Program Overview

The Rocky Mountain College Master of Educational Leadership degree is an accelerated program that prepares students to become school principals or superintendents for grade school K-12.  The program prepares students by combining coursework and intensive internship opportunities.  Between hands-on, online, and internship-based practice, students will be well prepared for an educational leadership role upon graduation. The program incorporates state and national standards for educational leadership and is based on Effective School Research.

The program is designed to be one year in length, and requires 34 course hours. It begins with a five-day residential seminar in August, and concludes with a five-day residential seminar the following June. Candidates will be full-time students, taking classes in the evenings in Billings, Montana, or online via VisionNet. All courses will have online components, regardless if course is taken in class or online. Students will also complete two internships, one for each semester.

The program is designed for candidates whom already possess teaching certificates and are actively teaching grades K-12.  In order to be considered for acceptance, applicants must have three professional letters of recommendation: one from their current principal, one from a peer their principal chooses, and one from a peer the applicants choose themselves.  Also needed for acceptance is a copy of the applicant's valid teaching certificate.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities


    Application, resume with defined career goals (4-7 pages), transcript from most recent institution, three (3) professional letters of recommendation, photocopy of valid teaching certificate, and a successful interview with faculty.


    Minimal residency requirement.

    School Overview

    Rocky Mountain College is a private, 4-year institution of higher learning that was founded in 1878 and located in the city of Billings, Montana. Originally, Rocky Mountain College was called Montana Collegiate Institute. Through the next couple of decades, the school changed its name and relocated to its present day location. Since its foundation, the school has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Church of Christ. The mission statement of Rocky Mountain College is "Rocky Mountain College educates future leaders through liberal arts and professionals programs that cultivate critical thinking, creative expression, ethical decision-making, informed citizenship, and professional experience."

    The school is a comprehensive liberal arts college that offers undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree programs. 


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