Master of Education in Leadership with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership

Interested in this program? Apply now or contact the College of Education's Student Information and Services Center for additional information at 616-331-6650 or

This performance-oriented program emphasizes research, theory, and practice in such areas as:

  • Effective leadership
  • Planning and developing curriculum
  • Employee supervision
  • School improvement
  • Personnel administration
  • School Law
  • School and Community Relations

Many courses are offered in the weekend leadership academy. The Educational Leadership program meets NCATE accreditation standards and the guidelines of the Council of Chief State School Officers

Comments from northern Michigan alumni in the Ed Leadership program:

It's great to have to travel order to get a degree from a great university like Grand Valley.
-Jodi Preston, Onaway Junior High School, Onaway

I found the program to be practical, convenient, and of the highest quality. I appreciate GVSU bringing a quality program to us and fitting it into our work and family lives.
-Mary Jason, Principal, Boyne City High School

The work from each class is instantly useful and fits into our professional life. Classmates who were strangers became a professional network of very close friends.
-Natasha Bailey, Ottawa Elementary, Petoskey Public Schools

I liked the accessibility; Grand Valley brought the program to us. Plus, the network we have created among educators here in Northern Michigan has been tremendous.
-Jim Rummer, Dean of Students, Petoskey High School

Program Requirements Back to top

Social Foundation Courses. Select One (3 credits):

  • EDF 671 Educational Policy and Practice
  • EDF 672 Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

Emphasis Area Courses (18 credits):

  • EDL 665 Educational Leadership
  • EDL 666 Curriculum Leadership
  • EDL 668 Personnel Administration
  • EDL 670 School Law
  • EDL 677 School and Community Relationships
  • One of:
    • EDL 667 Elementary Supervision and Evaluation
    • EDL 671 Secondary Supervision and Evaluation

Practicum (Application form required. Apply in advance. Advisor approval required) (3 credits each):

  • EDL 685 A K-12 Principal Field Practicum

Administrative Internship (Prerequisite EDL 685 A) ( 3 credits):

  • EDL 687 Administration Internship

Research Foundation Course (Prerequisite to ED 693/695):

  • EDF 660 Education Inquiry and Evaluation

Capstone (Application form required. Apply in advance. Advisor approval required) (3 credits) (Select One):

  • ED 693 Master's Project
  • ED 695 Master's Thesis

Application deadlines (Practicum/Thesis/Project):  February 15 for spring/summer, May 15 for fall, September 15 for winter semester.

Courses Back to top