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 Albright School of Education 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

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 15 credits. These courses must be approved by the program director.

Educational Leadership Capstone

EEA 601

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

EEA 601 is a degree portfolio and presentation that provides quality evidence of competency in relationship to the program standards. This portfolio is a purposeful collection of resources and documents that record academic learning, professional development, and career accomplishments. In addition, the student writes an action research proposal or conducts the data collection and completes the final analysis of the action research project proposed in EEA 512.

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.