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NCU Catalog - July 2022 
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Educational Leadership, MEd

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Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Description of Program

In the Masters of Education (MEd) degree in Educational Leadership, you will develop knowledge, skills, and leadership traits required for educational leadership roles within diverse organizations. As you critically analyze a broad range of disciplinary theories, leadership trends, and traits, including data decision-making and evidence-based educational practice, you will be prepared to make research-based, ethical decisions that improve issues, systems, and practice within current and emerging educational organizations. While the degree is not specific to PK-12 education, the program does align with the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (formerly ISLLC/ ELCC).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply quality standards to enhance instructional rigor and instructional strategies fostering student learning and development and augment teacher professional development
  • Select strategies to cultivate an inclusive and supporting learning environment to enhance accessibility, community collaboration, and student success
  • Analyze the aspects of professional capacity and resource needs for a quality professional learning community promoting an effective and efficient learning environment for all teachers, staff, and students
  • Synthesize current educational research and theory within educational evidence-based practice for ongoing school improvement
  • Facilitate effective educational leadership vision and integrity through strategic planning involving data-driven decision-making and evidence-based practice

Basis for Admissions

A bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution or an international institution determined to be equivalent through an approved evaluation service.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership (EdL) requires 30 credit hours for degree completion. The MEEDL program includes one foundational course, taken by all students regardless of their undergraduate degree, which forms and strengthens fundamental skills. The next 24 credit hours in the program are core courses that capture the essence of educational leadership. Students end the program with a 3 credit hour capstone course.

  • The MEEDL degree program has the following graduation requirements:
  • A minimum of 24 credit hours of graduate instruction must be completed through NCU
  • Successful completion of all courses with a “B” or better
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credits accepted by the University

The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the MEEDL for graduate course work completed at an external, accredited college or university with a course grade of “B” or better. See the Transfer Credit Policy for additional information.

Time to Completion

NCU allows 5 years to complete all Master’s programs of 36 credits or less.

The median time to completion for this program is 21 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most NCU students are working adults, balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and finance advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

Students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 15 months.

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