Online MS in Educational Leadership & Administration

The 39-credit Online MS in Educational Leadership and Administration degree program is designed for Christian educators who are interested in taking on a leadership role in their school or district. The program can be completed in seven semesters if two courses are taken each semester; candidates who receive advance standing for Bible/theology courses can complete the program in six semesters as shown below. Online courses range in length from 7 weeks to 14 weeks. Courses with EDL or SPE prefixes each require 15-18 hours of field placement in a school setting. If candidates can document current work experience meeting the field placement objectives for a particular course, hours may be deducted from this requirement.

Program Strengths

  • This program offers online coursework combined with extensive hands-on access to the life of PK-12 schools.
  • Extensive field work allows students to gain experience in data management, budget development, daily operating procedures, and human interactions. Students will be able to complete academic requirements while still attending to their professional responsibilities at their own school site.
  • Opportunities exist for advance standing:
    • At the discretion of the program advisor, three to six credits for prior learning (“CPL”) can be awarded for students with extensive backgrounds in areas addressed by specific courses.
    • Advance standing may be granted for Bible or theology credits earned at an accredited Bible college, Christian liberal arts college or university, or seminary. Credits will be granted on a course by course basis.
    • At the discretion of the program advisor, field placement hours can be minimized for students based on current professional involvement and responsibilities.
  • This program can be supplemented with a 180-hour internship in administration, qualifying the candidate to apply for Pennsylvania (PK-12) and/or Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Principal (all levels) certification after fulfilling PA testing requirements. Additional certification program entry and exit requirements can be obtained by contacting program advisor Dr. Pat Cook at pcook@cairn.edu

Requirements

To enter the program, the candidate will:

To complete the program, the candidate will:

  • Successfully complete all required coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Successfully complete the Action Research Project (EDL 791), a capstone project similar in scope to a Master’s Thesis. This school intervention project includes a minimum of 90 hours of on-site field experience.

Program Curriculum

Semester Course
Fall #1

EDL 741 Principalship K-12
EDU 703 Teaching Models and Instructional Strategies

Spring #1

EDU 712 Curriculum Theory, Design & Assessment
THE 601 Overview of Christian Theology

Summer #1

SPE 664 Issues in Special Education for School Leaders
EDU 717 Theoretical & Philosophical Foundations

Fall #2

EDL 745 Organizational Theory and Team Building
EDU 713 Educational Research

Spring #2

EDL 743 Financial and Business Management
EDL 742 Data Management and Technology Integration for School Leaders K-12

Summer #2

BIB 621 Introduction to Biblical Integration for Educators
EDL 744
School Law

Fall #3

EDL 791 Action Research Project

For more information about the online Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Administration degree program, contact Luke Gibson, Admissions Counselor, at lgibson@cairn.edu

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