Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.)

Instructional Leadership
Level I

for Certified Teachers

Online 30 major credits * 20 months

Repayment after graduation as low as


*if using financial aid

How to Pay
Accredited and Affordable Master's Programs

Program Highlights & Benefits

100% online cohort

20 month completion time, including holiday breaks

No GRE required for some programs

No weekend classes


The Master of Arts in Education degree in Instructional Leadership (Level I) is designed for certified teachers who 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. 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

EDA 600Introduction to School Leadership by Leading Teaching and Learning3
EDA 602Leadership for Human Resources Development in Schools3
EDA 604Organization and Legal Aspects of the School Principal3
EDA 605Field Experiences in Leadership I3
EDA 606School Climate And Culture3
EDA 608Leveraging Community Systems and Resources3
EDA 610Planning and Management of Technology in Schools for School Leaders3
EDA 611Field Experiences in Leadership II3
EDA 612Using Data for Instructional Decision Making3
EDA 614School Leadership Practicum3
 Total Number of Credits for MAED in Instructional Leadership (Level I):30
Please Note:

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.