Masters - Education: School Leadership in the 21st Century

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After enrolling in Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in School Leadership in the 21st Century program, you will have the opportunity to develop the managerial and organizational skills needed to pursue an administrative career in the educational field. More information about this master's degree program is found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Ashford University's online Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in School Leadership in the 21st Century program offers studies in organizational leadership, decision-making practices, and motivational strategies applicable to academic environments. Specialization courses are designed to focus on learning system development, teacher and student assessment and monitoring methods, curriculum and instruction design, school policy development, and integrative processes in school planning and leading. In core coursework, you will have the chance to learn about teaching innovation and leadership, learning needs assessment, educational technology and research, teaching challenges, and change management. The program's capstone course requires the completion of an extensive research project emphasizing a topic within school leadership.

How Can I Prepare?

Ashford University requires that you already have a bachelor's degree prior to entering the Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in School Leadership in the 21st Century program. Prior experience in education is helpful. Some programs may have more specific requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You must earn a total of 36 credits to successfully complete the Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in School Leadership in the 21st Century program. You will take 24 credits in the major course of study and 12 credits in specialization coursework.

Master of Arts in Education - School Leadership in the 21st Century Specialization Course Requirements

Course CodeCourse Name
Major Course Requirements
EDU 650Teaching, Learning, and Leading in the 21st Century
EDU 692Creativity, Culture, and Global Contexts in Education Decision Making
EDU 673Instructional Strategies for Differentiated Teaching and Learning
EDU 645Learning and Assessment for the 21st Century
EDU 620Meeting Individual Students Needs with Technology
EDU 671Fundamentals of Educational Research
EDU 675Change Leadership for the Differentiated Educational Environment
EDU 695Master of Arts in Education Capstone
School Leadership in the 21st Century Specialization Courses
EDU 684Shared Vision of Learning
EDU 687Building a Learning Centered Culture
EDU 688Organizational Management for Student Learning
EDU 689Personal Ethics and Leadership Capacity

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Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions.

If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study.

*The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Please visit ashford.edu for terms and conditions and additional disclosure information related to each education degree program. Alabama, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington residents: please see specific state disclosure information.

What Can I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in School Leadership in the 21st Century program, you could be prepared to seek an administrative role in an elementary, middle, or high school. You could also pursue employment in vocational schools, nonprofit educational organizations, or learning centers.

Positions you could pursue include:

  • Program Director
  • Dean of Students
  • School Board Member
  • Educational Consultant
  • Education Policy Analyst