, and state and federal agency administrators and staff. Both tracks are designed for active educators who are interested in pursuing leadership positions in educational organizations. Estimated cost for full-time, in-state residents is $19,964 per year and financial aid options are available.


28. Louisiana State University– Baton Rouge

Louisiana State University- Baton Rouge (abbreviate LSU) is a public, coeducational institution located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The flagship university of the Louisiana State University System and one of the premier research universities in the South, LSU began in 1853 as the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning & Military Academy. Originally located in what is today known as Pineville, Louisiana, LSU’s current main campus was dedicated in 1926. The University boasts several notable alumni, including 38th Vice President of the United States, Hurbert Humphrey; Lieutenant General Claire Lee Chennault, military aviator and commander the Flying Tigers in WWII; James Carville, former Presidential campaign advisor to Bill Clinton; four-time NBA Championship winner, Shaquille O’Neal; and gold medalist, Lolo Jones. LSU’s total student enrollment is over 30,000, including more than 5,000 postgraduates; with tuition costs as much as 15% less than its southern peer universities, LSU’s students carry 27% less debt than the national average for public universities. Comprised of fifteen colleges and schools, LSU also operates two Health Sciences Centers in New Orleans and Shreveport and offers a wide range of distance-learning programs through LSU Online.

Among Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge’s online programs, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership is available. A 39 credit hour program, tuition costs are estimated at $481 per credit hour. Consisting of thirteen 7-week long courses, coursework can be completed in as little as fifteen months. Taught by LSU’s nationally recognized faculty, the program is offered through the University’s College of Human Sciences and Education. Approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE and TEAC), LSU’s online M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program is aligned with ISLLC and ELCC standards and prepares students for Educational Leader Certification.


27. Liberty University

Liberty University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Lynchburg, Virginia in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Founded by Pastor Jerry Falwell Sr. in 1971, the University began with less than 200 students and has since grown to become the fifth largest university in the United States and the largest Christian university in the world. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and is comprised of more than a dozen colleges and schools. Liberty University offers over 500 programs of study ranging from undergraduate to doctoral level in fields such as education, counseling, religion, law, aviation, cinematic arts, business, and more. A pioneer in distance education since 1985, more than 95,000 students are enrolled in one of Liberty University’s 200+ online programs that range from certificate to doctorates. Online students are also given access to exceptional resources including Liberty University’s online library, the Online Writing Center (offered through a partnership with, and Liberty Online Communities, as well as knowledgeable and accessible academic advisors.

One of Liberty University’s several online degree programs is the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning, offered through the University’s School of Education. Designed for professional educators, the goal of the program is to prepare individuals for leadership roles within public, private, and Christian school systems. Accredited through the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the program’s coursework offers focused training for persons wishing to further their education and/or seeking a position as a K-12 educator. Offered 100% online, the program requires 36 total hours for completion; several specializations are also offered, however these add to the total credit hours required for graduation. Estimated tuition costs are $565 per credit hour and financial aid options are available.


26. University of Central Florida

The University of Central Florida is a public research and space-grant university, located in Orlando, Florida. Established on June 10, 1963 by the Florida Legislature, the University was originally named Florida Technological University and had the mission of providing support and personnel to the new space program at the Kennedy Space Center in particular. As the institution’s academic scope expanded, the University was renamed and became the University of Central Florida (abbreviated UCF) in 1978. UCF’s main Orlando campus sits on 1,415 acres about 13 miles east of downtown Orlando and is adjacent to one of the top research parks in the nation. UCF has a total enrollment figure of 66,000, making it one of the largest universities in the United States, and offers more than 200 degrees including 93 bachelor’s, 85 master’s, and 27 research doctorates through its thirteen colleges. UCF maintains an active level of research and reported $145.8 million in funded research during the fiscal year 2016.

The University of Central Florida offers a wide variety of online degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels including a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership which is available through the College of Education and Human Performance. A 100% online program, UCF’s M.A. in Educational Leadership degree is designed to be a global offering for individuals interested in growing their leadership and administrative skills. The program is not state approved for certification in Florida but is rather intended to prepare students for leadership and administrative positions in school and other education-related settings that do not require certifications. Examples of such positions would include private school headmaster, museum administrator, or community college administrator. Two tracks are also available in this program: Community College Education and Higher Education/Student Personnel. Estimated tuition costs for the program are $327.32 and financial aid options are available.


25. Rowan University

Located in Glassboro, New Jersey, Rowan University is a public, comprehensive research university. Established in 1923, the University evolved from being a teacher preparation college into a vibrant, regional university. Originally established to address the need for the proper training of teachers in South Jersey, today, Rowan University is ranked among the best public universities in the North. The University’s mission is to combine “liberal education with professional preparation from the baccalaureate through the doctorate.” This mission statement continues, “Rowan provides a collaborative, learning-centered environment in which highly qualified and diverse faculty, staff, and students integrate teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity and community service. Through intellectual, social and cultural contributions, the university enriches the lives of those in the campus community and surrounding region.” Rowan University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and is comprised of several colleges and schools. More than 80 bachelor degree programs are offered as well as over 65 graduate-level degrees including master’s, doctoral, and professional programs. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 16,000.

