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Leadership in Education Administration MS in Education

Master of Science in Education

Make decisions for a positive impact in education

You have the potential to advance in your role as a leader. Capella offers an MS in Education, Leadership in Educational Administration that can help you build school-level leadership knowledge and skills.

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. Use problem-solving skills for positive change in the P-12 environment.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 4 Courses
  • 3 Specialization courses
  • 3 Concentration courses
  • 1 Internship
  • 46 Total quarter credits
  • 12 Maximum transfer credits

Classes Start June 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo SPRING)

MS in Leadership in Educational Administration program highlights

Preparation as a school principal

The Arizona Department of Education has approved this specialization for principal preparation.

Scholar-practitioner faculty

Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced faculty who are actively engaged in their professions.

Dedicated support

Your program features rigorous online coursework, plus added support through the license application process outside the courseroom.

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Get the support you need for success

Our dedicated faculty and support teams guide and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Writing support

Sharpen your writing skills with our free tutoring services and other resources.

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Cost & learning format

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$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.  

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

$3K toward your master's

Apply for a $3K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.


There are a variety of need-based federal grants available to help pay for tuition and costs.

MS in Education sample courses

The MS in Education, Leadership in Educational Administration degree focuses on translating theory into effective leadership practice. You'll also learn about the legal issues that affect P-12 school systems and the funding process for public education institutions.

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ED5322 *
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
ED7822 *
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
ED7823 *
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
ED7852 *
P–12 Principalship

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

What you’ll learn

The right education can change everything. Discover your path to gaining real-world skills as an administrative leader in your school.

  • Grow your expertise in developing and executing a shared vision of learning.
  • Encourage educational programs that meet the age and developmental needs of a diverse population.
  • Learn skills to articulate, develop, and implement a culture of learning aligned with district priorities.
  • Expand on your abilities to evaluate systems and processes for continuous school improvement.
  • Collaborate effectively with multiple stakeholders to protect your school’s best practices and interests.
  • Blend what you know with legal and ethical standards to promote school achievement and student success.

MS in Education, Leadership in Educational Administration career insights

6 Essential Soft Skills for K-12 Teachers

Six soft skills beneficial for teachers to have, along with tips and resources for developing them.

10 Tips for Implementing EdTech in School Districts

How can K-12 teachers and administrators keep up with the rapid pace of technological change—and help their students, too?

MS in Education—professional paths

Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and personally. Here are some of the jobs and employment settings to explore with an MS in Education, Leadership in Educational Administration.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Principal
  • Assistant principal
  • Athletic director
  • Education coordinator
  • Director of admission
  • Assessment coordinator
  • Dean of students
  • Program director
  • Adjunct or part-time faculty of education courses

Employment settings to explore

  • K-12 public or private school
  • K-12 virtual or charter school
  • Government- local, state, federal
  • School district office
  • Land-based or online college or university

*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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