Skip to main content

Educational Leadership

The Educational Leadership program at John Carroll University prepares teachers and other educational professions for leadership roles in schools, districts, and other educational agencies.


  • flexible hybrid and online format that allows for completion in two years
  • earn up to three credentials: Master of Education degree, certificate of assessment and accountability, and principal licensure
  • gain knowledge and skills in assessing program efficacy and develop a strong understanding of data analysis and data-based decision making
  • individuals with a master’s degree may take the necessary courses for the certificate and principal licensure components of the program
  • allows students to work full-time and meet program requirements

Why choose John Carroll?

We empower you to evaluate building-level programs and make data-driven decisions. This flexible hybrid program provides the opportunity to earn the following credentials:

  • Master’s of Education Degree (M.Ed.)
  • Certificate of Assessment and Accountability
  • Principal Licensure

If you already have you M.Ed., you can also take the necessary courses for the Certificate and Licensure through this program.

How long will it take to complete this program?

You'll complete the program in two years. In year one, you take two consecutive, seven-week hybrid classes and one 15-week online class each semester. The second year of study requires one online course and one hybrid course during fall semester, and one online course and a site-based internship during spring semester.

Can I work full time?

Yes, this program and internship allows students to work full-time and meet all program requirements.

What will my workload look like?

Students will only be required to come to campus once every other week during the semester. Course materials and assignments will be available on Canvas, John Carroll University’s online platform. Students will complete online modules requiring them to do outside reading, view videos, and complete assignments related to their educational site.

How much does it cost

Costs may vary depending on your program, but the 2018-2019 cost per credit hour is $730. Financial aid is available, including a 1/3 reduction in in tuition for qualified professionals. For more information on financial aid, contact Student Enrollment and Financial Services at (216) 397-4248 or at


Graduate credits needed to fulfill the program

Program Specs

  • On-campus classes at most every other week during the semester
  • All course materials and assignments available on Canvas, JCU's online platform
  • Supervised site-based internship during spring semester
  • Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination is required for the M.Ed. degree.


All students are awarded a 33% tuition scholarship

Financial Aid for M.Ed. Programs

  • Tuition scholarships are available to all admitted M.Ed. candidates. The scholarship reduces tuition for graduate courses by 33%.
  • A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for full time students. Graduate assistants are given a tuition waiver for up to 18 credit hours per year plus a stipend. Students are expected to spend 10-20 hours per week working for the department. Graduate assistants aid professors with courses and research.

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

picture of the bell tower with white flowers

Learn More

To learn more about the educational leadership program, including course of study, and to apply for admission, please visit John Carroll’s Office of Graduate Studies website.