Rowan University offers several online degrees including a Master of Education in Teacher Leadership program. Offered through a partnership with Rowan’s CAEP accredited College of Education, the program is geared towards teachers seeking to further develop and perfect their leadership skills but are not necessarily seeking administrative positions. Anticipated outcomes of the program include working with curriculum, becoming mentor/master teachers, and being able to develop new programs to improve education for all young students. A part-time program, Rowan University’s M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership is available in an accelerated online format and requires 34 to 37 graduate semester hours (12-13 courses) in six consecutive semesters to complete the program. Estimated tuition cost for in-state residents is $670 per credit hour and financial aid options are available.


24. University of Illinois– Urbana- Champaign

The University of Illinois- Urbana- Champaign (abbreviated U of I) is a public land-grant institution of higher education located in the twin cities of Champaign & Urbana, an area with a total population of 207,000 in east-central IL. One of the 37 original public land-grant institutions created after the Morrill Act was signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862, the University of Illinois was established in 1867. U of I has gained a reputation as a world-class leader in teaching, public engagement, and especially research. Named #1 among all universities in the National Science Foundation award funding for the last several years, the University reported $620,000,000 in research and development expenditures in 2016. With a vision to be “the pre-eminent public research university with a land-grant mission and global impact”, U of I’s mission is to “enhance the lives of citizens in Illinois, across the nation and around the world through… leadership in learning, discovery, engagement and economic development.” The University is comprised of 15 colleges and instructional units and has a total student population of over 44,000 including nearly 12,000 graduate and professional students.

The University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign offers several online degree programs including the Master of Education in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership. Several concentrations are also available within the degree program, including concentrations in Diversity and Equity in Education; Global Studies in Education; Human Resource Development; Learning Design and Leadership; and Educational Administration and Leadership. This latter program in particular requires 36 semester hours and offers specialized study in preparation leading to an Illinois Principal’s License for elementary/secondary principals and assistant principals. Designed for practicing educators, students interested in applying for the program should have at least two years of successful full-time experience as an educator.


23. University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming is a public, nationally recognized land-grant research institution located in Laramie, Wyoming. Nestled between mountain ranges at 7,200 feet, Laramie began as a railroad town, founded in the 1860s and is now home to more than 32,000 residents. The University of Wyoming (UW) came into existence shortly after the town’s founding in 1886, while Wyoming was still a territory. Starting out with just 42 students and five faculty members, the University has grown to 13,500 students with over 700 faculty members. Proud to offer top-ranked academic programs taught by expert faculty in world-class facilities, UW keeps class sizes intentionally small to allow for more student-teacher interaction. Comprised of several colleges and schools, these include the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Law, UW’s Outreach School, the School of Energy Resources, and the School of Environment and Natural Resources.

The University of Wyoming offers a Master of Arts in Education through its Department of Professional Studies. Available exclusively online, this delivery format is designed to provide maximum flexibility to professional educators seeking to advance their degree. Offered as a Principal Preparation Program leading to a MA in Education, the program is comprehensive and internship-based. Ranked 7th in the nation for offering the best value, tuition costs for in-state residents are estimated at $241 per credit while costs for out-of-state full-time students is estimated at $721 per credit hour. Several financial aid and funding opportunities are available to ease the financial burden, including several scholarship programs.


22. Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University, located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a top-rated college town, is a public, national research university. Self-described as learner-centered, discovery-driven and globally engaged, Western Michigan University (WMU) is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having one of the “higher” or “highest” levels of research. Established in 1903, WMU seeks to promote success for learners of all levels, combining the abundant resources of a small research university with the warm atmosphere and personal attention typical of small colleges. WMU has a total enrollment of 23,000 students who come from all across the country and at least 100 foreign nations and offers more than 250 degree programs, including 75 master’s degrees. The University’s mission is to be “learner-centered, research university,” which builds “intellectual inquiry and discovery into undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in a way that fosters knowledge and innovation, and transforms wisdom into action.” WMU’s mission statement continues, “As a public university, WMU provides leadership in teaching, research, learning, and service, and is committed to enhancing the future of our global citizenry.”

Western Michigan University offers several online degree programs, including the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. Offered at five different campus locations as well as online, the online program is available with a concentration in K-12 Principal Leadership. Designed to prepare educators for leadership roles within a variety of educational organizations (including, but not limited to K-12 schools, higher education, government agencies and professional associations), the program’s curriculum is based on a “Performance Driven Leadership” model. WMU’s MA in Educational Leadership degree meets the Michigan K-12 Administrator Certification requirements, the guidelines of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, the NCATE accreditation standards and is a Michigan State Board of Education Approved Principal Preparation Program. Named among the top universities in the nation that provide “the best bang for the buck” (Washington Monthly), estimated in-state tuition is $555.


