MA in Educational Leadership

MA Program (34 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 Requirements - 18
The Common Core section, if a student only took the minimum credits of all the courses listed, currently adds up to 17 credits.  It will be up to the advisor and student to decide how the extra required 1 credit will be made up.

LEAD 630 - Introduction to Leadership Credits: 2
EDAL 520 - Foundations of Educational Leadership Credits: 2,3
EDAL 645 - K–12 Educational Finance Credits: 2,3
EDAL 670 - Technology for Leaders Credits: 3
3-12 Credits of  EDAL 680 - K-12 Internship: (Topic)____ Credits: 1–12

EDCI 547 - Foundations of Curriculum Studies Credits: 3
Or  EDCI 565 - Improving Instruction Credits: 2,3

EDFN 500 - Philosophical Foundations for Professionals Credits: 2,3
LEAD 675 - Portfolio Development: (Topic)_____ Credits: 0–3

Concentration Area (minimum 13, with more credits available from variable credit courses):
EDAL 560 - K–12 Law Credits: 3
EDAL 565 - Leadership for Seventh-day Adventist Education Credits: 2
EDAL 570 - Principles of Educational Supervision Credits: 2,3
EDAL 635 - Human Resources Administration Credits: 2,3

EDAL 664 - Elementary School Leadership Credits: 2,3
Or  EDAL 665 - Secondary School Leadership Credits: 2,3

LEAD 525 - Public Relations: Community Partnerships Credits: 2,3

Educational Research (3)
EDRM505 Research Methods (3)

Electives (As Needed)
In consultation with your advisor.

TOTAL MA degree credits (34)

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Application Process

Applicants must meet the School of Graduate Studies 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 34 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.