Educational Leadership Degree and Certificate Programs

School principals oversee a school's curriculum development, teaching staff and overall management, which are skills learned through an education leadership/administration graduate program. Read on to learn about degree and certificate programs in educational leadership, their respective curricula, and if they are available online. Schools offering Education - Organizational Leadership degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Educational Leadership Degree and Certificate Programs Are Available to Me?

Degree programs in education leadership are available at the master's level, while certificate programs are typically offered as post-master's programs for teachers who want to advance their teaching abilities or obtain a license in education administration.

Admission into a master's degree program typically requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited school and minimal Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. Some programs also require teaching experience prior to enrollment.

Program Choices Master's degree programs, post-master's certificates
Certificate Program Curriculum 9 months to 2 years focusing on school law, strategic planning, and business administration for schools
Master's Degree Curriculum 1-2 years focusing on instructional leadership, school finance, and information management technology
Online Availability Available online, however required internships must be completed in person near your home
Job Outlook (2016-2026)8% growth (elementary, middle, and high school principals)*
Median Salary (2018)$95,310 (elementary, middle, and high school principals)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Can I Expect From a Certificate Program?

Certificate programs in education leadership last anywhere from 15 to 36 credits (about nine months to two years) and are designed to prepare you to meet educational administrator licensing requirements in most states. Topics cover the role of education in communities and society, growth and development of students, diversity in school communities and the ways that policies and laws affect education. In addition to coursework, some programs require you to satisfy an internship and a research project. Some of the topics you can expect to study include:

  • School law
  • Instructional supervision
  • Business administration for schools
  • Strategic planning

What Can I Expect From a Master's Degree Program?

Master's degree programs in education leadership can be completed in 38-54 credits, or 1-2 years. As a student, you examine theories in education leadership, data analysis, research techniques, ethics, positive learning environments and resource management. You may be able to either complete a thesis or build a portfolio to demonstrate competence in the field. Some of the course subjects you can expect to find in a master's degree program include:

  • Instructional leadership
  • Personnel administration
  • Information management technology
  • School law
  • School finance

Can I Find These Programs Online?

You can find both certificates and degree programs online from a few schools. Online programs allow you to continue working in your own school system, while advancing your education. As an online student, you still need to complete a required internship for some certificate programs and most master's degree programs, but may do so in your area.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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