Master of Education, Educational Leadership

Master of Education, Educational Leadership

37-38 semester credits required (depending on the degree): face-to-face or online

This major is designed for those seeking formal educational leadership roles such as building-level principals, assistant principals, or instructional team leaders. The program emphasizes the administrator as an instructional leader. Skills appropriate to goal setting and maximizing human potential, the unique aspects of an organizational structure, and the management tasks of an administrator are identified. The major is offered utilizing a cohort model, and schedules are designed to allow the educator to complete a masterís degree while teaching full time. Many classes are offered in both face-to-face and online formats. (The program director reserves the right to combine formats or replace an asynchronous online format with a synchronous videoconferencing format for individual classes in any semester.)

A significant expectation is that each student will identify a specific topic or problem of interest and will work on a project related to it. The EDUC7518 Action Research for Educators and EDUC7598C Seminar courses require the student to develop an action research proposal, complete the action research effort, submit the results in a formal paper to NNU, and make a formal presentation to an approved audience. The student will also complete an internship in a school setting under the supervision of a qualified building principal. The internship assignment must be approved by the school district and the NNU program director. Near the end of the coursework, each student will enroll in EDUC7700 (zero (0) credits) to complete a comprehensive examination.

The Building Administrator emphasis takes approximately 23 months, including the 9-month internship. Successful completion qualifies the graduate for recommendation to the State of Idaho for a Pre K-12 Principal endorsement on an Idaho Administrator Certificate.    

It is the studentís responsibility to submit the appropriate paperwork and fees to the Idaho State Department of Education for obtaining certifications and endorsements in Idaho. Current forms and information are available from the ISDE website. Students should check the Internet and other sources for specific requirements for certification in other states. An optional class may be offered to help students who want to become principal certified in Oregon: EDUC7570 Oregon Law and Finance. See the course descriptions for more information.  

Required courses for M.Ed. Educational Leadership - Building Administrator (Face-to-Face and Online):

EDUC7500. Introduction to Online Learning (required for online students only) (1)
EDUC7511. The Learning Process (3) 
EDUC7518. Action Research for Educators (3) 
EDUC7531. Statistical Applications for Educators (2) 
EDUC7533. Curriculum and Assessment (3) 
EDUC7545. Classroom and Behavior Management in the Mainstreamed Classroom (3) 
EDUC7562. Technology in Education (3) 
EDUC7566. Educational Values (1) 
EDUC7575. Legal and Financial Issues in Education (3) 
EDUC7579. Special Education Law for Administrators (2) 
EDUC7581. Instructional Supervision and Leadership (3) 
EDUC7585. Administering Human Resources (3) 
EDUC7596III. The Principalship/Internship in School Principalship (7)* 
EDUC7598C. Seminar: Action Research (1)
EDUC7700. Comprehensive Examination (0)

*Students who conduct the principal internship outside of the Treasure Valley may be required to pay travel expenses for supervision visits.