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Master of Education in Educational Leadership (K-12)

  • Format: Hybrid or online; optional certification
  • Number of credits: 30 (plus 10 credits for optional Principal Certification through the Pennsylvania Department of Education)
  • Average duration: Five semesters

  • Application deadline: July 15, 2024
  • Start date: August 26, 2024

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From technology advances to ongoing changes caused by COVID-19, it’s imperative that school leaders are prepared for the challenges of today’s educational landscape. The online Master of Education in Educational Leadership (K-12) degree from the Lehigh University College of Education gives education professionals the training they need to work in leadership roles within a wide variety of educational institutions, organizations and agencies.

This online master’s in educational leadership program is an excellent option for aspiring education leaders and current classroom teachers. Our experienced, caring faculty provide comprehensive instruction on several key skill areas for education leaders, including organizational leadership, research, data-based decision-making and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Students in the MEd in Educational Leadership (K-12) can choose to pursue an optional 10 credit Principalship Certification and work toward their Pennsylvania principal certification. The program provides a great foundation for individuals who are interested in entering Lehigh’s doctoral program in educational leadership.

Ready to learn more? Download our program brochure, and explore our curriculum, admission and FAQ pages.

Brian Osborne

“We want our students to be prepared to make a difference in the positions that they’re going to step into. That’s why we’ve invested in the quality of our program, our instruction and taking the time to get to know our students.”

Brian Osborne, Professor of Practice and Program Director in the MEd in Educational Leadership

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Reasons to Consider a Master’s in Educational Leadership

This MEd in Educational Leadership is a particularly good fit if you want to:

  • Work toward leadership opportunities as a principal, assistant principal or superintendent (with an EdD)
  • Improve your current skill set as an educator
  • Pursue an education-related career in the private or nonprofit sector
  • Continue your education with an EdD in Educational Leadership

Choose Online or Hybrid

The master’s in educational leadership program allows you to complete the program in a way that is best-suited to your life and goals. The online option gives you maximum flexibility, as all coursework is completed entirely online, whereas the hybrid format provides on-campus opportunities to interact with faculty and peers.

Students choosing a hybrid modality will take online courses in the fall and spring and then complete electives on campus in the summer term. Summer courses are completed in a variety of ways, depending on the course:

  • Full summer semester, which is 12 weeks
  • Summer 1 and Summer 2 half-semester, which are 6 weeks each
  • Open learning terms, which are 5-7 day intensive courses

Students interested in pursuing the optional Principal Certification must complete all 10 credits in person.

What Can You Do With an Educational Leadership Degree?

We prioritize career preparation for all of our students. Graduates of the MEd in Educational Leadership (K-12) are well-equipped for a myriad of roles, both within school districts and in the private and nonprofit sectors. Below are just some of the career opportunities our students choose to pursue after graduation:

  • School principal or assistant principal
  • School district administrator
  • Education consultant
  • College or university administrator
  • Education policy analyst
  • Nonprofit organization leadership
  • Adult education administrator
  • Educational leadership coach
  • Curriculum specialist


It is expected that there will be 3,300 job openings for elementary, middle school and high school principals between 2022 and 2032.

— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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