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Take Your Educational Career Further

If you’re interested in taking on a leadership role within an elementary, middle, or high school, or at the college or university level, a Master of Education in Leadership from City University of Seattle will offer you the best preparation. You’ll gain the skills to manage day-to-day operations, provide solid leadership and training to teachers, and create a safe and positive learning space for all students.

Classes can be taken completely online, or through a combination of online and in-class study. Both provide small classes sizes for more individualized instruction.

CityU’s School of Applied Leadership faculty is made up of successful and distinguished school leaders who teach what they do for a living. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university immediately qualifies individuals who wish to apply.

City University of Seattle offers a renowned Master of Education (MEd) in Leadership for professional educators seeking to expand their career opportunities.

For students who complete this master’s in leadership online program and want to pursue a Washington state administrator certification, they may return within five years for an additional 12-credit internship and seminar series, resulting in a residency principal or program administrator (or both) certificate. Alternatively, candidates may apply directly to CityU’s MEd Leadership with Administrator Certification 45-credit program.

Learning Outcomes

This accredited program addresses state-approved standards for the development of educational leaders set by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium and includes the following topics:

  • Teaching, learning, and assessment
  • School diversity and current educational issues
  • Finance, law, and human resources
  • Teacher leadership and professional growth
  • Research and technology

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* 

Program Director approval required.

Educational Leadership Capstone (3 Credits)

EEA 601 Educational Leadership Portfolio, Presentation, and Action Research (3)


A CityU MEd in educational leadership prepares graduates for promotion into school leadership roles such as teacher leader or consultant. Graduates can apply their learning across a variety of job roles in both public and private organizations, such as:

  • Principal
  • Assistant principal
  • College provost
  • Instructional coordinator
  • District administrator
  • Dean of students or faculty

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.