Northern Arizona University

Educational Leadership

Department Website nau.edu/COE/Ed-Leadership

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership - Multiple Emphasis Areas

Community College/Higher Education Emphasis - This emphasis is designed to prepare students to be faculty and administrators in all sectors of higher education. In addition, graduates are prepared to work in organizations that partner with educational entities. This 30-credit hour online program can be completed in two semesters and one summer. 

Educational Foundations Emphasis - This emphasis is designed to prepare students to teach education courses to undergraduates at the college level, to establish a foundational background to become a K-12 educational consultant, to administer a charter school, or to pursue a doctorate degree and then teach at a higher institution in the Foundations area. This 30-credit hour degree includes online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses. 

K-12 School Leadership Emphasis (without certification) - This emphasis is designed to prepare students to serve in a leadership position at the K-12 level, which does not necessarily require state administrator certification. Positions may include: teachers serving as a department chair of an academic unit, positions leading curriculum initiatives, and positions working with school and community programs. This 30-credit hour online program can be completed in two semesters and one summer. 

K-12 School Leadership Emphasis (with certification) - This emphasis is designed to prepare students to serve as a school principal at the K-12 level. This 36-credit hour degree includes online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses and requires an internship. 

Ed.D. in Educational Leadership 

Emphasis areas in Community College/Higher Education and Educational Administration (K-12) This flexible doctoral program in Educational Leadership prepares professionals for positions of leadership in public and private schools, colleges, universities, agencies, businesses, and government entities. The doctorate is designed for practicing professionals and provides courses within a leadership development program that integrates educational and professional foundations, leadership principles, professional ethics, and development of a research agenda that evolves from issue-focused and problem-based experiences and goals. Students choosing the K-12 emphasis graduate with superintendent certification. A minimum of 63 semester hours of post-baccalaureate coursework must be completed for the Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership. Courses are taught primarily by educational leaders who served as senior administrators in schools, colleges, and universities. And a large number of full-time faculty members are former superintendents. Courses are offered online, in a hybrid format, and face-to-face.

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Michael Schwanenberger
Department Chair
Educational Leadership
Phone: 928-523-3202
edl@nau.edu

Degrees Available