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Master of Arts in Education – Educational Leadership Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 12 months Credit Hours: 30 Tuition: $12,209.75*

Overview

Develop the professional leadership and management skills you need to improve your school's system with the Master of Arts in Education – Educational Leadership online program from Austin Peay State University. In this 100 percent online program, you will explore courses in a variety of educational topics, including leadership, school finance, creating and sustaining positive school cultures, human resources administration, and school law and ethics.

This CAEP-accredited program, facilitated by the same faculty who teach on campus, offers you multiple start dates, accelerated courses, and affordable tuition. In as few as 12 months, you can prepare for career opportunities such as central office administrator, education administrator, or principal.

Graduates of this 100 percent online MAE Educational Leadership program will:

  • Apply relevant foundational and practice knowledge to facilitate professional practices that continually improve learning for all students
  • Collaborate with other educational stakeholders to create an inclusive and safe environment conducive to learning
  • Develop the capacity of all educators in designing and participating in collaborative learning using multiple sources of data
  • Enforce procedures and routines aligned with policies of governing bodies and perform all budgetary and other responsibilities

Courses

The coursework for the Master of Arts in Education – Educational Leadership online program is accelerated, offering seven-week terms for a total of 30 credit hours.

To see the full list of MAE – Educational Leadership online courses, view courses.

Admissions

The College of Education admission process has specific requirements that students must meet to enroll in the Master of Arts in Education – Educational Leadership online program.

To learn more about our MAE – Educational Leadership online admission requirements, view admissions.

Tuition

Students in the Master of Arts in Education – Educational Leadership online degree program can pay for each course as they enroll. There is a $45 domestic application fee, but all other fees are included in the total cost of tuition. Tuition costs are the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

To learn more about our MAE – Educational Leadership online tuition, view tuition.

*The price above reflects tuition with the Student Success Scholarship and the District Partner Scholarship.

Calendar

With multiple start dates each year, the Master of Arts in Education – Educational Leadership online degree program is convenient and accessible. Students should consider application date deadlines, turn in all required documentation and fees, register for classes and pay tuition to begin on their desired start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the MAE – Educational Leadership online, view calendar.

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Courses

To complete the Master of Arts in Education – Educational Leadership, students must take 10 courses for a total of 30 credit hours.

Students must secure an active principal mentor who will work with them throughout the program to complete a total of 300 hours (30 per class) of field-based experiences (preferably the principals who submitted letters of recommendation).

Leadership candidates will also be expected to purchase a Live Text License for the development of a Live Text Portfolio, which will take the place of the usual Master's Comprehensive Exams. A Live Text License may be purchased directly from College Live Text or from the APSU Bookstore.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey of trends and issues in educational leadership, including an introduction to ISLLC standards for school leaders, the program of study leading to Tennessee administrative licensure. Must be taken during the first semester of enrollment in the ELS degree program and corequisite with EDUC 5700 (3). Field experience required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides an overview of administrative and instructional technologies and resources available to the school community. Emphasis on the school leader’s role in fostering effective use of available technologies in all aspects of school operations and instruction. Provides practical experience with relevant technologies. Must be taken in first 10 hours of coursework in the ELD program. Field experience required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of action research and decision-making that applies problems in school leadership and supervision. In this course, students are introduced to the techniques of action research. In addition, students are introduced and provided an overview of theories, methods, and analyses that are used in educational research. Must be taken during the first 10 hours of coursework in the master’s degree program. This course is not interchangeable with EDUC 5000 or other general research courses. Field experience required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey of issues related to the school leader’s understanding of, response to, and influence of the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural contexts of public education. Emphasis on data-based decision-making and systems thinking related to these contextual variables and their relationship to student success and school improvement. Field experience required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey of the administrator’s role as instructional leader, with emphasis on advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning, teaching effectiveness, staff professional growth, and school improvement. Field experience required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey of the school leader’s role as a manager of physical and fiscal resources and school operations leading to a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment. Field experience required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey of the school leader’s role as a manager of human resources, leading to an ethical, humane, and effective learning environment that fosters student success and school improvement. Field experience required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey of the school administrator’s role in fostering collaboration with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources. Emphasis on systems thinking and organization behavior designed to foster student success and school improvement. Field experience required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A survey of public school law and a study of legal and ethical issues that provide the foundation of fair, equitable, and ethical leadership that supports the success of all students. Emphasis on diversity and exceptionality issues that relate to student success, teaching effectiveness, and school improvement. Field experience required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the most significant traditional and contemporary leadership theories and their applicability to the educational leadership domain. The course is built on synthesis and analysis of research in the management of educational organizations, leadership, planning, change, leadership styles, and decision-making. Field experience required.

