Become a Leader in Education

Are you ready to advance in your career and become an inspirational leader in the complex yet rewarding field of education? The Master of Education in Educational Leadership: Administrator Certificate at City University of Seattle is an excellent addition to your current degree and will put you in a position to pursue a new advanced role.

Courses are available completely online, so you can continue working full time as you achieve your educational goals. You also have the option to attend classes on campus if you prefer. CityU has an excellent reputation for being one of the largest providers of principal certificates and the largest provider of residency program administrator certificates in Washington state.

Courses can be completed online or via mixed mode with both online and on-site learning. Any bachelor’s degree from an accredited university qualifies you to apply to this MEd program.

City University of Seattle offers a Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership with Administrator Certification customized for educators who want to become principals or program administrators in public or private schools.

This master’s in educational leadership program at CityU is approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board and includes a year-long mentored internship that prepares you to succeed in leadership positions. Getting a Washington State Residency Administrator Certificate requires a master’s degree from a state-approved program and extensive field experience in school administration.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the Master of Education in Educational Leadership: Administrator Certification program, you’ll learn:

  • Dynamics of difference in educational settings and implications
  • Practical action research
  • Philosophical, historical, political, and sociological foundations of education
  • Leadership in an educational/school setting
  • Legal role, responsibility, and authority of school leaders
  • How schools are financed and the acquisition of resources, budgeting, accounting, and fiscal stewardship
  • How to apply law, regulations, and best practices in human resource management
  • School improvement and positive impact on student learning
  • Establishing and maintaining a positive school climate

Graduate Foundation Core

EEA 509

Leadership for Diverse Learners (3)

This course explores the dynamics of difference in educational settings and implications for school leadership. Topics include culture, cultural competence, cultural proficiency, equity, worldview, and leadership that is ethical, moral, and transformational. Candidates build cultural competence as well as deepen self-awareness regarding worldview and its impact on school leadership.

EEA 512

Academic Inquiry and Action Research (3)

This course introduces the research process including practical action research. Topics include reflection, practice, and analysis of information from references and formal published research, and examination of the principles of action research to determine how educators can effectively apply them in their place of work. Using technology, students will evaluate research and conduct a formal review of the literature on a selected research topic related to making a positive impact on student learning.

EEA 514

Current and Historical Educational Perspectives (3)

In this course, candidates examine the philosophical, historical, political, and sociological foundations of education and the impact of these interrelated dynamics on current instructional decisions and practices. Candidates investigate some aspect of each of these foundations and relate it to professional practice. Candidates analyze educational practice from a variety of perspectives and consider communication with diverse audiences.

Educational Leadership Core

EEA 521

Educational Leadership (3)

This course develops the candidate's capacity for leadership in an educational/school setting. The course is a survey of such topics as positive impact on student learning; moral, resilient, servant, shared, and/or transformational leadership; diversity in schools; and the role of schools in modern society. The candidate begins work on the program's e-portfolio that includes a self-assessment and Professional Growth Plan addressing the competencies for school and program leadership.

EEA 524

School Law (3)

This course examines the legal role, responsibility, and authority of school leaders. The leader is responsible for the rights of students, parents, and personnel; responsibilities of school personnel in regard to child abuse and drug abuse; liabilities, negligence, and torts; laws governing handicapped and special needs students and personnel; equity and nondiscrimination; public disclosure; certification and contracts; collective bargaining; and program management. The student will build capacity to apply legal regulations to the educational setting.

EEA 525

School Finance/Operations (3)

In this course, candidates develop an understanding of how schools are financed and knowledge of best practices in the acquisition of resources, budgeting, accounting, and the fiscal stewardship of the school’s human and financial resources. Topics include the formulation of the budget, the development of budget priorities, the administration of budget expenditures, the school’s facilities, and financial resources. Candidates become knowledgeable about the budgeting process and the school financial management responsibilities of the educational leader.

EEA 527

Human Resource Management in Education (3)

This course addresses the knowledge and skills of personnel management in schools and school systems. Topics include human resource management systems in employee recruitment, performance appraisal, staff and program assessment, the supervision and the professional development of certificated and classified employees, separation, and the development and supervision of volunteers and partners. Candidates apply law, regulations, and best practices in human resource management.

