Educational Leadership Course Descriptions


The curriculum consists of 10 courses including a Principal Clinical Internship.  The total program is 30 credits and can be completed in as few as 21 months.

EDLD-7035: Educational Leadership Theory (3 credits)
This course is designed to introduce the student to the theories and practices of educational leadership and organizational behaviors in school systems. Through a series of individual and collaborative activities, participants will begin to understand and appreciate the challenges faced by modern school leaders.

EDLD-7038: Leadership for Social Justice (3 credits)
This course is designed to develop competencies necessary for entry-level administrative positions. The goal of this course is to provide participants with a theoretical knowledge base concerning issues of social justice in educational leadership. The course focuses on the many ways in which educational leaders can actively oppose economic, social, and political injustices in the American public school system.

EDLD-8038: Instructional Supervision (3 credits)
Supervision of instruction holds great promise for improving the entire educational process, including the quality of teaching and assessing student understanding of content. The development and implementation of high-level, rigorous, and relevant curriculum is at the center of supervision of instruction. Students will compare and contrast historical perspectives and models of supervision of instruction with new models for instructional supervision. An emphasis will be placed on supporting and building capacity with teachers to deliver better instruction and analyze data on student achievement.

SPED-7042: Collaboration and Team (3 credits)
Participants will become familiar with the philosophical bases and practical application of interacting collaboratively with colleagues, parents, community members, other professionals, and learners. The course provides an indepth analysis of the concepts and issues related to the schooling, learning, and instruction of individuals who experience significant disabilities.

EDLD-8035: School Law (3 credits)
This course offers an overview of legislative, executive, and judicial action pertaining to the education with a focus on: the rights of students; the rights of PreK-12 personnel; the responsibilities of school and state agency officials; due process hearings; gender equity and sexual harassment; race an international origin discrimination; legal problems of religious and private schools; search and seizure in schools; legal aspects of the formulation of policy in schools; complementary methods for examining legal issues in education; and recent developments in education law. This course also offers a survey of federal and state statutes, regulations, executive agency opinions, and published research with respect to the rights of students and personnel and corollary responsibilities of school and state agency officials, with a social justice approach. Additionally, this course examines a historical approach to meeting the needs of all students, embedded within the context of federal laws and policies. It also provides an overview of federal laws that mandate the success of students with varying social, emotional, and academic needs.

EDLD-8034: School Finance (3 credits)
This course informs students how funding is needed in schools and how to use financial resources to substantially increase student performance. Identifying resources and the mechanisms to distribute resources at the federal, state, district, and school level, the course delves into issues of equity of finance and whether there exists an adequate level of resources in the system. Starting with an investigation of the history of federal resources in education (namely, ESEA, or NCLB) and the attempt to equalize funding across races and poverty), participants will also examine the current situation in state funding, both within Ohio and across states, and their attempts, primarily via litigation, to produce an equitable or adequate level of education for a diverse group of students. Lastly, participants will analyze patterns of distributing resources within a district and within schools so that special needs students receive the resources necessary to meet standards. Each of these levels uses computer simulations that allow students to master the concepts of equity and adequacy as well as utilize data that they obtain in their own school systems.

EDLD-8032: Human Resources Administration in Education (3 credits)
Education is a labor-intensive enterprise. Human resources administration is of central importance to school administration, because personnel are key to the achievement of the educational system’s goals and objectives. How individuals are recruited, selected, evaluated, motivated, supervised, compensated, and assisted in their development influence their personal and professional performance and satisfaction. The focus of this course is in the human resource administration functions of recruitment, selection, induction, performance appraisal, supervision, motivation, compensation, professional development and separation.

