Master of Science in Leadership in PreK-12 Education

Be more than an educator. Be a leader.

Your job as an educator is complex, and improving the school system while juggling budgets and unforeseeable challenges isn’t easy. But the best way to lead is by example, because when you grow, so can your students.

Consider this: Nearly 7,000 students drop out of U.S. high schools every day, and approximately 1.2 million teenagers leave the public school system without a diploma every year.* You can make an impact. We can help. Let’s change education — together.

*The Tech Edvocate

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Graduate in as few as 20 months

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3 start dates per year


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No required work experience or related major

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Why earn your online master’s in leadership in PreK-12 education?

Approximately 25% of a school’s impact on student achievement can be explained by the principal.* Depending on which district you work for, that may be the case for you too. But education leaders of all specialties are in demand, not just principals.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a K-12 administrator is $97,640. The typical entry-level education for positions in this field is a master’s degree, and the job outlook is projected to grow 8% from 2016 to 2026.


What can you do with your degree?

Education is the backbone of our nation — it defines our passions and prepares us for our futures. Schools nationwide need transformative leaders in PreK-12 education who are driven to improve learning quality and equity.

Nearly 56.6 million students will attend elementary and secondary schools in the fall of 2018. The total number of students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools is projected to increase by 1.4 million between fall 2018 and fall 2027.* And as enrollment grows, so will the need for leaders. You can help fill that need.

Leaders like you are expected to translate visionary ideas into real-world success. Your expertise can help the nation’s students receive the level of education they need to pursue their dreams. But before you can take action, you need the right academic credential — your online Master of Science in Leadership in PreK-12 Education.

*National Center for Education Statistics

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Specializations offered in five M.S. in Leadership programs: preK-12 administration, higher education, learning technology, learning design and innovation, and organizational leadership and learning

These aren’t just courses. They’re confidence builders.

23 core course credit hours | 9 program-specific credit hours

Being a leader in education comes with its challenges. You’re interacting with a variety of people in an unpredictable environment. It’s important that you’re prepared.

Our curriculum is designed to help you quickly identify areas in need of improvement and present innovative solutions. You can gain the knowledge, expertise, and confidence to lead each student based on their unique goals and interests.

These courses will prepare you:

  • Professional Learning Culture and Instructional Coaching
  • Family and Community Engagement
  • Policy Management and Learning Environment

Earn the degree that empowers you.

Society relies on leaders to drive meaningful change and build a sustainable culture. But to do that, our leaders need to feel empowered to make changes. Your online master’s in leadership can give you the boost you need.

Study with us, and you can learn to:

  • Cultivate a safe and productive learning environment
  • Influence social, cultural, political, and legal issues affecting education
  • Shape a collaborative culture focused on lifelong learning

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Master of Science in Leadership in Pre K-12 Education will be expected to achieve the following learning outcomes:

1. Develop and practice clear, persuasive and data supported narratives that advance initiatives and present them using advanced transmedia.

2. Develop and deliver learning experiences by integrating and applying learning theory and tools of technology and asses outcomes of those efforts.

3. Integrate personal, organizational and societal values into leadership initiatives and advance them throughout organizations.

4. Cultivate a safe and productive learning and working environment and influence social, cultural, political, and legal contexts affecting education.

5. Shape a collaborative culture of teaching and learning focused on student and professional learning, growth and continuous improvement.