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EKU's School Principal Program Redesigned to Meet Changing Needs of Schools

EKU’s school principal Educational Specialist program will transition to Master of Education in Instructional Leadership program in August 2020. Those completing this 30-hour graduate degree will be certified as school principals and earn a Rank II or Rank I. A special focus on issues related to diversity, equal access, and higher levels of learning for all students is included in the coursework.

The school principal program focuses on 4 key components:

  • Curriculum tied directly to the Professional Standards for Education Leaders.These national standards stress the skills school principals need inside the school as well as in the wider community.
  • A focus on developing ethics and leadership skills required for effective of administrative professionals
  • Job embedded and diverse field experiences to develop the full scope of the work of education leaders.
  • On-job-support and coaching for new principals. 

The goal of EKU’s redesigned school principal program is to develop and support highly skilled principals to lead schools across the commonwealth of Kentucky 

For more information regarding the MAED in Instructional Leadership please contact program coordinator Ann Burns at

MAED in Instructional Leadership-School Principal

Level I
Initial certification to become a school principal

30 hours required - 100% online

  • EAD 801-Intro to Education Administration and Leadership Research
  • EAD 852-Human Resources Leadership
  • EAD 840- Leadership for Safe Schools
  • EAD 856-Learning for At-Risk Students
  • EAD 828-School Law and Ethics in School Leadership
  • EAD 827-Resources for Learning
  • EAD 819-School Leadership and Instructional Supervision
  • EAD 829-Community Relations and Educational Advocacy
  • EAD 851-Assessment for Learning
  • EAD 857-Principal Internship I

Administrative Praxis II exam 

School Principal-Level II
Enhances and supports the work of a newly hired principal. Includes mentoring.

  • EAD 858-Principal Internship II
  • Advisor approved EAD course (853, 854, 808, 849, 859)

Contact Information

Dr. Charles Hausman

Published on April 06, 2020

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