21. Columbus State University

Located in Columbus, Georgia, Columbus State University (CSU) is a public institution of higher learning within the University System of Georgia. Established in 1958, CSU’s main campus is located about 100 miles southwest of Atlanta; the University, which has a reputation for extending its dedication to learning out to the community, also operates the RiverPark campus located in downtown Columbus. CSU has an approximate student population of 8,200 and offers nearly 50 undergraduate majors and over 40 graduate degrees through its seven colleges and schools. In addition to its on-campus degree programs, CSU also offers a variety of online programs and courses. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCC), CSU’s vision is to be “a first choice institution for discerning students who seek challenging programs, engaged faculty, and a vibrant, globally connected campus culture.” The University’s mission is to “empower people to contribute to the advancement of our local and global communities through an emphasis on excellence in teaching and research, lifelong learning, cultural enrichment, public-private partnerships, and service to others.”

Columbus State University offers an online Master of Education in Educational Leadership with an optional Higher Education Track. Available through the University’s College of Education and Health Professions, the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership is PSC approved and leads to a Tier II certificate in Educational Leadership in Georgia. Emphasis is placed on student achievement and real-world decision-making processes which are vital to the success of a school leader or administrator. The program does require an internship with an administrative mentor who is certified in Educational Leadership and is currently leading a school. CSU’s Higher Education specialization is geared towards persons who demonstrate the capability of filling administrative and leadership positions within a higher education setting. Emphasizing a realistic approach to management and leadership, this specialization program seeks to prepare students for successful careers in either public or private sectors of higher education.


20. Prescott College

Prescott College, named after the Arizona town in which it is located, is a private liberal arts institution. Established in the 1960s, the College was founded by Dr. Charles Franklin Parker, minister of Prescott’s First Congregational Church. With the goal of creating “the Harvard of the West”, Dr. Parker’s vision was “to graduate society’s leaders for the twenty-first century who would be needed to solve the world’s growing environmental and social problems” through “pioneering, even radical experiment in higher education”. Prescott College’s core philosophies and educational principles solidified in 1963, helping to shape the College’s central goal, which was “To produce the leaders increasingly crucial to successfully meeting the challenges of the changing world.” Today, Prescott College describes its mission as being to “educate students of diverse ages and backgrounds to understand, thrive in, and enhance our world community and environment.” This mission statement continues, “Students are encouraged to think critically and act ethically with sensitivity to both the human community and the biosphere. Our philosophy stresses experiential learning and self-direction within an interdisciplinary curriculum.”

Prescott College has a notable online presence and offers several e-learning degree options. These include the Master of Education in Leadership/Principalship. Offered primarily online, this program does require an on-campus colloquium attendance once per semester. Cost per credit is estimated at $569 with 36 credits required for graduation. Among the several learning outcomes of the program, students can expect to master contemporary and foundational knowledge and theory in administrative leadership; demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills that are “informed, scholarly, and passionate”; and develop social literacies, including the ability to understand and appreciate the ways humans interact with one another in different cultures and understand the impact this has on administrative leadership. Career outcomes of this program include school Principal (elementary, middle school, high school), Vice Principal, Dean, Administrative Leader, or Director of Curriculum and Instruction.


19. University of Hawaii– Manoa

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, located on the Mānoa Valley, just outside of Honolulu on the island of O’ahu, serves as the flagship campus of the University of Hawaiʻi system. One of the few land-, sea- and space-grant institutions in the U.S., the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (abbreviated UH Mānoa) has been ranked among the 50 best universities in research expenditures by the National Science Foundation. Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as having “very high research activity”, UH Mānoa reported $300 million extramural funds for research in 2014. The University is known for pioneering in several fields, including oceanography, astronomy, Pacific Islands and Asian area studies, linguistics, cancer research, and genetics. UH Mānoa’s motto is “Maluna aʻe o nā lāhui a pau ke ola ke kanaka” translated, “Above all nations is humanity”. More than 18,000 students are enrolled, including over 5,000 graduates, with representatives from all fifty states and over 140 foreign countries. Among UH Mānoa’s notable alumni are former Governor of Hawai’i, Neil Abercrombie; Olympian Robyn Ah Mow-Santos; former U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka; and more.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa offers two online programs in Educational Leadership, one general program and a second focusing on Private School Leadership. The former, a Master of Education in Educational Foundations with an emphasis on Educational Leadership, is designed to allow working professionals to pursue their study and research interests without interrupting their careers, emphasizing “the exploration of educational issues for cultural, philosophical, historical, and international perspectives.” The second program, a M.Ed. in Educational Foundations with an emphasis on Private School Leadership  is also designed for active educators, teachers, and administrators and blends “research-based knowledge with the wisdom of experienced private school leaders to prepare professionals for positions of leadership.” A cohort based program, this degree is offered in collaboration with the Department f Educational Foundations and the Hawai’i Association of Independent Schools (HAIS).


