Lead with intention and spirit

You will understand the fundamental principles of educational leadership and explore the legal, ethical and spiritual issues that arise in a school environment. You will learn about policies and regulations so you can navigate the educational structure and system. This includes liability, negligence, student rights and disciplinary policies. You will study budgeting and resource management so you can optimize services within your framework. You will gain expertise in decision-making and organizational development so you can spearhead improvement initiatives within your school. Whether you are interested in a path of elementary, middle or high school, we offer more than just an advanced degree dedicated to your intellectual, social, and spiritual growth.

Credits 32
Cost Per Credit $614

Full- and part-time options available.

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Program Overview

Concordia University Ann Arbor’s Master of Science in Educational Leadership (MSEL) is designed for educators seeking advanced professional training for positions in P-12 schools. Our mission is to prepare professional educators who are servant leaders, reflective practitioners, and committed life-long learners. You will study managing personnel so you can inspire your team to consistently improve within their craft. You will learn how to give constructive feedback, create accountability and evaluate teachers. Our approach will empower you to develop your staff into an organized and energized team.

You will learn exciting new methods and explore pedagogy to put the most powerful and appropriate curriculum mix together. Through this program, you will be able to create opportunities for excellence and improve, reform and rebuild. This program will equip you to integrate with your community, gain important connections and make lasting relationships. It will help you to forge partnerships with parents and families to both understand and empathize with your students.

What to Expect

NCATE/CAEP Accredited and MDE Approved

Successful completion of the program leads to recommendation for the School Administrator Certification in Michigan.

Educators who already have a master's degree in an education-related field are eligible for CUAA's 23-credit School Administrator Certificate Program

List of Courses:

  • Educational Leadership: Theory and Practice This course presents definitions and principles of servant leadership within the sociopolitical context of schools; examines processes and functions of various educational leadership roles, both traditional and contemporary; identifies critical leadership roles; examines and develops beliefs and practices which promote high levels of performance.
  • Organizational Theory in Educational Settings This course presents traditional and contemporary theories, research and practices related to the behavior of human beings in formal organizations, particularly within the context of the school an institution.
  • Research Methods in Education This course provides a broad introduction to the nature of educational research and its various traditions, including differing epistemological orientations and the fundamental issues within each research paradigm. Attention will be given to the central role of data collection and interpretation in curricular and programmatic decision-making. The ethical and legal considerations of research using human subjects will be examined with particular attention to the university’s Human Subjects Research Policy.
  • Professional Learning Communities in a Pluralistic Society This course presents research and practices aimed at developing professional learning communities and nurturing positive school cultures. Emphasis is placed on creating partnerships with parents, the business community, and local/state/federal agencies in order to ensure the community’s diversity and resources are represented in decision-making processes.
  • Curriculum Development and Instructional Supervision Participants examine the criteria and development of effective instructional programs, including the dynamics involved in planning, implementation and evaluation of programs; the implications of personnel and resource development to the overall instructional model; and the skills necessary to effectively and positively impact instruction to sustain a positive learning environment. Curriculum mapping and the relationship of learning theory to both curriculum design and delivery will be introduced.
  • Legal, Ethical & Policy Issues for School Leaders Participants examine legal and ethical issues related to Educational Administration, including questions of liability and negligence, teacher and student rights, certification and accreditation, and disciplinary policies and practices. Particular attention will be given to the role and impact of local, state and federal stakeholders on the development and implementation of school policies.
  • The Principalship: Current Issues & Emerging Trends Participants examine the changing, multi-faceted role of servant leadership within schools and as it extends to the community. Course topics will include research on strategies and innovative programs to improve school operations and enhance achievement for all students.
  • Personnel Management and Professional Development Participants explore and learn to apply leadership skills and dispositions related to the development and supervision of effective learning environments. 
  • Funding and Financing Schools This course traces the history and current realities of school funding within America public and private schools. Participants will examine state aid formulas, tax structures and federal aid, along with the use of tuition, grants and third-source funding. This course will include a practical application of the development of school budgets.
  • Seminar on Guided Research and Practice The student works with their faculty research mentor to write and submit an Action Research Report.
  • Internship in Educational Leadership (2 semester hours) The course is completed in a school under the supervision of a building administrator and CUAA Internship Coordinator. It is designed to provide practical experiences related to Michigan's Standards for the Preparation of School Principals.  Practicum hours are completed before, during, and after the school day and reflects all aspects of the principal's role in education. 
    The MSEL Internship is one of the most important learning experiences you’ll have as you become a proficient educational leader. You will learn from superintendents, principals and other administrators who are successful leaders in their field. This is an intensive 6-month semester experience. Through this hands-on internship, you will gain skills you’ll need to create and sustain a positive learning environment. 

Applicants of this program may be eligible for Uncommon Scholarships. To see if you qualify, please visit the Uncommon Scholarships page. The scholarship application must be filled out and submitted online once per academic year and before courses begin.

Licensure / Certifications
Upon completion of coursework and internship requirements, candidates may be recommended for the Michigan School Administrator Certificate
  • Ann Arbor
  • Online

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