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Master of Science

Educational Leadership

Taught by practitioners, for practitioners, this program prepares working educators to qualify for a principal's license.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 1/13
Est. Program Length: 24 months*
Course Length: 7 weeks**
Cost Per Credit Hour: $610
Credit Hours: 37

* Completion time estimated for full-time students. Graduate full-time work is defined as taking 6 credit hours per semester. This means students may only have to take one or two classes at a time.
** Except for internships and graduate research project. These are each 16 weeks long.

Go Further in the Career You Love

The online Master of Science in Educational Leadership at Malone University prepares working teachers to become an influential force in their field.

Our course of study is unique in its focus on both restorative practice and ethical leadership. Through a rigorous and faith-centered curriculum, you’ll gain the skills and experience you need to work expertly in critical areas like curriculum, instruction, and classroom management. The program directly aligns with both state and national standards, and prepares you for the Ohio leadership assessment upon completion.

Some key topics in the online M.S. in Educational Leadership curriculum include:

  • Instructional theory
  • The role of education in society
  • Diversity in education
  • Educational advocacy
  • Research techniques and practice
  • Contemporary issues in education
  • Practice of effective instruction
  • Leadership in educational spaces
  • School finance and funding
  • Legal considerations governing school operation
  • Management and decision making
  • School improvement planning processes
  • Educational supervision
  • Staff development
  • Advocacy and collaboration

In addition, you’ll take a hands-on approach to your education by participating in both an internship and a graduate research project. Under the supervision of experienced faculty and professional mentors, you’ll apply your classroom training to real-world settings.

Because the Master of Science in Educational Leadership is offered fully online, you’ll have ultimate flexibility while earning your degree. You’ll earn the credentials you need to professionally advance while maintaining your commitments to work and life. And, as a working educator, you’ll have the opportunity to immediately apply your education to your job. If you choose to attend the program full-time, you can complete your degree in as little as two years.

This program consists of 37 Credits

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Courses and Requirements

Your curriculum. Your career.

Malone’s online Master of Science in Educational Leadership is intended to provide students with the training they need to become frontrunners in their profession. Through a Christian lens, participants will learn the techniques and competencies they need to become ethical and effective leaders.

Course of Study

Foundation Courses
EDUC 503 Foundations of Social and Cultural Diversity
EDUC 510 Techniques of Research
EDUC 511 Action Research
EDUC 624 Critical Issues in Education
EDUC 696 Graduate Research Project

Core Courses
EDSU 540 Educational Leadership and Organization
EDUC 583 Instructional Theory, Practice, and Implementation

Cognate Courses
EDSU 542 School Finance and Funding
EDSU 635 School Principal Internship I
EDSU 636 School Principal Internship II
EDSU 652 School Law and Ethics
EDSU 654 Strategic Planning and Management in Education
EDSU 656 Introduction to Educational Supervision and Staff Development
SPED 625 Communication, Collaboration, and Advocacy


Admissions Requirements

M.S. Educational Leadership Admissions

Candidates for Malone’s online M.S. in Educational Leadership program must submit the following:

  • Graduate application
  • Copies of official undergraduate transcripts
  • Two professional references
  • Copy of teaching license

Prerequisite for Principal License

Valid Ohio Teaching License and two years of successful teaching at the age level for which the principal license is sought. A Specialist Examination (OAE) is required by the Ohio Department of Education for the License.

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Career Outcomes

At Malone, the online master of science in educational leadership provides graduates with a wide range of exciting career options.

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Why Choose Malone?

Malone Online is a Christ-centered university that is recognized for its academic excellence, extraordinary leadership, career-oriented programs, and holistic approach to education.

  • Quality Rankings.

    Among its many accolades, Malone has been listed among the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Values and Best Colleges for Veterans for 2018.

  • Christ-Centered.

    Malone provides an intentional focus on promoting an education based on faith and its integration with intellectual, spiritual, and social growth.

  • Extraordinary Leadership.

    Students work with renowned faculty, caring staff, and can take advantage of unique support programs after graduation.

Benefits of Learning Online

Pursuing an online degree means choosing to elevate your career. Online degree programs offer:

  • Flexibility

    Online learning makes it possible to earn a degree while maintaining a balance of work and life responsibilities.

  • Self-Paced Programs

    Spend more time with instructional materials, and adjust your learning schedule according to your needs.

  • Equal Access to Faculty

    Students who earn their degrees online study with the same excellent professors as their on-campus peers.

  • Affordability

    Online programs allow students to remain at work, and do not incur the additional costs associated with earning a degree on campus.

  • Community

    Learn with like-minded individuals in a digital space that’s every bit as welcoming as an on-campus classroom.

  • Enhanced Motivation

    Because students are afforded so much independence with an online degree, they graduate with the skills they need to excel in their careers.

  • Cultivated Potential

    Graduates emerge from online programs with a greater understanding of their own fortitude and excellence.