EDLD-7050: Principal Clinical Internship I (3 credits)
Principal Clinical Internship I (PCI I) is the first of a two-course sequence that provides significant opportunities for students to engage in reflective practice as a building administrator and educational leader. The PCI I is planned, guided, and evaluated cooperatively by the student, the university professor, and the field site mentor who is a licensed, practicing building administrator/educational leader. Students are expected to (1) become familiar with the roles and responsibilities of the principal, (2) lead the planning, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of a project designed to improve education in a school, and (3) reflect upon her/his leadership, seeking meaningful improvement as an educational leader. During PCI, students engage in discussions with members of their cohort, keep a reflective journal and record hours spent on their project. The professor will plan periodic conference calls, and/or personal phone calls, and/or visits with the student and his/her mentor to help guide the project and provide additional course oversight. The PCI I course covers the initial planning and placement in the project experience and continues with initial implementation of the project.

EDLD-8036: Curriculum Development & Data Analysis (3 credits)
This course is intended to provide students with an understanding of basic principles and issues in curriculum planning, development, implementation, organization, and evaluation. This course focuses on social factors of curriculum, accountability needs, current research, and instructional leadership. This course emphasizes both the practical and theoretical understanding of these concepts. Instructional leaders are expected to be knowledgeable in principles and issues surrounding curriculum as well as in various program evaluation measures and curriculum evaluation tools. Educational leaders must be confident in their ability to examine, explore, analyze, and utilize student level data to guide decision making and reform efforts in the school building. This ability is guided by the principles of understanding data management, interpretation, and student assessment.

Elective (3 credits)
Any approved online CI/SPED/EDST/ECE/LSLS course

Electronic Portfolios

The Education Leadership Program requires students to maintain and submit a Program Portfolio as a culminating experience and summative evaluation of their work in the program. All students, whether pursuing the M.Ed. on campus or online must satisfactorily complete a program portfolio in order to finalize their work in the program.


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  • Kelli Dean says:

    Is the internship required for the masters program or is it required only for licensure for principal? I may be working as a principal while I complete my masters program. Doing an internship under another administrator would not be possible.

  • Jeannie Rosa says:

    Hello Kelli! To answer your question yes, you would need to complete an internship. However, the committee has been known to work something out on case by case basis with prospective students because of their individual circumstances. You can contact, Daniel Milz, EdD who is the Field Service Assistant Professor if you have additional questions, he can be reached at 513-556-3659. If you decided you want to move forward I will be working with you as your Enrollment Advisor. You can contact me directly at 800-226-0075. I look forward to hearing from you!

  • Cindy says:

    I completed a Master of Ed degree in Teaching and Learning from another univeristy in 2009. Will some of those courses be accepted for the administration degree? Would I have to take the 54 credits? Does this degree meet the criterion for the WI admin. license?

    Thank you!

  • Kyle Wallace says:

    Hi Cindy- It is possible that some of those classes may count towards our Educational Leadership degree. Students are eligible to transfer up to 9 credits into the program. To determine whether our program meets the requirements for individual states, it is best to contact your Department of Education directly to determine whether we do. One of our Enrollment Advisors will be happy to follow up with you in order to answer any additional questions you may have.

  • John says:

    Im currently in the process of pursuing a masters in educational leadership online. As I compared several online programs, I saw that UC’s seems to be more comprehensive than the majority. This is my concern: How well does your program address Special Education Issues? Is it only discussed under School Law? What about the administrative aspect of it?

  • Jeannie Rosa says:

    Hello John – I understand your concerns about our program helping with Special Education issues. I have provided Dr. Ann Millacci our program director, with your information so that she can discuss the details of how the Educational Leadership program will benefit you with Special Education issues. If you have any further questions please feel free to call me directly at 800-226-0075. I look forward to hearing from you.

  • Augustina Etim says:

    I am trying to register as an international student and I live and work outside the US. What do I do?

  • Kyle Wallace says:

    Hello Augustina – I am sorry you are having trouble. Please call one of our Enrollment Advisors at 800-226-0075 so that we may help you through the process and answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Avelina Damonte says:

    I am a graduate of FAU in Social Science 6-12.
    I would like to know if a GRE is required, if the program is fully on-line, and since I have all transcripts how soon can I start? January is my goal.

