Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leader – Principal Certification Online

Gain valuable experience developing quality educators and learn to foster inclusive, collaborative learning environments through this convenient master’s program that prepares you for principal certification.

Apply by: 10/7/24
Start class: 10/21/24 Apply Now

Program Overview

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Become a transformative leader with the MAEd in Educational Leader – Principal Certification online program

Advance your ability to oversee essential day-to-day school operations with the online Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leader – Principal Certification program. This AAQEP-accredited master’s degree equips you with the practical knowledge to develop and implement a shared vision for your school while accommodating the diverse needs of both students and teachers.

Expand your expertise with data literacy, conflict resolution, and professional development as you learn from faculty who consistently provide you with value-based feedback and exceptional support. This master’s program empowers you to be a research-driven administrator who fosters a collaborative school culture and models effective, restorative practices. Upon completion, you may be eligible to apply for certification as a K-12 principal in Missouri.

In this education online program, you will:

  • Understand how to develop, implement, and share the vision for your school in a way that is inclusive of all stakeholders, including the diverse needs of students and staff
  • Develop a positive and collaborative culture among staff, students, and community members that is fair, ethical, and models the principles of restorative relationships
  • Learn how to use data and research-based practices to lead staff in developing and implementing a comprehensive learning plan that includes: instruction, assessment, data, and feedback to ensure learning for all students
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to create a safe and effective learning environment through successful and ethical management of building resources, processes, and policies
  • Identify with the professional growth needed to be an innovative leader who can successfully manage change and navigate the larger social and political context
  • Understand how to develop, implement, and share the vision for your school in a way that is inclusive of all stakeholders, including the diverse needs of students and staff
  • Develop a positive and collaborative culture among staff, students, and community members that is fair, ethical, and models the principles of restorative relationships
  • Learn how to use data and research-based practices to lead staff in developing and implementing a comprehensive learning plan that includes: instruction, assessment, data, and feedback to ensure learning for all students
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to create a safe and effective learning environment through successful and ethical management of building resources, processes, and policies
  • Identify with the professional growth needed to be an innovative leader who can successfully manage change and navigate the larger social and political context

Educational Leadership career opportunities:

  • Building Principal K-12
  • Program Director
  • Assistant Principal
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Restorative Practices Coordinator
  • Building Principal K-12
  • Program Director
  • Assistant Principal
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Restorative Practices Coordinator

Also available:

Avila University offers a variety of online master’s degree programs in education. View all online education graduate programs.

$12,000 Total Tuition
As few as 10 months Duration
30 Credit Hours

Personalized learning experience

You will receive a personalized learning experience online. Faculty regularly engages in value-added comments and feedback providing the same level of instruction as if you were in person.

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Tuition

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Earn your online master’s affordably with pay-by-the-course tuition

The MAEd in Educational Leader – Principal Certification online program tuition is the same affordable, pay-as-you-go rate for all U.S. residents. Fees are included in the total tuition, and financial aid may be available.

Tuition breakdown:

$12,000 Total Tuition
$400 Per Credit Hour

Calendar

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Choose from multiple convenient start dates per year

Ideal for working professionals, the online MAEd Principal Certification features 8-week courses and multiple start dates each year so you can begin at the time that works best for you. View the full calendar for all upcoming starts and corresponding deadlines.

TermStart DateApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineClass End DateTerm Length
Fall 2 202410/21/2410/7/2410/16/2410/16/2410/20/2412/15/248 weeks
Spring 1 20251/6/251/2/251/2/251/3/251/6/253/2/258 weeks
Spring 2 20253/3/252/26/252/26/252/28/253/3/255/4/258 weeks

Now enrolling:

10/7/24 Apply Date
10/21/24 Class Starts

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Admissions

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Applying to this MAEd in Educational Leader – Principal Certification program is quick and easy

We’ve simplified the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. You can find all requirements for admission to the Avila online MAEd in Educational Leader – Principal Certification program below.

Admission Requirements:

  • 2.75 GPA
  • No GRE required
  • Valid, active teaching certificate

In order to be eligible to receive an MAEd in Educational Leader – Principal Certification from Avila University, you must have the following:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GPA requirements for unconditional admission: 3.00 cumulative grade point average at the completion of the undergraduate degree
  • GPA requirements for provisional admission: 2.75 cumulative grade point average at the completion of the undergraduate degree
    • Students admitted provisionally must achieve a 3.0 GPA on the first nine (9) credits in their program of study
  • Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended (Avila graduates do not need to obtain Avila transcripts.)
  • Valid, active teaching certificate

Submit all official transcripts to:

Email: [email protected]
Mail: Avila University
11901 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64145

Courses

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Find out what you’ll learn in the MAEd in Educational Leader – Principal Certification program

In order to earn your online educational leadership program, you will complete 11 courses for a total of 30 credit hours.

