Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Degree program at Andrews University was created to prepare students who wish to pursue positions as principals, superintendents, or supervisors in their current or intended organizations. This program is able to be taken entirely online or on campus, depending on the needs or wants of each particular student. The online option is designed to offer some flexibility in scheduling and access to course materials to working students. 

The program faculty would like applicants to be aware that this program is intended for post-baccalaureate or post-master's individuals that wish to meet NAD Educational Administration Certificate requirements. The certificate requires graduate work in at least two of the following areas: learning theory and style, curriculum, improvement of instruction, education of the exceptional student, trends and issues in education, and multicultural education. Those seeking to complete this program with such endorsement must take additional coursework from some of the areas listed if not already done so. 

In order to complete this degree program, candidates must earn a minimum of 34 hours of credit. The first course that each student must take is an Introduction to Leadership, in which they are exposed to the philosophy of educational leadership and the standards and foundations that will guide the rest of the program. Of the total credit requirements, 18 come from work in the program core, five from research work, and 11 from the student's concentration. There is no thesis required for this program and all students are required to take part in an internship experience.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Distance Education Accrediting Commission,

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    The School of Education is NCATE accredited


    Applicants must have a four-year degree from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S., as well as a minimum overall 2.6 GPA on all undergraduate work.

    School Overview

    From the very start, back in 1874, Andrews University has placed serious scholarship, quality research and a strong focus on practical Christianity first on the list of things they think are important about attendance at a Christian university. Mr. Goodloe Bell, a teacher, started a tiny school with only 12 students in Battle Creek, Michigan. This was the birth of what is now known as Andrews University, later named after John Nevins Andrews (1829–1883), the biggest thinker in the 19th-century Seventh-day Adventist Church. Today, Andrews is the best-known Adventist educational institution in the world.

    Andrews boasts about 130 academic options to choose from, quality professors who care about your success, and lots of resources to keep students on track. They provide hands-on learning experiences, opportunities to learn inside and outside the classroom, and personal attention from faculty as a result of our small class-size and low student-faculty ratio.

    The School of Distance Education extends access to Adventist education beyond campus, community and national boundaries. We support our faculty and students around the world by promoting best practices in distance education and international partnerships, and by creating a virtual community designed to nurture learning. The School of Distance Education serves Andrews University by providing leadership, faculty and student support, and professional resources in the following areas: educational technology, distance education, compliance and off-campus programs.


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