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    Sep 24, 2023  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership, Principal Licensure, M.Ed.

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Program Overview

The educational leadership program will prepare leaders to be confident, caring, and reflective decision makers. This hybrid program will equip candidates to become change agents for positively impacting their students’ lives socially, emotionally, and academically.

This program meets the requirements for applying for a K-12 administrator’s license upon successful completion of coursework and clinical practice. Clinical practice is also an integral part of this program. This program is 33 hours and may be completed in five trimesters or 15 months which includes 400 hours of documented activities in clinical practice. Three classes will be held in a face-to-face setting on three Saturdays per trimester.

Program Goals and Objectives

The goals and objectives for this program are instilled through the following principles:

  1. Effective leaders develop and articulate reasonable personal and school goals;
  2. Effective leaders are instructional leaders and are knowledgeable about analyzing data, identifying, securing, and organizing appropriate resources for school reform (human, technological, etc.);
  3. Effective leaders create nurturing and caring educational environments;
  4. Effective leaders are knowledgeable about safe practices regarding ethical, legal, social, and political issues;
  5. Effective leaders skillfully communicate with internal and external publics;
  6. Effective leaders emphasize the importance of literacy; and
  7. Effective leaders skillfully practice leadership theories in real world settings.

Admissions Requirements

  1. General Admission Requirements

    Each applicant to graduate programs at William Carey University must:
    1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
    2. Provide official transcript(s) of all college work completed to date. An official transcript is defined as one issued directly from the institution to William Carey University.
  2. Program Requirements
  1. Complete and submit an online application to William Carey University graduate school.
  2. Pay application fee.
  3. Hold a valid teaching license or waiver of licensure form completed.
  4. Have a G.P.A. of 3.0 for the last 64 hours in an undergraduate program or 3.25 in a graduate program.
  5. Submit two reference forms from present or previous administrators who have supervised your work.
  6. Provide documentation certifying a minimum of three years teaching experience.
  7. Submit a scholarly narrative of one to two pages of your personal philosophy of educational leadership.
  8. No student will be admitted on a provisional or probationary basis. Students may transfer six hours of approved coursework from an institution that is fully accredited by a recognized accrediting agency. Coursework used in a previous degree may not be used toward the master’s degree


  1. Students move through the program in cohorts.
  2. A minimum of 33 credit hours of graduate work must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 3.00 maintained. Only two grades lower than a B are allowed. Upon receiving a second grade lower than a B, a student is advised to repeat one of the first two grades lower than a B before continuing in the program. A student making a third grade lower than a B will be dismissed from the program. All appeals to policy relative to academic standing are made through the appropriate dean and, as necessary, to the graduate academic appeals subcommittee of the graduate committee.
  3. A student must complete all required work within a period of six years after enrolling in graduate courses.
  4. A signed program of study should be on file prior to completing 12 hours.
  5. Participation in the graduation ceremony is required. Degrees are not conferred in absentia, except by special permission of the registrar. A student must submit a written request. Students who are candidates for May degrees are required to file applications with the registrar’s office by the Friday prior to Thanksgiving. Candidates for August graduation must file applications in the registrar’s office by the Friday before Spring break. Applications submitted beyond the deadline will be charged a late fee.  
  6. Candidates are required to have two approved mentors (K-12 licensed administrators) and complete 400 hours of clinical practice.

Curriculum for Master of Education in Educational Leadership Degree

The academic requirements for a Master of Education degree in educational leadership consist of 33 credit hours from five categories (Landscapes).

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