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Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree with a Specialization in Leadership of Educational Organizations

Online Master's in Educational Leadership Degree

Work to develop the knowledge and skills to prepare to pursue opportunities as a school administrator or educational leader with our accredited online Master's in Educational Leadership program. The specialization in Leadership of Educational Organizations is designed to teach you how to lead and develop educational programs, products and services in schools and in the workplace.

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December 07, 2022
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Online Master's in Educational Leadership Program Details

Online Master's in Educational Leadership Program Outline

AIU’s online Master's in Educational Leadership program is designed to provide a solid foundation for effective educational practice and advancement for all levels of educational practitioners including K-12, higher education and corporate learning. Candidates will have the opportunity to work to develop a solid foundation in learning theory, instructional design and instructional technology, as well as application of educational research methods.

This professionally-focused online Master's in Education Leadership program is designed to help candidates utilize authentic tools and assessment in application of learning outcomes, such as Lectora. They can also explore collaboration in a community of learners for professional application of skills and study the importance of asking the right questions in order to prompt efficient and effective answers. This one-year online Master's in Education program is designed to help students develop the in-depth, specialized knowledge they may be looking for.

Our online Master's in Educational Leadership program can help you learn you 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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American InterContinental University’s Master of Education degree is not designed to meet state educator licensing or advancement requirements; however, it may assist candidates in gaining these approvals in their state of residence depending on those requirements. Contact the state board of education in applicable state(s) for requirements.

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Online Master's in Educational Leadership Courses

Degree Requirements


Division Core
EDU602 Analysis, Assessment, and Technology 6
EDU604 Integrative Design and Evaluation 6
EDU622 Applying Learning Theories 6
EDU624 Mastery in Educational Specialty 6
Total Credit Hours: 24
Leadership of Educational Organizations
EDU635 Leading Educational Organizations 6
EDU645 Human Resource Planning and Financial Management 6
EDU672 Dynamic Educational Leadership 6
EDU675 Education Planning and Development 6
Total Credit Hours: 24

Total Credit Hours : 48


Online Master's in Educational Leadership Classes Overview

For an Online Master's in Educational Leadership Degree, your classes may include:

Leading Educational Organizations

This course will examine contemporary leadership theory and its applications in current education services as well as workplace learning and performance settings. This course is designed to help candidates prepare for operational and strategic leadership.

Human Resource Planning and Evaluation

The course examines the processes of human resource planning in educational organizations, including recruitment and selection, training and development, motivation, and performance appraisals. It is designed to provide an overview of human resource administration as well as addresses evaluation, problem-solving, and leadership skills.

Dynamic Educational Leadership

This course focuses on the interaction of complex educational systems, and the ways in which leadership is necessary in defining and encouraging learning and productivity within the organization. The candidate will study four "frames" of organizational structure: the physical structure itself; the human resources; the political realities that affect an organization; and the cultural factors that influence direction and decision processes for success of the enterprise.

Education Planning and Development

This course is designed to provide a view of leadership responsibilities in planning and developing new educational programs, products, and services. Candidates will examine processes and issues related to change management, including changes involving technology. The course offers an opportunity for candidates to consider how educational leaders introduce and implement new educational programs, products, and services in an organization.

Analysis, Assessment and Technology

This course is designed to provide the foundations of analysis and assessment methodologies used in the field of education. Learners are introduced to applied quantitative and qualitative educational research methods in context of the practitioner's educational environment. Comparisons of formative and summative assessment and formative evaluation will be addressed.

Applying Learning Theories

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the various schools of thought on how people learn. The course will emphasize the practical implications of cognitive science. It provides a comprehensive survey of the progressive understanding of the learning process. Learners will explore learning theories, such as cognitive, behaviorist, and constructivist. Learners will also have the opportunity to compare the theories and their application in the learner's respective field using the appropriate formal written communication for the discipline of Education.

Integrative Design and Evaluation

This course examines the development of curricula for education and workplace learning and development. Comparison of evaluation design, curriculum design, and instructional design are structured to assist learners in understanding the similarities and differences in these fields of education. Learner will study how to develop learning objectives. Program evaluation techniques will be introduced.

Mastery in Educational Specialty

This capstone course is designed to allow the candidate to demonstrate mastery of all the concepts and skills presented in the core courses and specialization courses in the candidate’s field of study. The emphasis will be on designing and producing a real world quality deliverable in the specialization studied to be used as a highlight in a professional portfolio.

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Accreditation & Affiliations

AAQEP Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation

American InterContinental University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). The Master of Education program has been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through June 30, 2026.

AIU is a proud member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), a leading voice on educator preparation. AACTE represents postsecondary institutions with educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are ready to teach all learners.

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