Online Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership

The online Master of Science in Education (MSE) in Educational Leadership, with an optional path to principal licensure, prepares you to serve in administrative roles and leadership positions in any educational setting. Graduates of the MSE in Educational Leadership program serve effectively at all levels of leadership from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 in public, private and parochial schools.

The online program allows you to continue working while you earn your degree and take the next step in your career. Throughout the program, you will gain insight into pressing issues facing the education community in the 21st century — from school law and finance to leadership in diverse communities.

Our students have the desire to share ideas and experiences and want to listen and learn from others in order to become great educational leaders. The MSE in Educational Leadership program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to broaden your leadership potential in the education field.

If you are interested in completing the University of Dayton MSE in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Catholic School Leadership, please contact Janice Keivel in the Department of Educational Administration at jkeivel1@udayton.edu or 937-229-3738.

Curriculum

As a top-tier Catholic research university, the University of Dayton is committed to educating the whole person and to linking learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

The MSE in Educational Leadership curriculum offers a balanced instructional approach that integrates both learning and practical application. Over the course of the program, you will gain essential knowledge needed to succeed in today’s educational climate.

The curriculum covers topics such as:

  • Educational leadership
  • Supervision and professional development
  • Instructional leadership
  • Curriculum instruction
  • School law
  • Research
  • Community relations
  • Leadership in diverse communities
  • School finance

Careers

Earning an MSE in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton provides you with the tools needed to advance your career and become an integral member of an educational administration team.

A master’s in educational leadership provides current teachers with the opportunity to move into leadership positions in elementary and secondary schools. Educational leaders are typically responsible for hiring and managing staff, preparing budgets and ensuring that the organization adheres to any regulations and policies. They also set the curriculum standards and advise on policy changes, while working with staff on team building or improving efficiency.

Graduates of our online MSE in Educational Leadership program have gone on to pursue a variety of positions, including but not limited to:

  • Principals
  • Headmasters
  • Curriculum directors
  • Athletic directors
  • Lead teachers
  • Chairs of academic departments
  • Instructional coaches/coordinators
  • Education researchers, consultants, or policy analysts
  • Nonprofit education professionals

Program Tracks and Licensure

Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership

The Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership is 30 credits and can be completed in two years (five terms). All students are required to complete a 150-hour internship.

Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership and Principal Licensure

The Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership and principal licensure serves as a path to obtaining principal licensure. The program is 42 credits and can be completed in a little over two years (seven terms). Students must complete two 150-hour internships.

Become a Principal

Upon completion of the MSE in Educational Leadership + Principal Licensure program and showing proof you are a certified teacher, graduates will be eligible to sit for licensure exams in Ohio. While this program is designed to enable students to meet the requirements to become a principal in Ohio, students may also be eligible for licensure in other states outside of Ohio.

Certification requirements differ from state to state. Therefore, students enrolling in this program should research the requirements in the state in which they reside or intend to practice.

Take the Next Step

Earn Your Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership