Master of Arts in Education: Certification in Educational Leadership


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Develop your abilities to lead and motivate today’s educational environment.

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Students in Cornerstone University’s Master of Arts in Education: Educational Leadership program develop the knowledge and skills necessary for success when working with and leading students in the classroom.


The regionally-accredited curriculum provides realistic guidance as well as best-practice theories for educational leadership from a Christ-centered worldview. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to become certified principals in their school. Coursework is divided into individual and group projects through which you'll learn how to effectively manage in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment while developing your leadership and communication skills.

Convenience and Flexibility

With course offerings online and in-class, you will maximize your educational experience while still maintaining your work and family life. Classes meet one night per week in one of our three campus locations and online. Upon starting a degree, you will continue through the program with your classmates as a cohort. With an average of 15 students in each cohort, students receive one-on-one attention from faculty while gleaning insights from other students' personal and professional experience.


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Program Details

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Graduate degree programs offered by Professional & Graduate Studies are designed for working adults who are career-minded individuals with a passion to influence their workplace and community.  

Program Outcomes

This degree program offered by the Professional & Graduate Studies program provides the knowledge and skills required for leadership in one’s profession as well as personal skills needed for effective performance. Upon graduation, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply Christian worldview principles in the workplace
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms
  • Demonstrate professional skills
  • Exhibit knowledge of core subject area
  • Demonstrate cross-cultural communication and collaboration

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete at least 24 credit hours at Cornerstone University
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work
  • Completion of all degree requirements within 5 years
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • Graduation application filed

Admission Requirements

  • Submit application with applicable fee
  • Official transcripts
  • One year of successful classroom teaching
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7 in undergraduate course work from accredited colleges/universities
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A copy of teacher’s certification document
  • Maximum of 6 master-level credit hours may be transferred from accredited colleges/universities
  • Students whose primary language is not English must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 577 (paper-based), 233 (computer-based), 90-91 (internet-based) or a minimum IELTS score of 7.0

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Program Courses

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The Master of Arts in Education: Educational Leadership is a 35 credit-hour program that students can expect to complete in 18-22 months.

Core Courses

Issues in Education | 3 credits; 7 weeks

An overview of the philosophy of education. The course introduces the Christian 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. 

Technology | 3 credits; 7 weeks

An emphasis on providing a conceptual framework for technology and a means for 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, in finding and developing resources, in using computers in the classroom, and in exploring ways to use the Internet as an instructional tool. 

Curriculum, Assessment and Instructional Theory | 3 credits; 7 weeks

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.   

Research | 3 credits; 7 weeks

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.

Master’s Project A  | 2 credits; 4 weeks

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. 

Community Building and Educational Leadership  | 3 credits; 7 weeks

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. 

Master’s Project B | 3 credits; 4 weeks

Completion of a project that fills an area of need in the educational system. In EDU-593, students identify the area of need and complete a literature review.  Throughout the program, the student continues to refine and develop the 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, or school management, or educational technology depending on MAED concentration. Prerequisite EDU 593. 

Educational Leadership Courses

Educational Leadership Internship | 3 credits; 7 weeks

An opportunity for a 90 plus hours internship within two different K-12 school settings, one of which is culturally diverse. On-line 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, 533, 535, and 537 are taken. 

Organizational Leadership  | 3 credits; 7 weeks

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.  

Educational Supervision and Evaluation | 3 credits; 7 weeks

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.  

Educational Finance | 3 credits; 7 weeks

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

Educational Law and Ethics | 3 credits; 7 weeks

An emphasis on understanding legal principals 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.  

Career Paths

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A Master of Arts in Education can lead you into various career paths:

  • Teacher
  • School Administrator
  • Adult Educator
  • Instructor in Higher Education
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Corporate Trainer
  • and more!