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Educational leadership M.Ed.

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    Educational leadership M.Ed.

    Prepare for principal or teacher leadership positions in a flexible master’s degree program with online classes and extensive field experiences.

Explore the educational leadership master’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

UAA’s educational leadership program is a two-year graduate program that focuses on school leadership. The program is designed for students who want to earn a master’s degree and pursue a Type B Administrative Credential endorsement from the State of Alaska. The educational leadership master’s degree program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and meets the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards for school leader preparation.

What you’ll learn in the educational leadership program
Our program encourages aspiring educational leaders to explore leadership as an ongoing and continual process, with field-based experiences that connect theory and application. You’ll examine research in education and culturally responsive leadership practices for Alaska. You’ll also learn how to drive organizational change, engage in a continuous improvement cycle that builds teacher capacity and increases student success, manage school resources effectively and explore legal and political issues that impact public education.

Graduate certificate in educational leadership principal program
In addition to the master’s degree, UAA also offers a graduate certificate in educational leadership with a principal endorsement (K-12). Students in the master’s program are required to take two additional research courses and the Leadership in Alaska Culture and Social Justice Issues (EDL A620) course.

Educational leadership scholarships and financial aid
Get help with tuition and education costs. UAA offers a variety of scholarships and financial aid opportunities to help you obtain your master’s degree. The School of Education also offers a number of tuition waivers for qualified students each spring. Learn more about financial aid opportunities at UAA.

Educational leadership M.Ed.

Degree Type:

  • Master

Program Length: Two years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Accredited by: Council of Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Other program options: Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership Principal

Did you know..

One of the field experience opportunities is participation on an accreditation team in which you’ll observe 15 classrooms in a two-day period using the accreditation protocol – an experience that far outweighs what faculty can explain in class.

What can you do with an educational leadership degree from UAA?

UAA alumni have practical job experience and real-world problem-solving skills that employers value. Because the educational leadership master’s degree program is based on National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards, graduates are also prepared to meet the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL).

Educational leadership graduate programs

  • The master’s degree in educational leadership provides excellent preparation for a variety of doctoral education programs

Educational leadership careers

  • Principal
  • Vice principal
  • District administrator
  • Instructional coordinator

Educational leadership master’s degree program highlights

The educational leadership program offers a flexible, hands-on graduate experience designed to prepare school leaders in Alaska and around the world. The following are some of the top reasons to choose UAA for your master’s degree program.

  • Learn through a variety of field-based experiences. Opportunities include teacher and staff observations, student discipline process observations, organizational culture audit tools and school board meetings. Other field-based experiences involve developing safety plans, reviewing legislative agendas and educational bills, building school improvement plans, developing professional development sessions and helping to develop budgets.
  • Take part in a year-long principal internship. As part of the internship, you’ll lead a project within a K-12 public education setting – typically the school where you teach. The internship is closely supervised and supported with at least two faculty site visits.
  • Work in an online cohort. For much of the program, you’ll work through learning modules at your own pace along with a community of peers. A new cohort begins each summer. Online courses are conducted through Blackboard and Blackboard Collaborate and use web-based video platforms and social media apps.
  • Find flexible options to meet your specific learning and career needs. If you’re not already teaching at a school site, or if you’re a teacher coming from a private or charter school, UAA’s program has the flexibility to provide the experiences you need for administrative credential and public school leadership. The educational leadership program also works well for students outside Alaska, integrating cultural competency skills that you can apply anywhere.
  • Learn from top faculty who are dedicated to helping you succeed. UAA instructors bring extensive educational research and school leadership experience to the master’s degree program and work closely with students as advisors and mentors.
  • Take part in professional clubs and conferences. The educational leadership program offers membership opportunities with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), Alaska Association of School Administrators, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). You can also participate in the UAA Graduate Student Association and the annual Alaska Principals’ Conferences.
Students studying around a table covered in papers

The educational leadership program is proud to partner with Matanuska-Susitna School District (MSSD), offering UAA students and faculty the chance to attend and support MSSD’s educational leadership academy. The academy brings teachers together for district-specific training.

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Professor Ginger Blackmon, Ed.D., has worked as a principal in three different districts in California and Alaska. Her primary research interest is in continuous improvement models.

Educational leadership master’s degree program curriculum

The educational leadership master’s degree curriculum focuses on best practices in school leadership and specifically prepares students for principal or teacher leadership positions. The first year includes core theoretical courses with field experiences, and the second year consists of an internship. Students are required to complete both the foundation core and the principal core courses for a total of 35 credits.

Top classes for educational leadership students

  • Organizational Theory and Change
  • Instructional Leadership and Student Learning
  • Politics, Law and Ethics in Leadership
  • School Resource Allocation and Management