Vision matters.

With a Master of Arts in Education: Educational Leadership degree, you'll develop the experience to further your career opportunities and lead your school environment as a positive influence.


Graduate studies in education with a specialization in educational leadership prepare you to advance in your role as an educator and serve your community well. Earn your master's degree and experience the opportunity to:

  • Advance your career in new administrative roles.
  • Gain an understanding of law, ethics and finance in managing your school.
  • Position yourself well with the State of Michigan's education standards.

Degree Program Requirements

A Master of Arts in Education in educational leadership requires 35 credit hours, which includes 15 credit hours of vocationally-focused concentration classes. This full-time program is approximately 78 weeks long.

Concentration Courses: 15 credit hours, 35 weeks

  • EDU-695: Educational Leadership Internship—3 credit hours, 7 weeks
  • EDU-531: Organizational Leadership—3 credit hours, 7 weeks
  • EDU-533: Educational Supervision and Evaluation—3 credit hours, 7 weeks
  • EDU-553: Educational Finance—3 credit hours, 7 weeks
  • EDU-537: Educational Law and Ethics—3 credit hours, 7 weeks

Core Courses: 20 credit hours, 43 weeks

  • EDU-511: Issues in Education—3 credit hours, 7 weeks
  • EDU-573: Technology—3 credit hours, 7 weeks
  • EDU-522: Curriculum, Assessment and Instructional Theory—3 credit hours, 7 weeks
  • EDU-553: Research—3 credit hours, 7 weeks
  • EDU-593: Master's Project A—2 credit hours, 4 weeks
  • EDU-566: Reading Diagnostic Tools and Remediation—3 credit hours, 7 weeks
  • EDU-524: Community Building and Educational Leadership—3 credit hours, 7 weeks
  • EDU-595: Master's Project B—3 credit hours, 4 weeks

Course Descriptions

The course descriptions below preview the content you can expect to learn through the Master of Arts in Education program with educational leadership concentration. For information about our academic policies and graduation requirements, see the PGS Graduate Academic Catalog.

EDU-511: Issues in Education

An overview of the philosophy of education. The course introduces the Christ-centered worldview as it relates to education within the context of educational leadership, global issues, diversity and choice, technology, learning disabilities, literacy, curriculum, etc. Specific emphasis is placed on how issues impact decision making at the administrative and classroom levels.

EDU-573: Technology

An emphasis on providing a conceptual framework for technology and a means of using technology as a tool in the educational setting. Administrators and teachers find ways to become leaders in the use of technology within the school. Instruction is given in the areas of using technology to facilitate inquiry-based learning, finding and developing resources, using computers in the classroom, and exploring ways to use the Internet as an instructional tool.

EDU-522: Curriculum, Assessment and Instructional Theory

A review of current professional organization and governmental curriculum standards. The course also provides guidance in developing objectives, assessments and strategies in working with a variety of student populations in the inclusive classroom.

EDU-553: Research

A review of current best practice methods as indicated by meta-research. The course reviews data related to student achievement (local and beyond) and provides direction on how to use teacher/administrator-developed data to improve student learning. Finally, it provides a framework to use data as a basis for professional reflection.

EDU-593: Master's Project A

An identification of an area of need in the educational system that the student would like to create and develop a solution to through a master's project in EDU-595. The master's project is generally done in the area of educational leadership, curriculum development and assessment, school management, or educational technology dependent on MAED concentration. In EDU-593, students propose a master's project and complete a literature review. Prerequisite: EDU-553.

EDU-566: Reading Diagnostic Tools and Remediation

An introduction to diagnostic tools and remediation strategies within the context of the differentiated instruction model. The course incorporates instruction in the following areas: interest inventories, English language learning, visual and auditory discrimination tools, language expression and processing screening, phonemics, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, spelling, writing and writing assessment tools and best practice instructional strategies in all areas of literacy.

EDU-524: Community Building and Educational Leadership

An investigation of institutional structures (including technology), managing and creating change, administrative/teacher cooperation, teacher/teacher cooperation and community involvement. Ways to help teachers and administrators remain successful, such as stress management and conflict management, are explored.

EDU-595: Master's Project B

A continuation of the EDU-593 master's project that fills an area of need in the educational system. Throughout the program, the student continues to refine and develop their proposal, adding useful resources in order to complete the project. The master's project is generally done in the area of educational leadership, curriculum development and assessment, school management, or educational technology depending on MAED concentration. Prerequisite: EDU-593.

EDU-695: Educational Leadership Internship

An opportunity for a 90 plus hours internship within two different K-12 school settings, one of which is culturally diverse. Online seminars allow students to come together to solve complex educational problems and share from their internship experiences. Creation of a self-improvement plan is completed based on self-inventory results. Internship occurs simultaneously while EDU-531, EDU-533, EDU-535 and EDU-537 are taken.

EDU-531: Organizational Leadership

A focus on ways to advance the student's knowledge and competency in the area of organizational leadership with particular emphasis upon developing public relations: specifically those with parents, the community ,business leaders, intermediate school districts, and county, state national, and local governments. Additionally, various public relations strategies are considered.

EDU-533: Educational Supervision and Evaluation

An emphasis on understanding the process of human resource management, including supervision and evaluation of staff and programs within the school system. Ways in which to improve communication , the use of technology, and opportunities to reach the diverse student body is addressed. Additionally, the role of the principal and his/her responsibilities to the community is provided.

EDU-535: Educational Finance

An emphasis on understanding the financial principles of operating a school relating to federal, state and local requirements. Application of Christian principles of stewardship is examined. Topics include budgeting, fund-raising, safe guards in financial management and more.

EDU-537: Educational Law and Ethics

An emphasis on understanding legal principles along with the origin and development of laws governing American schools at the local, state and federal level. Consideration is given to aligning biblical standards for practice within the school. Topics include the school environment, constitutional issues, student matters, personnel guidelines and accountability.