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Educational Leadership (K-12 Certification Track), M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program is designed for educators who wish to specialize in K-12 administrator and supervisory functions in public and/or private educational school settings. 


Each educational leadership concentration provides a different focus and offers practical applications, as well as the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to be successful as an educational leader. 

This online master's degree is meant for practicing teachers seeking administrator roles which do not require state certification.

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

Manage a school setting with awareness of historical, social, political, legal, and economic influences on education, show effective leadership, and also recognize the importance of community and collaboration.

Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills to work well with school personnel, pupils, and parents and to acknowledge and appreciate diversity in its many forms to assess and instruct without influence of bias.

Use educational technology as an effective tool to promote student learning as well as a means to improve communication among colleagues, staff, parents, students, and the larger community.

Develop school policy, implement strategic plans and new programs, exhibit problem-solving skills, analyze and respond to emerging issues and trends in education, and put into practice the accepted norms and principles of educational research.

Manage daily school operations including record keeping, finances, and reports, and show effective leadership in the areas of supervision, evaluation, professional development, legal issues, and school reform.

Evaluate and effectively use performance-based assessments, and implement assessment, instruction, evaluation, and intervention plans as appropriate for diverse learner needs.


This West Virginia state-approved program is guided by the Praxis II, Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards (WVPTS).

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
    • Management of educational programs, personnel, and facilities
    • Creating a positive school environment
    • Internal and external home-school-community relations
    • Recruitment, selection, retention, and evaluation of personnel
    • Strategies for coaching and mentoring teachers
    • Conflict resolution and effective communication skills
    • The economics of education including the roles of federal, state, and local governments and agencies in financing public education
    • Legal, ethical, and political issues governing K-12 education

                  Detailed Programme Facts

                  • Deadline and start date beginning of every month
                  • Programme intensity Full-time
                    • Full-time duration 24 months
                  • Languages
                    • English
                  • Delivery mode

                  English Language Requirements

                  You only need to take one of these language tests:

                  • Minimum required score:


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                  • 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

                  All APU graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

                  In addition, the following documentation is required for admission into any of the Educational Leadership program concentrations, and must be provided prior to course registration:

                  • Official bachelor’s or master’s transcript showing conferral of degree
                  • School of Education non-certification questionnaire
                  • Graduate writing sample
                  • Signed statement of understanding (SOU)
                  • Documentation of 3 years teaching experience or 3 years managerial experience in an instructional setting

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                  Tuition Fee

                  • International Applies to you

                    350 USD/credit
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 350 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
                  • National Applies to you

                    350 USD/credit
                    Tuition Fee
                    Based on the original amount of 350 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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