MA in Educational Leadership

MA Program (36 credits)

The Educational Leadership master's program is designed for post-baccalaureate participants who desire to obtain a degree in educational administration with or without Seventh-day Adventist North American Division (NAD) administrative endorsement. For NAD certification purposes, participants need to have an NAD professional teaching certificate, which requires graduate work in two of the following areas: learning theory/style, curriculum, improvement of instruction, education of the exceptional student, trends and issues in education, and multicultural education. As such, those completing this master's degree and wanting NAD administrative endorsement will also need to take an additional course from the areas listed if they have not done so. Those specifically served by this degree are the following:


  • Teachers interested in transitioning into educational administration
  • Principals of K-8, K-10, K-12, and 9-12 schools
MA Curriculum

Common Core (minimum 18, with more credits available from variable credit courses):
LEAD600   Annual Conference (0)
LEAD630   Introduction to Leadership (2)
EDAL520   Foundations of Educational Leadership (2-3)
EDAL645   K-12 Educational Finance (2-3)
EDAL670   Technology for Leaders (3)
EDAL680   Internship: (Topic) (3-12)
EDCI547    Foundations of Curriculum Studies (3)  OR
EDCI565    Improving Instruction (2)
EDFN500   Phil. Foundations for Professionals (3)
LEAD675    Portfolio Development: (Topic) (1-3)

Concentration Area (minimum 13, with more credits available from variable credit courses):
EDAL560    K-12 School Law (3)
EDAL565    Leadership for SDA Education (2)
EDAL570    Principles of Educational Supervision (2-3)
EDAL635    Human Resources Administration (2-3)
EDAL664/665 Elem./Secondary School Leadership (2-3)
LEAD525    Public Relations: Community Partnerships (2-3)

Educational Research (3)
EDRM505 Research Methods (3)

Electives (As Needed)
In consultation with your advisor.
EDAL660   Planning and Operating Educational Facilities (2-3)

TOTAL MA degree credits (36)

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Application Process

Applicants must meet School of Education admission requirements. Once accepted into this master's program, students must complete the Introduction to Leadership course (LEAD630) where they will be introduced to the philosophy of educational leadership and review the standards that will guide their educational plan. The curriculum consists of a minimum of 32 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree. Many courses are offered as variable credits; therefore, candidates should consider their credit needs when planning their course work and when registering for these courses. The portfolio serves as a component of the master's comprehensive examination. There is no thesis requirement for the master's degree program.