Master of Science Educational Leadership
Our online master's degree program in educational leadership will prepare you to lead your own school. The M.S. in Educational Leadership will prepare you for certification as a principal, vice principal, or assistant principal. Graduates of our program have become highly effective, instruction-based principals.
The M.S. in Educational Leadership program prepares a student to receive the Principal license in the state of Texas. A graduate of a WGU Educational Leadership program wishing to obtain a Texas Principal license should first apply for a Residency Administrator license in Washington. Click here for additional details about Texas licensure requirements.
Who the Program is For:
- Experienced, licensed classroom teachers who are interested in becoming school principals.
- Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.
This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn how this program works.
What You'll Learn
Essential Knowledge and Skills
We developed our educational leadership program with significant input from experts and leaders who serve on our Education Program Council. WGU's online master's degree program in educational leadership requires the completion of coursework and a capstone project, ensuring that you have the essential skills and knowledge to become a principal.
Note: This program is based on multiple philosophies, including that of the principal as the instructional team leader, the standards of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), and the principles of the Baldrige National Quality Program's Education Criteria for Performance Excellence. The M.S. in Educational Leadership is aligned with Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards.
Key Subject Areas
These Courses Add to Your Credentials
Governance, Finance, Law, and Leadership
Performance Excellence Criteria
Student, Stakeholder, and Market Focus
Measurement, Analysis, and Knowledge Management
Comprehensive Educational Leadership Integration
Practicum in Educational Leadership
The online M.S. in Educational Leadership degree program also requires the successful completion of a capstone project.
The capstone project is the culmination of your degree program and a chance to showcase what you've learned. You'll work with a real-world situation, developing and proposing a solution to an actual issue in your field. When you've completed it, you'll be able to share it with your colleagues—it will be a great demonstration of your knowledge and skill in educational leadership.
Go ahead, show everyone what you can do.