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Educational Leadership


Program Overview

Education is always changing, perhaps never as quickly as today. Prepare for an instructional leadership role and take the next step in your career through our Masters in Educational Leadership degree program. Acquire your Michigan administrator Certification and get the skills to help transform schools, and improve educational outcomes for students.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Part-Time
Location: Online
Program Length: 2 years
Credit Hours: 30-36

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

You'll use performance-based learning to develop your instructional leadership skills in this engaging program. When you graduate, you'll be equipped with data-informed best practices and an academic understanding of what it takes to build transformational school culture.

This program is aimed at professional educators looking to become school administrators (certification option) or for individuals seeking to increase their preparation toward an advanced degree in education (thesis option). In it, you'll take courses such as:

  • The Principalship.
  • Using Research for Leading School Improvement.
  • Public School Law.
  • School and Community Relations.

This program is fully online and taught in the evenings, so you can continue your career while you prepare for your next opportunity. This program prepares certification candidates for the Michigan Administrator Certification at the building level (Elementary and Secondary certification). A certification Fast Track option for educators who currently hold a master's degree is also available. Please contact an advisor for details.

Central Michigan University is CAEP accredited.

Program Highlights

As a student in the educational leadership master's program, you'll become part of Michigan's leading education program:

  • Ranked among the top online graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report.
  • We confer 700 master's degrees in teaching every year, more than any other college in Michigan.
  • Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
  • Students who complete this program can apply to the Michigan Department of Education to receive initial administrative certification (a requirement for principals).


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Develop an advanced understanding of the issues facing charter schools, the governing policies, and reform efforts to effectively achieve institutional success within a diverse population.
Education can change lives. It takes a strong leader to drive an entire organization with that urgency. Prepare for success as an instructional leader in this program, which teaches strategic planning and team-building skills within diverse populations.

Careers & Outcomes

Prepare for a leadership position in all educational settings: public, private, charter, and virtual schools, educational service providers, authorizers, government programs, community education, preschools, day cares, corporate, and military.

Career Projected Salary
School Athletic Director $58,906
Elementary & Secondary School Administrator $63,712
Principal $98,420
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