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Department of Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership - Community College/Higher Education, Master of Education

This program offers preparation if you are planning to enter the community college/higher education field as a faculty member or if you already have experience and wish to prepare yourself for greater leadership responsibilities. This program is also appropriate if you have an unusual combination of teaching interests and wish to qualify yourself to teach or assume leadership roles in the community college.


What Can I Do with a Master of Education in Educational Leadership - Community College/Higher Education?

If you're ready to take the next step toward leading a community college or institute of higher education as an administrator or department chair, the master's program in educational leadership with an emphasis on community colleges might be the key to advancing your career.

This emphasis builds on interests in teaching and student affairs so you can assume leadership roles in community colleges or other institutions of higher education. Students in this emphasis generally have, or anticipate having, a staff or faculty position at a community college or other institution of higher learning. With this degree, you'll gain skills and knowledge that can lead to positions where you'll be helping make key decisions and policies for institutions of higher education. In this program you'll find the opportunity to enrich your ability to shape educational policy and practice.

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Educational consultant
  • Staff or faculty position at a university
  • School superintendent

University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 36
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Thesis Thesis may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Oral Defense Oral Defense may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Research Individualized research may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 

    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • Program of study signed by applicant and advisor
Master's Requirements
    • (Please note that if you choose the thesis option you may end up taking more than 3 units of thesis credit because you must register for CCHE 699 each semester while you are working on your thesis.)

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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