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Educational Leadership

The role of instructors, instructional designers and curriculum developers has changed dramatically over the past decade. The emphasis in education today focuses on ensuring that educational programs help learners understand abstract concepts, solve problems, work as effective team members and develop critical thinking skills. This degree is geared toward shaping students into successful and knowledgeable administrators and school leaders in planning and developing new educational programs, products and services. Students in this online educational leadership degree program can expect a broad overview of the knowledge and policies relevant to being a successful school administrator, as well as hands-on experience in the day-to-day job activities and responsibilities of an educational leader.

AIU’s Master of Education Degree program provides a solid foundation for effective educational practice and advancement for all levels of educational practitioners including K-12*, higher education and corporate learning. Students could develop a solid foundation in learning theory, instructional design and instructional technology, as well as application of educational research methods.

This professionally focused M.Ed program is designed to help students utilize authentic tools and assessment in application of learning outcomes, such as Lectora. They can also learn to collaborate in a community of learners for professional application of skills and learn the importance of asking the right questions in order to prompt efficient and effective answers.

Focus on Your Specific Area of Interest

By studying advanced topics in Leadership and Educational Organization to complete the specialization requirements, AIU gives you an opportunity to learn how to evaluate educational situations and problems in order to develop and substantiate solutions using leadership and management strategies.

*Although American InterContinental University’s Master of Education degree is not designed to meet state educator licensing requirements, it may assist students in gaining licensure in their state of residence depending on those requirements. To find out more information about teacher certification in a specific state, please visit Education Degrees and use the drop down menu to select the state. Students may then be routed to the appropriate state-specific teacher licensure site for this information.

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  • Next Start Date

    November 9th, 2015

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  • Specialization Credits


  • Program Length

    11 MONTHS

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Learning & Outcomes
Career Path
  • Successful completion of the M.Ed with a specialization in Leadership of Educational Organizations can provide students with an advanced level of industry-related knowledge and skills, including how to:

    • Assess leadership in strategic planning for educational services and workplace learning and performance.
    • Differentiate management and leadership responsibilities.
    • Construct an inclusive human resources department for an educational organization.
    • Apply understanding of financial principles and budgetary decision-making.
    • Appraise organizational change models in the context of a vision and mission statement.
    • Demonstrate understanding of State, regulatory and accreditation bodies.
    • Understand how critical elements of a school like student engagement, teacher performance and professionalism and school operations are influenced by the actions of a school leader.
    • Become familiar with the various developmental psychology elements and educational theories at play when organizing and running a school successfully.
    • Apply understanding of financial principles and limitations in education to the process of organizing and operating a school building of any size.
    • Demonstrate mastery of state regulations and procedures, legal and ethical codes and other policies guiding the operation of a variety of schools.
    • Evaluate various school models and new school initiatives to determine their effectiveness or potential for new growth or opportunity in education.
    • Gain experience in developing and constructing human resources policies and procedures that can help ensure the successful operation of a school building and its staff.

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    Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation

    American InterContinental University® is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. To contact the Higher Learning Commission please visit www.hlcommission.org.

    The Master of Education Program at American InterContinental University is awarded TEAC initial accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of two years, from October 2013 - October 2015. The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

  • In this specialized course of study, students can focus on the general principles and techniques of administering a wide variety of schools and other educational organizations and facilities and supervising educational personnel at the school or staff level.

    Specialization courses are structured to assist students in the development of their goals as they acquire advanced knowledge and skills common to today’s general administrators and supervisors. For example:

    • In Leading Educational Organizations, students can examine contemporary leadership theory and its applications in current education services as well as workplace learning and performance settings to prepare for operational and strategic leadership.
    • In Human Resource Planning and Evaluation, students can focus on the processes of human resource planning in educational organizations, including recruitment and selection, training and development, motivation and performance appraisals.
    • In Dynamic Leadership, students can examine the interaction of complex educational systems, and the ways in which leadership is necessary in defining and encouraging learning and productivity within the organization.
    • In Educational Planning and Development, students have an opportunity to consider how educational leaders introduce and implement new educational programs, products and services in an organization.

    Click here to download the AIU catalog for more information and a full list of courses for this degree.

  • The Leadership of Educational Organizations specialization program provides students with a fundamental grounding and procedural and informational overview of being a school administrator or leader.

    Students in this program can expect to explore the developmental and educational theories that inform how schools are designed, managed and updated. In concordance with this, students will also expect to learn the financial and political realities facing school administrators in the education industry today, as well as the new policies and technologies rapidly becoming available to school leaders and administrators. The educational leadership program also helps ensure students in the program are ready to take on a leadership role in a school as soon as they graduate.

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AIU Online - Graduation Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2008 and 10/15/2008 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 36%

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Graduation Rate

A first-time student has no prior postsecondary experience before enrolling at this campus. This means that a student who attended another college, university or other postsecondary school before enrolling at this school is not included in the calculation. The rate also does not include students initially enrolled part-time, taking individual classes (as compared to enrolling in a full program), or only auditing classes. These rates are calculated using the Student Right-to-Know formula in order to comply with U.S. Department of Education requirements. The statistics track all first-time, full-time and certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students who began school during the date range and have completed within 150% of the normal program length. For example, for a two-year program, the graduation rate would include students who had completed within three years of beginning the program. This statistic is not specific to one program alone; rather, all applicable undergraduate programs are included in this overall rate. Information pertaining to the Graduation Rates of all postsecondary institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be found on the College Navigator website. http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/