Master of Education in Educational Leadership online

Learn how to successfully direct and advocate for academic excellence and lead positive change in today's schools.

Apply By: 1/3/22
Start class: 1/24/22

Program Overview

Take an in-depth look at WP’s MEd in Educational Leadership online program.

$15,000 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Duration
30* Credit Hours

Prepare for more influential roles with the Master of Education in Educational Leadership online program. This online program is designed for experienced teachers who want to develop their understanding of effective school organization, management, and leadership.

This online educational leadership program is "Different by Design," offering continuous field-based experiences throughout, and aligned with National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) program recognition standards.

Our faculty of practitioners will provide you with the best in theory and practice to facilitate quality learning experiences for students, an enriching environment for educators, and a supportive network for parents and the community at large. NJ education standard license holders with three or more verified years of appropriate experience may qualify for the NJ Supervisor Endorsement. Students outside New Jersey should check to make sure that this program fulfills your state's educational leadership requirements.

Learning outcomes:

  • Collaboratively lead the development and implementation of a school vision and mission and processes for continuous school improvement
  • Model and develop in others professional dispositions and norms as well as ethical and legal behavior and decision-making
  • Develop and maintain an equitable, inclusive, and culturally responsive school culture and climate for all students and staff
  • Lead curriculum, instruction, and assessment systems designed to meet the needs of all learners as well as non-academic programs to support student growth and development
  • Develop and cultivate processes for engaging and communicating with families, community members, and all staff for continuous school improvement and student learning
  • Manage and operate school resources to support student learning, promote the school's vision and mission, and cultivate student and staff success
  • Build professional capacity by developing a collaborative professional school culture through staff supervision, evaluation, and professional development and learning
  • Collaboratively lead the development and implementation of a school vision and mission and processes for continuous school improvement
  • Model and develop in others professional dispositions and norms as well as ethical and legal behavior and decision-making
  • Develop and maintain an equitable, inclusive, and culturally responsive school culture and climate for all students and staff
  • Lead curriculum, instruction, and assessment systems designed to meet the needs of all learners as well as non-academic programs to support student growth and development
  • Develop and cultivate processes for engaging and communicating with families, community members, and all staff for continuous school improvement and student learning
  • Manage and operate school resources to support student learning, promote the school's vision and mission, and cultivate student and staff success
  • Build professional capacity by developing a collaborative professional school culture through staff supervision, evaluation, and professional development and learning

$15,000 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Duration
30 Credit Hours

The College of Education at William Paterson University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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Tuition

Learn more about the affordable tuition at WP.

Online education programs from William Paterson University offer affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition. All fees are included in the total tuition.

Tuition breakdown:

$15,000 Total Tuition
$500 Per Credit Hour

Tuition breakdown:

$15,000 Total Tuition
$500 Per Credit Hour

Calendar

Application deadlines and class schedules for our online MEd program.

William Paterson University online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

Now enrolling:

1/3/22 Apply Date
1/24/22 Class Starts
TermStart DateApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineClass End DateTerm Length
Fall II11/1/2110/12/2110/18/2110/26/2110/28/2112/19/217 weeks
Spring I1/24/221/3/221/9/221/18/221/20/223/13/227 weeks
Spring II3/21/223/1/223/7/223/15/223/17/225/8/227 weeks
Summer I5/16/224/26/225/2/225/10/225/12/227/3/227 weeks
Summer II7/11/226/21/226/27/227/5/227/7/228/28/227 weeks
Fall I9/6/228/16/228/22/228/30/229/1/2210/23/227 weeks
Fall II10/31/2210/11/2210/17/2210/25/2210/27/2212/18/227 weeks

Now enrolling:

1/3/22 Apply Date
1/24/22 Class Starts

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Admissions

Review the qualifications for our online MEd program.

At William Paterson University, we've streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the MEd in Ed Leadership online program, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them.

The requirements include:

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • No GRE required for admission

You must meet the following requirements for admission to this MEd in Ed Leadership online program.

  • Submit online application and $50 application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher

Official transcripts and other documents should be sent from the granting institutions to:

Email address: [email protected]

Mail address:

Office of Graduate Admissions and Enrollment Services
William Paterson University
Morrison Hall 102
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470

Courses

Advance your knowledge with this MEd in Ed Leadership online program.

