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Master of Arts in Education in School Leadership

The School Leadership program is designed to prepare teachers to school principals. Candidates are awarded Level I and Level II principal certification and/or rank change upon completion of this program and passing state required licensure exams.

The program is a 10-course sequence delivered on a 100% online/virtual asynchronous platform.  Students complete weekly assignments at their convenience. While some courses may offer optional Zoom sessions with guest speakers, students are not required to be online at a specific time.  Candidates can later pursue certifications for Supervisor of Instruction, Director of Pupil Personnel, and Superintendent (once they have completed two years of administrative experience).

Contact program advisor Dr. Ray Lauk for more information.

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Admission Requirements

  • Before applying to the program, applicants are required to schedule a short interview with Dr. Lauk to clarify career goals.  Please use this link to schedule a time: https://calendly.com/raymondlauk/30min

  • Meet admissions requirements of the EKU Graduate School
  • Completion of an initial teaching certification program.
  • Documentation of three (3) years teaching experience
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from school/district supervisors and one (1) letter from a district school official pledging support for the clinical experiences,
  • Written statement by appliation indicating ability to improve student achievement, to lead, and possession of advanced knowledge of curriculum,  instruction, and assessment
  • An interview

Program Course Requirements

Core Courses (27 hours)

  1. EAD 801 Intro to Education Administration and Leadership Research
  2. EAD 819 School Leadership and Instructional Supervision
  3. EAD 827 Resources for Learning
  4. EAD 828 School Law and Ethics in School Leadership
  5. EAD 829 Community Relations and Educational Advocacy
  6. EAD 840 Leadership for Safe Schools
  7. EAD 851 Assessment for Learning
  8. EAD 852 Human Resource Leadership
  9. EAD 856 Learning for At-Risk Students

Exit Requirement (3 hours)

  • EAD 857 Principal Internship I
  • GRD 878Q MAED Instructional Leadership Oral Comp

Total Program Requirement: 30 hours


Additional Certification Options

Supervisor of Instruction (15 hours)

  • EAD 849 School Systems Administration
  • EAD 853 Conditions for Learning
  • EAD 859 Strategic Planning in Education
  • EAD 879 Systems for Change
  • EDL 944 Public Policy & Politics
  • (Level I principal courses required.)

Director of Pupil Personnel Services (15 hours)

  • EAD 808 Administration of Pupil Personnel Services
  • EAD 821 Practicum in Administration and Supervision
  • EAD 849 School Systems Administration
  • EDL 950 Educating and Serving Students at Risk
  • EDL 954 Foundations & Current Issues in Educational Leadership
  • (Level I principal courses required.)

Superintendent of Schools (12 hours)

  • EAD 839 The School Superintendency
  • EAD 849 School Systems Administration
  • EAD 859 Strategic Planning in Education
  • EAD 879 Systems for Change
  • Level II principal courses required.

Required licensure exams here https://www.ets.org/sls/states/ky

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