Grand Canyon University

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (NITL)


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (NITL)

Format: Online

Program Description:

Advance Your Teaching Career With a Master’s in Educational Leadership

A Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership degree from Grand Canyon University (GCU) can prepare you for a future in educational administration to lead teachers and students at school sites. This program can prepare you to lead teachers and students at school sites. Entry to both the in-person and online degree program requires proof of teaching experience to ensure that GCU students in the program are continuing their professional development.

This program is specifically tailored for individuals who already hold their teaching license and does not lead to licensure. Rather than serving as a pathway to obtaining a teaching license, this program is designed to provide further specialization and advanced training for licensed educators.

To help you in these areas, the in-person (in the evening) and online educational leadership courses focus on strategic leadership and management. You will be taught how to support teachers at school sites by helping grow their skills and promoting self-efficacy. Knowledgeable faculty from the College of Education will focus on teaching you how professional development can impact teachers’ capacity and performance while improving school culture.

Benefits of Earning a MEd in Educational Leadership From GCU

Earning the Master of Education in Educational Leadership from GCU can have many benefits. GCU educators provide learners with detailed coursework and specific field experience that can prepare you to understand and practice school leadership strategies. You will examine topics such as financial records regulations, school budgeting and practice facing challenges that are often present in the daily operation of schools.

You will study modern teaching methodologies, delve deeper into your subject areas and enhance your overall teaching skills to help you in your existing teaching careers. By focusing on professional development and refinement, this program can offer licensed teachers the opportunity to stay current with educational trends and best practices, with the goal of benefiting your students and the education community as a whole.

Visit GCU’s blogs to see how you can position yourself to land a school administration job.

Pursue Your Master’s in Educational Leadership Online

Many professionals who pursue their master’s degree may also be juggling a full-time job or even raising a family. GCU understands your time is precious, which is why we offer the master’s in educational leadership program both online and on campus, including day and evening courses. This allows you the flexibility to attend school without facing major schedule changes. To learn more about GCU’s online degrees, view our Online Learning page.

Leadership and Education Coursework You Can Expect

The core focus of GCU’s master’s in educational leadership degree program is to help you understand and apply the professional and ethical responsibilities of being a school leader. These responsibilities include topics such as:

    School finance
    Education law
    Creating and sustaining positive school cultures
    K-12 legal issues

    Curriculum development
    Professional development
    Empowerment of teachers
    Instructional leadership

Career Paths for Master’s in Educational Leadership Degree Graduates

This MEd in leadership education degree offers a unique opportunity for educators who already have their teaching license or principal licensure. It is designed to empower you with a comprehensive set of skills and knowledge vital for effective leadership within educational settings, such as certain public and private schools where licensure may not be a mandatory requirement for school leaders.

By leveraging your expertise and acquired leadership abilities, you may be able to seek careers that contribute to the advancement of education and fostering the growth and development of students. This non-licensure program can opens doors to diverse leadership opportunities in schools, allowing dedicated educators to continue making a difference in the lives of learners and the education community as a whole.

Because of the leadership and administrative skills taught in this MEd in Educational Leadership program, graduates may go on to work as:

    Preschool and daycare education and childcare administrator
    Elementary and secondary education administrator

    Postsecondary education administrator
    Teaching assistant (secondary)

Accredited by AAQEP

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership (Advanced Program for Continuing Professional Education) degree program at GCU is designed to meet high standards of quality and excellence. It is meticulously crafted to uphold exceptional standards of quality and excellence. GCU proudly holds institutional accreditation from the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a nationally recognized accrediting organization sanctioned by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This accreditation guarantees that GCU adheres to rigorous academic criteria and undergoes continual evaluation to ensure constant enhancement and effectiveness.

If you are interested in pursuing careers in educational leadership, be sure to check for state accreditation can certification requirements. Each state may have its own requirements and regulations for educational leadership programs, and having state-specific accreditation ensures that the program aligns with the specific standards set by the state's education authorities.

1 Best Colleges (2023, May 12). Educational Leadership Careers. Retrieved on August 8, 2023.

If seeking licensure or certification, applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. In addition, fingerprint/background clearance is required.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

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