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Educational Leadership (MA) Online

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The Online 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. 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 to obtain the School Administrator certification.

Our programs in Educational Leadership have been continuously accredited by CAEP.  Additionally, Montclair’s Online MA in Educational Leadership has been ranked No. 1 in New Jersey and No. 10 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2023 Best Online Graduate Education Programs survey.

Apply by: 8/1/23
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Credit Hours: 36

Online MA Educational Leadership No. 10 in country for Best Online Master's in Education

Key Features

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:

  • All coursework can be completed online.
  • Course content and course schedules are geared toward working professionals.
  • Affordable tuition rate
  • Three terms per year (fall, spring and summer)
  • Eight week courses that blend theory and practice; two courses per semester
  • Interaction between your peers and faculty
  • Student support services including online access to library resources, technical support and professional mentoring.

Along with the Educational Leadership (MA – Online), the department also offers other flexible options for graduate study.

What Our Students Are Saying

The ELAD Online program was terrific and filled with relevant, substantial experiences rather than generic lectures and readings. Given the craziness of covid, it really meant a lot to know I was getting a top notch experience. I appreciate all the program offered and the support and guidance from the program advisor. -Connor O’Brien, MA ’22





What You Will Study

Credit Hours: 36 | Courses

For the MA in Educational Leadership, students must complete 36 credit hours.  Courses are offered sequentially during the fall, spring and summer. Students seeking to apply for the NJ principal and superintendent certification upon completion of the degree must register for ELAD 615 and ELAD 610. For additional information, please contact your advisor to discuss your program of study.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Department of Educational Leadership has compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions by prospective students for the Online MA in Educational Leadership. If you are unable to find the answer to your question(s) please contact Montclair State Online at

Admission Requirements
  • Submit Online Application
  • Transcript: One from each college attended.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two
  • Personal essay
  • Resume
  • Teaching Certificate or Educational Service Certificate

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Post-Supervisor Certificate MA Completion Program

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 2022. 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.

Contact Us

If you have general questions regarding the application process and admission requirements, please call or email Online Programs:

Phone: 973-655-7110

If you have specific questions about the program and would like academic advisement, please contact your Program Advisor.

Program Advisor: Tara Campos

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