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Master's in Educational Leadership Degree Online MEd Concentration

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Register By: July 27 Classes Start: July 29

Focus Your MEd in Educational Leadership

  • $637/credit (36 credits total)
  • Transfer up to 12 graduate credits
  • Opportunities for professional development
  • Complete in as few as 15 months
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Faculty consists of credentialed educators in the field of K-12 education

Master's in Educational Leadership Degree Program Overview

Gain an in-depth perspective on teaching, learning and educational leadership with the online Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Education Leadership at Southern New Hampshire University, and pursue a career where you could change the lives of students and staff.

Whether you're new to teaching or a seasoned education professional, a master's degree in education can not only open doors for promotions and increased job security, but also allow you to pursue a meaningful career where you can have a direct positive impact on the lives of your students. An advanced degree in this field not only lends weight to your resume, but also enhances your competitive edge in the workforce.

Note: Teaching certification requirements may vary by state. The MEd on its own will not certify someone lacking state licensure to become a classroom teacher. Instead, those looking to teach typically complete undergraduate degree programs approved by a state that leads to certification.

That being said, pairing the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with the education leadership concentration helps you acquire leadership skills that you can apply in the classroom or in administration roles. Students also learn about innovative, student-centered curriculum development and instruction models.

The educational leadership-focused MEd in Curriculum and Instruction prepares you to make a significant impact on student achievement and allows you to gain unique, practical experience that can help you advance in your career.

National Standard Alignment: SNHU's MEd program and educational leadership concentration are aligned with national standards and frameworks from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) and the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA).

Licensure Information

The online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Education Leadership degree program does not lead to licensure. SNHU also offers online post-licensure Master of Education (MEd) programs for currently licensed individuals who are interested in furthering their professional development and enhancing their credentials.

However, since state requirements for adding endorsements vary greatly, SNHU does not guarantee that the completion of those programs will result in rank, endorsements and/or salary increases and strongly encourages interested individuals to contact their state licensure board prior to enrolling.

SNHU provides additional information for education programs on our Licensure and Certification Disclosures page. View disclosure information.

What You'll Learn

  • How to create positive change for diverse learning communities
  • Curriculum design that addresses the complex learning situations of today’s students
  • Support students with different backgrounds, abilities and experiences using principles of Universal Design for Learning and other relevant standards
  • Integrate technology into curriculum to enhance teaching and learning

How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

Career Outlook

The current movement to improve the U.S. education system means increased job prospects for administrative leaders who understand the need for higher-performing students and schools. A master's in education can open you up to a number of opportunities, allowing you to advance your teaching career by gaining insights into new approaches and technologies that both inspire learners and transform the lives of students.

SNHU President Paul LeBlanc with the text Paul LeBlanc

"Education is the great enabler and equalizer, the force that allows individuals to reach their potential, to dream bigger dreams and to be more fully engaged with a much bigger world. It is also the engine of social mobility, the avenue to better and more meaningful work and thus opportunity for one's family and community," said Dr. Paul LeBlanc, president at Southern New Hampshire University.

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Excelling and growing in your career as an educational administrator requires a mix of passion for education, classroom experience, focus and drive. Once you've landed a position, the educational theory and classroom management skills you'll master as part of your degree can help you achieve better results and increase your value as an educational professional.

Teachers who earn an MEd bring credibility to their professions and are highly competitive in the job market. Best of all, they almost immediately see a bump in salary, making it a strong incentive for them to pursue an advanced degree, said Dr. Daniel Tanguay, associate director of online education programs at Southern New Hampshire University.

Job Growth

Employment opportunities for instructional coordinators expected to increase 2% through 2032, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.1


According to the BLS, the median wage for these types of roles is $66,490 per year as of 2022.1

Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

"If a district is looking for high-quality educators and they are comparing two applicants against each other, the person with the MEd will have an advantage," he said. "The MEd reflects that a candidate has more experience and is capable of taking on more responsibilities required by the job."

An online degree in educational leadership from SNHU could prepare you for leadership roles in a number of environments.

Where Could You Work?

School or District Administrator's Offices

Work in leadership positions like site administrator or school principal.


Work directly with students as a classroom teacher and serve as a mentor to other teachers.


Consult based on field experience in support of an organization or lobby for policy to support schools and teachers.

While these job settings all differ, the common threads include fostering diverse and safe environments where learning thrives. In this educational leadership degree program, and through the process of embracing the role of inspiring, motivating and challenging your students, colleagues and communities, you could learn how to become the drivers of real educational change. 

Note: Administrative leaders in public schools may be required to have an education administrator license.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online MEd in Educational Leadership

Courses That Prepare You to Lead

Jay NagyJay Nagy, SNHU MEd online instruction facilitator

"Students pursuing the educational leadership concentration will build upon the initial leadership courses in this degree and delve deeper into what it means to be a leader in the field of education."

Courses & Curriculum

The online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction program with a concentration in educational leadership is designed for certified teachers or select K-12 professionals who are leading in the area of curriculum and instruction. The program includes 11 courses, three of which are leadership-focused courses.

Educators providing instruction build upon their content knowledge by strengthening their understanding and capabilities in the field of education. Students in this program learn about curriculum planning and instruction models like Understanding by Design (UbD) and Differentiated Instruction (DI). Learning how to plan one’s curriculum and tailoring instruction to meet students' learning differences is crucial in today’s classroom regardless of the location.

In addition to courses that help future educators meet the needs of every type of learner, each of the adjunct faculty providing the MEd Education Leadership courses are credentialed educators in the field of K-12 education with a plethora of experience in classrooms and leadership roles within the educational community.

Courses may include:

  • Educational Law and Ethics
  • Building Community Through Education
  • Leading Educational Organizations

Earning your MEd in Education Leadership also opens the door to additional professional development opportunities that could open many doors for you.

"The program allows for professional development opportunities for all. All credentialed, or certified, educators are required to participate in professional development opportunities to maintain their credentialing. This program allows students to tailor their interests to their needs. Students can participate in the full degree or the concentration if they choose," said Nagy.

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,911 $637 $9,555 
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
*Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs:
Course Materials ($ varies by course). Foundational courses may be required based on your undergraduate course history, which may result in additional cost.

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