M. Ed. Educational Leadership/Principalship


Experienced, currently employed, certified teachers who wish to become principals in a K-12 setting.

What You Learn:

he M. Ed. in Educational Leadership/Principalship is designed to allow certification for principalship in the public or private school setting. There are two Missouri state assessments that need to be completed to be a certified building administrator.

How You Learn:

Face-to-Face: This is a hybrid cohort program. For five nights out of each 8 week course, class will be held from 5:00 to 10:00, the same night of the week for the entire program. These class meetings will be supplemented by additional online activities which may include assignments, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities completed electronically outside of class. You will finish one course every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 2 years.

Online: This is an online cohort program. There are no weekly class meetings required; instead, you will log in to the online courseroom to complete assignments, participate in discussion topics, and other online activities designed by your professor. You will finish one 3 credit course every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 2 years with built in breaks.

Career Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program, students will have earned a M. Ed. Educational Leadership/Principalship degree and be eligible for certification as a principal in the state of Missouri.

Degree Requirements:


Course Title Hours
ED 513 Law for Education 3
ED 514 Foundations of Educational Administration 3
ED 522 Legal Aspects of Special Education 3
ED 606 Curriculum Theory and Practice 3
ED 608 Assessment 3
ED 612 School and Community Leadership 3
ED 616 School Supervision 3
Choose One:
ED 624 Elementary Administration 3
ED 625 Secondary School Administration 3
ED 634 Directed Field Experience 3
ED 635 School Organization and Management 3
  Total Hours: 30

Please Note:

Students are eligible for certification at the grade level that they completed their undergraduate course of study (e.g. a teacher with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education will earn certification as an Elementary School administrator). Individuals seeking middle school principal certification must take (or have already taken) in addition to the above 30 hours, graduate or undergraduate course credit in the following areas:

  • Methods of Teaching Reading (minimum of 5 semester hours, including one course in Techniques of Teaching Reading in the Content Fields).
  • Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics (minimum of 2 semester hours).
  • At least 6 credit hours in education courses focusing on middle school philosophy, organization and curriculum.