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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.

As a student in the program, you may choose to focus on either school administration or teacher leadership. The coursework for both tracks is the same, but the assignments and practicum experience will be tailored to fit the track that you choose.

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) 


  • 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: $425.06
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1275.18
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $510.07
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1530.21

Additional fees will apply.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education

    With more than 120 online degree programs to choose from, Indiana University gives you the opportunity to receive a top-quality education when you want it, where you want it. The faculty who teach our online courses are the same exceptional faculty who teach those courses on our campuses. Whether you're looking for an undergraduate education or want to continue advancing your career with a graduate degree, IU Online’s degree program options have something for everyone.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. Classes aren't tied to a certain time or day.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at Indiana University have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. We're committed to providing you with the quality educational experience students have come to expect and desire from Indiana University, without needing to make sacrifices to the other commitments in your life.