For the MEd in Ed Leadership online program, you must complete 10 courses for a total of 30 credit hours, including 24 core credit hours and six elective credit hours.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This graduate course is designed to introduce candidates to theories and styles of leadership, leadership ethics and professional norms, and leadership for equity, inclusiveness, and cultural responsiveness. The purpose of this course is for candidates to acquire the content knowledge and educational leadership skills to promote the success and well-being of each student and adult by advocating for ethical decisions, cultivating and enacting professional norms, and developing and maintaining a supportive, equitable, culturally responsive, and inclusive school culture.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This graduate course is designed to provide candidates with an understanding of qualitative and quantitative designs used in education research, basic descriptive and inferential statistics, and evidence-based decision-making as it relates to continuous school improvement. Candidates will acquire the content knowledge and educational leadership skills to collaboratively lead, design, and implement a process for continuous improvement that reflects data use, design, implementation, and evaluation. The purpose of this course is for candidates to understand how school leaders can use education research to promote the success and well-being of every student.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This graduate course is designed to develop an understanding of the philosophies, societal influences, current theories, and historical trends that affect curriculum design. The course will provide candidates with the content knowledge and educational leadership skills to apply the knowledge, skills, and commitments necessary to evaluate, develop, and implement coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, data systems, supports, and assessment. The purpose of this course is for candidates to develop an understanding of the school leader’s role in curriculum design for improved learning and instruction.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This graduate course is designed to provide a theoretical basis for understanding the school as a social system. The content knowledge and educational leadership skills specific to school mission and vision, and supportive, inclusive, and professional school cultures are emphasized in the context of organizational dynamics and change. The purpose of this course is for candidates to understand the school leader’s role in evaluating, designing, and communicating a school mission and vision; evaluating, cultivating, and advocating for a supportive and inclusive school culture; and developing a professional staff culture.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This graduate course is designed to provide candidates with the content knowledge and educational leadership skills that principals need to engage the community and practice external leadership. The purpose of this course is for candidates to understand the principal’s role in promoting the success and well-being of each student and adult by engaging families, community, and school personnel to strengthen student learning, support school improvement, and advocate for the needs of their school and community.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This graduate course is designed to examine the historical aspects and current practices of supervision and evaluation in educational settings. Goals, processes, and functions of supervision and evaluation are studied in depth and connected to theories of leadership, motivation, and change. Candidates will acquire the content knowledge and educational leadership skills to improve systems of supervision, support, and evaluation; and to engage staff in professional learning. The purpose of this course is for candidates to develop an understanding of the school leader’s role in building professional capacity of staff to promote school improvement and student success.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This graduate course is designed to provide candidates with the content knowledge and educational leadership skills to lead for equitable access to educational resources, procedures, and opportunities; and to improve management, communication, technology, school-level governance, and operation systems to develop and improve data-informed and equitable school resource plans. The purpose of this course is for candidates to understand the school leader’s role in operating and managing a school to ensure equitable access to educational resources, technologies, and opportunities.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This graduate course is designed to examine the ethical and legal dimensions of school leadership practice. Candidates will examine various ethical and legal issues relating to students, staff, boards of education, and school communities from federal and state perspectives. The purpose of this course is for candidates to acquire the content knowledge and educational leadership skills to promote the success and well-being of each student and adult by applying laws, rights, policies, and regulations for ethical and legal decision-making around school-centered issues.
Students must choose two of the following courses.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This graduate course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the various contexts within which school leaders must evaluate and supervise support staff and educational programs. The course will include the role, responsibilities, and evaluation of school support staff as well as how to use data to evaluate the influence of educational programs on student success. The purpose of this course is for candidates to acquire the content knowledge and educational leadership skills to implement systems of supervision, support, and evaluation designed to promote school improvement and student success.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This graduate course is designed to develop an understanding of and appreciation for the five strands of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards in Language Arts Literacy that can be utilized across the disciplines. Teachers will use the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards in Language Arts Literacy to design and develop curricula across the disciplines. Participants will explore reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing, and learn to use them in integrative, interactive ways as they design and develop curricula. They will navigate through textbooks, assessments, the internet, visual arts, literature, informational and persuasive works, and strive to make classroom connections to support their curriculum design. They will discover the relationship between thinking and writing, language and voice, and ideas and values. They will also apply a variety of teaching-learning-assessment strategies to enable their studies to achieve mastery of language arts by using and exploring language in its many dimensions.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This graduate course is designed to provide candidates with the content knowledge and educational leadership skills to evaluate, develop, and implement high-quality, technologically rich curricula, programs, and other supports for academic and nonacademic student programs. The purpose of this course is for candidates to understand the school leader’s role in designing curriculum that integrates technology across the disciplines for learning and instruction aligned to state and national standards.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This graduate course bridges theory and practice in curriculum development, writing, and implementation. Candidates will analyze, evaluate, and apply current theories in curriculum design and learning within the context of interdisciplinary units of study. This course will increase candidates’ professional competence to develop and improve new and existing courses of study at the P-12 level. Candidates will acquire the content knowledge and educational leadership skills to evaluate, develop, and implement culturally responsive and accessible assessments and high-quality, technologically rich curricula. The purpose of this course is for candidates to understand the school leader’s role in improving learning and instruction to promote the current and future success and well-being of each student.
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