Master of Education in Educational Leadership
Department of Educational Leadership and Technology
Office of Graduate Studies and the College of Education and Human Development
Overview of the program
The Southeastern Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree program is cohort-based and designed to provide the essential foundation for school administrators to assume the role of instructional leaders for effective school improvement. It is comprised of a sequential, combination of seminars and practica that follows a logical, integrated approach to developing an understanding of the forces of leadership necessary for effective schooling.
Total semester hours required: 36
Strengths of the program
The strengths of the Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree program includes:
- Field Experiences:
Students will practice and demonstrate knowledge, skills and dispositions learned in the program by completing fieldwork experiences built into each course and occurring in diverse educational settings. Field experiences, part of the sustained internship as defined by ELCC, are integrated into the curricular courses and will be completed under the direction of university faculty and school district personnel.
The sequence of courses will terminate with a final internship experience that is a culmination of the fieldwork experiences that occurred in each previous course. The experiences will involve direct interaction and involvement with students, staff, parents, and community leaders over an extended period of time.
Students develop and defend an electronic Professional School Leader Portfolio as a culminating project. The portfolio will be designed to promote professional growth, demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions, and prepare candidates for an interview by requiring them to articulate personal and professional beliefs, skills, and strengths.
The cohort concept provides the opportunity for students to participate in the type of collegial and group processes that model the creation of learning communities in schools.
Preparing for a job in the program
Those who successfully complete the 36-hour degree program and the School Leaders' Licensure Examination will be eligible for School Leader certification by the Louisiana State Department of Education.
Careers in the program
- Assistant Principal
Starting Salaries after completing the program (estimates only)
In 2008, elementary and secondary school administrators had median annual earnings of $71,490; postsecondary school administrators had median annual earnings of $64,640, while preschool and childcare center administrators earned a median of $33,340 per year. Salaries of education administrators depend on several factors, including the location and enrollment level in the school or school district.
Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for School Administrators relative to the population of the city as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the U.S. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.
|Metro Area Jobs: Louisiana||Salary (2008)||Relative Populalrity|
|Baton Rouge 540||$64,720||1.0|
|New Orleans 710||$66,220||0.9|
Benefits for education administrators are generally very good. Many get 4 or 5 weeks vacation every year and have generous health and pension packages.
How do I know this is the degree for me?
Common Strengths and interests of students in the program
Students desiring to pursue aMaster of Education in Educational Leadership must initially satisfy all Southeastern Louisiana University graduate admission requirements and present a portfolio composed of the following:
- A copy of the applicant's letter of acceptance from the Southeastern Louisiana University
College of Education;
- A letter of application which includes the applicant's reasons for selecting this
particular career option;
- A curriculum vita (resume) including applicant's full name, address, telephone number(s),
e-mail address, student identification number (W#), academic preparation, prior related
work and leadership experiences, degrees held, honors, awards, special interests,
and other appropriate information;
- A completed referral form from a school official who can attest to the applicant's
leadership potential and likelihood of success in the program;
- Verification of a minimum 2.5 cumulative undergraduate grade point average (transcripts
must be sent to the College of Education);
- A valid teaching certificate;
- Verification of a minimum of three successful years of teaching experience in either
public or private schools;
- An autobiographical narrative showing evidence of life experiences and personal maturity consistent with program expectations for entry into a professional training program in Educational Leadership.
The complete admissions portfolio is to be presented to the Graduate Coordinator of the Department of Educational Leadership and Technology by the date specified in the General Catalogue.
Dr. Evan G. Mense, Program Director
Masters Educational Leadership Program
College of Education
SLU Box 10549
Hammond, LA 70402
On Campus: Cate Teacher Education Center, Room 1004