Academic Catalog 2018-2019 
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Academic Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Education in Educational Leadership

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The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership degree addresses the need for teacher leaders, administrators, and principals in public, 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 degree uses the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards and the Colorado Principal Quality standards throughout the curriculum to address the six core standards and dispositions necessary to promote best practices in the field. The Master of Education in Educational Leadership has the option of either a licensure or non-licensure track. All courses, with the exception of internship, may be offered online or on-site. Internship coursework requires a site specific commitment.

Graduates who satisfactorily complete all requirements of the Master of Education in Educational Leadership (licensing) program may apply to the Colorado Department of Education for a principal license. Candidates also meet the requirements for certification by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

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 environment of the school community.

Admission to the Master of Education in Educational Leadership Degree Program

Admission to the M.Ed. 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. Those students wishing to pursue principal licensure must have three years professional licensed experience by the completion of the program.
  • 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 from an individual who is not a family member.
  • Program specific essay.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average between 2.0 and 2.49 will be admitted on a conditional admit (CAD) basis for the first semester.  CAD students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in their first nine (9) credits to remain in the program.
  • Completed background check. (Required for program admission in order to complete field requirements.)

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- Capstone or EDU 692 Leadership Internship 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.

Required Course for Master of Education in Educational Leadership with Licensure (3 Credit Hours)

Required Course for Master of Education in Educational Leadership without Licensure (3 Credit Hours)

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Education in Educational Leadership Degree

The faculty recommend 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. Completion of EDU 691 - Capstone  or EDU 692 - Leadership Internship  with a grade of B- or better.
  4. Satisfactory completion of the specific courses required for the full degree within four years of  program admission and enrollment.
  5. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  6. No outstanding financial obligations to the university.

Additional requirements for graduates pursuing licensure

  1. In Leadership Internship the principal candidates must earn a grade of B- or better and be assessed as proficient in all Principal Quality Standards.
  2. Receive a passing score on the state approved content exam.
  3. Receive a recommendation by the CAGS School of Education Professions Dean for a Principal License to the Colorado Department of Education.
  4. Candidates pursuing licensure must have three years of licensed experience in a public or nonpublic elementary or secondary school.

Additional Information

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

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