Independent and Charter School Leadership

Mercer University

24 months
596 USD/credit
596 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Independent and Charter School Leadership
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