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You have the potential to advance in your role as a leader in the classroom and beyond. The MS in Education, Leadership in Educational Administration from Capella can equip you with vital leadership knowledge and skills for today’s dynamic school environments.
You’ll focus on developing and implementing a school vision aligned with district priorities. Build skills for continuous school improvement while also protecting the interests of school and community stakeholders. Develop expertise to translate theory into effective leadership practice, and apply advanced problem-solving skills to create positive change in P–12 settings.
Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $3K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree.
Applicants to the MSEd in Leadership in Educational Administration program must provide the following information for admission:
GRE and GMAT are not required for admission.
International student requirements
If you completed your most recent academic coursework, degree, or credential at an institution outside the United States, regardless of your citizenship or where you currently live, you are considered an international applicant.
In addition to the above admission requirements, you will need to submit these materials:
Learn more about international student admissions.
A structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
$455 per credit, 46 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits
*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees). Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.
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*Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2020–2021
“The field of education is constantly changing, so as a teacher, I need to constantly be learning as much as I can to stay on the top of my game, and then give my students the best education that I can.”
Michelle Emerson* – Master of Education graduate
*Actual FlexPath graduate compensated for appearing in Capella promotional materials.
School Leadership: Data, Decision-Making, and School Improvement
Learners in this course focus on improving P–12 schools by emphasizing the use of data to inform ethical decisions about teaching and learning. Topics include instructional strategies to support a diverse student population, technology integration, and Professional Education Unit (PEU) dispositions. Learners also interact with practicing school administrators to gain direct insight into the field of school leadership. Prerequisite(s): ED5010, ED5320. May be taken concurrently with ED7823.
|4 quarter credits|
The Funding of Educational Institutions
Learners in this course examine a variety of public education funding issues. In particular, learners examine the effect of litigation and politics on present and future funding patterns and school finance reform. Learners also identify the ways politics have affected the allocation of resources at all levels of government. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED5320 or ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.
|4 quarter credits|
Education and the Law
In this course, learners analyze the laws and legal issues affecting P–12 school systems and their constituents and study the tools and methods used to prevent and resolve legal problems. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED5320 or ED7820. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.
|4 quarter credits|
Learners in this course gain an understanding of the responsibilities and issues associated with the role of the 21st-century P–12 principal. Topics include effective P–12 school leadership and management, curriculum and instruction planning and assessment, and collaboration with stakeholders. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED7820 and ED7014, or ED5320. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.
|4 quarter credits|
Learners in this course study school policy making, staffing assignment, salary negotiation, grievance procedures, records, supervision, and the evaluation of professional and nonprofessional employees. This course requires access to a P–12 classroom and/or educational stakeholders in a P–12 school or district. Prerequisite(s): ED5320. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.
|4 quarter credits|
*Course has prerequisite(s). See catalog for details.
This specialization is aligned with nationally recognized leadership standards. It’s designed to help learners develop and strengthen the knowledge and skills needed to be ethical and innovative leaders who can successfully meet the challenges of an ever-changing educational system. The curriculum is focused on translating theory into effective school leadership, including critical management and problem-solving skills to elevate learning outcomes in P–12 environments.
On successful completion of this program, you should be able to:
Review the Capella career exploration guide to learn more about this program and career paths to explore.
Your education can help you reach your professional and personal goals. While Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion, or salary increase, we encourage you to explore potential jobs and employment settings. Here are some ideas and examples for a graduate with an MSEd in Leadership in Educational Administration.
Job titles to explore
Employment settings to explore
*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.
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