Master's (M.Ed.) Educational Leadership, Online Global Program

Course Requirements: 10 courses (30 credits)
Typical Course Load: 1-3 online courses in fall, winter, spring, and summer
Time to Completion: 16 months
Application Deadlines: June 15 Priority Deadline, July 15 Final Deadline
Application Requirements: Online application, resume, two-page personal statement, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, undergraduate GPA of 3.00+ (or 12 graduate credits with a GPA of 3.00+), and proof of English proficiency
International Applicants: A transcript evaluation is required for degrees completed outside of the US


The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, Online Global Program is designed for educators working in international schools across the globe. The recently redesigned program includes 10 courses now offered entirely online to better suit the needs of international educators. Join the next cohort of aspiring leaders this fall.

The course content and skills acquisition in the global Educational Leadership program are designed to balance the latest research in Educational Leadership with practical relevant experiences for future and current school leaders. Courses are intentionally designed for you to apply your current and past experiences to the theories you are learning to prepare you for effective leadership in international schools. You will also enhance your writing skills and research skills at the graduate level. 

The masters degree is professionally focused and our alumni work as principals, school heads, school directors, superintendents, curriculum directors, teacher leaders, education consultants, and education policy advisors across the globe in international schools and in their home countries. The masters program can serve as preparation towards a principal certification or a doctoral degree.

Students start in the fall and complete the program in 16 months following the course sequence listed below. Courses are primarily online asynchronous and can be completed on your own time. Some courses include synchronous course meetings offered at a time reaching the widest number of students.

Fall 2024 Course Sequence




Course Type


Fall 1, 2024

EDL 400

Organizational Leadership & Change Management

Required 3

Fall 2, 2024

EDL 421

Instructional Leadership



Winter 2024

EDUC 403




Spring, 2025

EDUC 467*

Supervision and Professional Development



Spring, 2025

EDL 424*

Leadership: Self & Groups



Summer 2025 EDL 423 Leading Inclusive Learning Systems Required 3
Summer 2025 EDL 420* Data-Based Decision Making Required 3
Summer 2025 EDUC 471 Diversity and Multicultural Perspectives Required 3
Fall 2025 EDL 476 School Resources Management Required 3

Fall 2025

EDL 479

School Law and Ethics




*Equivalent PTC course available

Transfer Courses
Students can transfer up to three Principals Training Center (PTC) courses to Lehigh University. Lehigh recognized the following PTC courses as equivalent to Lehigh courses.

PTC Course

Lehigh Equivalent

Leadership and Team Dynamics
EDL 424
Creating an Effective School EDL 420
Instructional Supervision and Evaluation
EDL 467

Transfer Process

  1. Take up to 3 transferable classes with PTC within four years of enrolling at Lehigh University
  2. Complete the Transfer Petition for each PTC course 
  3. Send the petition and PTC’s certificate of completion to your program coordinator
  4. Courses will appear on your Lehigh transcripts in the next term

Lehigh also accepts transfer courses from other universities. See the Transfer of Credits page for more information about transferring in other courses.

Contact: Julia Aughenbaugh,