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Delivery of this program is blended: Each class will meet on campus 3 to 4 times a semester.

Successful completion of the program requires 27 credit hours of required courses and 6 credit hours of internship.

The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise.

Year 1

ED_LPA 8416 Foundations of School Leadership  X
ED_LPA 8418 Supervision of Learning Environments  X
ED_LPA 8431 Leadership for Data-Driven Change  X
ED_LPA 8409 Learning Curriculum and Assessment for School LeadersX  
ED_LPA 8411 Professional Development for LearningX  
ED_LPA 8410 Learning Cultures X 
ED_LPA 8412 School Improvement X 
ED_LPA 9481 Internship in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
For section enrollment please talk with your academic advisor
4 credit hours

Year 2

ED_LPA 8430 School Law and Finance for Principal Leadership  X
ED_LPA 9406 Seminar in Educational Administration  X
ED_LPA 9481 Internship in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
For section enrollment please talk with with your academic advisor
2 credit hours


ED_LPA 8428 Curriculum Leadership  X


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The College of Education is a member of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:
    • Completed bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
    • GRE scores are not required

  2. Mark your calendar
  3. Submit your application in time.

    Application dates

    The department reviews applications once each year. Application review begins March 1 and continues through April 1. All students begin their programs with the summer semester.

  4. Gather your papers
  5. Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

    • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
    • Statement of purpose.
    • Missouri Educator Profile.
    • Résumé or CV.
    • TOEFL or IELTS score reports for applicants whose native language is not English.
    • Three letters of recommendation (on letterhead with original signature) attesting to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work. At least two letters should be from faculty who instructed or academically advised you.

  6. Complete the online application
  7. Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

    • Upload the above documents in the online application
    • Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
    • Academic Program: to which you are seeking admission. ED Leadership and Policy Analysis/PK-12 Educational Leadership and Administration – Elementary and Secondary Principal Certification/Master of Education (M Ed)
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores: Institution Code 6875 (if applicable)

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This program is administered by the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.