18. University of Alabama

The University of Alabama, located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, serves as Alabama’s flagship university and was the state’s first public college. Founded in 1831, the University of Alabama (UA) strives to offer excellence in teaching, service, and resource, and has earned the nickname of “The Capstone of Higher Education”. With a vision to be known as the “university of choice” among Alabama’s brightest and best scholars and for all students seeking “exceptional educational opportunities”, UA’s formal mission is to “advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the state, the nation and the world through the creation, translation and dissemination of knowledge with an emphasis on quality programs in the areas of teaching, research and service.” Incoming freshman make a pledge during convocation, promising that “As a member of The University of Alabama community, I will pursue knowledge, act with fairness, integrity and respect; promote equity and inclusion; foster individual and civic responsibility; and strive for excellence in all I do.” Offering nearly 200 degree programs, UA is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Among its available online degree programs, the University of Alabama offers a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. Also available in a reduced hour option (an Instructional Leadership Certification only), UA’s Educational Leadership program is geared towards experienced educators who are seeking roles in school administration. The program is designed to equip educators with an understanding of “central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the field of educational leadership.” Consistent with both state and national standards, prospective students are required to have three years of full-time professional educational experience in a P-12 setting, including at least one year of full-time teaching experience. Estimated tuition costs range from $10,470 to $26,950 per year, depending on whether or not students are in-state residents.


17. Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University is a public institution of higher education primarily located in Boca Raton, Florida. In addition to its several satellite campuses located across Florida, the University’s main campus in Boca Raton is both its first and largest. Situated on 850 acres, the campus is located near the Atlantic Ocean about halfway between Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The first public university to be established in southeast Florida, Florida Atlantic University (abbreviated FAU) has a total annual economic impact of $6.3 billion. Comprised of ten colleges, more than 150 degree programs, ranging from undergraduate to doctoral, are offered. With nearly 150,000 living alumni located all around the globe, notable alumni include Olympian Brittany Bowe; Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, the Honorable Carol Hunstein; three-time Emmy Award Winner, Ana M. Azcuy; U.S. Executive Directors and Ambassador, Dr. Robert “Skipp” Orr; NASA Astronaut, Dr.Steve Swanson and many more.

Florida Atlantic University offers an online Master of Education in Adult and Community Education Leadership through its College of Education. Estimated cost per credit is $370 for in-state residents and $1,000 for out-of-state students. Designed for professional educators seeking to grow in leadership and administrative positions, FAU’s program intends to “prepare students to respond to uncertain and rapidly transforming world conditions in ways that value personal initiative, responsibility, creativity, commitment and collaboration with others.” FAU’s goal in this program is to graduate leaders who possess a global mindset, are passionate about global awareness and have a “sense of urgency as well as leaders who value integrated thinking and are change agents.” FAU’s Center for eLearning offers distance students a wide range of support services that are aimed at helping students succeed. Services include online tutoring, career services, library services, and more.


16. University of Missouri

The University of Missouri is a public land-grant institution located in Columbia, Missouri. Established in 1839, the University of Missouri (affectionately known as “Mizzou” or abbreviated MU, for short) was the first public university to be founded west of the Mississippi River. The state’s largest and most comprehensive university, MU boasts 33,000 students hailing from every Missouri County, all fifty states and over 100 foreign countries. With 13,000 full-time employees, 305,000 alumni, MU is a $2.2 billion enterprise and a great asset to the state. One of only 60 public and private universities to be invited into membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, MU is also one of only six universities in the nation to have a medical school, Veterinary Medicine College and a law school on the same campus. At least 300 degree programs are offered, including nearly 90 online options, through the University’s 18 colleges and schools. MU’s mission is to “provide all Missourians the benefits of

world-class research universities” and to be “stewards and builders of a priceless state resource”.

Among its many online offerings, the University of Missouri offers Master of Education Degree in PK-12 Educational Leadership and Administration. A 31-37 credit our program costing an estimated $12,911, the degree is offered in a blended format with some campus visits required. Most course work is delivered online, though certain courses do include an on-campus weekend sessions about three or four times a semester. Accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, MU’s PK-12 Educational Leadership and Administration degree provides educators with the opportunity for professional growth in district and school leadership and is designed to equip students to be effective, responsive, courageous and professional leaders in education.


15. California State University— East Bay

California State University— East Bay (CSUEB) is a public university within the California State University system located in Hayward, California on a campus which overlooks the San Francisco Bay. Distinguished for its award winning programs, small class size, highly personalized learning environment, and expert instruction, CSUEB is committed to putting students first and strives to create an “exciting and challenging atmosphere” that fosters growth and learning. Chosen as a “Publisher’s Pick” by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, CSUEB is committed to the advancement of Hispanic Students. The University is considered to have one of the highest values for the lowest tuition and with its innovative online campus, CSUEB leads the CSU system in the area of e-learning. The East Bay branch of CSU is also the current regional leader in Teacher Education within the university system, producing approximately 2% of the state’s credentialed teachers. CSUEB offers more than 100 career-focused fields of study, including at least 50 bachelor’s degrees, over 30 master’s, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. With an average graduate class size of just 21 students, CSUEB boasts a low graduate student to faculty ratio of just 17 to 1.

