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Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

What You’ll Study

Are you ready to rise in your career with the knowledge and skills necessary to face the challenges of today’s K-12 education landscape? Our communities need effective principals and school administrators with more than exceptional teaching skills. They need to inspire improvement and drive meaningful growth for all students. We understand how challenging this can be in light of all the personal and professional duties required of classroom teachers and counselors today.

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That’s why we’ve designed our educational leadership graduate program with the busy and motivated future leader in mind. At Queens, you’ll engage in this important learning on your own time as our program is fully online and asynchronous. You’ll work directly with faculty who have decades of real-world experience and have been in your current position (K-12 educators) as well as your desired position (Principal and Principal Supervisor).  

Work on your course assignments in the early morning, during your planning period, or in the middle of the night. Grow in a setting that best supports your learning and earn your graduate degree in a timeline that suits your professional goals and your interests. Complete the program in as few as 12 months, or you can take your time and complete it in 20 months. 

Program Highlights

Number of credits: 33 credit hours 

Number of courses needed to graduate: 11 

Average Completion Time: 12-20 months 

Cost per credit: $550

Total tuition: $16,500

Flexible Program: Online and Asynchronous 

No GRE required 

N.C. Licensure Alignment 

How Can You Use This Degree?

This program meets the requirements for the Professional Educator’s Continuing License, which is required for the following careers: 

  • A principalship in North Carolina 
  • An assistant principalship in North Carolina. 
  • Administrative leadership positions that advance the field of education, such as district leadership in Curriculum and Instruction, Human Resources, and other various fields. 
  • Instructional Coordinator 
  • Dean of Students 
  • Dean of faculty 
  • Department Chair 

Highlighted Courses

  • Supervision to Improve Instruction (EDU 631) 
  • Leading in a Global Society (EDU 642) 
  • Education Law and Ethics (EDU 667) 
  • Improving Instruction Using Data (EDU 676) 

Student Highlights

Many of our students go on to serve as Assistant Principals, Deans, Teacher Leaders, and eventually Principals within their school districts and schools. Our program is applicable to leadership within public schools, private schools, and charter schools, and leads to administrative licensure within the state of North Carolina. Two of our recent graduates share the following: 

Every activity I participated in during the program helped me to grow as a leader and develop a leadership philosophy. When I began this capstone project, I thought I had a good understanding of my school. However, through each question, I answered and through the data I collected and analyzed, I saw the bigger picture. I identified gaps, analyzed them, investigated why there are gaps, and created a plan involving internal and external stakeholders. I feel very well prepared as I start this new chapter in my career as a highly effective school leader. – Marla Guerity ’23, writing about her MEL Administrative Internship and her upcoming new role as an Assistant Principal in her school district 

As I reflect on the capstone project, I saw the growth in my academic knowledge and real-world experiences. Rereading early reflections allowed me to see how far I have come in applying content knowledge and data to support decision-making and goal-setting. I believe I am becoming a school leader who is capable and ready to lead a school to success through a deep commitment to instructional and cultural leadership. – Debbie Watkins ’23, writing about her MEL data-driven Capstone Action Plan for Continuous Improvement 

Program Contact

Dixie Abernathy, Ed.D.

Program Director
Associate Professor, Cato School of Education

Gary Gilleece, MBA, MEd

Graduate Recruiter

Meet Your Professors

At Queens, your professors are not only the best at what they do, but they are eagerly waiting to be a part of your journey! Meet the highly esteemed team that will be with you every step of the way in the Queens Master of Arts in Educational Leadership.

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