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Educational Leadership, MEd

Gaining a Master of Education in Educational Leadership prepares one to assume an initial leadership role in a post-secondary setting.

Program Information

Prepare to be an effective post-secondary leader with the Master of Education in Educational Leadership. Lead faculty, staff, and students to accomplish academic and student success goals. Create positive interactions among students, faculty, staff, and other educational constituents. Consider a career as Educational Leader with an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership – it may be just right for you!

Meet our graduate studies director 

Application, Funding, and Support

Admission and Program Requirements

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership is designed to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to engage in more effective leadership practice.

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership requires a minimum of 30 credits.

Applicants must apply to and meet all criteria for admission to the ISU Graduate School. The applicant must also meet the following minimum SPEL admission requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution; usually that degree is in an education-related field
  • One year of professional experience
  • A letter of interest, stating the applicant's interest in the program
  • Current resume, including the names of and contact information for at least 2 professional references
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 for all upper-division credits taken at the undergraduate level

ISU Course Catalog

Educational Leadership, MEd

Core Professional Studies Courses (9 credits)

EDUC 6601 Research and Writing 3 credits

EDUC 6610 Applied Educational Statistics 3 credits

OLP 6621 Theories of Adult Learning 3 credits

General Leadership Studies (15 credits)

EDLH 6649 Issues in Educational Leadership 3 Credits

EDLP 7702 Supervision and Empowerment 3 Credits

EDLP 7703 Leadership and Organizational Development 3 Credits

EDLH 7730 History and Philosophy in Higher Education 3 Credits

EDLH 7731 Law in Higher Education 3 Credits

Electives - Collaboratively determined by student and advisor 6 Credits 

Career Opportunities 

Graduates with a master's degree in educational leadership could be qualified for the following types of positions:

  • Department Chair
  • Student Services Coordinator
  • Education Policy Consultant
  • Entry to Doctorate in Higher Education Administration

Job Outlook

Because educational leaders are highly desirable in today’s job market, the job outlook includes: 

  • Average salary (according to the government’s Occupational Outlook Handbook) is $96,910 for postsecondary education administrators. 


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Brooke Bolinger

Director of Graduate Studies, College of Education

Office: College of Education 232

(208) 282-4244