As a leader in online learning, California State University— East Bay offers several fully online degree programs including a Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership. Designed for professional Pre-K through 12th grade educators and leaders as well as community college educators, this program is especially geared towards individuals interested in learning more about how to ensure that all students gain higher achievement levels and about the school system in general. An 11-course program, the average length of the program is 18 months. Total tuition costs reach approximately $13,700 and there are several financial aid options available.


14. Florida State University

Florida State University is a public comprehensive degree granting institutions and one of the nation’s premier research universities. The University’s main campus is located in Tallahassee, Florida on 476 acres. Established in 1851, Florida State University (FSU) is the oldest continuously operating institution of higher education in the state and is classified by the Carnegie Commission as a “Doctoral University with the Highest Research Activity”. With the goal of being a “community that fosters free inquiry and

embraces diversity”, FSU is founded upon the core values of Transformative Daring; Inspired Excellence; Dynamic Inclusiveness; Responsible Stewardship; and Engaged Community. In its mission statement, the University declares that it “preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking.” FSU has a total student population of over 41,000 students who represent over 140 countries, and boasts over 2,000 traditional faculty members including several Nobel Laureates. More than 350 degree programs are offered through FSU, including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, specialist, and professional degrees.

Florida State University offers a Master of Science in Educational Leadership which is available in a 100% online format. Designed for professional educators, this program is especially geared toward individuals who are “committed to the improvement of Pre-K-12 education” and who “aspire to be leaders in their organizations, whatever their roles and responsibilities”. FSU’s Educational Leadership program is DOE approved and strong emphasis is placed on academic training, practical application of content and mentoring with field experts. FSU is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Educational Leadership program holds additional state approval through the Florida Department of Education. A 33 credit hour program, the average cost of in-state tuition is $404 per credit and financial aid options are available.


13. University of Northern Iowa

The University of Northern Iowa is a public university located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The University’s heritage dates back to the mid-1800’s when it was established as the Iowa State Normal School in 1876. Originally created for the training of teachers, the institution gradually evolved into the University it has become today, changing names several times along the way including the Iowa State Normal School,

Iowa State Teachers College, State College of Iowa and finally the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), the name it holds today. UNI places strong emphasis on hands-on service learning and offers more than 160 areas of study, with 99% of classes taught by faculty members. The University’s mission is to provide students with a “challenging and supportive environment” which “engages students in high-quality and high-impact learning experiences and emphasizes excellence in teaching and scholarship.” UNI’s vision is to offer personal attention to each student and to be a “diverse and inclusive campus community that provides an engaged education empowering students to lead locally and globally.”

The University of Northern Iowa has the proud distinction of offering the number-one teacher education program in the state. The University’s Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership for International Educators is available in both on-campus and online formats. Geared especially towards educators in American International Schools, this program is built upon the foundation of the Teacher Leader Model Standards (Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium). UNI is internationally recognized for its commitment to international education, a commitment emphasized by the UNI Career Services Overseas Recruiting Fair. UNI’s online delivery method is designed to be flexible and convenient; courses are made available using the Blackboard learning management system and interactive video conferencing.


12. University of Cincinnati

Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, the University of Cincinnati is a premier, public, urban research university. In its formal mission statement, the University declares its dedication to “undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, experience-based learning, and research” and a commitment to “excellence and diversity in our students, faculty, staff, and all our activity.” The mission statement continues, “We provide an inclusive environment where innovation and freedom of intellectual inquiry flourish.” The University traces its origins back to 1819 when the Medical College of Ohio and Cincinnati College were both chartered. In 1870 the City of Cincinnati formally established the University of Cincinnati which eventually absorbed the two predecessor institutions. Today, the Carnegie Commission classifies the University of Cincinnati (UC) as a Research University with Very High Research Activity; UC has also been ranked as one of the top 25 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. The University holds accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission.

The University of Cincinnati offers their Master in Educational Leadership in both an on-campus and online format. The main focus of the program is the training of educational leaders to be “high-performing, inclusive, thoughtful advocates for school-age children and educational environments.” Several areas of concentration are available, including special education leadership, early childhood leadership, online learning and leadership, data and accountability, principal leadership (licensure), and educational leadership. Through this programs students are equipped with practical leadership skills which can be applied to a variety of educational situations and become experienced working with a wide range of technology. Offered through UC’s School of Education, the School is consistently recognized as a leading institution for Graduate level Teacher Education and research. Average in-state tuition is $449 per credit and several financial aid options are available.