Students will take EDL 695 twice.  There are 300 total field hours in the program.

Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will equip students to create and implement a cycle of continuous improvement by collecting and analyzing student data as an individual and team leader to plan instruction. Topics will include: data team structures, assessment development, MTSS, and differentiated instruction based on data. Must be taken at Avila.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course instructs participants on how to facilitate the development and implementation of a shared vision of learning and growth for all students. Program participants will learn how to shape a collective vision using multiple measures of data and focusing on equitable access, opportunities, and outcomes for all students. Participants will learn how to engage others in collaborative processes to develop a shared vision of teaching and learning and will then learn how to guide and monitor decisions and outcomes using that shared vision.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines effective instructional approaches and school programs. The course will explore and discuss significant research and best practices in instructional leadership, learning theory, school climate and culture, effective teaching methods, professional development, and the relationship between instruction, curriculum, and assessment. The course also explores critical issues specific to curriculum, innovative instructional methods, and the principal’s role as the school’s instructional leader. Additionally, the course focuses on developing educators as leaders in assessment, research, and evaluation. Applicable laws, policies, and regulations will be emphasized.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides a survey of the principal aspects of school-community relations for aspiring school leaders. Topics covered include an overview of the importance of school community communications, the role of the leader, communications with families, partnerships with the community, crisis communications, and evaluation of school-community relations programs. This course will provide tools and resources for building a positive relationship with staff, parents, and the community.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will focus on legal issues that arise in elementary and secondary schools. The course introduces participants to legal reasoning and analysis and examines various contemporary legal concerns in school contexts. Some of the goals of the course include: interpreting the federal, state, and local level judicial and legislative systems and the formation of laws relating to public education, and analyzing current school practices from the standpoint of potential legal controversies.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Provides students with a comprehensive overview of organization and management theory, requirements, and challenges which will form the framework for sound organizational and management practices for administration. Accomplishing this will demand extensive research in educational administration literature and interviews and contacts with practicing K-12 school leaders.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course seeks to apply the conceptual framework, strategies, and benefits of restorative approaches to leaders seeking to develop a social/emotional school-wide plan inclusive of this philosophical thinking. This course is designed to help participants develop a historical and theoretical understanding of restorative approaches and build restorative-based skills that can be used in various settings and situations. Ethical dilemmas, cultural competence, and decision-making in restorative approaches, and their impact, will be discussed.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Innovative leadership is a style of leadership that involves applying innovation and creativity to managing a school community. Innovative leaders often inspire new ways of teaching and learning in approaches that have typically not been used. The ability to apply innovation is crucial in times of uncertainty, ambiguity, and risk, so schools often encounter situations that can benefit from bringing on innovative and creative leaders. As students learn to become innovative leaders in this course, they will learn, think, lead, and model to support agile, effective, and resilient learning experiences for staff and students. This will then have a domino effect, thus creating a culture of sustained innovation in their schools.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1
This practicum is designed to help the student prepare for a role in K-12 leadership. The student is matched with an experienced building-level leader who will mentor and provide appropriate experiences. This preparation is achieved by providing the student with a broad set of hands-on experiences that allow the student to utilize the knowledge and skills in the coursework and think critically about the role. The course focuses on applying learned theory and experiences in relation to professional standards. 50 hours of major field work. Orientation required. This course is a 16-week course that may be broken out into 2 8-week sessions indicated by Part A and B. If a student fails any one part of the course, both parts must be retaken.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1
This course is a continuation of the practicum experience designed to help the student prepare for a role in K-12 leadership. The student is matched with an experienced building-level leader who will mentor and provide appropriate experiences. This preparation is achieved by providing the student with a broad set of hands-on experiences that allow the student to utilize the knowledge and skills in the coursework and think critically about the role. The course focuses on applying learned theory and experiences in relation to professional standards. 50 hours of minor field work. Orientation required. This course is a 16-week course that may be broken out into 2 8-week sessions indicated by Part A and B. If a student fails any one part of the course, both parts must be retaken.
Duration: 8 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
The School Leadership Internship is designed to help the intern fully prepare to transition to a K-12 leadership role. The intern is matched with an experienced building-level leader who will mentor and provide appropriate experiences. This preparation is achieved by providing the intern with a broad set of hands-on experiences that allow the intern to utilize the knowledge and skills in the course work and think critically about the role. The course focuses on applying learned theory and experiences in relation to professional standards. Course may be repeated up to 4 credit hours towards the degree. 100 hours of major or minor fieldwork. This course is a 16-week course that may be broken out into 2 8-week sessions indicated by Part A and B. If a student fails any one part of the course, both parts must be retaken.

Avila University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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