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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership, M.A. Ed.

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Ginger Blackwell, Ed.D., Graduate Program Director


The Master of Arts in Leadership degree will lead to administrative certification in Kentucky. The Principal Preparation concentration within the MAEd degree program is to train and develop excellent teachers for administrative positions as elementary, middle and secondary school principals as well as P-12 Supervisors of Instruction. The MAEd in Educational Leadership has two distinct concentrations.

Contact Information

Educational Leadership Graduate Office - MEP 295

edleadership@nku.edu or (859) 572-7892

Admission Requirements

Individuals applying must meet all requirements for admission to graduate study at Northern Kentucky University as defined by the Graduate Catalog at the time of application in addition to the following criteria:

  • Submit an online application and application fee to the Office of Graduate Education.
  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Three (3) years of documented teaching experience in a public school or a nonpublic school which meets state performance standards as established in KRS 156.160.
  • Three letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate’s leadership skills including one from the candidate’s principal; the other two letters can be from an assistant principal, academic coach, department head, grade level leader, mentor or university professor.
  • A written statement documenting the candidate’s skills and understanding in the follow-ing areas:

1. Ability to improve student achievement;

2. Leadership; and

3. Advanced knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment; and

  • An agreement from a school district pledging support that includes opportunities for the candidate to participate in a clinical experience. The agreement shall include:

1. A description of how the district will provide opportunities for the candidate:

a. To observe school and district leadership; and

b. To participate in school and district leadership activities;

2. Confirmation that the candidate shall be permitted to utilize aggregated school and district information and data; and

3. The signature of the district superintendent or the district superintendent’s designee.

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