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.

Advantages of a CUAA Master’s Degree

Our MSEL program offers you more than an advanced degree. It offers you:

  • A program approved by the Michigan Department of Education for principal preparation
  • A nationally accredited School of Education dedicated to your intellectual, social, and spiritual growth
  • Classes taught by experienced professionals
  • Courses offered in a convenient eight-week online or seated format
  • An internship that can be completed before, during, and after the school day across a broad array of activities that reflect all aspects of the principal’s role in education
  • A 25% discount to school teachers/administrators working in a Christian school
  • A 24% discount to school teachers/administrators working in Preferred Partnership schools
  • Personalized instruction to help you make an immediate impact in the school communities you serve

Degree Details

Credit hours required: 32

Learning Outcomes

CUAA’s MS in Educational Leadership teaches you the skills you’ll need to:

  • Create and sustain a positive learning environment
  • Understand the basic principles of educational leadership
  • Examine the moral, legal, and ethical issues that arise when conducting research
  • Develop the initial research project designed to meet MSEL degree requirements
  • Understand the 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
  • Develop school budgets
  • Create partnerships with the parents, the business community and local/state/federal agencies


MSEL coursework includes classes such as The Principalship: Current Issues and Emerging Trends, Funding and Financing of Schools, and Personnel Management and Professional Development. See our Summary of Course Requirements for a complete list of courses and course descriptions, and the MSEL Program Textbook List to get a glimpse of what you’ll be reading!


The MSEL Internship is one of the most important learning experiences you’ll have as you become a proficient educational leader. See our Internship in Educational Leadership Handbook for details.


Concordia University is accredited by:

  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • The Higher Learning Commission

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