Copyright

Master of Arts (MA in Education): Principal Licensure Degree Overview

Master of Arts in Education programs with a focus on educational leadership or administration are designed for teachers who wish to train for roles in educational management, such as a principal. The curriculum of these programs may vary by state.

View popular schools

Essential Information

Master of Arts in Education in Administrative Leadership or Educational Leadership program are designed for teachers who are looking for advanced licensure in the education field. In these degree programs, students prepare to meet nationally-recognized school leadership standards and develop their knowledge and expertise in strategic curriculum planning, project management and leadership accountability.

Master's programs commonly take one or two years of full-time study. Because of teachers' busy schedules during the school year, master's programs usually allow the student to participate on a part-time basis. Online study options might also be available to program participants. Master's degree programs, which satisfy requirements for principal licensure, require a bachelor's degree in education. Applicants are also typically required to possess teacher certification and experience, as well as letters of recommendation.


Find schools that offer these popular programs

  • Counseling and Guidance
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Administration and Supervision
  • Educational Evaluation and Research
  • ESL Teaching
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Library Science and Related Professions
  • Philosophical Foundations of Education
  • Special Education
  • Teacher Education for Specific Levels and Methods
  • Teacher Education for Specific Subject Areas
  • Teaching Assistant

Master's Degrees in Educational Leadership

Teachers who enjoy leading learning organizations, working closely with teams of professional educators and changing their communities may want to consider pursuing a principal licensure degree program. Coursework trains school administrators to meet the challenges of leadership roles through courses in contemporary education and learning leadership. Additional courses students may encounter include:

  • Advocacy and communications
  • Leadership ethics
  • Educational research
  • Developmental theory
  • Decision making
  • Special education management

Employment Outlook and Salary Info

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of elementary, middle and high school principals should grow by 6% from 2014-2024 (www.bls.gov). This average growth may be due to increases in school enrollments. This group also earned a median annual salary of $90,410 in May 2015, according to the BLS.

Licensure Information

Educational administrators, as a group, may benefit from the Master of Arts in Education focusing on educational leadership. Principals have the additional requirement of fulfilling state licensing requirements. Those requirements vary by state, but may include completion of a master's degree, special coursework and on-the-job training, as well as completion of a licensure test.

Since students interested in a career as a school principal or educational administrator need specific licensure, a Master of Arts in Education program with an emphasis on educational leadership and licensure will be extremely helpful. These programs are designed for those who already have teacher certifications and would like to advance their educational careers.

Next: View Schools

What is your highest level of education?

Some College
Complete your degree or find the graduate program that's right for you.
High School Diploma
Explore schools that offer bachelor and associate degrees.
Still in High School
Earn your diploma or GED. Plan your undergraduate education.

Schools you may like:

Popular Schools

The listings below may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users.

    • MA in Curriculum and Instruction
    • M.A. in Communication with an Emphasis in Education
    • M.A. in Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education
    • M.A. in Reading with an Emphasis in Elementary Education
    • M.Ed. in Early Childhood
    • M.Ed. in Educational Administration

    What is your highest level of education?

    • MS - Instructional Design and Technology

    What is your highest level of education?

  • What is your highest level of education?

  • What is your highest level of education completed?

  • What is your highest level of education completed?

    • MS in Education - Special Education: Autism
    • MS in Education - Special Education: Masters Only
    • MS in Education - Special Education and Special Education Certification
    • MS - Secondary Education with Autism Specialization
    • MS in Education - Special Education and Wilson Reading System Certification

    What is your highest level of education completed?

    • Master of Science in Library and Information Science
    • Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Academic Librarianship
    • Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Archival Studies
    • Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Management
    • Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Public Librarianship
    • Master of Science in Library and Information Science: Special Librarianship

    What is your highest level of education?

    • MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Leadership
    • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math)
    • MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Methods & Curriculum
    • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction - Early Childhood Education
    • MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Reading
    • MEd in Curriculum & Instruction - Environmental Education

    What is your highest level of education?

    • Master of Arts in Practical Theology - Intercultural Studies
    • Master of Arts in Practical Theology - Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Master of Divinity - Intercultural Studies
    • Master of Divinity - Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Master of Theological Studies - Interdisciplinary Studies

    What is your highest level of education completed?

  • What is your highest level of education completed?

Find your perfect school

What is your highest level of education?