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M.Ed. Educational Leadership: Building Administrator

The Educational Leadership program is designed for those seeking formal educational leadership roles such as building-level principals, assistant principals, or instructional team leaders. It emphasizes the administrator as an instructional leader and a servant leader. Skills appropriate to goal setting and maximizing human potential, the unique aspects of an organizational structure, and the management tasks of an administrator are identified.

Program Design

Successful completion of the MEd in Educational Leadership qualifies the graduate for recommendation to the State of Idaho for a Pre K-12 principal's certificate. (Individuals should check for specific requirements for certification in other states.)

Each student completes a nine-month internship in a school setting under the supervision of a qualified building principal. The internship assignment must be approved by the school district and the NNU program director.

Another significant expectation is that each student will identify a specific topic or problem of interest. During enrollment in EDUC 7555 Mixed Methods Research, the student will develop an action research proposal. The student will complete the action research effort, submit the results in a formal paper to NNU, and make an in-service presentation during his or her internship year.

  • Coursework may be taken to lead to principal certification only or to the M.Ed. degree with certification.
  • The program utilizes a cohort model.
  • Face-to-face and online schedules are designed to allow the educator to complete a master's degree while teaching full time.
  • Degree completion takes approximately 18-21 months, including the nine-month internship.

We have designed our Graduate Programs in Education around the working professional. An online program is available. In the on-campus program, classes are held during the day in the summer and one night per week during the school year. Your administration internship is completed in the building in which you are teaching and can be completed around your teaching schedule. We utilize a cohort model, enabling you go through your classes with the same group of people, which builds camaraderie both during the program and after you graduate. Your professors at NNU are educational leaders themselves and provide you with the knowledge you need to succeed as a building administrator.

Cohort Start Dates

On Campus - New cohorts begin each summer. A student who joins an active cohort is placed in the one that corresponds to the student's expected graduation date.

Online - New cohorts begin each spring. A student who joins an active cohort is placed in the one that corresponds to the student's expected graduation date.

Required Courses

MEd in Educational Leadership Courses
EDUC 7511 The Learning Process (3)
EDUC 7545 Classroom and Behavior Management in the Mainstreamed Classroom (3)
EDUC 7553 Curriculum, Assessment and Collaboration (3)
EDUC 7554 Innovative Instruction (3)
EDUC 7555 Mixed Methods Research (3)
EDUC 7556 Conceptual Statistics and Applications for Educators (3)
EDUC 7566 Educational Values (1)
EDUC 7575 Legal and Financial Issues in Education (3)
EDUC 7579 Special Education Law for Administrators (2)
EDUC 7581 Instructional Supervision and Leadership (3)
EDUC 7585 Administering Human Resources (3)
EDUC 7596III Internship/Principalship (6)
EDUC 7598c Seminar: Action Research (1)
EDUC 7700 Comprehensive Examination (0)

Total Credits 37

EDUC 7570 Oregon Law & Finance – Optional; to certify in Oregon (2)

Learn More in the Catalog