New Online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership
Queens creates new online degree program for aspiring K-12 principals and administrators
Secondary school administrators need more than exceptional teaching skills to steer their schools to success. They need the leadership qualities to motivate improvement and the analytical skills and business savvy to see it through. Queens University of Charlotte's online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, offered through Queens' Cato School of Education, combines those threads to prepare students to become effective K-12 principals and administrators. Applications are now being accepted for the degree program, with classes to begin in Fall 2013.
Designed for educators who want to spearhead significant change, the online Master's of Educational Leadership teaches them to identify and use their natural leadership style, how to interpret data and statistics on teacher and student performance and use it to design a plan for improvement, and about administrative responsibilities including human resource management, education law, building diversity and more.
The program also incorporates the university's longstanding commitment to nurturing educators' professional and personal growth. The dedicated faculty members at Queens provide guidance and support through small class sizes and mentorship, while their extensive experience in education allows them to demonstrate how to manage challenging situations in the real world. Students also learn from fellow students, who are colleagues with similar experiences and the same desire to make a difference in children's lives through education.
"Everyone at the Cato School of Education is extremely pleased about the opportunity to expand the scope of this exciting program beyond the campus," said Dr. Linda Dunlap, Associate Professor of Education at Queens. "We're committed to providing the same supportive, personalized mentoring and engaging learning environment we have on campus to our online students."
The nation needs more qualified administrators and principals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that employment of elementary, middle, and high school principals will grow by 10 percent from 2010 to 2020, which corresponds to its estimate of an increasing number of students in the same period. Most states require candidates for these types of positions to hold a master's degree, and Queens' competitive tuition rates help ensure that this often required credential is within the means of motivated educators.
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