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Master's (M.Ed.) Educational Leadership & Principal Certification (Online)

Master's of Education (M.Ed.) Educational Leadership (Online)
Our hybrid (online and onsite) Master's Degree in Ed Leadership is tailored to meet your needs

Online Graduate Program in Educational Leadership

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Our Ed Leadership Master's serves as an entry into the broad study of how educational organizations function. The primary focus of the program is on K-12 educational organizations. The difference between this listing and the Master of Education (M.Ed.) Educational Leadership listing is the delivery method. Application requirements and course curriculum are the same. 

Our hybrid courses are delivered on-line in the fall and spring semesters and each summer we offer academic and professional institutes face to face in Bethlehem, PA.

Master's Educational Leadership (M.Ed.) only

Our Master's of Education in Educational Leadership (30 credits) is designed for individuals who work within educational settings around the world. It serves as the foundation for individuals pursuing a principal's position in an international school. The program of study places emphasis on the broad topics of leadership, management, curriculum, and student learning within the context of an  international setting.

Students are usually capable of completing their Master's Degree program in two consecutive calendar years using Lehigh's hybrid model of online technology-based course work and face-to-face summer sessions. Students are required to attend two consecutive Summer Institutes during their graduate studies.  Principal Certification requires additional time.

We encourage prospective students to begin their program by enrolling in courses during our Summer Institute. The Summer Institute is intended for doctoral and master's degree students as well as professional development students.

Curriculum for Master's in Educational Leadership (30 Credits)
Core Requirements (15 credits)
EDL 400 Organizational Leadership & Change Management (F, SP, SU) 3
EDL 424 Leadership: Self & Groups (F, SU) 3
EDUC 471  Diversity (F, SP, SU) 3
EDL 420 Data Based Decision Making (SU) 3
EDUC 403 Research (F, SP, SU) 3
Leadership & Management Skills (15 credits must be approved by advisor)
Total Credits   30

M.Ed. and Principal Certification

We offer a combined M.Ed. and Principal Certification from the Department of Education in the State of Pennsylvania (43 credit hours).  

Principal Certification (only)

We also offer the Principal Certification program for Pennsylvania with the requirements below:

  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Master's Degree from an accredited university or college

  • U.S. teacher certification

  • Three years of teaching experience at an accredited school

  • Pass the Praxis test SLLA 6011, Educational Leadership

  • Administration and supervision at the Pennsylvania level

  • For information, call 609-734-5555, or visit

  • When registering for the exam, please use the following codes:

  • Outside the U.S.: 8033
  • Pennsylvania Department of Education:  R2365
  • Within the U.S.: R2365

​​​A student is eligible for the Pennsylvania Principal Certification if they have earned a Master's Degree from an accredited university or college.  For more information regarding Pennsylvania's Department of Education's requirements, visit 

Curriculum for K-12 Principal Certification (37 Credits)
Key: F = Fall, SP = Spring, SU = Summer
Core Requirements - 12 credits 
(a minimum of 9 core credits must be completed BEFORE proceeding on to courses in the Leadership & Management Skills area)
EDL 400 Organizational Leadership and Change Management (F, SP, SU) 3
EDL 424 Leadership: Self and Groups (F, SU) 3
EDL 421 Instructional Leadership (SP, SU) 3
EDL 420 Data Based Decision Making (SU) 3
Leadership & Management Skills - 15 credits
EDL 422 Curriculum Management for the School Executive (SU) 3
EDL 467 Supervision and Professional Development (SP) 3
EDL 476 School Resources Management (F) 3
EDL 479 School Law and Ethics (SP) 3
EDL 423 Leading Inclusive Learning Systems (F) 3

Apprenticeship - 10 Credits 
(All Core Requirements & Leadership & Management Skills coursework must be completed before proceeding to this section)

EDL 404 The Principalship I (F) 3
EDL 405 The Principalship II (SP) 3
EDL 414 Principal Internship I (F) 2
EDL 415 Principal Internship II (SP) 2
Total Credits 37

Note: In order to attain the Master's degree and Pennsylvania K-12 Principal Certification, students need to also take the following courses in addition to the courses listed above:

  • Educ 471   Diversity and Multicultural Perspectives
  • Educ  403  Research

Click here to view the course catalog which provides descriptions of the courses.

Application Requirements & Deadlines