Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Educational Leadership/Principalship

Online 30 major credits * 2 years

Affordable Tuition


*if using financial aid

How to Pay
Application Fee waived for all Graduate Cohort Programs-Use waiver code “GRADMED"

Program Highlights & Benefits

100% online program

2 year or less completion time, including holiday breaks

No GRE or admission tests

No weekend classes

What You Learn

The 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

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

M.Ed. Educational Leadership/Principalship


ED 513Law for Education3
ED 514Foundations of Educational Administration3
ED 522Legal Aspects of Special Education3
ED 606Curriculum Theory and Practice3
ED 608Assessment3
ED 612School and Community Leadership3
ED 616School Supervision3
Choose One:
ED 624Elementary Administration3
ED 625Secondary School Administration3
ED 634Directed Field Experience3
ED 635School Organization and Management3
 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.