EEA 533

Supervision of Instruction (3)

In this course, candidates develop leadership skills in instructional supervision processes central to school improvement and positive impact on student learning. Candidates examine what exemplary school leaders do to create: a vision for success; a focus on teaching and learning; a continuous shared decision-making process that involves all stakeholders; and a code of ethics that develops and sustains a climate of trust and the protection of the rights of all students, families, and staff. Candidates evaluate a school and/or school system improvement process and become familiar with research-based strategies for increasing student achievement, data-driven backward-design curriculum processes, shared site-based decision-making, and pathways for promoting the achievement of all members of the learning community.

EEA 537

Conflict Management and Community Relations (3)

In this course, candidates explore the role of the educational leader in establishing and maintaining a positive school climate that is respectful of the entire school community. Candidates apply best practices in community relations and engagement and theories of conflict management in school settings. Candidates learn to apply several systemic models for conflict management, resolution, negotiation, and problem solving involving interpersonal and group processes.

Educational Leadership Specialization

Fulfilling the degree requirements for this program includes 6 credits. Courses must be approved by the program director.

Internship

EEA 605

Fall Reflective Seminar (1)

This seminar engages the intern in applying and practicing the entry-level knowledge, skills, dispositions/cultural competence, roles and responsibilities of the P-12 principal and program administrator. The intern demonstrates progress toward meeting or exceeding residency-level leadership standards for Washington State certification as a principal or program administrator through reflective practice and data-driven personal goals. In a supportive setting, the intern shares evidence of skills as an educational leader, provides feedback to other interns, and shares internship activities and experiences.

EEA 606

Winter Reflective Seminar (1)

This seminar engages the intern in applying and practicing the entry-level knowledge, skills, dispositions/cultural competence, roles and responsibilities of the P-12 principal and program administrator. The intern demonstrates progress toward meeting or exceeding residency-level leadership standards for Washington State certification as a principal or program administrator through reflective practice and data-driven personal goals. In a supportive setting, the intern shares evidence of skills as an educational leader, provides feedback to other interns, and shares internship activities and experiences.

EEA 607

Spring Reflective Seminar (1)

This seminar engages the intern in applying and practicing the entry-level knowledge, skills, dispositions including cultural competence, roles and responsibilities of the P-12 principal and program administrator. The intern demonstrates evidence of meeting or exceeding residency-level leadership standards for Washington State certification as a principal or program administrator through reflective practice and data-driven personal goals. In a supportive setting, the intern shares evidence of skills as an educational leader, provides feedback to other interns, and shares internship activities and experiences.

EEA 670

Internship IA (1)

This course is the first phase of the year-long internship for Washington principal and/or program administrator certification. This course includes attention to state-required pre-internship tasks; orientation to professional standards and certification; and the internship portfolio. Topics include Professional Standards for Educational Leaders; professional growth team roles and responsibilities; and building leadership capacity. This field experience launches the yearlong Internship. Prerequisite: EEA 521 and EEA 533

EEA 672

Internship IB (2)

In Internship IB, the intern applies and practices entry-level knowledge, skills, dispositions, and cultural competence of a P-12 principal and/or program administrator. The intern builds capacity for leadership by acquiring an expanding range of experiences in the field as assigned by the mentor and field supervisor and as guided by the Formative and Summative Evaluation Report. The intern maintains a daily log and weekly reflection, prepares a collection of evidence, and demonstrates progress toward meeting or exceeding residency-level educational leadership standards for Washington State certification as a principal or program administrator.

EEA 674

Internship II (3)

In Internship II, the intern applies and practices entry-level knowledge, skills, dispositions, and cultural competence of a P-12 principal and/or program administrator. The intern increases capacity for leadership by acquiring an expanding range of experiences in the field as assigned by the mentor and field supervisor and as guided by the Formative and Summative Evaluation Report. The intern maintains a daily log and weekly reflection, prepares a collection of evidence, and demonstrates progress toward meeting or exceeding residency-level educational leadership standards for Washington State certification as a principal or program administrator. Prerequisite: EEA 672 Internship IB or equivalent

EEA 676

Internship III (3)

In Internship III, the intern demonstrates entry-level knowledge, skills, dispositions, and cultural competence of a P-12 administrator. The intern increases capacity for leadership through an expanding range of experiences in the field assigned by the mentor and field supervisor as guided by the Formative and Summative Evaluation Report. The intern maintains a daily log and weekly reflection, prepares and presents a collection of evidence, and demonstrates performance that meets or exceeds residency-level educational leadership standards for Washington State certification as a principal or program administrator. Prerequisite: EEA 674 Internship II or equivalent

The Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership with Administrator Certification is specifically for teachers and educators who want to pursue a leadership role as a principal or program administrators in public or private schools.

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.

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