11. University of Florida

Located in Gainesville, Florida, the University of Florida is a public, land-, sea-, and space-grant research university. Classified as a Research University with Very High Research by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the University of Florida is home to approximately 5,000 faculty members, many of whom have distinguished teaching and research records, including two Pulitzer Prize-winning members. The University’s origins date back to 1853 when East Florida Seminary, the oldest of the four institutions that merged to become the University of Florida (UF), was founded. Home to more than 52,000 students, UF is the third largest Florida university (according to student population) and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). UF also holds the distinction of being the only university in Florida to be a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an invitation-organization made up of the 62 premier research universities in North America.

The University of Florida offers several online degree programs including an online Master of Education leading to Educational Leadership Certification. Designed for working professionals, all classes are taught by student-centered faculty members who are both knowledgeable and experienced administrators themselves. Mentoring is included as part of the program as is field experience and support for practicing school leaders as required by the Florida Department of Education. Following the cohort method, where students progress through the entire program as a group, this program is especially suited for individuals seeking future principalship.  A 36 credit hour program, cost per credit hour is $734 with a total program cost of $26,424, however several financial aid options are available to help alleviate the financial burden.


10. University of New Mexico

The University of New Mexico (UNM) is a public research university and the state of New Mexico’s flagship institution. Established in 1889, UNM is located on an approximately 800 acre campus near Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque, a thriving metropolitan area of more than 500,000 people. The only Hispanic-Serving Institution to be classified as a Carnegie Research University with “Very High Activity”, UNM represents a “cross-section of culture and backgrounds”. UNM purposes to “engage students, faculty, and staff in its comprehensive educational research, and service programs” and has a mission to “provide students the values, habits of mind, knowledge, and skills that they need to be enlightened citizens, to contribute to the state and national economies, and to lead satisfying lives.” The University boasts many outstanding faculty members, including a Nobel Laureate, two MacArthur Fellows, 35 Fulbright scholars and several members of national academies. UNM is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The University of New Mexico offers an online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership through its College of Education and the Department of Teacher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy. The Department’s goal is to prepare students “to become qualified teachers, effective leaders, change agents, and academic researchers in the diverse schools and universities of New Mexico.”  Graduate student requirements include working under the supervision of assigned advisors and to develop and follow a Program of Study plan. Students accepted into the program study courses such as Educational Leadership in a Democratic Society; Leadership and Organizational Change; and Leadership for Conflict Resolution among others. In addition to core courses such as these, students are required to participate in either an internship or practicum which allows them to put into practice the lessons learned in the classroom.


9. Regent University

Regent University, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia on a 70 acre campus, is a private Christian institution of higher education. One of the leading academic centers in the nation for “Christian thought and action”, Regent University is currently the fastest growing school in the nation with over 20% growth in the last few years. Established in 1978 by Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, the university’s chancellor, Regent’s mission is to serve as “a center for Christian thought and action to provide excellent education through a biblical perspective and global context equipping Christian leaders to change the world.” With a total enrollment figure of more than 10,000, Regent boasts a 19 to 1 student to faculty ratio and offers more than 120 graduate and undergraduate fields of study available both on campus and online.  Notable alumni of Regent include Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, Dr. Jay Sekulow; Emmy Award-Winner, Tony Hale; Former Assistant Administrator under President George W. Bush, Paul J. Bonicelli, Ph.D.; and many more. Regent University holds accreditation from The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Among the many online degree programs available, Regent University has a fully online Master of Education in Educational Leadership. Offered through the School of Education, Regent’s Educational Leadership program is especially designed for professionals seeking to advance their careers as an educational leader with a Christian foundation. Coursework is comprehensive with the Interstate School Leaders Licensure (ISLLC) Standards serving as the primary knowledge-base of the program. A 37 credit-hour program, possible career opportunities include school Principle, Vice Principal or Central Office Staff. Tuition cost of the program is $575 per credit hour and financial aid options are available.


8. University of Georgia

Located in the Classic City of Athens, Georgia, the University of Georgia (UGA) is a public, comprehensive land- and sea-grant university. Established in 1785, UGA is known as the birthplace of higher education in America. Chartered by the state of Georgia, the University is the state’s flagship institution and has been called one of America’s “Public Ivies” and one of the top 10 best values in public higher education. With the motto “to teach, to serve, and to inquire into the nature of things”, UGA “endeavors to prepare the University community and the state for full participation in the global society of the twenty-first century.” Well-recognized for its commitment to student excellence, UGA offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs through its 17 colleges and schools, including 30 master’s degrees in 130 fields, Specialist in Education degree in 10 major fields and four doctoral degrees. UGA’s 36,000 students have access to the University’s expansive library, which has been named among the nation’s best, housing more than 5 million volumes and one of the largest map collections in the country.

