Master of Education in Educational Leadership Advanced Program for Continuing Professional Education

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program is designed for teachers or administrators interested in becoming or advancing their careers within educational leadership. This advanced program for continuing professional education is designed to help candidates become prepared, informed educational leaders in private and public school settings that do not require principal licensure.

Applicants for this MEd in Educational Leadership degree program must provide documentation of verified teaching experience, though this program does not lead to teacher or principal licensure. The Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) and the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards form the foundation of this regionally accredited and Arizona-approved program.

Master of Education in Educational Leadership courses will explore a variety of education issues including leadership, school finance, creating and sustaining positive school cultures, K-12 legal issues, curriculum development, professional development, empowerment of teachers and instructional leadership. Practicum/field experience hours are embedded throughout the program as leaners you will use observation, practice and hands-on leadership experiences.

Curriculum begins with a course in Educational Administration: Foundations for the Developing Leader to acquaint you with the GCU learning management system and prepare you to be a successful graduate-level student and future educational leader. You will continue through the program with courses on education law, finance, developing and implementing professional development and shaping school culture.

The program strongly focuses on the development of effective instructional leaders for strengthening curricular programs, promoting continuous school improvement and positively enriching teaching/learning experiences and outcomes. Studies include the evaluation of school-wide curriculum programs and investigation of various school professional development program practices. You will explore leadership practices and learning strategies, such as cognitive coaching, collaborative learning/decision-making, creating a safe/supportive professional learning culture and reflective practice.

Additionally, this masters in educational leadership degree will help you understand and prepare to use professional and ethical practices as seen through the lens of a Christian worldview.

Learn more about earning your masters degree in education and how furthering your education can help you advance you career by previewing the GCU Masters in Education video. GCU offers affordability, flexibility and academic connections for making a difference in education.

Note: This program was recently revised. Disclosure statistics on this program before it was revised indicated 66% of students graduated on time (within 20 months) and graduated with a median loan debt of $35,708.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.


The convenience of GCUs evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals. Evening classes meet once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom, filled with career minded individuals. Evening class sizes are kept small, providing a warm nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. Classes begin frequently at various locations.

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* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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