M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Higher Education Leadership Focus
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May 20, 2024
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Lead in higher education with an online master of education degree

Create the ideal environments and opportunities to maximize student achievement with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership with a focus in Higher Education Leadership. In this theory-to-practice program, aligned with National Educational Leadership Preparation Program standards, you’ll learn how to lead and manage the culture, people and programs that support the development and well-being of learners. With Franklin’s streamlined 12-month, 100% online program, you’ll gain the knowledge to help you excel as an effective higher education leader.

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12-Month Completion

Earn your M.Ed. and qualify for leadership roles faster.

$2,000 Smart Start Scholarship

New students in the M.Ed. program qualify for an automatic $2,000 scholarship.

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Real-World Practitioners

Learn from experienced, in-field education professionals.

100% Online Coursework

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Program Overview

Develop and maintain a student affairs culture that fosters learning and development

The focus area course provides a deep dive into student affairs theory and practice. The broadest and most critical area of a college and university, student affairs bridges academic and administrative departments providing the potential for a multitude of touchpoints with each student over the course of the college experience. In order to help students gain and articulate transferable skills through experiences inside and outside of the classroom, the quality of learner interactions with systems and structures ultimately impacts student achievement. 
You’ll learn how to define student affairs as a profession and how mission, governance and culture impact the delivery of services to students. You’ll be prepared to analyze how finances influence action and articulate strategies to manage legal liability and risk. You will also learn strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners and how to collaborate with stakeholders to define services and create environments that enhance student learning and development.  

Earn an applied master of education degree that sets you up for success

Choosing Franklin for your M.Ed. is a win-win. The M.Ed. is an applied degree, which means that it’s designed to help you impact your day-to-day work. What you learn is able to be applied to real-world situations in real time. No delayed ROI here.

In addition, by choosing Franklin, a University that’s catered to ambitious adults for 120 years, you’ll learn alongside classmates who are also working professionals in K-12 education, at community and technical colleges and at four-year colleges and universities across the country. In addition to mirroring cross-functional workplace collaboration scenarios, the interdisciplinary nature of the program layers in additional peer-to-peer learning opportunities. 

Get a theory-to-practice perspective on leadership in education

With curriculum aligned to National Educational Leadership Preparation Program (NELP) Recognition Standards and taught by faculty who are in-field practitioners, you’ll get both the what and the how of effective education leadership. 

While you’ll also have ample opportunities – including the capstone project – to delve deeply into your own experiences and incorporate them into your coursework, the broad scope of the degree program enables you to be conversant with functional area specialists in order to lead effectively.  

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Future Start Dates

Start dates for individual programs may vary and are subject to change. Please request free information & speak with an admission advisor for the latest program start dates.

Summer 2024
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May 10
Fall 2024
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Aug 9
Spring 2025
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Dec 27

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Courses & Curriculum

Major Area Required
EDUC 610 - Principles of Educational Leadership (4)

This course focuses on the development of the skills and knowledge required to meet the day-to-day decisions and problems that confront educational leaders to include relationships among local, state, and federal agencies as well as families, community members, and school personnel.

EDUC 611 - Leadership Theory (4)

This course is an introduction to school administration, including the theoretical and historical development of school administration as an academic discipline, an examination of organizational behavior and theory, an exploration of political and legal structures which impact schools and school administration, and the development of the concepts and practices associated with successful leadership and decision making. The course will explore the challenge for both aspiring and veteran school leaders to create a community of shared commitment, responsibility, and accountability designed to serve the learning of the adults and the children in the school?a sustainable, professional learning community.

EDUC 612 - Ethics, Laws, and Values in Education (4)

This course explores human ethics within educational foundations. It assists learners to reflect on their own experiences to develop humane values of self-determination and self-realization, and social and individual empowerment. The course addresses the legal and political underpinnings of schooling in a globalizing and postmodern world, providing an overview of major issues in school law, to include U.S. Supreme Court decisions as well as relevant state and federal lower court opinions.

EDUC 613 - Leading Curricular & Instructional Alignment (4)

This course will focus on the tools that educators need to achieve deep alignment. Effective curriculum design and deep alignment are critical factors in maximizing student achievement. The purpose of the course is to strengthen the knowledge and skills of learners as instructional designers and managers by evaluating models for managing curriculum as they identify and research current and emerging issues in curriculum.

EDUC 614 - Educational Research & Program Evaluation (4)

This course prepares learners to gain an introductory understanding of educational research methodologies as well as their impact on rigorous program evaluation. This course examines the ethical considerations when conducting educational research, how previous peer-reviewed studies can inform future programmatic action, and the role that theoretical and empirical research should shape a school leader?s selected methodology.

EDUC 615 - Critical Issues in Education & Community Relations (4)

This course examines current and emerging issues and trends impacting education: inquiring into demographic shifts; globalization; technology, data-based decision-making; inclusion of diverse learners in American schools; and recent research on student achievement when influenced by race, gender, and poverty. Additionally, the issues and responsibilities related to understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural contexts as they impact the school community.

EDUC 617 - Capstone (4)

This capstone course is designed to complete an action research project that positively impacts the educational environment, reflect on the impact and changes that result, and inform others about what has been learned through this process.

Focus Area

Higher Education Leadership:

EDUC 616 - Introduction to Student Affairs (4)

The purpose of this course is to provide a survey and overview of student affairs theory and practice. It introduces learners to the foundational philosophies of the profession, examines the integration of student affairs functions and administrators in higher education, explores the variety of roles student affairs professionals play on college campuses, and seeks to develop an understanding of institutional cultures and the professional's role within those cultures. These objectives will be explored within the context of examining the central role student affairs plays in helping students gain and articulate transferable skills gained through experiences outside of the classroom.


K-12 Building Level Leadership:

EDUC 618 - Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms (4)

This course covers curriculum and intervention strategies for working with children in a supportive, equitable, culturally responsive, and inclusive culture within the educational environment. Learners will use their observation, assessment and communication skills to meet the individualized needs of children in inclusive environments. Includes the role of the teacher as a professional working with families, collaboration with interdisciplinary teams, and cultural competence.

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Career Opportunities

Dean of Students

Deans of students set departmental goals and manage budgets and programs related to student services provided by a college or university.

Admissions Director

Admissions directors set university enrollment goals, participate in the awarding of financial aid and scholarships, and oversee admissions team members who manage the application process.

Student Affairs Director

Student affairs directors oversee student activities, manage student organizations, administer budgets and evaluate co-curricular programs for a college or university.

Financial Aid Director

Financial aid directors implement a university’s financial aid policies while overseeing the financial aid staff that evaluates student eligibility for scholarships, grants, loans and work study programs.

Employment Outlook


From 2021-2031, jobs in Education Leadership & Administration are expected to increase by 8%.

All Occupations

759,414 jobs
822,508 jobs
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Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary

268,404 jobs
285,838 jobs

Education Administrators, Postsecondary

195,842 jobs
207,988 jobs

Education Administrators, All Other

83,324 jobs
95,195 jobs

Instructional Coordinators

211,844 jobs
233,488 jobs

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