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M.Ed in Educational Leadership with K-12 Administrator Certificate

Graduates of the  Master of Education in Educational Leadership  program are well-prepared for building-level leadership positions, including principal, assistant principal and dean of students. Those who choose to remain in the classroom will find that they are well-equipped to assume formal teacher leadership roles, e.g. instructional coach, new teacher mentor, grade level or department chair, school improvement chair. As a state-approved principal preparation program, graduates earn a master’s degree and are eligible for a Michigan Administrative Certificate. 
The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare “practice-ready” leaders for 21st Century schools. With the guidance of expert faculty and supported by a program-long internship, students develop the skills needed to lead with a clear vision, build positive relationships, support and guide school improvement, and empower others while managing the complexities of change. 

Program coursework is strongly performance-based. As a result, graduates leave the program well-prepared to assume a variety of school leadership positions.

Additionally, all graduates leave the program with an e-portfolio they can share with prospective employers and key stakeholder groups, e.g. parents and students, local business leaders and building teachers.

  • Relevant coursework provides you with the leadership tools and confidence to meet the challenges of school leadership
  • Cohort model links you to a professional network of successful school leaders
  • Distinguished faculty draw on both practical experience and academic research to help you connect theory with practice
  • School-based internship provides real-life experience; mentorship with a recognized school leader offers extra support
  • Required 32 credits completed in 22 months
  • Convenient scheduling combines weeknight classes with hybrid coursework
  • Graduates eligible for Michigan Administrative Certificate
See catalog:  Master of Education in Educational Leadership

  • Future students are asked to demonstrate their interest in building-level administrative roles through a professional goal statement and two letters of recommendation.
  • Through your goal statement, we are interested in knowing who you are as a person and what you would like to achieve personally and professionally with this degree. A typical goal statement is 2-3 pages in length and addresses the following:
    • Your career goals, including how the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership will help you reach your goals
    • The qualifications and experience that prepare you to be successful in reaching those goals
    • Your vision of school leadership, including your commitment to equity
    • Any problems or inconsistencies in your academic or professional record
  • Previous teaching experience is highly recommended, but not required.

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership degree program requires 32 credits, which taken within the 22 month, cohort-structured program. Face to face courses are offered on weeknights, with hybrid course offerings during the summer terms. The required internship stretches across the program. As a culminating activity, graduates prepare a web-based portfolio that addresses the ISLLC School Leader Standards.


EL 500: Introduction to Educational Leadership - 4 credits

EL 560: Staff and Curriculum Development - 4 credits

Summer I
EL 620: Law for Teachers and Administrators - 4 credits
EL 630: Internship for School Leaders I - 2 credits

Summer II
EL 520: Schools, Students and Educational Equity - 4 credits

EL 530: Theories and Techniques of Leadership - 4 credits

EL 550: School Finance and Business Administration - 4 credits

Summer I
EL 690: Culminating Master's Practicum - 4 credits
EL 640: Internship for School Leaders II - 2 credits

In addition to receiving a master’s degree, students are also eligible to apply for a Michigan Administrative Certificate.

Oakland County
Oakland University - Main Campus
Pawley Hall
Rochester, MI  48309
Cohort meets on Monday evenings.
How to

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Application Type: Grad – Masters
Planned Course of Study: M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

If you have any other questions, please contact:

Dr. Cynthia Carver
(248) 370-3081 phone