Master of Education in Educational Leadership

The MEd in Educational Leadership is designed for individuals seeking advanced professional preparation to become school leaders. The program specifically prepares individuals for principal or teacher leadership positions. The options include:

  • Principal (with Type B certificate)
  • Teacher Leadership (without Type B certificate) — admission suspended

Students completing the MEd in Educational Leadership principal option are eligible for an institutional recommendation for an administrator certificate to serve as school principals.

Admission Requirements

  1. Satisfy the Admission Requirements for Graduate Degrees and the School of Education MEd Admission Requirements.
  2. Have at least three years of experience as a certificated elementary teacher, secondary teacher or special services provider (Type C).
  3. Hold a current teacher certificate or provide evidence of eligibility for an Alaska Teacher Certificate.
  4. Submit an educational goal statement.
  5. Submit three letters of recommendation or rating forms. At least one rating form must be from an educational supervisor who has evaluated the candidate.

Background Check Requirements

See School of Education Field Placements.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

Principal (with Type B Administrator Certificate)

This program includes courses delivered by distance. Admitted students must have the technological knowledge and skills to engage in distance learning (See Educational Leadership Program Handbook).

Foundation Core
EDL A610Orientation to Graduate Studies in Leadership2
EDL A620Leadership in Alaska Culture and Social Justice Issues3
Research Foundation
EDRS A660Fundamentals of Research in Education3
EDRS A661Data-Informed Instruction and Decision Making3
Principal Core
EDL A637Organizational Theory and Change3
EDL A638Instructional Leadership and Student Learning3
EDL A639Politics, Law and Ethics in Leadership3
EDL A644School Resource Allocation and Management3
EDL A692APrincipal Seminar I3
EDL A692BPrincipal Seminar II3
EDL A695Principal Internship6
Total Credits35

A comprehensive portfolio documenting attainment of ELCC standards and completion of the School Leaders Licensure Assessment is required.

A total of 35 credits is required for the degree and to apply for an institutional recommendation for a Type B Administrator Certificate from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (EED).

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Student learning outcomes for the MEd in Educational Leadership are based on the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) Standards for School Leaders. Students who complete the Educational Leadership degree program will be able to:

  • Facilitate the development, implementation, and monitoring of a shared vision of learning, involving all stakeholders.
  • Shape, nurture and sustain a school culture and instructional program based on student learning and professional growth.
  • Ensure effective management of operations and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.
  • Collaborate with family and community members to mobilize community resources to respond to diverse community interests and needs.
  • Act with integrity and fairness in an ethical manner.
  • Understand, respond to, and influence the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context.