M.S. Educational Leadership Courses

WGU offers degrees, not classes. As a competency-based online university, progress through your degree program is determined by demonstrating your competence through carefully designed assessments and completion of a capstone project. As a student in this program, you will complete the courses listed below in order to graduate. These courses are required. Each course contains a study guide and recommended learning resources for you to use. Your assigned mentor will help guide you through the process.

For ease of understanding, WGU has assigned competency units to each of its courses as indicated below. A competency unit is equivalent to a semester credit hour of learning. WGU terms are six months in length. During a typical term, students will be expected to complete at least 8 to 9 competency units. Grades are assigned on a Pass/Not Pass basis; a “Pass” at WGU is equivalent to a letter grade of “B" or better.

Speak to an Enrollment Counselor for more information about these courses.

CourseCompetency Units
Governance, Finance, Law, and Leadership for Principals6
Performance Excellence Criteria for Educational Leaders4
Strategic Planning for Educational Leaders2
Student, Stakeholder, and Market Focus for Educational Leaders5
Measurement, Analysis, and Knowledge Management for Educational Leaders4
Workforce Focus for Educational Leaders4
Process Management for Educational Leaders3
Comprehensive Educational Leadership Integration2
Practicum in Educational Leadership7
Capstone Written Project in Educational Leadership3