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M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction: Educational Leadership

Master of Education in Educational Leadership Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 12 months  |  Credit Hours: 36  |  Courses: 12  |  Tuition: $12,723.72*

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree program at LSUS gives you the skills and expertise to engage in leadership opportunities beyond the classroom and to help improve your community, your school and your students' lives.

Smaller class sizes, experienced faculty and all the resources of LSUS combine to give you individualized, real-world learning. In fact, LSUS Online faculty have served in all educational administration roles—including central office, principal and superintendent positions.

Curriculum focuses on essential aspects of educational leadership, including school wide planning, logistics of technology implementation and management, and a study of the appropriation and allocation of public financial resources for education. Course work aligns with both national and state standards: the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and Standards for School Principals in Louisiana (SSPL).

More than 80% of the LSUS faculty have obtained doctorate degrees—the highest level of expertise in their fields.

In the M.Ed. Educational Leadership program, you will learn:

  • Leadership theories and planning models
  • How to improve educational programs through the proper management of human resources
  • Concepts and practices for developing and maintaining informed involvement of communities with public schools
  • Fundamental concepts of American school law and how to apply the law to real-world school settings
  • How to interpret research and identify best practices that can be used to increase student motivation, engagement and achievement

Course work prepares you for the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA), which is required prior to graduation. This program includes an internship which serves as the capstone of the degree program.

Degree Requirements

To complete the M.Ed. Educational Leadership degree program, students must complete the following courses (36 credit hours), including an internship. To provide more flexibility and opportunity to succeed, LSUS has provided two options to fulfill your internship requirement. Either EDL 715 Internship in Educational Leadership I for students who are able to complete the internship all at one time or EDL 716 Internship in Educational Leadership II for students who need the flexibility and time to complete the internship with this course to be taken three (3) times.

Online Course List


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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

A study of research methods in education and their empirical foundations, with emphasis on interpreting the literature in the field. The candidate will begin to develop a written research proposal. Three hours of lecture.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

A continuation of the study of research methods in education and their empirical foundations, with emphasis on interpreting the literature in the field. The candidate will complete a written research proposal. Three hours of lecture.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

Development of foundation skills for managing technology at the school site. Skills include school-wide planning that incorporates instructional design, curriculum integration with standards, and logistics of technology implementation, training, and evaluation.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

The Professional Learning Community (PLC) provides potential teacher leaders and administrators with a structure for continuing professional growth and information and activities aligned with best practices and current research on initiatives that support the Louisiana Accountability System, the School Improvement Process, and the Standards for School Principals in Louisiana.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

This course explores an area of school leadership that is essential for improving student achievement: developing a vision of teaching and learning that is shared by all stakeholders. It examines ways to develop, articulate, implement and steward a shared vision.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

This course is designed to provide candidates with the fundamental concepts of American school law and how to apply the law to real-world school settings. Included is coverage of specific Louisiana educational statutes. Ethical theories and ideas will also be explored. The course will emphasize and focus on legal and ethical issues that teachers and administrators confront in their work.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

This course focuses on the collection and analysis of data sources relevant in educational settings and emphasizes analyses of work samples, observations, inquiry data, artifacts, and standardized test scores. Throughout the course students collect and analyze school improvement data.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

The study of problems and issues related to the appropriation and allocation of public financial resources for education.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

The study of concepts and practices in recruitment, selection, development and utilization of professional human resources in educational organizations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

The study of concepts and practices for developing and maintaining informed involvement of communities with public schools.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

Prerequisite: 30 hours toward degree or consent of the department. The internship, which will be required of all administrative program candidates, serves as the culminating experience and the capstone of the degree program. During the internships, candidates will assess the suitability of their skills and dispositions for administrative work; integrate skills and knowledge previously acquired; and become socialized into the administrative role under the supervision of a local school district administrator and a university faculty member.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1   |   Course Cost: $353.44

The internship, which will be required of all administrative program candidates, serves as the culminating experience and the capstone of the degree program. During the internships, candidates will assess the suitability of their skills and dispositions for administrative work; integrate skills and knowledge previously acquired; and become socialized into the administrative role under the supervision of a local school district administrator and a university faculty member. May be repeated for a total of up to three credit hours.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3   |   Course Cost: $1060.31

A systematic study of the history, theory and practice of curriculum development in American education.

*Includes tuition and fees based on Spring 2017 pricing and subject to change without notice.

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