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Online Master of Education in Educational Leadership

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Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership

The Online Master of Education in educational leadership program at the University of Mount Union is steeped in an engaging and focused curriculum. The program’s online format provides busy working professionals the flexibility they need—no matter their schedule, students can earn their master’s degree on their own time.

Through the M.Ed. in educational leadership program, teaching professionals are developed into successful teacher leaders and district administrators. Teacher leaders are educators who simultaneously take on administrative roles outside of their classrooms to assist in the functions of the larger school system. School administrators manage school operations, support staff, and work to create a safe, positive learning environment for all students. These strong leaders have a passion for motivating and inspiring students and help to drive innovation and change in the P–12 education system.



Career Paths for Educational Leadership Degree Graduates

A master’s in Educational Leadership degree from Mount Union prepares graduates for leadership roles in both public and private schools and in both P-12 and higher education settings.

M.Ed. in educational leadership graduates work in a wide range of positions:

  • Teacher Leader
  • Assistant Director
  • District Administrator
  • Instructional Coordinator/Coach
  • Director or Supervisor
  • Head of School


  • Credit Hours


    Structured for two, seven-week classes per term for five semesters, this M.Ed. is 30 total credit hours.

  • Cost per credit hour


    The 2023-2024 cost per credit hour for the M.Ed. in educational leadership is $610. (discounts available)

  • Starts


    The M.Ed. in educational leadership can be started in the fall, spring, or summer term.

Courses in Educational Leadership

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership curriculum includes classes on leadership, technology, ethics, and law in the P–12 school system.


Technology for Educational Leaders: This course examines leadership issues in the area of information and communication technologies through critical reflection, discussion, and the co-construction of knowledge and is broadly aligned with ISTE's Educational Technology Standards for Administrators.

Ethical and Moral Foundations of Leadership: Leadership practice with a moral dimension centered on purpose, values, and beliefs is studied in this course. Included will be a discussion of issues and principles designed to transform districts, schools, and classrooms from organizations to communities that inspire positive commitment, devotion, and service.

Educational Leadership Capstone: Students engage in reflective practice as an educational leader. Students are expected to become familiar with the roles and responsibilities of the educational leader, lead in the planning, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of a continuous improvement project designed to enhance the workplace.


Admission Requirements | Online M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

Degree/Credentials: Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. 

Undergraduate Achievement: Possess an undergraduate cumulative grade point average equal to or greater than a 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or a grade point average equal to or greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) with a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate study.

Experience: Provide a curriculum vitae or résumé.

Essay and Writing Ability: Applicants will submit an essay of approximately 250-500 words which outlines the applicant’s career aspirations and rationale for applying to the program. This piece will demonstrate the candidate’s ability to write at the graduate level.

Professional Recommendations: Provide one recommendation from an employer or former professor who is in a position to judge the applicant’s potential for graduate-level study and research, as well as suitability for educational leadership.

Consideration for Conditional Admission: Applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be judged on a case-by-case basis and will be asked to submit additional documentation in an attempt to gain conditional admission.

Personal Interview: Applicants may be selected for an interview to be conducted using phone/video conferencing. Applicants who successfully complete the interview will be admitted into the Master of Education program.


Transfer Credit Policy: A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate transfer credits will be considered for transfer credit. The course(s) must have been taken at a regionally accredited institution and be aligned with the objectives for the University of Mount Union course(s), and only coursework earning a grade of B or better will be considered for transfer credit. Additional credits may be transferred on a case-by-case basis.

A candidate wishing transfer credit must submit an official transcript, along with a copy of the appropriate course description from the graduate catalogue of the respective institution and may be asked to offer additional documentation (such as a course syllabus). To initiate a transfer credit evaluation, email a request to

Enrollment Deposit: If admitted to the program, candidates are required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $250. This deposit will be applied toward tuition charges. Pay Your Deposit

TOEFL Requirement: For admission into the Master of Education program, applicants whose primary language is not English must have a recent IBT (Internet- Based TOEFL) score of 100 or more in addition to meeting other program requirements.

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