Instructional Leadership Master’s (Level I)


The Master of Arts in Education degree in Instructional Leadership (Level I) is designed for certified teachers who hold a Master's degree in Education, have at least three years teaching experience, and wish to earn certification as a principal in the state of Kentucky.

What You Learn:

There is a critical need across the state of Kentucky for quality principals. According to the Kentucky Occupational Outlook 2014 published by the Education Cabinet Department of Workforce Investment Office of Employment Training there are an average of 116 job openings per year as an educational administrator at the elementary and secondary level. The MAED in Instructional Leadership (Level I) program is designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and strategies to take on a leadership role within P-12 schools in order to transform teaching and learning within diverse settings in order to positively impact student achievement for all students. Research-based practices are stressed. We endeavor to prepare competent educator leaders who will be known, individually and collectively, by their exceptional qualities of leadership, and who will, in turn, cultivate similar qualities in those they teach and lead.

How You Learn:

This is a fully online cohort. Most courses will be offered in a 7 and a half week format, though some 15 week courses may be included. (In which you will take two courses at a time). Face-to-face class meetings are not required. You will log into the online classroom using our online learning management system to participate in online activities which may include assignments, webinars or chats, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically. Following this schedule, you will complete the Level I program in approximately 20 months.

Career Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Level 1 coursework outlined below and the required major assessments, including the final capstone project, candidates will be eligible for a Master of Arts in Education degree and Rank 1. A recommendation will be made for the Statement of Eligibility for Provisional Certification for Instructional Leadership - Principal, grades P-12 following successful completion of Level 1 coursework, major assessments and state-required Praxis exams*.

Degree Requirements:

Level I: Core Coursework For Instructional Leadership – School Principal
Course Title Hours
EDA 600 Introduction to School Leadership by Leading Teaching and Learning 3
EDA 602 Leadership for Human Resources Development in Schools 3
EDA 604 Organization and Legal Aspects of the School Principal 3
EDA 605 Field Experiences in Leadership I 3
EDA 606 School Climate And Culture 3
EDA 608 Leveraging Community Systems and Resources 3
EDA 610 Planning and Management of Technology in Schools for School Leaders 3
EDA 611 Field Experiences in Leadership II 3
EDA 612 Using Data for Instructional Decision Making 3
EDA 614 School Leadership Practicum 3
  Total Number of Credits for MAED in Instructional Leadership (Level I): 30

NOTE: This is only an introduction of the program. Coursework may be taken in a different order.

*Once a candidate obtains employment in a principal/assistant principal position under his or her Provisional Certification, he or she will be eligible to apply to the Instructional Leadership - Advanced Leadership Studies (Level II) program, and complete the remaining 6 credit hours of advanced coursework in order to be recommended for Level II Certification for Instructional Leadership - Principal, grades P-12.