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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

Educational Leadership - ME

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Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership – ME6229

Department of Educational Studies
McCracken Hall
100 East Union Street
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

Delivery Mode: Hybrid via Athens Campus, Regional Campuses (including but not limited to Chillicothe, Southern, and Lancaster)

Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer. Students entering the principal preparation program cohort enter during the Summer.

Program Overview

The master’s degree program in Educational Leadership involves a minimum of 34 semester hours encompassing the study of the foundations of educational leadership, the nature of school organizations, human relations in educational organizations, and research methods and applications. Additional coursework, specialized study and field experiences are included to prepare the students for varied administrative roles; including: Principal and Teacher Leader (ND 8919).

Through a balanced approach of on-line and in-class instruction, all campus models include a blended format meeting face to face once each month and twice weekly during the academic year and twice weekly for 5-8 weeks each summer, while the remainder of the content is covered in an online format. The program offers course work and internships required for obtaining a master’s degree in educational administration and/or an Ohio principal’s license. Students may choose to pursue only the license or only the master’s degree or they can pursue both the degree and license. Students completing only the master’s degree typically complete the program in 1 year and 8 months; students following the standard program of study for master’s degree with principal licensure requirements complete the program in two years.

Program Learning Outcomes

Emphasizing the knowledge, skills, and practices of responsive leadership, the Educational Leadership Program fosters a vision of humane, engaging, inviting schools and educational settings; including:

  • Understanding of leadership theory and models of practice
  • Understanding of organizational behavior and management principles
  • Commitment to social justice and democratic principles to promote academic excellence, equity and a more knowledgeable citizenry
  • Hands-on experience in an appropriate internship setting
  • Understanding of effective change theory and adult learning principles
  • Commitment to, and practice in, research and evidence-based practice and application

Opportunities for Graduates:  The program is committed to preparing students to be agents of change in education and related fields such as government agencies, foundations, and private non-profit organizations. Program graduates typically assume positions as leaders of learning organizations, school principals, school superintendents, and other K-12 educational leaders, or they may continue to serve as teachers in K-12 settings.  In addition, graduates who work in the public or private sector fill other leadership and/or administrative roles in those organizations. Other graduates enter doctoral programs in leadership and related fields.

Further Information

Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/education/ed-studies/ed-admin-masters

Admission Requirements

  1. A 2.9 GPA in the undergraduate coursework of a bachelor’s degree, a 3.25 GPA in the last 90 hours of a bachelor’s degree or a 3.5 GPA in the coursework comprising a master’s degree.
  2. Undergraduate coursework taken after the obtainment of a bachelor’s degree cannot be included in the calculations.
  3. An applicant whose GPA is below the levels stated above, can be considered by taking and reporting the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  4. A 3- to 5-page autobiography including a listing of future goals.
  5. Three letters of recommendation.

International Students

This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.

Graduation Requirements

Complete a minimum of 34 credit hours as follows:

Course Requirements

All students complete the following:

Foundations Course


To reach the minimum 34 credit hours, students will select complete elective courses appropriate to their concentration in consultation with their advisor.

Culminating Experience

In the capstone course, students will complete a portfolio and written report.

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