FAQs for the Masters in Educational Leadership

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Questions About CCU's Master's Degree in Educational Leadership

If you're interested in earning your master's degree in Education Leadership, find answers to frequently asked questions below. For additional questions, please contact an enrollment counselor!

Who earns a Master of Education in Educational Leadership?

This program is designed for experienced teachers, instructional coaches, private and charter school principal candidates, school district personnel, church leaders who oversee private schools and international school educators who seek to further their career in an academic leadership role. Educators with a master's degree in educational leadership are also able to pursue teaching positions as adjunct instructors at many colleges.

How many credits are required for the degree?

The Master of Educational Leadership degree is a 36 semester hour program completed in four semesters. It consists of 12 courses. See the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership curriculum page for additional information.

How many of the credits can be transferred from another program?

Students may transfer up to 6 semester hours of graduate credit from an accredited college or university. The coursework must be comparable to that offered at CCU and fulfill the CCU M.Ed. Educational Leadership requirements. Transfer credit applied to the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program must have been earned with a grade of “C” or better.

Do I need to be employed in a school/education setting while enrolled in the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program?

No. This program does not require current employment in education.

What is a capstone?

In contrast to a traditional master's thesis where students present the results of original research, the capstone is a combination of theory and practice. This final course assimilates and integrates the student’s readings, discussions and experiences in the Master of Education program. Students complete an action research project applied to their roles as educational leaders.

Will I earn a principal license with the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership degree?

No. The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Program degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission but it does not lead directly to licensure with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).

Is the program accredited?

Yes. All of Colorado Christian University's programs are accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. Graduates meet the requirements for certification by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Visit our Accreditations page for details.

What is required to apply? Are there prerequisites?

Read about specific admission requirements for the M.Ed. Educational Leadership program. A bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution is required. An applicant must also have a minimum of two years teaching experience in a public, private or charter school. There are no specific prerequisites for the program.

Will I have to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?

The GRE is not required for admission to this program.

How much does the program cost?

View current tuition and fees for the M.Ed. Educational Leadership program.

Is financial aid available?

See our Financial Aid site for detailed information about financial aid and payment options for graduate students. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You are also encouraged to check with your employer about additional tuition benefits that may be available through your company.

When may I start the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Program?

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Program is a cohort program. Cohorts can begin fall, spring or summer semester (August, January, May) depending on enrollment.

Where and when are the classes offered?

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership courses are offered online; in an asynchronous format. Each course is taken in a five-week block.

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