Educational Leadership (MEd)

If you aspire to a school leadership position as an administrator or teacher leader and believe in the power of education to transform children’s lives, you may be a candidate for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.

This rigorous, standards-based leadership preparation program provides you with the knowledge and expertise to become a transformative administrator or teacher leader with deep and unwavering commitment to providing excellent and equitable educational opportunities for all students.  

This program equips you with the skills to:

  • Facilitate school-level, systemic change 
  • Create and sustain a culture of innovation and collaboration
  • Successfully lead curriculum development
  • Interpret and use data to support student success
  • Provide effective feedback, support and evaluation for teachers
  • Build a community network of support for your students and school
  • Ensure equitable and excellent educational opportunities and support for all students

ASU’s Teachers College offers two pathways for you to earn this degree. Both options are designed to prepare you to meet Arizona requirements for principal certification.

iLeadAZ Principal Preparation Pathway

Are you a current educator in the Phoenix metropolitan area who is ready to take your leadership to the next level? The iLeadAZ Principal Preparation Pathway is a 15-month standards-based leadership development program designed to prepare you for positions as a school administrator or teacher leader.

  • Begin your learning with a three-week in-person summer intensive that immerses you and your cohort in a simulated school experience from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday. The intensive concludes with a fourth week, which is conducted online, and during which you submit your final course assignments. Completion of the intensive is equivalent to nine credit hours (three classes).
  • Continue your learning during the school year with courses offered in a cohort model at ASU's West campus or Polytechnic campus. Coursework includes a weekly in-person class, one Saturday cohort seminar per month, and two Thursday cohort meetings per semester during which you will visit schools and participate in instructional rounds.
  • Apply your new learning and research during the school year with a two-semester school-based internship while continuing to work in your current position.
  • Conclude the program the following summer with two online classes and a two-day in-person seminar to reflect on your learning over the course of the program and to plan next steps for your post-degree school leadership journey.

This pathway requires that you have a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of pre-K through grade 12 teaching experience as a teacher of record by the time you begin the first semester of the program. If you are not currently employed in a school-based position, you must have ongoing access over the course of the program to an ASU- and district-approved school placement that will serve as a laboratory of practice for applying the concepts, principles and leadership approaches learned through your coursework.

Online Principal Preparation Pathway

The two-year Online Pathway allows you to complete your coursework online and gain the field experiences required to attain principal certification. If you are not currently employed in a school-based position, you must have ongoing access over the course of the program to an ASU- and district-approved school placement that will serve as a laboratory of practice for applying the concepts, principles and leadership approaches learned through your coursework.

This pathway requires that you have a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of pre-K through grade 12 teaching experience as a teacher of record by the time you begin the first semester of the program. Non-Arizona residents, please refer to the  ASU Online State Authorization page for additional information.

Degree Offered

Educational Leadership (MEd)

Location
Online, West, Polytechnic

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Paying for College

There are several ways to pay for your degree, and we can help you along the way as you submit applications and decide which path is best for you. Learn more about paying for college.

Contact Us

iLeadAZ Pathway

602-543-6358

gradeducation@asu.edu

Online Pathway

1-877-326-6744

gradenrollment@asuonline.asu.edu