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Online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

Program Overview

Follow your calling to make a difference for students.

Empower fellow teachers and transform students’ lives with the online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership.

Prepare to take on the complex challenges of K-12 education and gain the skills to lead a team of educators in a program you can afford.

Empower fellow teachers and transform students’ lives with the online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership.

Prepare to take on the complex challenges of K-12 education and gain the skills to lead a team of educators in a program you can afford.

Program Highlights

12

avg. months to complete

33

total credit hours

$433

per credit hour

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Guided by Expert Faculty

Through the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program’s small, online class sizes, you’ll work directly with faculty who have decades of real-world experience. They’ve been in your position, and you can count on them for support, mentorship, and firsthand wisdom as you pursue your own path to educational leadership.

You need more than exceptional teaching skills to lead. That’s why Queens University of Charlotte faculty designed the Educational Leadership curriculum themselves to share their years of hard-won insights and ensure you get the hands-on skills required to make a difference for your students and school.

Our entirely online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

MEET YOUR FACULTY

Career Outlook: Steady Growth Through 2028

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment opportunities for elementary, middle, and high school principals will grow at a steady 4 percent through 2028, on pace with the nationwide average.1

That translates to 11,200 new jobs overseeing schools, helping create curricula, managing budgets and staffing, and ensuring students have a safe place to learn and grow.1

The median annual wage for this position is $95,310 per year, with the top 10 percent of principals earning almost $150,000 annually.1

EXPLORE CAREERS

Each professor throughout the program was supportive, thoughtful, and engaging, helping me feel prepared and confident as I take my next steps into administration.

Benjamin Horne, MA in Educational Leadership Student

Curriculum: Prepare for Licensure

Each Master of Arts in Educational Leadership course is designed to give you hands-on training facing the daily challenges of school administration, including community building, dispute resolution, and budget management. Choose to complete this flexible program in as few as 12 months at a more rigorous pace or select the 16- or 20-month track, which is ideal for working professionals.

Strategic, instructional, and cultural leadership is key to this 33-credit curriculum. Learn to challenge and empower your staff, communicate your vision for your school’s future, and prepare your students for the demands of today’s world. Gain leadership and administrative skills as you partake in an internship that allows you to collaborate with school principals and educational leaders throughout the school year. The flexibility in completing your internship during the school year allows you to end your program around the peak hiring time for K–12 schools.

You’ll complete this program prepared to qualify for licensure as a K-12 principal in North Carolina. Check your state’s requirements for licensure if you live outside of N.C. Candidates in other states are encouraged to check with their school districts and state DOE to confirm transferability and reciprocity.

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Program Outcomes

You will complete the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program ready to:

This program meets the requirements for the Professional Educator’s Continuing License, which is required to become a principal in North Carolina.

Admissions Requirements

To apply for the online MA in Educational Leadership from Queens, you need:

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Tuition Details

This 33-credit program costs $433 per credit hour. That amounts to an estimated cost of just over $14,000, not including fees and other expenses.

We’re driven to offer you affordable rates and transparency on what you can expect to pay, so you can more easily accelerate your career.

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Advantages of Online Learning

Queens has a student-first approach to online learning that prioritizes what you need to succeed, including 24/7 tech support. Benefit from smaller class sizes and experience our rich, interactive learning platform that makes connecting with your studies simple.

EXPLORE ONLINE LEARNING

Financial Aid and Funding Options

Figuring out how to pay for your education can seem intimidating, but you have Queens on your side. Learn more about your financial aid options, including employer tuition reimbursement, scholarships and grants, and military benefits.

FINANCIAL AID OPTIONS

Frequently Asked Questions

As you explore Queens’ Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, our dedicated staff is here to ensure your decision-making is stress-free and enjoyable. If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 866-313-2356.

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program can be completed in as few as 12 months if you take two courses per semester, which is considered full-time. Students can also follow a 16-month or 20-month program where the number of courses varies each semester.

Employment of elementary, middle and high school principals is projected to grow four percent—on pace with the nationwide average—from 2018 to 2028 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2019, the median pay for principals is $95,310 per year.

Explore your career outlook with a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership.

To apply to this program, you need at least two years of teaching or school counseling experience and a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

See the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Your tuition for the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program will cost an estimated $14,289. There are no required fees. Discover your tuition and financial aid options.

If you take two courses per semester, that would be considered full-time; however, you can also study on a part-time basis if you prefer.

There are 11 core courses in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program. You will explore topics such as personnel evaluation, curriculum development, and community building. See the Curriculum page for more information.

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Sources:

  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September 4). Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved September 18, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/elementary-middle-and-high-school-principals.htm