Earn a Degree in Educational Leadership and Influence Education’s Outcomes
Learn to excel as a school administrator and make a difference at your school—and in your career—with the online master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the Cato School of Education at Queens University of Charlotte. Our expert educational leadership graduate program faculty will provide you with individualized mentorship and guidance to foster your professional development and empower you to successfully transform students’ lives.
There are complex challenges in K-12 education today. Principals and school administrators need more than just exceptional teaching skills to face them successfully. They need the leadership ability to inspire improvement and the analytical skills and business savvy to create it. Our comprehensive Educational Leadership curriculum, delivered in an interactive online learning environment, was designed by our faculty to equip you with valuable insights from their own experiences in the field and the skills to drive meaningful outcomes.
A Master’s in Educational Leadership Aligned with your Goals
We offer education built on the factors that set you up for success, with a curriculum grounded in intellectual curiosity and the liberal arts tradition, taught by expert faculty who will guide you toward your goals. You will learn to foster your creativity, communication, commitment to ethical behavior and responsible citizenship which will serve as a foundation for your success as a school leader.
Through the program, you will discover:
- Your natural leadership style and how to leverage it effectively
- How to interpret data and statistics and map out a plan for improvement
- A curriculum that covers the gamut of school administrator responsibilities with business courses in human resource management, education law, building diversity and more
- A faculty who will personally mentor you on your path to leadership
View our infographic on the impact of effective school administrators to learn about how well-trained principals can help teachers and students reach their full potential.
Completion of the master’s in Educational Leadership prepares candidates for K-12 North Carolina principal licensure. Candidates in other states are encouraged to check with their school district and state DOE to confirm transferability and reciprocity.
Queens University offers a non-licensure option in the online master’s degree in Educational Leadership program. Students who do not wish to pursue licensure are able to enter into a program of study that meets their professional and personal goals in Educational Leadership.
In the non-licensure track, students will complete all requirements that are listed for the education degree, except for the North Carolina K-12 licensure exam. Speak to an admissions representative for more information.
Connect with Queens about the Online MA in Educational Leadership
The faculty at Queens University of Charlotte understands the challenges of school administration, as its members are real-world practitioners with extensive experience in the field. Throughout your experience, you can look to your professors as mentors, available for guidance, support and expertise as you pursue your calling in educational leadership. Through small class sizes and an emphasis on mentorship and meaningful interaction, faculty members create an intimate learning environment in which every student feels valued. Learn more about the impact of mentorship in developing new school leaders.
For Dr. Linda Dunlap, Program Director of the MA in Educational Leadership, making sure students have an exceptional learning experience at Queens is her most important goal. Read this welcome message from Dr. Dunlap in which she explains exactly how she works to achieve that.
Find out how a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership can help you create an effective plan for improving your school and helping your students. Call us at 866-313-2356 to speak with one of our admissions advisors, or request more information.
Andrea Runyon, MA in Educational Leadership graduate: The reason I chose a program at Queens was because Queens does an excellent job at teaching relationship building skills which is one of the most important parts of my job as a school administrator.
Dr. Linda Dunlap, Associate Professor, Program Director: Our program ensures that our students are going to go out and be building leaders who are effective.
Dr. Lynn Morton, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs: Many of our students are drawn to educational leadership because they loved making a difference as a classroom teacher and they see the potential for taking that difference to a much bigger audience. The Queens Master’s in Educational Leadership faculty are uniquely qualified because they have been in positions of leadership in public schools.
Runyon: The program here had a great emphasis on leadership, I learned a lot about different styles of leadership and was able to evaluate which style I am or which style I want to be moving forward and then to take that into my school and put that into practice. I think it is valuable to be taught by those who teach teachers because there is a lot of great learning and storytelling and those are the things that resonate with you and stick with you. And when you’re on the job you remember what someone told you about what happened to them and that helps you make good decisions.
Dunlap: Internships and mentoring are very important in the Queens program because they are starting right out in the program gathering data, working with their principals, determining the kinds of tasks they want to do in the internship.
Runyon: I wasn’t just in the classroom writing research papers; I was out in the field gaining experience and that was strongly encouraged and very much an important part of the program.
Morton: It’s really important to us that there is no back row in the online classroom, that every single student is present, that we create a sense of community in the online classroom and that the professor is readily available.
Dunlap: I’ve had colleagues tell me that you can’t discuss things online like you can on ground and I beg to differ with them. Someone will come up with something I’m doing in my school and right away you’ll have 2 or 3 say “tell us more about it, that sounds great.” I love the way they interact with each other as well as interacting with me.
Runyon: Queens has given me the foundation I needed to move forward in my career and a place to come back to with people who continue to be committed to helping me grow professionally. I am applying for my first principalship, and part of the reason I feel comfortable moving forward is because of the leadership skills and the support I continue to have from my experience at Queens.