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WGU's online master's degree program in educational leadership requires the completion of coursework and a capstone project, ensuring that you have the essential skills and knowledge become a principal.
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Note: This program is based on multiple philosophies, including that of the principal as the instructional team leader, the standards of the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC), and the principles of the Baldrige National Quality Program's Education Criteria for Performance Excellence.
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The online M.S. in Educational Leadership degree program also requires the successful completion of a capstone project.
The capstone project is the culmination of your degree program and a chance to showcase what you've learned. You'll work with a real-world situation, developing and proposing a solution to an actual issue in your field. When you've completed it, you'll be able to share it with your colleagues—it will be a great demonstration of your knowledge and skill in educational leadership.
Go ahead, show everyone what you can do.
Make a Difference in a Child's Life
Earning your educational leadership degree online at Western Governors University will prepare you for the job you've always dreamed of—leading your own school. When you complete your M.S. in Educational Leadership, you'll be ready to become certified and begin your career as a principal, vice principal, or school administrator.
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A Degree Program That Fits Your Schedule
WGU's online degree programs are designed to let you study and learn on your time, not according to a class schedule. Our Teachers College programs are flexible and put YOU at the center of your education: You choose when and where to complete your coursework. Once you demonstrate your competency in a subject area, you can move on to your next course.
Online learning is not easy.
You should expect to work hard and spend 20 hours or more per week on your studies. Still, your program will be flexible enough to fit into your schedule, not the other way around.
That Depends on You
The average time it takes to complete a Master of Science in Educational Leadership degree program at WGU is 2 to 2½ years. Our competency-based approach, which allows you to advance through your courses using the skills and knowledge you already have, means that the time to complete a degree can vary from student to student. The amount of time it will take you depends upon three factors:
The M.S. Educational Leadership degree program requires the completion of 40 competency units (CUs), which are WGU's credit equivalents.
While you cannot transfer credits directly toward completion of this program, your transcripts will be used to determine whether you have the necessary academic content background in educational leadership for enrollment. A personal evaluation of your transcripts from prior colleges is required prior to admission.
Ultimately, the pace at which you complete your M.S. in Educational Leadership online degree program depends on how rapidly you pass assessments.
It's your program. It's up to you. Move at your own speed.
Put Your Existing Knowledge to Work
WGU was the first university in the country to employ a cutting-edge, competency-based learning model that lets you use skills and knowledge you already have to accelerate your degree program.
In WGU's online Master of Science in Educational Leadership degree program, students advance by demonstrating their competence in each subject area. You'll be able to move quickly through material you already know so you can spend your time focusing on what you still need to learn.
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Example Student A:
Total Credits in Program: 40
Time to complete: 2 years (4 terms)
Example Student B:
Time to complete: 18 months (3 terms)
We're committed to keeping tuition low and ensuring that our online teacher education programs are the very best value for our students. WGU doesn't spend money on classrooms, research facilities, or football stadiums. Instead, we focus on keeping costs low. In fact, we haven't increased tuition since 2008.
WGU is Half the Cost
WGU's Master of Science in Educational Leadership Degree Program is about half the cost of a comparable program at another online university.
The Faster You Go, the More You Save
Because of WGU's flat-rate tuition, the faster you go, the more you save. Tuition is charged at a flat rate every six months and covers all coursework attempted in that time. Our competency-based approach means you'll have the opportunity to accelerate your progress; if you complete your program ahead of schedule, you'll save both time and money.
WGU's online Master's in Educational Leadership degree program is designed to be affordable for hardworking adults with bills to pay.
Here's what it costs:
For this program, you'll be expected to complete 8 competency units (credit hours) per term – each course generally represents three or four competency units. Because we allow you to complete extra courses at no extra cost, you may be able to increase the value of your program by dedicating extra time to your studies.
Teacher education programs may include additional fees, including ones for take-home labs, demonstration teaching, and/or the educational leadership practicum.
It's Okay to Ask for Help
While WGU's low, flat-rate tuition is intended to help you graduate without putting your financial future at risk, there are times when responsible borrowing is a good option.
Federal financial aid is available to many students.
Learn more about tuition and fees.
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WGU Degrees are Recognized, Respected, and Accredited
Western Governors University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and was the first exclusively online university to receive accreditation for its degree programs that lead to teacher licensure from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The NCATE accrediting team extensively reviewed the entire WGU Teachers College curriculum to ensure that “candidates have the knowledge and skills to be effective in helping all students learn.” This involved intensive interviews with students, faculty, graduates, school district personnel, and education experts, as well as a review of WGU student performance on national performance exams.
WGU is an NEA Academy Partner.
WGU is also supported by over 20 major corporations and foundations who believe in the university's commitment to producing highly competent graduates. Several of these corporations continue to serve on our National Advisory Board.
Learn more about accreditation here.
An education degree from WGU tells schools and school districts that you've learned what you need to know to be a great educator. Take the next step.
Just Ask Employers
Our latest survey of employers of WGU graduates speaks volumes about our ability to prepare grads to work in many industries:
As a graduate of WGU, you'll have a valued credential that is recognized by employers. You can learn more about how employers view WGU graduates by exploring our Student Success and Performance Data.
Prove What You Know and Move Forward
When you enroll in the M.S. Educational Leadership program at WGU, you'll advance by mastering course content, then completing and passing challenging assessments that prove that you've learned what you need to know for each subject area.
These rigorous assessments (tests, papers, assignments, and projects) let you demonstrate your competence in each subject area in order to pass the course and earn competency units (CUs), or credit equivalents.
WGU sets a high standard, and we want our students to succeed. You'll be given ample opportunity to master subject matter, and be allowed a limited number of re-takes.
Apply and Enroll
To be admitted into this Teachers College program, you need to submit an official transcript verifying receipt of a baccalaureate degree (B.A. or B.S.) from a regionally accredited institution. You are also required to possess a current, valid teaching license. WGU also recommends six credit hours of college-level foreign language study. See more about Teachers College admissions requirements and overall admissions information.
Speak to an enrollment counselor and apply today. You'll be on your way to transforming your career.
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