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Master of Education in Educational Leadership Online

Align your degree with your aspirations in education. Gain real-world learning for advanced education management and leadership skills.

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Program Overview

This online degree program 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.

Total Program Tuition icon $12,696.85* Total Program Tuition
Program Duration icon As few as 12 months Program Duration
Credit Hours icon 34 Credit Hours
Total Program Tuition icon $12,969.85* Total Program Tuition
Program Duration icon As few as 12 months Program Duration
Credit Hours icon 34 Credit Hours

Curriculum focuses on essential aspects of educational leadership, including schoolwide 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 National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards and the Standards for Educational Leadership in Louisiana (SSPL).

This graduate education program prepares you for the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and other state assessments required prior to graduation.

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

  • Leadership theories and planning models
  • 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
CAEP Accredited

The teacher education programs at Louisiana State University Shreveport meet rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Why choose the LSU Shreveport online Master of Education?

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts "good to excellent" job opportunities for teachers over the next 10 years
  • CareerBuilder® says elementary school teachers with master's degrees earn starting salaries 32% higher than teachers with a bachelor’s
  • O*NET OnLine forecasts 573,200 job openings for elementary school teachers between 2010 and 2020
  • "The most rewarding opportunities will be offered to master's-educated teachers with the in-demand skills this program offers." - (University official)

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"The biggest tip that I have is just go for it. If you’re thinking about it, LSUS has the best staff, best people that’ll work with you. If there’s a question you have, somebody can answer it. If they can’t answer it, they can find someone that can answer it."

-Theresa Downs, M.Ed. Educational Leadership student

Tuition

Our M.Ed. Educational Leadership online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Total Program Tuition
$12,696.85* Total Program Tuition
Total Program Tuition
$373.44 Tuition Per Credit Hour

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Per Credit Hour Per 3 Credit-Hour Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$307.49 $65.95 $373.44 $922.46 $197.85 $1,120.31

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

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Our M.Ed. Educational Leadership online program is designed to be convenient for working professionals, featuring 7-week courses and several start dates per year.

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Start Date App Deadline Doc Deadline Registration Begins Early Registration & Tuition Deadline Final Tuition Deadline
3/18/2019 2/25/2019 3/4/2019 11/5/2018 3/6/2019 3/13/2019
5/13/2019 4/22/2019 4/29/2019 4/8/2019 5/1/2019 5/8/2019
7/8/2019 6/17/2019 6/24/2019 4/8/2019 6/26/2019 7/3/2019
9/2/2019 8/12/2019 8/19/2019 4/8/2019 8/21/2019 8/28/2019
10/28/2019 10/7/2019 10/14/2019 4/8/2019 10/16/2019 10/23/2019

Note: All payments must be made no later than 11:30 p.m. CST. Payment for classes added after the Final Tuition Deadline will need to be made prior to 11:30 p.m. the next day. Students who register and/or pay after the Final Tuition Deadline may be subject to a $50 late fee.

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Admissions

Take the first step toward earning your degree and reaching a new milestone in your education. We’ve simplified the process so you can get started quickly and easily. Students interested in the M.Ed. Educational Leadership online program must meet the following requirements for admission.

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  • Submit graduate application and $20 application fee
  • At least one year of professional work experience as verified by a professional resume
  • A valid teaching certificate OR a letter of recommendation/support from a current principal or supervisor; AND
  • Graduate degree from an accredited university, OR
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university, with a minimum 2.75 overall GPA or minimum 2.75 GPA in last 60 semester hours of courses, OR
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university, with minimum 2.5 overall GPA or minimum 2.5 GPA in last 60 semester hours of courses, AND a minimum GRE score of 286 combined verbal and quantitative scores or 281 with a 3.5 in writing.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended and any other required official documents

Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources should be mailed to:

LSUS
Admissions and Records Office
One University Place
Shreveport, LA 71115

Transcripts may also be submitted via secure means—e.g., eSCRIP-SAFE—to admissions@lsus.edu.