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Admissions

The College of Education admission process has specific requirements that students must meet to enroll in the Master of Arts in Education – Educational Leadership online program. Find out the requirements, what additional materials you should send, and where you need to send them here.

MAE – Educational Leadership Online Requirements

  • An active Tennessee license is required along with the 3 full years of experience, as evidenced by performance reviews for the last three years
  • Bachelor's degree, conferred in any field, from a regionally accredited institution
  • Candidates with a 2.75 -2.99 GPA must provide an official GRE (minimum 142 verbal, 139 quantitative) or MAT (385) score; this requirement is waived for candidates with a 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Portfolio:
    • Essay
    • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • Letter of Support from practicing administrators
    • Most recent performance appraisal
  • Interview
    • Skype/Zoom*

      *Interviews are scheduled to occur on the 2nd Saturday monthly, via Zoom or other video format. These will be conducted by the Graduate Coordinators, Educational Specialties, Department Chair, graduate professors, and school superintendents and/or school principals.
    • Portfolio requirement of effective oral communication**

      **Essay and Letters of Recommendation will meet portfolio requirements.
  • Essay should encompass the following:
    • Current Professional Development Plan
    • Personal Statement of career goals
    • Qualities of collaboration, cooperation, and relationship building
  • Letter of Recommendation must contain:
    • Attestation to demonstrated leadership and ability to improve student achievement
    • Attestation to knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment

Documents Required for Admission

  • Application for admission
  • Application fee: $45 domestic or $50 international
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Military documents, if applicable

Test International Admission Requirements:

To view graduate programs available to international students, refer to the "Graduate Programs for International Students" page on the College of Graduate Studies website. Dependent upon program and/or visa status, additional graduate admission requirements must be met. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements for International Students" page on our website for detailed information and forms that may be required.

All admission documents must be received and processed before selection committee review. Regular admission will be granted to applicants who have met all entrance requirements. To be granted conditional admission, unofficial transcripts and entrance exam scores/portfolio items may be submitted until Graduate Admissions receives the official documents. If official documents are not received as prescribed in the current Graduate Bulletin, all classes will be dropped. Applicants who do not meet regular or conditional criteria for admission to a program will be denied admission.

Documents Required for Admission

  • Application for admission
  • Application fee: $45 domestic or $50 international
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Military documents, if applicable

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Dr. Anthony Sanders, Graduate Coordinator
Austin Peay State University
Claxton Building, Room 307
P.O. Box 4545
Clarksville, TN 37044

Documentation can be sent via email to: gradadmissions@apsu.edu

Have a question? Call us at 844-851-6815.

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Tuition

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Arts in Education – Educational Leadership online. Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students and includes all fees.

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
MAE – Educational Leadership with Student Success Scholarship* $489.25 $1,467.75 $12,209.75** ($1,467.75 savings)
MAE – Educational Leadership $489.25 $1,467.75 $14,677.50

*Every student qualifies for the Student Success Scholarship! Enroll today—as you persist through the program, the scholarship allows you to save even more, and your last course will be free. That's a savings of $1,467.75!

**Employees of district partners can earn an additional $1,000 scholarship. Students must teach at a school that is a district partner to qualify. A savings of $111 will be applied course by course for the first nine courses; the last course will be free.

***Tuition does not include books or Live Text electronic portfolio software.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify.

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Calendar

As an online student at Austin Peay State University, you can take advantage of an academic calendar that features multiple start dates, staggered deadlines and the flexibility you need to accomplish both your educational and professional goals. Refer to this calendar to stay on track for your degree.


Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Interview Dates
Spring II March 14, 2018 February 21, 2018 February 28, 2018 March 7, 2018 March 12, 2018 January 13, 2018
February 10, 2018
March 10, 2018
Summer III May 29, 2018 May 8, 2018 May 15, 2018 May 22, 2018 May 27, 2018 April 14, 2018
May 12, 2018
Fall I August 25, 2018 August 4, 2018 August 11, 2018 August 18, 2018 August 23, 2018 June 9, 2018
July 14, 2018
August 11, 2018
Fall II October 24, 2018 October 3, 2018 October 10, 2018 October 17, 2018 October 22, 2018 September 8, 2018
October 13, 2018
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