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Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management Online

Complete Coursework: in as few as 12 months Credit Hours: 33 Tuition: $12,276

Overview

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Management

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management online program prepares educators for a broad range of administrative and leadership roles, both inside and outside the classroom, by enhancing necessary skills and competencies.

Benefit from Fitchburg State's renowned reputation for education degrees that dates back more than a century. This 100% online, non-licensure program develops student-centered teachers and administrators while delivering curriculum in an accelerated online format to meet the needs of working educators.

Graduates of the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Management online program will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate competencies in managerial skills related to political arenas, personnel, fiscal affairs, acquisition of material resources, diverse publics, pupil populations and organizational change
  • Apply an expanded knowledge base in the field of leadership and management in order to anticipate and to solve current and future problems inherent in the eduational system
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions that are required to collaboratively lead and manage an educational enterprise effectively and efficiently to improve teaching and learning

Courses

To earn the Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management online, students must complete 11 courses (33 credit hours), including a comprehensive project involving the use of educational technology at the elementary, middle school, special, or secondary level. All courses are seven weeks in length.

To see the full list of Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management courses online, review courses.

Admissions

Applicants for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management online degree program must submit official transcripts from all previous institutions attended (which must be regionally accredited), reflecting a minimum GPA of at least 2.8, along with a professional resume and an essay no more than one page in length.

To learn more about our Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management online admission requirements, review admissions.

Tuition

Tuition for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management online degree program is $12,276. All fees are included in the total cost. Tuition is the same affordable cost for students living inside or outside Massachusetts and can be paid by the course. Also note there is a $50 application fee.

To learn more about our Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management online tuition, review tuition.

Calendar

With six start dates each year, the Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management online degree program is convenient and accessible. After selecting the desired start date, students should review deadlines for completing an application, turning in all required documentation and fees, and registering for classes and paying tuition.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management online, review calendar.

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Courses

For the Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management online, the curriculum is comprised of 11 courses covering 33 credit hours. Students must take the following courses:

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Students must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to effectively consider school policy and structure for all students. To this end, this course will prepare leaders/administrators to effectively and comprehensively assess, evaluate and support best practices in instruction for learners who come from different cultural and/or linguistic backgrounds. There is a particular focus in this course on promoting academic success for English learners, students from homes in poverty and other students who may come from homes where standard English is not spoken.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Constitutional/statutory provisions governing a public school system are examined on local, state, and national levels. Particular attention is given to the legal and ethical parameters of compliance of federal and state guidelines, legislation, and judicial decisions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course lays the foundation for becoming an effective administrator. Students build the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of effective administrators, administrators with the capacity to be transforming.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Through case studies, applied practice, and research-based practices, Students investigate data sources for possible application in administrative decision-making to improve teacher effectiveness and student learning, as well as for school improvement. This course involves imbedded experiential components.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course prepares administrators with a solid base of knowledge, skills, and dispositions in regard to fostering and sustaining meaningful partnerships with families and community to positively influence the development of students. This course has imbedded experiential learning components.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The focus of this course is twofold: 1) establishing the rationale and organizational structure that support effective human resource management; and 2) addressing the fiscal and allocated functions of school administration. This course has imbedded experiential learning components.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills essential to leadership roles in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. This course has imbedded experiential learning components.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on relevant topics that are currently shaping education today. In this course students will examine issues facing educators (i.e. curricular and instructional decisions, legislative mandates, diversity and special education). This course is designed to acquaint students with the current research in education and how to assess its effectiveness and pertinence to educational problems and their solutions. Students will identify and analyze the research literature, its effect on issues, stakeholders and on educational outcomes. In addition to taking a critical stance on research, students will examine their personal biases and perspectives on educational issues to develop knowledge, skills and professional empathy.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The role of the supervisor is examined and practiced as it has evolved from the traditional model to the instructional leadership model, a model that embraces collegiality and professional development in an era of accountability. This course has imbedded experiential learning components.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The study of planned change, essentially aimed at education, includes review and analysis of sociological and psychological factors inherent in the change process. This course has imbedded experiential learning components.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Completion of a comprehensive project utilizing educational technology in elementary, middle school, special, or secondary is required. Additional projects focus on associated school and school-district-based technology leadership. The course addresses competencies for developing and sustaining a comprehensive technology plan to improve teaching and learning.

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Admissions

It's time to begin! The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management online program, along with information on required documentation.

Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management Online Requirements

  • Pay $50 application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8 in prior coursework (a letter of recommendation is required for students with a GPA below 2.8)
  • Professional resume
  • Essay (no more than one page in length) on one of the following topics:
    1. Tell us about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person's life.
    2. What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
    3. Tell us about a significant event that involved you in a teaching or helping mode.

If you needs to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Fitchburg State University
Admissions Office
160 Pearl Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420

*All foreign transcripts must be formally evaluated before we are able to make an admissions decision. Graduate applicants are required to submit a "general" evaluation. Following are suggested organizations which provide foreign credential evaluation services:

Have a question? Call us at 844-351-9393.

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Tuition

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management online. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included in the total tuition cost.

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management $372 $1,116 $12,276

Application fee: $50

If you are applying for financial aid, please use School Code 002184. For further information, please contact Financial Aid at (978) 665-3302 or finaid@fitchburgstate.edu.

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Calendar

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring I January 22, 2018 December 18, 2017 December 22, 2017 January 16, 2018 January 18, 2018
Spring II March 19, 2018 February 12, 2018 February 19, 2018 March 13, 2018 March 15, 2018
Summer I May 21, 2018 April 16, 2018 April 23, 2018 May 15, 2018 May 17, 2018
Summer II July 16, 2018 June 11, 2018 June 18, 2018 July 10, 2018 July 12, 2018

Please note: Intent to Enroll form will need to be submitted a week prior to registration.

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