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Educational Leadership, MSEd

Master of Science in Education

US News and World Report - best grad education administration and supervision degree 2023

As a teacher, you have gained valuable insights that have given you a unique understanding of the challenges students and schools face. Build upon your classroom experiences to develop innovative solutions that will build stronger organizations that serve students, teachers, and staff more effectively.

The IU Online MSEd in Educational Leadership prepares you to take on leadership roles in your school, district, or other educational organization. It also prepares you for licensing as a building-level administrator, superintendent, or director of exceptional needs.

The curriculum was developed in partnership with schools and districts to address the specific challenges the next generation of education leaders will face. You explore school/community relations, teacher development and evaluation, legal perspectives on education, K-12 principalship, data-informed decision making, and public school budgeting and accounting.

Your IU Online MSEd in Educational Leadership prepares you for such careers as:

  • Principal 
  • Assistant principal 
  • District administrator 
  • Instructional coordinator 
  • Director or supervisor 
  • Dean of students 
  • College provost 
  • University registrar 
  • Educational consultant 
  • Curriculum developer 

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the MSEd in Educational Leadership, you must complete 36 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Educational leadership core courses (27 credit hours) 
  • Educational leadership strand course (9 credit hours)


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. A bachelor's degree
  2. 2.7 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

Complete an online application that includes:

  • Transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume (international students only) 
  • TOEFL scores (minimum 79) or IELTS scores (minimum 6.5) - international students only 


EDUC-A 500 Introduction to Educational Leadership 3 Credits
EDUC-A 510 School Community Relations 3 Credits
EDUC-A 515 Instructional Leadership, Supervision, and Development 3 Credits
EDUC-A 608 Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Education 3 Credits
EDUC-A 624 Educational Leadership: Principalship K-12 3 Credits
EDUC-A 629 Continuous School Improvement and Data-Informed Decision-Making 3 Credits
EDUC-A 635 Public School Budgeting and Accounting 3 Credits
EDUC-A 695 Practicum in Educational Leadership 3 Credits
EDUC-J 500 Instruction in Context of Curriculum 3 Credits
Higher Education and Student Affairs Strand 9 Credits
Leadership in Educational Organizations Strand 9 Credits
Learning Sciences Strand 9 Credits
School Law Strand 9 Credits

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $490.60
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1471.80

Additional fees will apply.

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $588.66
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1765.98