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Educational Leadership, MSEd

Master of Science in Education

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 


  • A 500Introduction to Educational Leadership3 Credits
  • A 510School Community Relations 3 Credits
  • A 515Educational Leadership: Teacher Development and Evaluation3 Credits
  • A 608 Legal Perspectives on Education 3 Credits
  • A 624Educational Leadership: Principalship K-123 Credits
  • A 629Data-Informed Decision Making for School Leaders 3 Credits
  • A 635Public School Budgeting and Accounting 3 Credits
  • A 695Practicum in Educational Leadership 3 Credits
  • J 500Instruction in Context of Curriculum3 Credits
  • Higher Education and Student Affairs Strand 9 Credits
  • Leadership in Educational Organizations Strand9 Credits
  • Learning Sciences Strand9 Credits
  • School Law Strand9 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $437.70
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1313.10
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $525.24
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1575.72

Additional fees will apply.

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