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MS - Leadership in Educational Administration

Potential leaders of academic institutions could have the opportunity to build necessary administrative and managerial skills through Capella University's Master of Science in Leadership in Educational Administration. Find out more about this MS program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Leadership in Educational Administration

School Offering Program:

Capella University

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Program Prerequisites:

Before entering this Master of Science in Leadership in Educational Administration program, prospective students might have teaching experience and have worked in a learning environment. They might display strong organizational, leadership, and decision-making skills. Applicants to Capella University's master's degree programs should have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

School leadership principles, instruction improvement strategies, and legal issues are among the main topics addressed in the Master of Science in Leadership in Educational Administration program at Capella University. Students have the chance to review public administration models, the standards of the Educational Leadership Constituents Council (ELCC), instructional strategies, the integration of educational technology, and educational laws. Principal roles, school financial management, school policy development, and the management of school personnel are also addressed. A two-part capstone allows students to complete a project demonstrating their understanding of standards and administrative practices discussed in the program. In addition, students are able to fulfill principal responsibilities in a site-based internship opportunity.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

46 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Capella University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Science in Leadership in Educational Administration:

Students must earn a total of 46 credits to complete this degree program; this total reflects 16 credits in core coursework, 12 credits in the area of specialization, and 18 credits in leadership concentration classes. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (16 credits)

  • Foundations of Master's Studies in Education
  • Survey of Research Methodology
  • Assessment and Improvement of Instruction
  • Strategies for Eliminating the Achievement Gap

Specialization Courses (12 credits)

  • School Leadership and Management Practices
  • School Leadership: Data, Decision-Making, and School Improvement
  • Education and the Law

School Leadership Concentration Courses (18 credits)

  • The Funding of Educational Institutions
  • P-12 Principalship
  • Personnel Administration
  • Principal Capstone Courseroom 1
  • Principal Capstone Courseroom 2
  • Principal Capstone Clinical Experience

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After graduation, students who have completed the MS in Leadership in Educational Administration program could choose to continue their studies in a doctoral degree program. A doctorate might be needed for those seeking upper administrative or educational research positions in postsecondary institutions or for superintendent roles in K-12 school systems.

Doctoral degrees graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • PhD in Education - Leadership for Higher Education
  • PhD in Education - Leadership in Educational Administration
  • Doctor of Education - Educational Leadership and Management

Career Paths:

Graduates of the MS in Leadership in Educational Administration program could possess the skills needed to pursue administrative roles in public or private elementary, middle, or high schools as well as colleges or universities. They might oversee specific academic or administrative offices, such as registrars or student affairs offices; create budgets; develop curricula; hire teachers and staff; and conduct performance reports for school personnel.

Some job titles that graduates might qualify for include:

  • Principal
  • Admissions director
  • Assistant principal
  • Program director
  • Dean of students

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