Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership
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. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the Fredrikson School of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program is approved by the SD Department of Education.
Educational Leadership Certification. When you graduate from USF’s Master in Educational Leadership degree program, you will fulfill the South Dakota Department of Education requirements for K-12 principal certification. This program meets USF, state and National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Building-Level Program 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 two references, using UFS’s recommendation forms, which detail your potential as a Master of Education in Educational Leadership candidate
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.
|Summer Year 1|
EDU 521 Curriculum and Development and Design
EDU 531 Legal Foundations of Education
EDU 551 Professional, Student and Staff Development
EDU 501 Professional and Ethical Leadership
|Summer Year 1 or Fall Year 1|
EDU 585 Research Methods
|Fall Year 1|
EDU 523 Curriculum Development Design/K-12 Internship
On campus 1x per month
|Spring Year 1|
EDU 532 School Law Applications for Student Discipline and Staff Development/Internship
|On campus 1x per month|
|Summer Year 2|
EDU 562 Diversity and Inclusion in Education
EDU 561 Management of School and Community Resources
EDU 566 Site-Based Fiscal Administration
|Fall Year 2|
|EDU 589 Critical Issues Research Seminar/Internship||2||On campus 2x per month|
|Spring Year 2|
EDU 589 Critical Issues Research Seminar/Internship2
On campus 2x per month
In the above chart, some classes marked as online are considered remote, meaning designated synchronous online class meeting times are expected, and some are considered asynchronous, meaning no designated meeting times. Remote components to classes have the benefit of regular virtual access to fellow graduate students, the instructor, and a community feel, and asynchronous components allow for great flexibility for personal and professional schedules. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with specific course questions. All USF instructors are trained in online pedagogy.
When can I start?
This program is designed to begin in the summer (late May or early June) because this is when most pre-requisite courses are offered. Depending on exact dates and circumstances, the program can offer extra flexibility, so please contact USF to discuss the next starting opportunity. We are here to help!