M.Ed. Educational Leadership: Building Administrator

The M.Ed. Educational Leadership: Building Administrator program is designed for those seeking formal educational leadership roles such as building-level principals, assistant principals, or instructional team leaders. The program 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 M.Ed. Educational Leadership: Building Administrator program qualifies the graduate for recommendation to the State of Idaho for a Pre K-12 Principal endorsement on an Idaho Administrator Certificate. Individuals should check for specific requirements for certification in other states.

A significant expectation is that each student will identify a specific topic or problem of interest and will work on a project related to such topic. Each student will also complete a nine-month (2 semester) administrative 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.

  • Coursework leads to the M.Ed. degree with principal certification.
  • The program utilizes a cohort model.
  • 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. During the school year students will take one course every eight weeks. 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

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


Required Courses

EDUC8000 Orientation: Graduate Education (0)
EDUC7511 The Learning Process (3)
EDUC7553 Curriculum, Assessment and Collaboration (3)
EDUC7554 Innovative Instruction (3)
EDUC7555 Mixed Methods Research (3)
EDUC7556 Conceptual Statistics and Applications for Educators (3)
EDUC7566 Educational Values (1)
EDUC7575 Legal and Financial Issues in Education (3)
EDUC7579 Special Education Law for Administrators (2)
EDUC7581 Instructional Supervision and Leadership (3)
EDUC7584 Data Driven Decision Making (3)
EDUC7585 Administering Human Resources (3)
EDUC7596III Internship/Principalship (6)
EDUC7596IIIB Internship Portfolio Binder (0-1)

Total Credits: 36 semester credits required.


EDUC7570 Oregon Law & Finance – Optional; to certify in Oregon (2)

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