Master of Education


M.Ed. 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. It is offered in the eight-week format and also online.  Full-time enrollment is one course per eight-week term. Full-time enrollment 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.

The online and face-to-face formats use a cohort model, which means students stay with the same peers for the entire program.  Face-to-face classes meet in or near your school one night a week, the same night for the entire program. You will finish one course every eight weeks and make-up options are available should a scheduling conflict occur. To learn more or apply, please call (800) 946-9802 or e-mail Brian Johnsen at brianj@graduateprogram.org. More Go


Program-Specific 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 hold 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’ teaching experience by the time they apply for certification.

Degree Requirements


Curriculum (2013-2014 Catalog) Hours
Required Courses 30
ED 513 Law for Educators 3
ED 514 Foundations of Educational Administration 3
ED 522 Legal Aspects of Special Education 3
ED 527 Growth and Development of Children and Adolescents 3
ED 606 Curriculum Theory and Practice (Elementary, Middle, or Secondary) 3
ED 608 Assessment 3
ED 612 School and Community Leadership 3
ED 616 School Supervision 3
ED 634 Directed Field Experience 3
ED 635 School Organization 3
Elective Courses - Select one (1) of the following courses: 3
ED 624 Elementary Administration 3
ED 625 Secondary School Administration* 3
Total Hours 36*

*Middle School Principal Certification

Students seeking middle school principal certification must take (or have already taken), in addition to the above 36 hours, 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.

The following Graduate Education courses are available to partially satisfy these requirements:

ED 528 Theory and Practice in Literacy 3
ED 541 Middle School Philosophy and Organization 3
ED 546 Advanced Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties 3

Graduation Requirements


  • In addition to graduation requirements stated in the Academic Policies, an approved portfolio is required, which addresses, satisfactorily, 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 candidate 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 completion statement posted on the transcript. Students must submit the completed form with the appropriate fee.