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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
  • Community college and university staff, faculty, or administrative leadership positions
  • Entrepreneur in adult teaching and learning environments

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 30
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Research Individualized research may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Some online/blended coursework Required
Progression Plan Link View Program of Study
Student Learning Outcomes

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership- Community College & Higher Education

  • CCHE students will synthesize and apply knowledge of research processes and methodologies in collecting and assessing data to identify and solve problems that inform decision making in leadership.

  • CCHE students will demonstrate ethical and professional leadership skills, qualities, and behaviors to engage effectively with institutional stakeholders in interdependent local, national, global, political, economic, and environmental contexts

  • CCHE students will prepare proposals to solve institutional challenges by utilizing diverse cultural, social, and intellectual resources within communities.
  • CCHE students will analyze and integrate disciplinary and sub-disciplinary theories, concepts, principles, and evidence-based practices in proposing and implementing partnerships, alliances, networks, strategies, or educational programs.
  • CCHE students will articulate the importance of lifelong leadership learning through multiple perspectives of higher education and as examined through diverse and multi-cultural lenses.
  • CCHE students will be prepared to function in leadership settings relevant to their training and experiences within non-profit and for-profit institutions, online and virtual campuses, sponsored campuses and programs, and private institutions by creating a professional development plan to advance their professionalism.



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:

    • there are no individual admission requirements
Master's Requirements
  • 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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