Master's (M.Ed.) Educational Leadership, Global Online 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 minimum to 24+ months depending on courseload
Application Deadlines: July 15 for fall start. The application and all supporting materials are due by the listed 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 language proficiency.
International Students: Please visit the International Student Admissions page for information regarding transcript evaluation requirements and English language tests.


The Masters in Educational Leadership Global Online Program is designed for educators working in international schools across the globe. The recently redesigned program includes 10 online courses 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 any theory you are learning to prepare you for effective leadership in an international school or domestic school context. 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 can complete the program in as little as 16 months following the course sequence listed below. Students who would like to spread out the coursework can take 1-2 courses each term and complete the program in 2-3 years. 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 2023 Course Sequence
Courses are subject to change




Fall 2023
Organizational Leadership & Change Management
EDL 400
Fall 2023
Curriculum Management for the School Executive
EDL 422
Winter 2024
EDUC 403
Spring 2024
Diversity and Multicultural Perspectives
EDUC 471
Spring 2024
Leadership: Self & Groups
EDL 424*
Summer 2024
Leading Inclusive Learning Systems
EDL 423
Summer 2024
Data-Based Decision Making
EDL 420*
Summer 2024
Supervision and Professional Development
EDL 467*
Fall 2024
School Resources Management
EDL 476
Fall 2024
International School Principal Internship
EDL 470

*Equivalent PTC course available
If minimum enrollment is not met the Fall 2023 cohort will be delayed to a later start date.

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,

Lehigh's other Educational Leadership Programs
M.Ed. Educational Leadership (on-campus)
Principal Certification (on-campus)
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership – Urban Principals Academy@Lehigh (U*PAL) (hybrid)