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  Nov 27, 2022
GRADUATE CATALOG 2020-2021 [Archived Catalog]

Educational Leadership, M.Ed. (36 sem. hrs.)/ Licensure & Non-Licensure Tracks (available in traditional and online formats)


(A new cohort is selected for the summer session of each school year)

The educational leadership master's degree program is designed to enable students to become part of a cohort group that will systematically proceed through a thirty-nine semester hour sequence of course modules and clinical experiences. The modules center on six dimensions of leadership and are integrated with seminars, practicums and internships focusing on excellence in teaching and learning.

Admission to the program

  1. General requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met.
  2. Requirements for admission to a Master of Education Degree must be met.
  3. Provide documentation of 3 full years of teaching experience (you may be in your third year of teaching when you enter the program).
  4. Submit a resume’ and verification of experience.

May 15 of each year is the application deadline. Admission to the program is limited and is at the discretion of the Educational Leadership Screening and Selection Committee. Consult the Program Coordinator or the chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Leadership for additional information concerning the cohort group selection process and specific program requirements.

Online is also available.

Licensure Assessment

Graduates of the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership must pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) before they can obtain a Class AA license in Administration.

The Master of Education degree in educational leadership includes the following coursework.

Total: 36 sem. hrs.

Comprehensive Exams

In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership must take a comprehensive examination based upon a portfolio developed from 600 hours of field experience. If judged unsatisfactory, all or part of the examination may be retaken once in the following semester or summer term.


The educational leadership master’s program non-licensure track is designed for students who are not seeking an administrator or teaching license. This program is for those who desire to be a leader in educational settings, establishing schools, extending their studies in education, and/or working in religious or international school settings..

This program is not designed to provide requirements for any teaching or administrative license.

Admission Requirements:

1.  General Requirements for acceptance to graduate school must be met.

2.  Submit a letter of intent or purpose stating why you are seeking this degree and how you intend to use it.

3.  Submit a resume of education and work history.

4.  Have a method for obtaining a background check (needed for field studies in schools).


Twenty-seven hours (27) are required core courses.  Twelve hours of elective courses are used for fulfilling individual needs, interests and degree obligations.  This program requires a Master’s thesis.

Research Core Courses (12 semester hours taken in the following order, with one course taken each semester):

Leadership Core Courses (6 hours):

Curriculum and Instruction Core Courses (6 hours) selected from:


Elective Courses (twelve hours) can be selected from an approved list which includes courses in education, business/finance, communications, Christian Studies, psychology, and specific subject areas related to research for master’s thesis.



A thesis on a comparative education topic must be completed and formally presented during the final semester of study.  A research course from the approved list must be taken each semester to aid in the completion of the thesis.