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Online Master of Education in Educational Leadership – Principal (M.Ed.)

Complete Coursework: 20 months  |  Credit Hours: 30
Tuition: $18,700 in-state  |  $18,800 out-of-state

As a student in Wright State's innovative, non-thesis M.Ed. Principal program, you will prepare for an executive leadership position in your school by studying leading-edge educational trends and forward-looking curricular designs to enhance student performance.

A Master's Program That Balances Theory With Practice

Designed for licensed teachers with at least two years of successful classroom experience, the M.Ed. Principal degree focuses on the theory and practice of:

  • Effective supervision of instruction and personnel
  • Development of sound, building-level administrative procedures
  • Budget management
  • Student services, including special education requirements, guidance and counseling, health and wellness, and discipline

Students who complete the degree program and pass the Ohio Assessments for Educators test series are eligible for a Superintendent license in the state of Ohio. Beginning September 1, 2013, a new test series (Ohio Assessments for Educators), will replace many of the Praxis II(r) tests as the required Ohio educator licensure tests. If you are a new candidate for teacher certification, please visit the Ohio Department of Education website for further information.

An M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Designed for Busy Teachers

Wright State's unique distance learning program provides the flexibility and affordability you need to continue your education while balancing your personal life and professional responsibilities.

The program is 100% online, so you can advance toward your degree on your schedule. There are three starts per year, allowing you to start when it's convenient for you and enabling you to earn your degree in as few as 20 months.

To learn more, contact an enrollment specialist at 855-704-0312.

Accreditation Information

Wright State is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), 1307 New York Ave., NW, Suite 300, Washington DC, 20005, 202-293-2450.

The Wright State University College of Education and Human Services is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036. 202-466-7496.

Wright State University is accredited by Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Higher Learning Commission oversees the accreditation of degree-granting colleges and universities in nineteen Midwestern and South-Central states. The Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411, 800-621-7440 / 312-263-0456

Wright State University's education programs, including school counseling, are approved by the Ohio State Board of Education, 25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio, 43215-4183. 877-644-6338.

Online Courses

Program Courses

Student Assessment

EDL 7570  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Intensive study of formative and summative methods used by teachers to assess student performance and modify or differentiate instruction to meet student needs.

Leadership for School Improvement

EDL 7710  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Developing a strong base of understanding in organizational structure for skill building in leadership, communication, decision-making, and problem-solving. Educational renewal, political considerations, ethical behavior, professional development, and change processes are also included.

Analysis of Teaching

EDL 7740  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Opportunities for analysis of teaching through the exploration of instructional methodologies, critical theory related to teaching, and strategies for continual improvement.

Instructional Leadership & Change

EDL 7750  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Strategies for developing, maintaining continual improvement processes using systems planning, instructional data, evaluation of improvement plans and communication of planning and improvement with all stakeholders.

Ethics & Politics in Education

EDL 7800  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Developing an understanding of potential structures and effective principles of school/community relations. Concepts of power, pressure groups, lobbying, potential networks, and public ethics are examined.

School Law

EDL 7820  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Examines the legal framework that all school personnel must function in. Emphasis on both legal precedents and statutory provisions.

Supervising Instruction & Personnel

EDL 8760  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Focus is on the supervision of curriculum and instruction. A systems approach to formative and summative assessment of instruction. The evaluation of curriculum and program effectiveness will be emphasized.

Building Level Leadership

EDL 8720  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Developing procedures of administering staff personnel aspects of school operation. Areas of recruitment, selection, induction, appraisal, development, compensation, and motivation are covered.

Building Level Budget Management & Student Services

EDL 8730  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Leading the pupil personnel service aspects of school operation, including ethical considerations, special education requirements, student attendance and accounting, guidance, counseling, health and wellness, discipline, and extracurricular/co-curricular activities.

Principal Capstone Practicum

EDL 8950  |  7 weeks  |  3 credit hours

Provides experience in school administration. Candidates perform administrative tasks under the supervision of a licensed school administrator.

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