Educational Leadership—Building Administrator

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Educational Leadership—Building Administrator

Master of Education



The M.Ed. Educational Leadership: Building Administrator program is designed for those seeking formal educational leadership roles such as building-level principals, assistant principals, or instructional team leaders.



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100% online
Program utilizes
set courses to plan schedules ahead of time.
Students may complete
this 36-credit program in 22 months.
Completion leads to
M.Ed. with Pre-K-12 Principal endorsement on an Administrator Certificate.

Educational Leadership—Building Administrator

NNU's Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership: Building Administrator program is designed for those seeking formal educational leadership roles such as building-level principals, assistant principals, or instructional team leaders. This online program emphasizes the administrator as an instructional leader and a servant leader. Students are presented with skills appropriate to goal setting and maximizing human potential, the unique aspects of an organizational structure, and the management tasks of an administrator.

Program Design

Completion of this program qualifies the graduate for recommendation to the State of Idaho for a Pre K-12 Principal endorsement on an Idaho Administrator Certificate. Individuals should check for specific requirements for certification in other states.
Designed to fit the schedule of a working professional, NNU’s M.Ed. in Educational Leadership allows the educator to complete a master’s degree while teaching full time. The online program utilizes set courses which allow students to plan their schedules ahead of time. Degree completion takes approximately 18-22 months, including the nine-month internship.
A significant expectation is that each student will identify a specific topic or problem of interest and will work on a project related to such topic. Each student will also complete a nine-month (2 semester) administrative internship in a school setting under the supervision of a qualified building principal. The internship assignment may be completed primarily in the building in which the student is teaching and must be approved by the school district and the NNU program director.
Accessible professors and staff allow for support in each course. Your professors at NNU are educational leaders themselves and provide you with the knowledge you need to succeed as a building administrator.

Program Start Dates

Classes begin every 8 weeks, and new students may join throughout the year.

Required Courses

EDUC8000 Orientation: Graduate Education (0)
EDUC7511 The Learning Process (3)
EDUC7553 Curriculum, Assessment and Collaboration (3)
EDUC7554 Innovative Instruction (3)
EDUC7555 Mixed Methods Research (3)
EDUC7556 Conceptual Statistics and Applications for Educators (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)
EDUC7584 Data Driven Decision Making (3)
EDUC7585 Administering Human Resources (3)
EDUC7596III Internship/Principalship (6)
EDUC7596IIIB Building Administrator Internship Portfolio Binder (0-1)


Total Credits: 36 semester credits required.

Degree Details

Master of Education

Offered Online

$510 per credit - See All Tuition & Fee Info

Related Career Paths
Career Avg. Salary
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School $74,990
Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education $47,670
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education $46,300
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education $47,350
Metropolitan and nonmetropolitan area occupational employment and wage estimates for the Boise area are sourced from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


[NNU’s professors] are positive. They're upbeat and they advocate for you. They watch out for you. They're not just teaching you business practices and teaching you what their degree is, not just advocating for you in the education aspect, but also in life.

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NNU’s graduate programs are designed for you to achieve your educational goals while working around your career, your family and your other commitments.

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100% of the program can be completed online.


16 months is the approximate time it takes to complete the masters in education degrees.


The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports 44% higher wages for master’s degree holders in education than for bachelor’s degree holders.


100% of graduates who completed exit surveys report being “highly satisfied” with the quality of education they have received.