Master's Degree in Educational Leadership


Am I qualified to get into an online educational leadership master’s program?






2+ Letters

At least two letters of recommendation from professors or former employers

Writing Samples

Brief Statement

A brief statement of intent regarding your degree program timetable and career aspirations



The Graduate Record Examination is required for admission into some master's level degree programs in educational leadership. The average scores for students studying education administration are reported here.

Additional Requirements

Past Experience

Most applicants have some experience working within a school system as licensed teachers and have specific career goals related to administrative roles, such as school principal, vice principal, department chair, director and public administrator.

What undergraduate degrees do educational leadership master’s students typically hold?

  • Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Special Education
  • Early Childhood Education

What can I do to better my chances of getting into an online master’s program in educational leadership?

  • Get involved with your local community as a volunteer with a civic or non-profit organization.
  • Develop professional networking connections with a specific school or school district, if you are not currently employed as a teacher.
  • Join a professional organization, such as ASCD, which promotes the development of future educators and school leaders.
  • Attend local government meetings that are open to the public and focused on education topics and school district decisions.

Financial Aid

What scholarships and grants are available to online educational leadership master’s students?

  • Education Administration Scholarship Award: Sponsored by the School Superintendents Association, this scholarship opportunity includes multiple $2,500 awards and conference travel assistance; graduate students in school administration are eligible to apply.
  • Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship: Graduate students who have professional experience and an interest in leading education initiatives are eligible to apply for this funding program, which includes full-time summer and year-long work placement and cohort training.
  • Career Development Grants: The American Association of University Women provides funding in the amount of $2,000 to $12,000 to women pursuing a master’s degree or other advanced training opportunity with a goal of advancing or changing careers or re-entering the workforce.
  • Leon Bradley Scholarship Program: Sponsored by the American Association of School Personnel Administrators, this program includes two $1,000 scholarships for minority applicants currently working as education professionals and seeking an administrative credential.
  • Donald H, and Verna S. Duncan Endowed Scholarship: Phi Delta Kappa International administers this funding opportunity for members who are pursuing graduate degrees in educational leadership.

Careers & Salary

Upon graduation from an online educational leadership master’s degree program, what skills will I have?

  • The ability to Interpret data and research that inform decisions related to improving educational programs and student learning success
  • Knowledge of issues related to creating institutional change and innovation in K12 classroom and school environments
  • The ability to manage curriculum and resources (e.g. technology, finances) to meet needs of a diverse group of stakeholders
  • An understanding of how to lead the development of connected community services that support students and teachers alike

Once I’ve earned my online master’s in educational leadership, what will my job prospects look like?

  • Preschool and Childcare Center Directors

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      New Jersey — $67,590
    • City with Highest Pay

      Merced, CA — $81,470
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Vermont — $46,000
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH — $49,310
  • Postsecondary Education Administrator

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      Delaware — $138,150
    • City with Highest Pay

      Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC — $174,430
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Massachusetts — $100,760
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Champaign-Urbana, IL — $100,530
  • Elementary, Middle and High School Principal

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      New Jersey — $124,040
    • City with Highest Pay

      Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division — $138,440
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Vermont — $83,140
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Decatur, IL — $89,430
  • Instructional Coordinator

    • Annual Mean Wage

    • Total Jobs, 2013

    • Total Jobs, 2022

    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

    • State with Higest Pay

      Connecticut — $75,830
    • City with Highest Pay

      Trenton-Ewing, NJ — $89,770
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Alaska — $65,490
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Ann Arbor, MI — $63,300

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook and Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor and Statistics; Collected July 2014

* Highest concentration of jobs refers to the location with the highest number of jobs (by field) for every thousand jobs. Average annual wage is then identified for the career in each location.


What are some of the most important publications in the educational leadership field today?

      • Educational Leadership: Access recent digital issues of this magazine from the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, a professional organization and online community dedicated to teaching and leadership in education.
      • International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership: This open access journal includes research that addresses a range of policy issues and educational settings; access to current and archived issues are available.
      • District Administration: Online access to this publication is free, and the magazine features sections dedicated to facilities, policy, technology, finance and more.
      • School Administrator: Published by the School Superintendents Association, recent editions of this magazine are available online.
      • The Leadership Quarterly: This academic journal is devoted to the study of leadership in a wide range of contexts, and selected articles are openly available to view and download online.

What RSS feeds related to educational leadership are worth subscribing to?

    • Principal’s Policy Blog: Subscribe to updates and articles from the National Association of Secondary School Principals that include the latest federal policy decisions that affect educational leadership.
    • ASCD In Service: Connect with this professional organization through updates that include blog updates and event announcements.
    • Edutopia – School Leadership: Receive notifications about new articles and resources posted to this K12 online community of teachers and educational leaders.
    • Leadership 360: Follow this Education Week blog with a focus on meeting the challenges and exploring the possibilities of K12 administration today.
    • A Principal’s Reflections: Subscribe to this award-winning blog from Eric Sheninger, a district-level director of technology and innovation and former high school principal.


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