The University of Georgia offers an online Master of Education in Learning, Leadership & Organizational Development (LLOD) through its College of Education. UGA’s LLOD program curriculum is unique in that it offers students both depth of knowledge in their selected discipline along with a deeper understanding of programs within their organization. A 33 credit-hour program, online tuition for the program is $629 per credit hour. UGA as a whole is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


7. Lehigh University

Located in the scenic Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is Lehigh University, a private residential research university. Recognized around the globe as premier research university, Lehigh maintains a comfortable, small college atmosphere. Located on a sprawling 2,358 acre campus – one of the largest in the country, – Lehigh is located just a short drive away from both New York City and Philadelphia. Established in 1865, the University was founded by Asa Packer, an industrial pioneer, philanthropist and entrepreneur. Lehigh University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of

Colleges and Schools and is home to more than 7,000 students, including nearly 2,000 graduate students. Comprised of four colleges, these include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Economics, the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science and the College of Education. The University’s vision is to prepare graduates to “engage with the world and lead lives of meaning” with a mission to “advance learning through the integration of teaching, research and service to others.”

Though primarily a residential institution, Lehigh University offers several online programs including the Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Principal Certification. A hybrid program, courses are delivered in an online format during the fall and spring semesters followed by academic and professional institutes offered face-to-face at Lehigh’s Bethlehem, PA campus. A 30 credit-hour program, the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership degree is designed for professional educators who are pursuing a principal’s position within an international school. Emphasis is placed on broad topics such as leadership, management, student learning and more all within the context of an international setting. Students have the option to combine their M.Ed. degree with a Principal Certification offered through the Department of Education in the State of Pennsylvania, which requires a total of 43 credit hours.


6. Iowa State University

Iowa State University is a public, land-grant university located in Ames, Iowa. Ranked as one of the most beautiful in the country, Iowa State University’s 1,900 acre campus is just 30 minutes north of Des Moines, the state’s capital and most populated city and business center. Known for its student-centered culture and excellence in science and technology, Iowa State University (abbreviated ISU) was established in 1858, holding its first class in 1869. Famous alumni include George Washington Carver, Carrie Chapman Catt and John Vincent Atanasoff. Today home to more than 36,000 students, ISU offers more than 100 bachelor’s, 112 master’s and over 80 doctoral programs through its ten colleges and schools. The University’s mission is to “create, share and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the

world a better place.” A member of the Association of American Universities, an invitation-only organization of the top 62 research institutions in the United States and Canada, ISU’s research enterprise includes nearly 100 centers and institutes with world-class facilities and award-winning researchers.

Iowa State University offers an online Master of Education in Community College Leadership. Administered by ISU’s School of Education, the program is available as either a Master of Education or a Master of Science in Higher Education with an emphasis on community colleges. Both degrees are designed for active faculty, staff and administrators who are interested in leadership positions within community colleges. ISU’s School of education is committed to providing rigorous programs which offer students a strong foundation in education and preparation for their future goals and is dedicated to research and teaching which “advocates equal educational opportunity for all students”. Online students have access to additional resources through ISU’s Online and Distance Learning department which offers student resources such as advising and administrative support, course development and support, and technology support.


5. University of Montana

Located in Missoula, Montana, the second largest city in the state with a total population of 80,000, sits the University of Montana. The flagship and second largest institution in the Montana University System, the University of Montana (or UM) is classified as a public, coeducational, doctoral university. Established in the late 1800s, UM’s campus covers 56 acres at the base of Mount Sentinel along the Clark Fork River. More than 13,000 students are currently enrolled, hailing from all fifty states and over 70 foreign countries. The University is known for offering a ‘world-class education’ in a wide variety of subjects, ranging from liberal arts to trades, graduate and postdoctoral study and professional training.

The University’s mission is the pursuit of “academic excellence as demonstrated by the quality of curriculum and instruction, student performance, and faculty professional accomplishments.” This goal is accomplished, partly by the provision of “unique educational experiences through the integration of the liberal arts, graduate study, and professional training with international and interdisciplinary emphases.”

Comprised of several colleges, the University of Montana offers an online Master’s degree program in Educational Leadership through the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences.  Designed for teaching professionals seeking an administrative or leadership role, UM’s M.Ed. program prepares students for the Montana Class 3 Administrative License and a K-12 Principal Endorsement. A minimum of 37 semester credits are required to complete the program and students are assigned advisors whose role is to provide encouragement and guidance throughout their course of study. Master of Education students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 throughout the program and students who wish to obtain an administrative license in addition to their M.Ed. are required to complete Field Experience.


4. University of North Texas

Located in the college town of Denton, Texas, the University of North Texas (UNT) is a comprehensive public research university and one of the largest in the nation. Situated in a bustling metropolitan area just 36 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth, UNT’s campus provides access to an abundance of job opportunities, entertainment, culture, sports and more while providing a ‘peaceful haven’ well suited for study and research. More than 220 programs of study are offered through the University’s several colleges and schools, including over 80 master’s degrees. UNT is “deeply committed to advancing educational excellence and preparing students to become thoughtful, engaged citizens of the world” and accomplishes this mission through “a broad and balanced array of programs where well-prepared students and dedicated scholars and artists collaborate with our local and global communities in the creation, integration, application, and dissemination of knowledge.” The University’s mission is to “be a diverse and inclusive institution creating knowledge and innovations that will shape the future, while cultivating excellence in the next generation of scholars and leaders for the global community.”

