Master of Education

Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Offered face-to-face in the Kansas City area and online


The Master of Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership degree is designed to allow certification for principalship in a 30-hour program. Full-time enrollment—one course per eight-week term—during the academic year and one course for two summers allows completion in two calendar years. Students who are employed full-time are encouraged not to take a heavier load.

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M.Ed. Degree On-Campus

  • Cohort model (stay with the same peers for the entire program)
  • Meet in or near your school in the Kansas City area the same weeknight for the entire program
  • Make-up options are available should a scheduling conflict occur

M.Ed. Degree Online

  • Cohort model (stay with the same peers for the entire program)
  • Interface with experienced instructors, peer community and curriculum online
  • Make-up options are available should a scheduling conflict occur

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for the School for Education, you must also meet the following admission requirements for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership program:
  • A bachelor's degree in education from an accredited institution and a valid state teaching certificate (applicant must provide copy of certificate).
  • A letter of recommendation from a school administrator who has supervised his/her work.
  • Students with a cumulative GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 may be considered for admission, if they provide one of the following:
    • Four (4) years successful employment experience (validated by a letter of recommendation from supervisor based on good evaluations).
    • An acceptable GRE score for verbal and quantitative tests.
    • Child abuse and neglect screening. (Contact Melanie Kinney in the School for Education at (816) 584-6335.)
  • Felony background check and FBI fingerprint check. Note: FBI checks must be current and valid for one year. (Contact Melanie Kinney in the School for Education at (816) 584-6335.)
  • Be officially admitted to the School for Education.
  • Students seeking Educational Leadership with Certification must have two years of teaching experience by the time they apply for certification.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership requires a minimum of 30 completed credit hours. Refer to your catalog for a complete listing of coursework for this degree.

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Middle School Principal Certification Requirement

In addition to the standard coursework, students seeking middle school principal certification must take (or have already taken) graduate or undergraduate course credit in the following areas:

  • Methods of Teaching Reading (minimum of five (5) semester hours to include one (1) course in Techniques of Teaching Reading in the Content Fields);
  • Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics (minimum of two (2) semester hours); and
  • At least six (6) credit hours in education courses focusing on: middle school philosophy, organization, and curriculum.

Graduate education courses are available to partially satisfy these requirements:

Graduation Requirements

  • In addition to the graduation requirements stated in the Academic Policies, an approved portfolio is required, which satisfactorily addresses the Missouri Standards for initial principal certification. The portfolio must be presented by the fifth week of the last term in the student's program. Advanced candidates must successfully pass the School for Education Disposition Instrument for Advanced Candidates for completion of the program. A student cannot complete the program or be recommended for certification without an acceptable portfolio.
  • Successful completion of 30 credit hours, with no grade lower than a "C" in the required courses, with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • An application for graduation is required before a completion statement is posted on the transcript. Students must submit the completed form with the appropriate fee.