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MA in Education - School Leadership in the 21st Century

Students of Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in School Leadership in the 21st Century program have the opportunity to develop strong managerial skills needed for educational administrative positions in nearly any type of academic setting. Read on to find more information about this online master's degree program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in School Leadership in the 21st Century

School Offering Program:

Ashford University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Prior to enrollment in Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in School Leadership in the 21st Century program, students should have earned a bachelor's degree in any area. Previous experience in education is helpful but not required.

Program Description:

Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in School Leadership in the 21st Century program is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of academic leadership and organizational management while also offering coursework in teaching and learning strategies and practices. Area of specialization courses could teach students how to oversee teaching staff development, build organizational leadership habits, strengthen decision-making and problem-solving skills, and apply a shared vision strategy within a school community. Core coursework is designed to address change management, student and instructional assessment methods, cultural diversity in academic environments, educational technology, and collaborative techniques in school settings. An extensive research project completed in the program's capstone course allows students to apply concepts and methods studied throughout the curriculum.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

36 credits.

Financial Aid:

Ashford University offers students several payment options, including cash plans, employer tuition reimbursement, direct employer billing, and military tuition assistance. Qualifying students may be eligible for financial aid.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in School Leadership in the 21st Century:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Ashford University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Major Course Requirements

  • EDU 650: Teaching, Learning and Leading in the 21st Century (3 credits)
  • EDU 692: Creativity, Culture, and Global Contexts in Education Decision Making (3 credits)
  • EDU 673: Instructional Strategies for Differentiated Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
  • EDU 645: Learning and Assessment in the 21st Century (3 credits)
  • EDU 620: Meeting Individual Students Needs with Technology (3 credits)
  • EDU 671: Fundamentals of Educational Research (3 credits)
  • EDU 675: Change Leadership for the Differentiated Educational Environment (3 credits)
  • EDU 695: Master of Arts in Education Capstone (3 credits)

School Leadership in the 21st Century

  • EDU 684: Shared Vision of Learning (3 credits)
  • EDU 687: Building a Learning Centered Culture (3 credits)
  • EDU 688: Organizational Management for Student Learning (3 credits)
  • EDU 689: Personal Ethics and Leadership Capacity (3 credits)

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

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Certification and Licensure Terms and Conditions.

If you want to become a classroom teacher, contact your state's education authorities prior to enrolling at Ashford to determine what state-specific requirements you must complete before obtaining your teacher's license. Ashford graduates will be subject to additional requirements on a state-by-state basis that will include one or more of the following: student teaching or practicum experience, additional coursework, additional testing, or, if the state requires a specific type of degree to seek alternative certification, earning an additional degree. None of Ashford's online education programs are CAEP*, TEAC or NCATE accredited, which is a requirement for certification in some states. Other factors, such as a student's criminal history, may prevent an applicant from obtaining licensure or employment in this field of study.

* The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is the resulting entity from the merger of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Please visit ashford.edu for terms and conditions and additional disclosure information related to each education degree program. Alabama, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington residents: please see specific state disclosure information.

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of Ashford University's Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in School Leadership in the 21st Century program could possess the skills needed for administrative positions in public or private school settings. They could seek employment in elementary, middle, or high schools, vocational schools, or possibly colleges and universities.

Entry-level positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Program Director
  • Dean of Students
  • School Board Member
  • Educational Consultant
  • Education Policy Analyst