Academic Catalog 2015-2016 (Addended) 
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Academic Catalog 2015-2016 (Addended) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Education in Educational Leadership

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The Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership program addresses the need for teacher leaders and administrators in charter, online, and private schools to possess conceptual and procedural knowledge that are critical for leading today’s schools. This graduate degree is designed to provide professional development for current and aspiring educators and school professionals who already have an established teaching role and are seeking additional leadership skills. The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program uses the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards throughout the curriculum to address the six core standards and dispositions necessary to promote best practices in the field.

Objectives of the Master of Education in Educational Leadership Degree Program

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program provides students with the tools to advance their professional career in education. Master of Education in Educational Leadership program graduates will demonstrate the content knowledge and professional behaviors necessary for successful performance as designated leaders within their district, school, or as teacher leaders. 

The overall program goal is to prepare educational leaders with the knowledge and ability to promote the success of teachers and students in the following ways:

  • Communicate a shared vision of learning supported by the school community
  • Act with integrity and in a Christ-like manner
  • Foster a positive school culture that capitalizes on the school’s diversity
  • Ensure high quality curriculum, instruction and assessment practices to support learning for all students
  • Develop and design data driven professional growth plans for effective educators and staff
  • Maintain a safe and productive learning environment
  • Collaborate  with families and community members to positively impact student achievement
  • Influence the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context of the school community

Admission to the Master of Education in Educational Leadership Degree Program

Admission to the MEd in Educational Leadership program is selective. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of previous academic performance, personal and professional accomplishments and goals, and strength of professional disposition qualities. Each applicant is carefully evaluated for his or her ability to contribute to the program. A strong desire to complete graduate-level work in a Christ-centered, biblically based community is important.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed application form
  • Minimum two years teaching experience; may be in a public, charter or private school
  • An official transcript that reflects a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Personal interview
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • One professional recommendation
  • Program specific essay
  • Candidates must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The grade point average minimum may be waived based on exceptional, related professional experience.
  • The GRE will be required for an undergraduate GPA lower than 3.0. The GRE test must have been taken within 2 years of application.
  • If six or more previous graduate level credits can be documented with a GPA of 3.0 or greater the GRE may also be waived.
  • Minimum scores for the GRE include:
    • 150 Verbal Reasoning
    • 145 Quantitative
    • 3.5 Analytical Writing

Transfer of Courses

Students may transfer up to six (6) semester hours of graduate credit from a regionally accredited college or university. The coursework must be comparable to that offered at CCU and fulfill the CCU Master in Educational Leadership degree requirements.

Coursework applied to the Educational Leadership program must have been earned with a grade of “C” or better.

Academic Requirements

Students who earn a C- or lower in a graduate education course are required to repeat the course.  

EDU 691   must be completed with a B- or higher.

Time Limitation

All work applied toward the Educational Leadership degree must be completed within a four-year period from the date of enrollment. After the four-year period, an Educational Leadership student who has not completed the requirements to graduate will be withdrawn from the program. Students who step out of the program for more than 365 days, or go beyond the four-year period and wish to complete their Educational Leadership degree will be required to apply for readmission. If readmission is granted, additional coursework may be required. Students will be required to adhere to current academic policies, tuition, and fees.

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership Degree

The faculty recommends students in the Master of Education in Educational Leadership to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 36 credit hours through a combination of CCU Educational Leadership required coursework and up to six hours of acceptable transfer credit from regionally accredited institutions.
  2. A letter grade of C or better in each graduate education course and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the university’s 4.0 grade scale in all CCU coursework.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the specific courses required for the full degree within four years of  program admission and enrollment.
  4. Completion of EDU 691   with a grade of B- or better.
  5. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  6. No outstanding financial obligations to the university.

Additional Information

For additional information about the MEd in Educational Leadership program and graduate courses in education, contact the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, or visit the MEd website at

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