Educational Leadership Degree Program Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between an MA in Education and an MS in Education or an M.Ed? What does MEDL mean?
The standard graduate education degree varies greatly in naming conventions from one university to the next. Queens offers an MA in Teaching, an M.Ed in Literacy and an online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership. The abbreviation MEDL stands for Master of Education in Leadership. We would suggest that you speak to one of our admissions representatives to ensure that our degree program is the right path for you to pursue based on your educational and professional background along with your aspirations for the future.

Is this program accredited?
Yes, the online master’s in Educational Leadership is accredited by the NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) at 2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; phone (202) 466-7496. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.

Additionally, the online MA in Educational Leadership program has been approved by the Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh.

What are the admissions guidelines for the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership?
Admissions requirements for the program include:

  • Baccalaureate degree from regionally accredited institution
  • Completed Graduate Admission Application
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary course work
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.70 or better on a 4.00 scale on all post-secondary course work (minimum 2.50 GPA will be considered with official, passing GRE test scores of 150 Verbal and 150 Quantitative)
  • Written statement describing professional and personals goals
  • Two letters of professional recommendation; one from principal showing proof of at least two years teaching or school counseling experience
  • Connection to public, private or charter school to complete internship requirements

For additional information about the program, please visit our admissions page.

Is there an internship requirement?
Yes, the program requires a School Executive Internship. Interns will meet with their mentors (principals or assistant principals) to design the internship, which will be school-specific and designed around the North Carolina Standards for School Executives. A minimum of 200 hours should be logged. Interns will also submit a paper about the internship experience.

Does this program lead to licensure as a K-12 school principal?
Yes, completion of the requirements for the degree prepares qualified candidates for North Carolina K-12 Principal licensure

I don’t live in North Carolina. How will that affect my licensure?
Only North Carolina licensure has been approved for this program. Applicants residing in other states should check with your school district and your state Department of Education for transferability and reciprocity.

How many credit hours are required?
The online Educational Leadership curriculum requires the successful completion of 33 credit hours.

How soon can I complete the program?
If you take one course each of the six terms annually, you can complete the program in 22 months.

How do I get started?
If you’re ready to apply, go to the Apply Now page. For questions or more information, please contact us at 866-313-2356 to speak directly with an admissions advisor, or request more information online.

How much is tuition for this program?
Tuition is $433 per credit hour starting the fall 2019 term. Please note that tuition rates are subject to change.