M.Ed. in Educational Leadership K-12 Building Level Leadership Focus
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Prepare for K-12 building-level leadership with an online master of education

Broaden your impact on student success and well-being with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership with a focus in K-12 Building-Level Leadership. In this program, aligned with standards set forth by the National Educational Leadership Preparation Program, you’ll learn how effective leadership contributes to student achievement. Through Franklin’s streamlined 12-month, 100% online program, you’ll gain the knowledge necessary to help you excel as an effective building-level leader in K-12 education.

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On Site

12-Month Completion

Earn your M.Ed. and qualify for leadership roles faster.

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New students in the M.Ed. program qualify for an automatic $2,000 scholarship.

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Real-World Practitioners

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100% Online Coursework

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Program Overview

Gain industry-standard knowledge and become an effective leader in education

You’ll tackle key concepts in education leadership through coursework that’s aligned to the National Educational Leadership Preparation Program (NELP) Recognition Standards. These standards guide leaders in their work to create environments conducive to student learning and achievement by supporting teachers, setting policies, creating systems and allocating resources. You’ll learn what constitutes an education leader, their key responsibilities, and the significance of constraints like ethics, laws and values.

Leverage stakeholder involvement and garner community support

Every school is a microcosm of its community. Therefore, the impact of an educational leader extends beyond the school’s walls. At the same time, what’s happening in homes and families influences learning in the school. Your success as a leader is dependent on your ability to engage with the community as a partner toward shared goals.

Building on Epstein’s theory on the interdependence of school, family and community, you’ll understand the significance of creating a culture of partnership in your school. Through the Epstein Framework, you’ll be introduced to the six types of involvement that inform the systematic creation of a school-based plan for strategic partnership and initiatives, or to assist in the evaluation of an existing engagement plan.

Master strategic concepts for creating inclusive classrooms

Your focus area course provides the opportunity to dive into the curriculum and intervention strategies that help students excel in supportive, culturally responsive and inclusive cultures within the K-12 environment. While the course provides insight to benefit the teacher’s perspective, you’ll also gain understanding of regulatory requirements, design considerations and operational implementation factors within elementary, middle and high school contexts to inform the administrative aspects of inclusive education. You’ll also be equipped to analyze the school environment and recommend necessary support services and effective instruction and assessment methods.

Earn a contemporary master of education degree 

Education is a dynamic industry – preparing students for changes in society, the workforce and technology – is a challenge in itself. Doing it with a reliance on theory is impossible.

At Franklin, your instructor-led classes provide access to practitioners who are in-field and in-touch with the current thinking and the impact of current legislation on PK-12 education. Your capstone is an action research project, in which you’ll be required to design a “school improvement” project grounded in your current professional environment that addresses leadership, management and educational issues through the lens of your master’s-level studies. 

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Future Start Dates

Start dates for individual programs may vary and are subject to change. Please request free information & speak with an admission advisor for the latest program start dates.

Summer 2024
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May 10
Fall 2024
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Aug 9
Spring 2025
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Dec 27

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Courses & Curriculum

Major Area Required
EDUC 610 - Principles of Educational Leadership (4)

This course focuses on the development of the skills and knowledge required to meet the day-to-day decisions and problems that confront educational leaders to include relationships among local, state, and federal agencies as well as families, community members, and school personnel.

EDUC 611 - Leadership Theory (4)

This course is an introduction to school administration, including the theoretical and historical development of school administration as an academic discipline, an examination of organizational behavior and theory, an exploration of political and legal structures which impact schools and school administration, and the development of the concepts and practices associated with successful leadership and decision making. The course will explore the challenge for both aspiring and veteran school leaders to create a community of shared commitment, responsibility, and accountability designed to serve the learning of the adults and the children in the school?a sustainable, professional learning community.

EDUC 612 - Ethics, Laws, and Values in Education (4)

This course explores human ethics within educational foundations. It assists learners to reflect on their own experiences to develop humane values of self-determination and self-realization, and social and individual empowerment. The course addresses the legal and political underpinnings of schooling in a globalizing and postmodern world, providing an overview of major issues in school law, to include U.S. Supreme Court decisions as well as relevant state and federal lower court opinions.

EDUC 613 - Leading Curricular & Instructional Alignment (4)

This course will focus on the tools that educators need to achieve deep alignment. Effective curriculum design and deep alignment are critical factors in maximizing student achievement. The purpose of the course is to strengthen the knowledge and skills of learners as instructional designers and managers by evaluating models for managing curriculum as they identify and research current and emerging issues in curriculum.

EDUC 614 - Educational Research & Program Evaluation (4)

This course prepares learners to gain an introductory understanding of educational research methodologies as well as their impact on rigorous program evaluation. This course examines the ethical considerations when conducting educational research, how previous peer-reviewed studies can inform future programmatic action, and the role that theoretical and empirical research should shape a school leader?s selected methodology.

EDUC 615 - Critical Issues in Education & Community Relations (4)

This course examines current and emerging issues and trends impacting education: inquiring into demographic shifts; globalization; technology, data-based decision-making; inclusion of diverse learners in American schools; and recent research on student achievement when influenced by race, gender, and poverty. Additionally, the issues and responsibilities related to understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural contexts as they impact the school community.

EDUC 617 - Capstone (4)

This capstone course is designed to complete an action research project that positively impacts the educational environment, reflect on the impact and changes that result, and inform others about what has been learned through this process.

Focus Area

Higher Education Leadership:

EDUC 616 - Introduction to Student Affairs (4)

The purpose of this course is to provide a survey and overview of student affairs theory and practice. It introduces learners to the foundational philosophies of the profession, examines the integration of student affairs functions and administrators in higher education, explores the variety of roles student affairs professionals play on college campuses, and seeks to develop an understanding of institutional cultures and the professional's role within those cultures. These objectives will be explored within the context of examining the central role student affairs plays in helping students gain and articulate transferable skills gained through experiences outside of the classroom.


K-12 Building Level Leadership:

EDUC 618 - Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms (4)

This course covers curriculum and intervention strategies for working with children in a supportive, equitable, culturally responsive, and inclusive culture within the educational environment. Learners will use their observation, assessment and communication skills to meet the individualized needs of children in inclusive environments. Includes the role of the teacher as a professional working with families, collaboration with interdisciplinary teams, and cultural competence.

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Career Opportunities

Curriculum Director

Curriculum directors are employed by school districts to manage curriculum and coordinate teacher training in order to ensure educational standards are met.

Instructional Coach

Instructional coaches serve as mentors and role models for classroom teachers ensuring they stay current on teaching methods and technology in order to improve student outcomes.

Athletic Director

Athletic directors work collaboratively with academic and administrative leadership to provide direction and manage all aspects of an athletic program including staffing, budgeting, operations, compliance and community relations.

Employment Outlook


From 2021-2031, jobs in Education Leadership & Administration are expected to increase by 8%.

All Occupations

759,414 jobs
822,508 jobs
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Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary

268,404 jobs
285,838 jobs

Education Administrators, Postsecondary

195,842 jobs
207,988 jobs

Education Administrators, All Other

83,324 jobs
95,195 jobs

Instructional Coordinators

211,844 jobs
233,488 jobs

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