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Independent and Charter School Leadership, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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The M.Ed. in Independent and Charter School Leadership provides a tailored opportunity for potential leaders to prepare themselves specifically to lead in the unique environments of independent and charter schools.


The program is designed for current leaders or for those seeking advancement to a leadership position and for those who are seeking a career in the independent or charter school setting. This program does not lead to certification or certification upgrade.

The program prepares students to enter leadership positions in the independent and charter school environments, including principal, assistant principal, headmaster, or directors of various departments, including admissions and student services. Further, the program can serve as professional development for those individuals who are currently employed in leadership positions at an independent or charter school who may have a background in areas other than education and have a need to understand the unique challenges of education to build upon their experience in the business or nonprofit sectors. 


Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to: 

  • Implement policies and practices consistent with the school's vision and mission
  • Create an environment that fosters student growth in academic, social, emotional and spiritual realms
  • Promote ongoing collaboration among the school's governing board, administrative leadership, faculty, and staff
  • Establish a culture in which all stakeholders are challenged and inspired to give their best in pursuit of the school's goals
  • Generate sustainable funding sources by offering a marketable educational program
  • Develop and implement effective personnel practices that support administration, faculty and staff

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Leadership Theory
  • Leadership in Curriculum and Instructional Supervision
  • Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment
  • Foundations of Independent Schools
  • Managing School Resources
  • Leadership of the Extra-Curricular Program
  • Legal and Ethical Requirements of Independent School Leaders
  • Internship
  • Educational Research for School Leaders
  • Collaborative Strategies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Submit a completed application along with application fee. 
  • Must submit a minimum of two, but preferably three letters of recommendation for admission.
  • Hold a bachelor's degree in an appropriate field from an ABET accredited program, but applicants will be considered with an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or its equivalent internationally.
  • Submit GRE score on the general section of the test. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    596 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 596 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    596 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 596 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Doraville

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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