M.Ed. student Mitch Lynch at USF

Advance your career in education with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Sioux Falls (USF) in South Dakota. Increasingly, school districts look to teachers with master’s degrees in education to take on new and greater leadership roles. Your next big step in professional development starts here.

Best Reasons to Earn Your M.Ed. in Educational Leadership at USF

Accreditation. This accredited graduate degree program meets all university, state and national standards for master’s degree in education requirements.

Educational Leadership Certification. When you graduate from USF’s Master in Educational Leadership degree program, you will fulfill the South Dakota Department of Education’s rules for certification as a school principal. This program meets USF, state and national Leadership in Schools standards.

Leadership Role. The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership prepares you to assume building-level leadership responsibilities, such as:

  • Collaborating with leadership teams
  • Building quality staff development
  • Ensuring effective instructional leadership
  • Mentoring others
  • Articulating and implementing a vision for excellent and safe schools

Higher Salary. Many school districts offer teachers with master’s degrees an increase in pay.

Flexibility. USF gives you the option of completing your Master in Educational Leadership degree in either two or three years – through a combination of on-campus and online classes.

Christian University. USF is a private, Christian university. For many of our students at the associate, bachelor and master level, that’s an important factor in their graduate school decision because we believe teachers are called to serve. We welcome teachers of all faiths into this degree program.

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership Admission Requirements

You’re eligible for USF’s Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree program if you meet the following criteria:

  • You already hold a valid teaching certificate
  • You have a 3.0 grade point average shown through prior degree
  • You have at least one year of teaching experience
  • You have three references, using UFS’s recommendation forms, which detail your potential as a Master of Education in Educational Leadership candidate

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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership Degree Program Overview

To earn your M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, you’ll complete a total of 33 credits.

Core Courses

Credit Hours

Format

EDU 501 Professional and Ethical Leadership

3

Summer or Online

EDU 521 Curriculum Development and Design

3

Summer

EDU 585 Research Methods

3

Online

Leadership Concentration

EDU 522 Practicum: Curriculum Development and Design-Elementary Internship

or

EDU 530 Practicum: Curriculum Development and Design-Secondary Internship

3

Fall

EDU 531 Legal Foundations of Education

3

Summer

EDU 532 Practicum: School Law Applications for Student Discipline and Staff Development/Internship

3

Spring

EDU 566 Site-Based Fiscal Administration

2

Summer

EDU 551 Professional, Student and Staff Development

3

Summer

EDU 561 Management of School and Community Resources

3

Summer

EDU 562 Diversity Issues in Education

3

Summer

EDU 589 Practicum: Critical Issues Research Seminar/Internship

2/2

Fall/Spring

Total Credits:

33

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