Master of Education

Educational Leadership

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  • Prepares graduates for careers in education administration
  • Extensive hands-on experience
  • Award-winning program

Program Details

Next Start Date
August 19th
Est. Program Length
1.5 years
Course Length
8 weeks
Cost per Credit
Credit Hours
Credits Accepted

*Price reflects tuition for Oklahoma residents. Non-resident tuition is $713.80 per credit hour. There is a non-resident tuition waiver available if certain requirements are met. Speak to an enrollment counselor for more information. An additional semester fee of $89 will apply for all students and possible charges for course related fees. Fees and tuition subject to change.

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Go higher in your education career

At East Central University Online, the Master of Education in Educational Leadership online degree can help you go from teaching students to being a frontrunner in education. Designed for working teachers who want to enter into higher-level administrative roles, the program emphasizes a combination of leadership theory and hands-on training that prepares you to become an effective decision-maker in education.

Offered fully online, this program is specifically designed for working educators to earn the credential they need without sacrificing work and life commitments. You’ll have the flexibility to attend class when and where it’s right for you. 

Topics of Study

The Master of Education in educational leadership online degree successfully trains you with the skills you need to go further in your career as an education professional. Key topics of study include:

  • Research techniques
  • Curriculum
  • Counseling
  • Public school administration
  • School finance
  • Educational technology
  • Philosophy of education
  • Classroom behavior modification
  • Exceptional children
  • Middle school management
  • Legal aspects of education
  • Principalship

This program also offers a 146-hour practicum, giving you the opportunity to gain ample hands-on experience in the field. 

Learning Outcomes

By the time you graduate, you will be able to demonstrate the following standards set forth by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP):

  • Develop a deep understanding of the critical concepts and principles of the discipline.
  • Use discipline-specific practices to achieve career-readiness.
  • Develop the knowledge, skills and professional disposition necessary to demonstrate a positive impact on all P-12 students’ learning and development.
  • Teach effectively and be recommended for certification.


ECU’s M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program is accredited by the National Educational Leadership Program Recognition Standards (NELP).

East Central University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Courses & Requirements

Our master’s degree in educational leadership online program requires a total of 32 credit hours, including 29 credit hours of required core courses and 3 elective credit hours. 

EDUC 5113
EDUC 5173
EDUC 5413
EDUC 5513
EDUC 5533
EDUC 5573
EDUC 5583
EDUC 5623
EDUC 5832
EDUC 5943

Choose one:

EDUC 5013
EDUC 5023
EDUC 5053
EDUC 5133
EDUC 5183
PSYCH 5313
PSYCH 5323

Admission Requirements

To be accepted into ECU’s M.Ed. in Educational Leadership online program you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have one of the following:
    • A standard teaching certificate from any state (student needs to confirm their state will acknowledge an out-of-state degree)
    • An Alternative Education acceptance letter (which must be on file)
  • You must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade-point average on all undergraduate coursework to date; have a minimum 2.75 GPA for the last 60 credit hours of coursework; or have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA for at least 9 credit hours of graduate coursework.

How to Apply

To apply, you must submit the following materials:

  • Online application
  • Transcripts of all completed work (baccalaureate and graduate) from an accredited institution)
  • Resumé
  • Two references
  • A personal statement. Explain your career goals, how an ECU degree will help accomplish those goals, your interest in the field and any actions you have taken to pursue this interest. You must also describe any skills, attributes or experiences you possess that would aid in your future profession.

Have a question about this program or the admission process? Get connected to one of our knowledgeable enrollment counselors.

Costs & Financial Aid

Tuition & Fees

Curriculum ComponentRequirementsCostTotal
Tuition32 credit hours$377.80*$12,089.60
Total with transfer credits (up to 9)$8,689.40

*Price reflects tuition for Oklahoma residents. Non-resident tuition is $713.80 per credit hour. There is a non-resident tuition waiver available if certain requirements are met. Speak to an enrollment counselor for more information. An additional semester fee of $89 will apply for all students and possible charges for course related fees. Fees and tuition subject to change.

Financial Aid

At ECU Online, we strive to ensure your education is as affordable as possible. Learn more about your options for financing your education by visiting our Financial Aid page.

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Military Benefits

East Central University is a proud military-friendly school. Discover how your status as a U.S. military veteran or active-duty service member can help you earn your degree by visiting our Military & Veterans page.

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Native American Students

Eligible Native American students can find financial aid programs, heritage scholarships, grants, and academic support services to help ensure their success at ECU.

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Are You the First in Your Family to Go to College?

At ECU, we recognize that “going first” can be difficult. We provide the extra financial support, scholarships, resources, services, and skills you need to succeed.

View our First-Generation College Students page

Transfer Students

If you’ve taken college-level courses elsewhere, you could save time and money earning your degree by transferring credits to ECU and may qualify for scholarships.

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Career Outlook

An online master’s degree in educational leadership can help graduates increase their earning potential and enter into more influential positions within the education sector. A few possibilities include:

School Principal

School principals are responsible for overseeing all administrative aspects of an educational institution. They may be charged with tasks such as hiring and managing teachers and staff, formulating goals for the school, ensuring legal compliance and establishing academic and behavioral standards for all students.

Average annual salary: $90,315

Assistant Principal

Assistant principals are supervisory, management-level leaders within schools. They serve as second-in-command to school principals and are responsible for many of the same tasks, including the establishment of academic and behavioral standards, supervising staff, assisting with administrative issues and other tasks.

Average annual salary: $71,739

Curriculum Director

Curriculum directors help schools and school systems develop their curricula based on educational guidelines. They may be charged with designing and implementing courses of study, hiring and supervising staff, reviewing and strategizing curricula, evaluating curricula efficiency and other related duties.

Average annual salary: $73,098

All information cited from PayScale.


An educational leadership degree prepares you as a working educator to take the next step in your career. Our program prepares you for higher-level positions, including principal and curriculum director. It also prepares you for further academic study should you choose.

When you attend ECU Online, you’ll benefit from our experienced instructors, a tradition of teaching excellence and a strong community we build with every student. You will also gain extensive hands-on training and personalized mentorship, giving you the opportunity to truly build mastery and receive support along your entire academic journey. 

As a working educator, it can be difficult to find time to get the training you need to professionally advance. An online educational leadership degree allows you to keep your job, attend class on a schedule that works around your needs and immediately apply your new skills to the classroom and beyond. ECU has been training educators since the beginning of our institution, making our online education programs a quality extension of our long, proud history. 

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