The University of North Texas offers a 100% online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership that is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Designed to be completed in as little as 12 months, UNT’s online program is both affordable and flexible, consisting of 8-week courses with five available start dates and a tuition cost of $1,100 per course for Texas residents. A 30-hour program, students can adjust their pace, taking on either one or two courses at a time. Perfect for educators and teachers seeking advancement and/or administrative or leadership positions, students have the option to complete the 21-hour Principal Certification which is also administered completely online.


3. Indiana University– Bloomington

Indiana University is a public research institution and the flagship campus of the Indiana University system. Located in Bloomington, Indiana, an area ranked as the #1 city for work-life balance (Forbes), Bloomington has also been named the sixth best American college town to “live in forever” and the seventh smartest town in the US, according to a ranking published by Lumosity. Known for its creativity, innovation and academic freedom, IU’s mission is “to create, disseminate, preserve, and apply knowledge.” This goal is accomplished in many ways thanks to IU’s commitment to “cutting-edge

research, scholarship, arts, and creative activity”. IU also boasts culturally diverse and international educational programs and communities and is committed to furthering economic development in the state and local region. With the motto of “education and research without boundaries”, Indiana University is home to both a world-class business and music school and started the world’s first school of philanthropy as well as the nation’s first school of informatics. With over 550 academic programs and more than 200 research centers and institutes, IU has much to offer to its nearly 50,000 students.

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, Indiana University Online offers more than 100 online programs which are available to students all across the nation and globe. IU Online offers the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Educational Leadership which is designed to prepare students for administrative roles within their school, district, or other educational organization. With a curriculum developed in partnership with other schools and districts, the program seeks to address the particular issues and challenges that “the next generation of education leaders” will encounter. Concentrations within IU Online’s M.S.Ed. program include either school administration or teacher leadership. Coursework for both tracks are identical, however student assignments and practicum experience are tailored to best fit the student’s chosen track.


2. University of Dayton

Located in Dayton, Ohio, the sixth largest city in the state, the University of Dayton is a top tier national Roman Catholic research institution. Situated on the banks of the Great Miami River in the southwest part of the state, the University’s campus is located less than two miles outside of downtown Dayton. Established in 1850 by Marianist (members of the Society of Mary), the school began with only a little over 100 students. Since those early days, the University of Dayton has grown to become one of the largest private universities in Ohio and boasts more than 114,000 alumni worldwide. Noted for its quality academics, commitment to research and community involvement, the University of Dayton is the number one Catholic university in the nation for sponsored engineering and the second Catholic university in the nation for sponsored STEM research. The University’s mission is to “provide an experience that educates the whole person – mind, body and spirit – to inspire students to be better professionals and create a better world.”

The University of Dayton’s School of Education and Health Sciences is home to the Department of Educational Administration which offers the University’s Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership (M.S.E.). A 30-credit hour program, topics covered include educational leadership; supervision and professional development; instructional leadership; curriculum; school law; school finance; leadership in diverse communities and much more. With an estimated tuition of $620 per credit, financial aid options are available including the School of Education and Health Sciences’ Graduate Tuition Award, which reduced tuition costs by 50 percent. The University of Dayton’s M.S.E. in Educational Leadership is also available with a Catholic School Leadership Concentration and students who have already completed a master’s program have the option to also earn their educational specialist degree (Ed.S.).


1. University of Arkansas– Fayetteville

Located on a picturesque campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the University of Arkansas is a public research university and the flagship of the University of Arkansas system. Founded in 1871 as a land-grant institution, the university has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation as offering “the highest possible level of research”, putting it in the top 2 percent of all colleges and universities in the nation. The University’s ‘student-first’ philosophy helps it to stand out among the rest as it is consistently ranked among the top public research institutions in the country. One ‘concrete proof’ of the university’s commitment to students is its unique tradition of the Senior Walk, which consists of more than 3 miles of crisscrossing sidewalks on the campus with the names of over 175,000 graduates dating back 140 years. U of A is home to approximately 27,000 students who represent all 50 states and over 120 foreign nations. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, more than 210 academic programs are offered through the university’s 10 colleges and schools.

The University of Arkansas’ online program offerings are supported by its Global Campus. Combining high-quality teaching with advanced technology, the University of Arkansas ONLINE (the university’s portal for online and distance education programs and courses) strives to offer robust and flexible academic options that are backed by a strong student support system. U of A’s Online Master of Education in Educational Leadership is offered 100% online and provides professional preparation for licensed educators seeking administrative positions in either elementary or secondary schools. The program boasts a 100% pass rate on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and does require an internship (not online). Estimated cost includes $420.19 tuition and financial aid options are available. Admission into the program requires a two-step process and students may start at the beginning of the fall, spring, or summer semesters.

Michael Templeton
Managing Editor

Kacey Reynolds Schedler
Contributing Editor