  • Kyle Wallace says:

    Hi Avelina- The GRE is required for anyone without a master’s degree. If you already hold a masters, you will not be required to take the test. The program is fully online, with the exception of a project based internship, which can likely be done at your own school. The application deadline for January is December 2nd. I am available to connect with you on the phone to go into greater detail about your options, please contact me at 800-226-0075.

  • Bryan says:

    Hello, I am in the military stationed overseas, about 4 years from retiring. I am interested in a career change and have a couple of questions about your Masters in Educational Leadership Program (online).
    1) Please tell me more about the Principal Clinical Internship. Specifically, can the internship be done at any school? Even outside of Ohio? Is a private school OK, or must it be done at a public school? How many weeks/hours is the internship?
    2) Would you please send me the course syllabus for the internship so I can review the specifics.
    3) How many students are enrolled in the online educational leadership program at U.C.?
    Thank you.

  • Jeannie Rosa says:

    Hi Bryan, It’s a pleasure to hear from you! I wanted to take a moment and answer all of your questions. So let’s get started! The Principal Internship can be done at any school even if it is outside of Ohio. It can be done in either a private or public school as long as your principal is licensed. The actual internship takes place during the second year of the program and lasts for that entire year. During the Fall Quarter we enrolled 137 students! I would love to discuss the program with you in greater detail and to see if it would be a good fit for you. Please give me a call at 800-226-0075. I look forward to hearing from you! Take care, Jeannie

  • Tiffany Booze says:

    I have my BS Ed from Ohio State and am starting as a Director of a child care center, which is why I am looking at the MED EL degree. Would this degree be beneficial for me or is it more targeted toward administrators for K-12 schools?

  • Hi Tiffany, Thank you for your interest in our Master of Education in Educational Leadership program. This particular program is designed for educators who are interested in moving out of the classroom setting and into more of an administrative role within their school system. It is intended to set prospective students up for principal licensure. We would like the opportunity to speak with you to gain more insight regarding your goals and educational background to determine if this path is right for you. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 800-226-0075.

  • Treva Matalon says:

    After I have completed the 37 credit hourse listed here, will I then be able to take my Praxis and be licensed to be a orincipal, or will I need any additional courses to become a principal?

  • Mark says:

    Is this program both for masters and principal certification. Do you earn a masters and a principal cert? Is the certification except by the Pennsylvania Department of Education?

  • Mary says:

    How many hours do you actually spend in the schools during the two clinicals? I’m a new mother and wondering what the schedule would be like. Thanks!

  • Hi Treva, upon successful completion of the Masters in Educational Leadership program graduates that reside in Ohio must take and pass the Praxis exam in order receive their Principal Licensure. If you are not an Ohio resident it is necessary for you to contact the Department of Education in your state to determine the specific requirements for Principal Licensure. Please give us a call at your earliest convenience to answer any other questions that you may have. We can be reached at 1-800-226-0075.

  • Hi Mary, it’s a pleasure to hear from you! We have different programs that require practicum’s to be completed and/or internships. I’m not sure which program you are referring too, please give us a call so we discuss your options at 800-226-0075. Look forward to hearing from you!

  • Yes, this program will provide you with your Master’s in Educational Leadership and also obtain your principal licensure. Each state has different requirements for principal licensure I would encourage you to follow up with your Board of Education in your state to see if we meet your state requirements. Please give us a call so we can discuss the program together. Look forward to speaking with you!

  • Kristen says:

    After reading several of the questions and comments already listed, I get the impression that the internship can be completed while also having a full-time teaching job in the school – is this correct?

  • Hi Kristen,

    We are glad that you asked that question because the online Master of Education program is designed around the busy lifestyle of working educators when pursuing a degree, graduate certificate, or continuing education courses. No campus visits are required, although we encourage our students to attend graduation with their class. Please do not hesitate to contact one of our Enrollment Advisors at 1-800-226-0075 for immediate answers to any other questions that you may have.