Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Effective Fall 2024, the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership offers two concentrations to reach your career objectives.   

K-12 Concentration: The Master's Degree (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership K-12 concentration will provide you with the content knowledge and credentials necessary to effectively lead schools, districts, multi-million dollar educational organizations, and/or post-secondary educational institutions.  Graduates of the K-12 concentrations - after completing their coursework and meeting all GaPSC certification requirements - will be eligible for Tier I Leadership Certification. If you already have a master's degree in a teaching field, you can choose the 18-hour “certification only” option. 

Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) Concentration - Students completing the Higher Education Administration concentration will be eligible for a variety of leadership positions in post-secondary education including, but not limited to, positions in student affairs units, university administration, and college athletics administration. 

Both of the Master’s in Educational Leadership options are 30-credit hour online programs and are typically completed in five semesters (spring/summer/fall).  

While in the Master of Educational Leadership degree program, you are expected to be employed in a professional role in an organization where you are providing professional educational services (e.g., school, regional educational service agency, department of education).   



KSU educational leadership students in the classroom

Program Snapshot

Program Format: All Online

Number of Credit Hours: 30 Total Hours

Entry Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer

Time to Complete: Five Semesters

Application Deadlines:

  • Spring, November 1st
  • Fall, July 1st
  • Summer, April 1st
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Admissions Requirements

  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • 2.75 GPA in bachelor’s degree coursework or most recent graduate degree
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
  • Employment - Candidates must be employed in a professional role in an organization providing educational services.
  • Admissions Portfolio (content differs based on concentration)

Applicants in the K-12 concentration must also include the following: 

  • Resume or Professional Vitae - Should document your education, years of teaching experience, current school and district, volunteer and service activities in which you have participated, and any leadership involvement. Resume MUST reflect at least TWO years of professional teaching or administrative experience prior to admission consideration.  Upload to the online application portal.
  • Reference Form
  • Mentor Form (with GaPSC L5 or higher certified mentor) - You can find the mentor form with instructions here. Upload to the online application portal. 
  • Evidence of two years of teaching experience
  • Evidence of Initial Certification in Georgia or completion of Program Admission Assessment

Applicants in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Concentration must include the following:

  • Résumé or Professional Vitae – Uploaded to graduate application.  
  • Recommendation/Evaluation Form (1) – Forms and their directions are in the online graduate application. May submit letter of recommendation or utilize evaluation form to be completed via the graduate application. The KSU Graduate College will send electronic evaluation forms to these sources. This recommendation should come from an educational professional who has taught or supervised your work and who can write with authority about your abilities as an educator.
  • Mentor Form – Completed by a mentor. Mentor requirements may be found within the HESA Mentor form.

Admission Criteria for Unique Cases:

  • Students classified as non-degree students are not permitted to enroll in the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. This program will not provide graduate level course work for certification renewal purposes. 
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Educational Leadership Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • K-12 Approved by the GPSC — The Georgia Professional Standards Commission has fully approved the K-12 concentration.

  • Focused Concentration Choices — Choose one of two concentrations: K-12 or Higher Education and Student Affairs 

  • Advocate for Education Resources — Many educational professionals must also learn to advocate for their student's needs. You will have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to support your students — at the local, state and, even national levels.

What can you do with an Educational Leadership degree?

Depending upon your choice of concentration, a master's degree in educational leadership prepares you for teaching or executive positions at public, private and independent and charter schools or colleges and universities.

Below are some positions that you may want to pursue with your master's degree in educational leadership.

  • Assistant Principal
  • College Athletics Administrator
  • College/University Provost
  • Dean of Students or Faculty
  • District Administrator
  • Education Administrator
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Principal
  • Student Affairs Administrator
  • University Registrar

Educational Leadership Salary and Career Information

Department of Educational Leadership

Kennesaw State University
Department of Educational Leadership
Chantal and Tommy Bagwell Education Building 
580 Parliament Garden Way
Kennesaw, GA 30144 

Phone: 470-578-4377


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