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Educational Leadership

Master of Education Degree (M.Ed.) | Educational Leadership

The Educational Leadership program at John Carroll University prepares teachers and other educational professionals for career opportunities in leadership roles in schools, districts, and other educational agencies. In addition to receiving a master’s degree in education (M.Ed.), the unique program also allows students to earn a Certificate of Assessment and Accountability, as well as Principal Licensure.

Students in the program gain more clinical experiences than traditional educational leadership programs by putting their class learnings into practice within their own school setting. By video recording professional development and teacher evaluations, professors are then able to provide one-on-one coaching and immediate feedback to better develop managerial and leadership skills.

Additionally, the educational leadership program curriculum helps students gain knowledge and aptitude for assessing program effectiveness. By analyzing test scores and other factual information, students learn a variety of ways to measure the success of programs through data-based decision making.

The flexible hybrid and online format allows for degree completion in two years—all while working full time. Alternately, individuals with a master’s degree may take only the necessary courses to additionally gain the certificate and principal licensure components of the program.

The JCU Educational Leadership graduate program offers a flexible hybrid and online format that can be completed in two years—all while continuing to work full time. You’ll earn a Master of Education Degree (M.Ed.), Certificate of Assessment and Accountability, and Principal Licensure.

  • Candidates must have the following prerequisites:
    • Application
    • Official Transcript(s)
    • Statement of purpose
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation
    • Copy of teaching license
    • Resume
    • Interview
  • We offer an affordable tuition rate reflecting JCU's commitment to educators. This rate is competitive with other NE Ohio institutions.
  • A limited number of graduate assistantships provide a tuition waiver for 15 credit hours per year, plus a stipend. Graduate assistants are expected to spend 20 hours per week working for the department.
  • Scholarships are available on a competitive basis.
  • Federal student loans are also available, for more information visit Student Enrollment and Financial Services (216.397.4248).
    • A total of 39 credit hours is required to complete the Master of Education.
    • In year one, students take two consecutive, seven-week hybrid classes and one 15-week online class each semester.
    • The second year of study requires two online courses; one hybrid course; and a six-month, site-based internship.

    Educational Leadership Highlights


    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), educational leadership jobs offer high earning potential. The median school principal salary exceeds $95,000, while postsecondary education administrators typically earn over $94,000 per year.

    Program Specs

    • On-campus classes at most every other week during the semester
    • All course materials and assignments available on Canvas, JCU's online platform
    • Students complete online modules requiring them to do outside reading, view videos, and complete assignments related to their educational site
    • Supervised site-based internship
    • Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination is required for the M.Ed. degree.
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    Why Educational Leadership at JCU?

    We empower you to evaluate building-level programs and make data-driven decisions. This flexible, hybrid program provides the opportunity to earn the following credentials:

    • Master of Education Degree (M.Ed.)
    • Certificate of Assessment and Accountability
    • Principal Licensure

    If you already have a M.Ed., you can also take the necessary courses for the Certificate and Licensure through this program.

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    Our Team and Resources

    The Educational Leadership Program includes a team of highly regarded and well-published professors. They not only have the academic credentials, but have held (or currently hold) positions of leadership within schools or central offices to bring real-world experiences to their teachings.

    Additionally, the department chair, Dr. Lisa Shoaf, is an accredited trainer for the Ohio Teachers Evaluation System and Ohio Principal Evaluation System.

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    • ED 502* – Research Methods (3)
    • ED 506 – Program Evaluation (3) Prerequisite: ED 502 or permission of instructor.
    • ED 530 – Tests and Measurements (3) - online
    • ED 533 – Introductory Statistics (3) Prerequisite: ED 502
    • ED 534* –Learning-Teaching (3) - online
    • ED 551 – School Leadership (3)
    • ED 553 – Professional Development and Teacher Evaluation (3) - online • ED 554 –Multicultural Education (3) OR ED 500 Foundations of Education (3)
    • ED 558 – Law and Ethics - online
    • ED 560 –School and Community Engagement
    • ED 562 – Finance and Facilities – online
    • ED 578 – Literacy Assessment and Intervention Models (3) - online
    • ED 596 – Internship

    Note: Courses with (*) can be taken anytime as part of the Master’s core in all M.Ed programs. Courses listed in bold are part of the assessment and accountability certificate.