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Online Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Become an Education Leader With a Master’s From Lehigh

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  • Pursue an evidence-based degree with real-world applications
  • Learn from education faculty comprised of expert researchers and tested practitioners
  • Join a highly ranked school of education that prioritizes community and collaboration
  • Take flexible online courses and get involved with engaging live sessions
  • No GMAT or GRE required for admission

Gain the Foundational Skills to Effect Change in the Classroom

As modern technology continues to shape the K–12 landscape, school leadership positions continue to evolve. All this change means there’s a growing need for effective school leaders who can fill these roles. The online Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree combines rigorous theoretical coursework and real-world experience to prepare students for success in leadership roles within a wide variety of educational institutions, organizations and agencies.

This master’s in educational leadership is relevant to classroom teachers and aspiring education leaders alike. The program provides comprehensive instruction on several key skill areas for education leaders, including organizational leadership, research, data-based decision-making and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Faculty members in the program have a wealth of experience as practitioners, researchers and theorists. Graduates of the program move forward with a deep knowledge of research and evidence-based practice methods.

Online MEd in Educational Leadership Program Overview

This 30-credit MEd in Educational Leadership is competitively priced and was created with flexibility in mind so it can be completed while working full time. The curriculum is entirely online and features a combination of on-demand lecture videos and synchronous sessions. Live sessions feature vibrant in-class discussions and projects that keep students engaged with the program, the faculty and their classmates.

Principal Certification Program

Students in the master’s program have the option to work toward their Pennsylvania Principal Certification by taking an additional 10 credit hours. The Principal Certification program features two internships taken alongside two principalship courses. Students are able to accrue internship hours while they continue to work at their full-time jobs. Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education website or your own state’s department of education website to learn more about principal certification requirements.

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

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“The type of assignments you’ll find in our classes combine academic evidence with the realities of school operations. Our goal is to help leaders produce the best possible outcomes for students, educators, schools, and communities.”

Craig Hochbein, Associate Professor, MEd in Educational Leadership

A Career Path in Higher Education

The MEd in Educational Leadership is a versatile degree that can benefit many types of professionals. It provides the practical experience necessary for educators who aspire to become school district leaders, the pedagogical insights sought by individuals who want to become effective classroom educators and the wide-ranging theoretical knowledge needed by those who strive to work outside of the traditional classroom setting in the private or nonprofit sector.

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
  • Educational technology specialist
  • Adult education administrator
  • Educational leadership coach
  • Curriculum specialist

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In 2022, the median compensation for education administrators, kindergarten through secondary in the United States was $101,320.

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About the Lehigh College of Education

The College of Education is home to top-ranked academic programs. In addition, the college supports interrelated programs in collaboration with Centennial School, the Center for Promoting Research to Practice, Global Online Programs and the Office of Professional Certification.

Our goal is to prepare students for leadership roles in evidence-based, cross-disciplinary inquiry that shapes educational practices on the national and international level.

While we prepare individuals for leadership roles in school systems, we also prepare individuals for a variety of positions in business, healthcare, private practice, international development and community-based organizations.

In this rapidly evolving world, the work students do at Lehigh is the very foundation of equity, opportunity and positive transformation for individuals.

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