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To be considered for admission to any of our graduate programs, students must first meet the LSUS Graduate School admission requirements.

Graduates of colleges or universities accredited by the proper regional accrediting association may apply for admission to graduate study at LSUS. Admission is restricted to include only those students whose academic records indicate they can successfully undertake graduate work in the proposed area. Admission to graduate study at LSUS requires that all previously undertaken graduate work meets LSUS academic standards.

Unconditional Admission: For unconditional admission to graduate study, students must be in satisfactory standing at the last institution attended and meet all admission requirements of a degree program. The following categories of students are eligible for unconditional admission to graduate study at LSUS.

Students With a Graduate Degree From a Regionally Accredited University [+]

Unless specified otherwise by individual programs, graduate students who possess a graduate degree previously earned from a regionally accredited university are eligible for unconditional admission.

Students With an Undergraduate Degree and Some Graduate Course Work [+]

Applicants who have some graduate course work but do not possess a previously earned graduate degree must have a minimum 2.50 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on the undergraduate degree or a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours attempted in the undergraduate degree program and a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on any graduate work attempted, with no grades of D or F.

Students With an Undergraduate Degree and No Previous Graduate Course Work [+]

Applicants who do not possess a previously earned graduate degree must have a minimum 2.50 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) on the undergraduate degree or a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours attempted in the degree program. Individual graduate programs might have their own GPA and other admission requirements that are different than the above.

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International applicants must meet regular admission requirements for their selected program. In addition, you may be required to submit the following additional information.

  • Submit graduate application and $30 application fee
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores
    • If your native language is not English, you must submit a score of at least 550 on the paper administered test, 80 on the internet-based version, or 213 on the computer-based version on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), unless a degree has been obtained from an accredited United States institution. Additional information regarding the exams can be found at teofl.org or ielts.org.
    • Applicants may be exempt if they meet one of the following criteria:
      • U.S. citizens (this includes U.S. territories: Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa)
      • Permanent resident
      • Citizen of a TOEFL/IELTS exempt country. Exempted countries can be verified here.
  • An official transcript (sent directly from the registrar) from all colleges/universities attended should be sent to the Admissions and Records Office. Transcript(s) should reflect all graduate and undergraduate work and any degrees previously awarded.

Hand-delivered evaluations must remain in the original, sealed, unopened envelope to be considered official. Official transcripts may be mailed directly from the granting institution(s) to:

LSUS
Admissions and Records Office
One University Place
Shreveport, LA 71115

Transcripts may also be submitted via secure means—e.g., eSCRIP-SAFE—to admissions@lsus.edu.

Earning your master's degree can help you make a greater impact on student success.

Courses

To complete the M.Ed. Educational Leadership online degree program, students must complete the following courses (34 credit hours), including an internship. EDL 716 Internship in Educational Leadership is taken concurrently with the last four classes. EDL 716 is a one-hour credit course.

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Students must complete the following courses.

EDL 740: Introduction to Graduate Research

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of research methods and their empirical foundations. It provides basic practical knowledge on how to find, review, and critique academic and applied research in education and leadership. In addition, students will learn to develop appropriate research questions.

EDL 701: Leading with Vision

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

ED 785: Technology Leadership in Schools

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

EDL 700: Creating a Professional Learning Community

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

EDL 702: Legal & Ethical Issues in Education

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

EDL 707: Utilizing Data for School Improvement

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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.

EDL 710: Leading Instruction and Assessment

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of the role of organizational leadership in the development of instructional goals, instructional programs, evaluation procedures, and procedures for educational change.

EDL 711: Funding Public Education

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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

EDL 712: Facilitating Human Resource Development and Empowerment

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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

EDL 713: Mobilizing the Community

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

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

EDL 716: Internship in Educational Leadership

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

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 four credit hours.

*Includes tuition and fees based on Spring 2019 pricing and subject to change without notice.

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