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The master of education with an emphasis in educational leadership is a 30-plus hour, hybrid online/face-to-face principal preparation program specifically designed for practicing educators.

In this educational leadership program from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, you will:

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  • Continue your full-time work in PK12 schools.
  • Attend graduate classes that fit your working schedule during the summer, over weekends, and online.
  • Receive individual, face-to-face advising from faculty who have worked as principals and/or superintendents.
  • Complete a series of internships that prepare you to apply for certification to lead elementary, middle, and/or senior high schools.
  • Prepare to take the Missouri Initial Principal Certification exam.
  • Become a critical, reflective leader ready to meet schools' greatest challenges.
  • Graduate from a nationally-recognized and ranked educational leadership program in only 15 months.

This degree is partially online and includes up to 9 credit hours of internship based on certification specialty. Additionally, some courses require MU campus visits. Please note that meeting dates and times change each semester and are dependent on the individual instructor of the course. Check the course listing in myZou prior to enrolling for specific on-campus meeting dates.

Planning your campus visits

Cohort courses begin in June each year. You should reserve these times for face-to-face meetings:

  • June - Thursdays (5-9 p.m.) and Fridays (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • July - Thursdays (5-9 p.m.), Fridays (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.), and Saturdays (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • During the fall and spring semesters, you will have online course work and meet face-to-face three or four Saturdays each semester.