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MA in Educational Leadership – Online

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Credit Hours: 36 | Courses

With a strong theoretical foundation and a practical structure, the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership provides students with the conceptual tools and professional preparation necessary to become accomplished school leaders. Coursework covers a variety of areas including supervision, leadership, assessment, decision making, student achievement, and school and community relations. Eligible students can obtain a standard Supervisor Certificate as well as a Principal Certificate of Eligibility. For students already holding a master’s degree, the program offers advanced certifications in the areas of supervisor, principal and director of school counseling. In addition, the program offers the opportunity for an additional internship to qualify the student to obtain the School Administrator certification.

Our programs in Educational Leadership have been continuously accredited by NCATE.  Additionally, Montclair State’s Online MA in Educational Leadership has been ranked No. 1 in New Jersey and No. 15 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2021 Best Online Graduate Education Programs survey. The Online Educational Leadership program also received top national ranking in Educational Administration and Supervision, coming in at No. 19.

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Students have several options for format, time, duration and place in order to complete the specific requirements for the MA in Educational Leadership.  Our comprehensive program ensures that students will find the study option that best fits their career goals and schedules.

Fully Online Format

Building your career one course at a time

Students focus on one course per session allowing for rigorous course immersion. Each course lasts for eight weeks during which students build a strong academic background in the field of educational leadership. Students can earn their degree in two years without the stress of taking multiple courses simultaneously.

The online program offers the same accredited curricula as the on-campus equivalent and is taught by accomplished and credentialed faculty. Classes are delivered purely online and blend both theory and practice. An asynchronous, online course schedule provides you with the convenience and flexibility you need to earn your degree and still balance life’s priorities.

What to expect as you move toward attaining your degree:

  • Three terms per year (fall, spring, and summer).
  • Two sessions per term.
  • One course per session.
  • Eight week courses.
  • Blending of theory and practice.
  • Interaction between your peers and faculty.
  • Student support services including online access to library resources, technical support and professional mentoring.

Post-Supervisor Certificate MA Completion Program

The MA completion program option is available to students who earned their Supervisor Certificate at Montclair State University. By completing this 24-credit online program, you will earn your MA in Educational Leadership along with your Certificate of Eligibility for Principal. These added credentials will support your career growth and open up a number of new opportunities as you advance in your career.

The next start begins Fall 2021. The accelerated curriculum is taught fully online and each of the courses modules are 8 weeks in length. The 24-credit program also includes a 12-week and 16-week internship.

When applying, select Educational Leadership (M.A.) for the Academic Program and Online program (post-Supervisors Certificate) under Select Program Option. For more information, email Tara Campos.

Fast Track, Core Choice and Off-site options

The Fast Track option allows students to earn the full master’s degree (36 cr.) with both principal and supervisor certifications in 14 months while working full-time. Each cohort runs on a summer-to-summer time schedule and takes three courses per semester. Classes are scheduled on select weekends and evenings in both online and hybrid formats. The program’s structure enables working professionals the flexibility of an intensive, yet manageable course of study in an accelerated fashion.

The Core Choice program allows busy educators to choose the pacing and learning format of their master’s degree program.  Students can choose to register for online (8 week), hybrid (a combination of face-to-face and online learning), or campus-based coursework depending on their preferred schedule and budget for courses. The program embeds both the Supervisor and Principal certifications within the master’s degree (36 cr.) with an option to take an elective to earn the NJ School Administrator certification.

Students who live a distance from our campus and wish to be part of the Montclair experience can take advantage of our off-site opportunities for the master’s degree and/or certifications. These courses are offered in the various regions of the state and bring our faculty expertise and student choice of formats directly to a school district.