Should I Earn a Master’s in Educational Administration or Leadership?

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The College of Education at Grand Canyon University offers students a variety of degree programs. Among the many master’s programs offered at GCU, the Master of Education in Educational Administration and Master of Education in Educational Leadership programs both help students to learn professional and ethical educational best practices through a Christian worldview.

So how do these two programs differ?

Master’s in Educational Administration

The Master of Education in Educational Administration program was designed for students interested in pursuing a principal’s license and working as an educational administrator in the K-12 setting.

Students in this program study subjects like administrative and leadership foundations, creating and sustaining positive school cultures, finance, K-12 legal issues, curriculum and professional development and empowerment of teachers as instructional leaders.

Graduates of this program are well-equipped for administrative and leadership positions in public, private and charter schools. Leadership courses and modern education-related coursework give them the skills needed to succeed in their field.

Students gain hands-on experience in this program, as each three-course block concludes with an internship. As a result, students finish the program with 270 internship hours. This valuable experience gives them the opportunity to apply the concepts they learn in the program to real-life situations.

Master’s in Educational Leadership  

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program provides students with the tools to advance their career within educational leadership. This master’s degree was designed for students who want to become prepared and informed educational leaders in public and private schools that do not require a principal license.

Many of the subjects students study in this program overlap with those of the master’s in educational administration, such as leadership foundations, finance and K-12 legal issues. However, the education leadership program focuses on developing strong instructional leaders to improve curriculum, promote continuous improvement in schools and enrich teaching and learning experiences.

Students in this program also explore leadership best practices and learning strategies, such as cognitive coaching, collaborative decision-making and creating a supportive learning culture in the classroom.

Graduates of this program become well-rounded in various subject areas and gain the confidence to be effective leaders in the field of educational leadership. In addition, they possess valuable experience from the practicum and field experience hours embedded in the program.

Overall, both of these programs prepare students to become strong leaders in the field of education. Graduates of the Master of Education in Educational Administration and Master of Education in Educational Leadership possess the knowledge and hands-on experience to allow them to become successful in their careers.

GCU offers a wide variety of degree programs in teaching and school administration. To learn more about GCU and these programs, contact our enrollment counselors today to request more information.

Written by Lauren Abraham, a junior majoring in communications at GCU.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.

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