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Advance your career with both a master’s degree and principal’s license

Graduate with a principal’s license from Ohio and prepare to take on new challenges and opportunities. Cleveland State University’s Master’s in Educational Leadership program is one of the top principal licensing programs in Ohio. Designed for busy working professionals, this program provides you with the conceptual, technical, and theoretical knowledge you need to become a principal or to qualify for other entry-level administrative positions.

Time to Complete: 5 semesters

Credits: 10 courses totaling 30 credit hours

Cost: Current CSU Graduate tuition costs can be found on the Bursar's website.

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Take your education career to the next level with an online degree

Join a strong network of leaders. As the field of education continues to grow, so do the opportunities for leadership positions. With a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Cleveland State University you’ll be prepared to take on a variety of leadership roles including:

The Program of Study includes relevant, job-embedded topics including school reform, education policy, school operations, and technology.

Course Title Credits
ADM 614 Administration Principles and Practices 3 Credits
EDB 601 Educational Research 3 Credits
ADM 613 School Law 3 Credits
ADM 615 Instructional Leadership & Pupil Personnel Administration 3 Credits
ADM 642 Human Resources & Community Engagement 3 Credits
ADM 643 School Finance & Facilities Management 3 Credits
ADM 681 Administration Practicum I School Principal 3 Credits
ADM 674 Special Education Law 3 Credits
ADM 682 Administration Practicum II School Principal 3 Credits
ADM 676 Clinical Supervision & Professional Development 3 Credits

If you meet the following requirements, we invite you to apply.

To qualify, candidates must have:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
  • Two letters of reference
  • Recent scores from the Graduate Record Examination
  • Two years of teaching experience under a valid teaching license, OR
  • Two years successful work experience in a school under a pupil service license, which would include individuals working as school counselors, psychologists, nurses, audiologists, social workers, speech-language pathologists, and orientation and mobility specialists.

Interested students should fill out the Request Information form and indicate their preference for the Masters of Educational Leadership program.

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For additional information, contact:

Center for Educational Leadership
College of Education and Public Affairs
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, Julka Hall 275
Cleveland, OH 44115

Get prepared to lead with confidence

Earn an Educational Leadership master’s degree online at Cleveland State University. Learn in collaboration with your peers and graduate in just five semesters with a cohort track model that prepares you for success in an administrative role and earns you a nationally accredited principal’s license.

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Scholar–Practitioners prepare you for success

As a Master's in Leadership student, you will learn from and interact with working professionals who combine real-world experience with theoretical knowledge. Our dedicated and caring faculty provide you with the most up-to-date and relevant curriculum to make sure you’re prepared to take on the challenges you’ll face.


What can I do with a Master's in Educational Leadership?

When you graduate with your Master’s in Educational Leadership, you’ll also get your Ohio principal’s license. You can become a principal in Ohio, or transfer to another state (some restrictions apply, students should verify all requirements in the state they are considering). You are also prepared for other leadership roles in education administration.

What is the average Master's in Educational Leadership salary?

The average salary for someone with a Master’s in Education Leadership according to the Bureau of Labor statistics is $98,420. Depending on your experience and where you live, your salary could be more or less.

Is a Master's in Educational Leadership worth it?

Yes! Whether or not you go on to become a principal, you’ll have the training you need to make a significant contribution in the field of education.

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