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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

Total Required Credits (45 Credits)

For full course descriptions please visit the 2020–2021 Course Catalog. 

Graduate Foundation Core (9 Credits) 

EEA 509 Leadership for Diverse Learners (3)

EEA 512 Academic Inquiry and Action Research (3)

EEA 514 Current and Historical Educational Perspectives (3)

Educational Leadership Core (18 Credits)

EEA 521 Educational Leadership (3)

EEA 524 School Law (3)

EEA 525 School Finance/Operations (3)

EEA 527 Human Resource Management in Education (3)

EEA 533 Supervision of Instruction (3)

EEA 537 Conflict Management and Community Relations (3)

Educational Leadership Specialization* (6 Credits)

*Program Director approval required.

Internship (12 Credits)

EEA 670 Internship IA (1)

EEA 672 Internship IB (2)

EEA 674 Internship II (3)

EEA 676 Internship III (3)

EEA 605 Fall Reflective Seminar (1)

EEA 606 Winter Reflective Seminar (1)

EEA 607 Spring Reflective Seminar (1)

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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Founded in 1973, City University of Seattle offers over 60 on-site and online programs designed for busy working adults like you. When you enroll at CityU, you’ll have the support of a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are dedicated to helping you finish your degree and reach your goals.


CityU is recognized as a Top 10 educator of adults nationwide.1 In fact, students complete their degrees at twice the national rate.2


Develop marketable, real-world skills in courses taught by faculty who are practitioners working in your field.


Expand your expertise and your global perspectives in on-site and online courses with students from around the world.


Network with alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies, including Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, and Microsoft.