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Online Master of Education - Educational Leadership

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Expand Your Skills. Become a Trusted School Leader.

Designed for accomplished and caring teachers ready to take their skills to the next level, LSU’s online Master of Education in Educational Leadership helps prepare educators to become more effective leaders and administrators. This comprehensive program allows educators to attain more challenging and in-demand education jobs and to build learning communities that are welcoming, challenging, and rewarding for children and teachers alike.

The program can be completed in as little as 15 months and works in conjunction with teachers’ and educators’ personal and professional schedules. LSU’s coursework covers all areas of the educational spectrum, with classes in topics such as ethics and educational leadership, administration of school personnel, and applying research in education.

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Maintain your personal and educational commitments

Finish in less than two years or take courses over a longer period of time. Whatever way you need to pursue the program, LSU makes it possible.


Learn from established educational professionals

Not only do teachers make up a large percentage of the program, but students also study under leading educational and leadership professionals.

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No GRE/GMAT required

Applications may be submitted without a GRE/GMAT exam score.

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The ME in Educational Leadership is ranked by U.S. News as one of the Best Online Programs for master’s in education.

See What Makes This Program Special

Student Testimonial

LSU Online 2019 graduate Glenda Dorsey talks about her journey as a non-traditional student and the LSU professors who helped her succeed.

Program Prepares Students For Careers in Education

Assistant Professor Carlos Lee talks about the great things students can accomplish professionally while earning their Master of Education in Educational Leadership.

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You may be able to find savings and earn credit from previous work or training, or as demonstrated by your industry certifications, through Prior Learning Assessment. Learn more.

Total credit hours per program: 39 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $459

Total cost with fees: $17,901

Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Exact fees may vary by program. Please consult an Enrollment Concierge for the final program cost.

Course Listings

  • ELRC 4249: Understanding and Applying Research in Education | Credit hours: 4
  • ELRC 7001: Ethics and Educational Leadership | Credit hours: 3
  • ELRC 7401: Administration of School Personnel | Credit hours: 3
  • ELRC 7404: Internship in Educational Administration | Credit hours: 6
  • ELRC 7422: Introduction to School Improvement/Action Research | Credit hours: 3
  • ELRC 7423: Advanced School Improvement/Action Research | Credit hours: 3
  • ELRC 7432: Best Practices of Principal Leadership I | Credit hours: 3
  • ELRC 7433: Best Practices of Principal Leadership II | Credit hours: 3
  • ELRC 7434: Best Practices of Principal Leadership III | Credit hours: 3
  • ELRC 7435: Best Practices of Principal Leadership IV | Credit hours: 3
  • ELRC 7450: Supervision of Instruction in Elementary and Secondary Schools | Credit hours: 3
  • ELRC 7900: Independent Study | Credit hours: 3

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Graduate School

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited U.S. or equivalent from a foreign institution*
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 on all undergraduate work (or in the final 60 credit hours) and for any graduate work already completed


*Applicants with foreign credit hours are strongly encouraged to provide a course-by-course evaluation of these credentials


Program Application Requirements

  • 3 letters of recommendation – (1) from a principal, and (2) another professional
  • Valid Louisiana Type B or Level 2 teaching certificate or comparable level out-of-state
  • Current employment at a school or district
  • 2 years of successful teaching experience in your area of certification
  • Evidence of leadership potential – see nomination letter requirements
  • GRE Exam scores are not required
  • Also need documented evidence of one of the following:
    • Teacher of the year nomination
    • Mentor Teacher for LA TAAP
    • National Board Certification
    • Presenter at local, state or national conference or workshop
    • Publication (not self-published material)
    • Teacher Leader Endorsement Personal Statement
    • Introduction, your motivation to attend the Educational Leadership program, personal and career goals, your commitment to excellence, and your readiness to pursue this degree in an online format
    • Nomination letter (letter of recommendation) – current or past administrator (principal) on letterhead or from professional email address, attesting to your leadership potential and to at least 2 years of full-time successful teaching in your area of certification
    • One additional letter of recommendation on letterhead or from professional email address attesting to your leadership potential.

Why a Master of Education in Educational Leadership?

This degree provides teachers with the leadership and administrative skills necessary to make the leap from teacher to a more senior or managerial role within the educational system. Principal, administrator, and superintendent are competitive positions that often require candidates to posses both a master’s degree and a strong sense of leadership. A Master of Education in Educational Leadership can help professionals meet those qualifications.

The degree isn’t just about advancing one’s educational career. LSU’s program also emphasizes the need to effectively teach students and create strong educational communities where students can thrive. Educational leadership students will also learn about advanced topics such as educational ethics and school improvement so graduates are able to make positive, groundbreaking changes in their schools.

What makes this program unique?

LSU’s program provides educators with enhanced leadership skills while building on the strong foundation of teaching abilities they already possess. The program can be completed in 15 months on an aggressive track, but students also have the option of completing it at their own pace. Classes are 100 percent online, allowing students to continue to manage both their personal and educational commitments. Additionally, the program provides invaluable career and networking opportunities with current teachers in the cohort, with LSU’s leading faculty, and with the school’s expansive alumni network.

Why choose LSU?

The passion and excellence that LSU stands for have earned the school a coveted "Tier One" spot in U.S. News & World Report's “Best Colleges.” As the state’s flagship university, LSU has been preparing students for rewarding careers for nearly 150 years. Today, LSU is equally proud of its strides to make education more accessible through innovative online degree programs that are every bit as rigorous as its on-campus programs.

Through the dedication of an exceptional faculty and staff, LSU is one of only 30 universities in the United States designated as a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution. In addition, LSU is the only public top-tier university—and the only university in Louisiana—to receive the honor of being placed in the "very high research activity" category by the Carnegie Foundation.

Educator Licensure Requirements

Teacher Education Disclosure

The Master of Education – Educational Leadership, (MEd), meets the educational eligibility criteria for certification in Educational Leadership in the State of Louisiana. Graduates of this Louisiana state-approved school leader preparation program with a valid Louisiana Type B or Level 2 teaching certificate, or a comparable out-of-state certificate, will qualify for a Level 1 Professional Certificate.

Graduates of the program who wish to teach in another U.S. state or country may be required to meet additional eligibility criteria to qualify for licensure and/or certification in those locations. We are unable to confirm the licensure and/or certification requirements of other states or countries.

If you intend to pursue a leadership credential in a location outside the state of Louisiana, it is advised that you contact the applicable state or country credentialing authority for specific requirements, and to help you determine if completing this program meets certification eligibility criteria for your intended location. Potential students are urged to consult the links here for information regarding the contact information for each state’s licensure authorities and current licensure requirements.

If you have additional questions in this regard, please contact us at chseinfo@lsu.edu to assist you in your career planning.

Procedures for filing appeals and complaints are accessed here.


The LSU family of institutions offers several Online Master of Education Leadership choices. Find your path among focus areas like general leadership & technology. Online MEd: Leadership 


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