Educational Leadership, M.A., Ph.D.

Saint Louis University’s program in educational leadership prepares professionals to excel in their careers and give back to the greater community.


About the Program

SLU’s NCATE-accredited graduate programs in educational leadership are individually tailored to complement your unique interests and professional aspirations. They combine theory with practical insights and includes areas of concentrations for school principals, school superintendents and directors of special education.

Program Highlights

SLU’s NCATE-accredited graduate programs in educational leadership are individually tailored to complement your unique interests and professional aspirations. They combine theory with practical insights and includes areas of concentrations for school principals, school superintendents and directors of special education.

M.A. Curriculum and Program Details

This program prepares you to become a school principal. It requires 32 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree. You will also complete a comprehensive written examination and an oral examination.

Ed.D. Curriculum and Program Details

SLU's Doctor of Education in educational leadership requires 38 credit hours if you do not have a specialist degree and 28 credit hours if you do have a specialist degree. If you do not have a specialist degree, you will take all of the courses listed below. If you do have a specialist degree, you will take the eight credit hours marked with an asterisk and an additional 20 credit hours of your choosing from the list. 

The program does have a research course prerequisite that can be fulfilled by  Introduction to Inferential Statistics, General Research Methods or Qualititative Research.

  • Research Topics in Educational Administration (Three Credit Hours)

  • School District Administration/Leadership (Three Credit Hours)

  • Human Resource Administration (Three Credit Hours)

  • School and Community/Politics (Three Credit Hours)

  • Gateway Leadership Institute I* (Two Credit Hours)

  • Internship (Two-Three Credit Hours)

  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment I (Three Credit Hours)

  • School Facilities (Three Credit Hours)

  • Personnel Evaluation and Development (Curriculum II) (Three Credit Hours)

  • Ethics of School Leadership (Three Credit Hours)

  • Gateway II (Sped Leadership) (One Credit Hour)

  •  School Business Administration (Two Credit Hours)

  • Project Guidance* (Three Credit Hours)

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Ph.D. Curriculum and Program Details

SLU’s Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership prepares you to become a researcher, professor and leader in academic settings. You can enter the program with either a master's or specialist degree in educational leadership or a related field.

You will then complete 42 credit hours, including 12 dissertation credit hours, followed by a comprehensive examination, a preliminary examination, a dissertation and a public defense.

Specialist in Educational Leadership

The specialist is a certification degree used by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to qualify students who do not yet have a doctorate to take the state certification test for advanced, superintendent certification.

An M.A. plus 30 hours in educational leadership coursework is required for the certification.

If a SLU educational leadership student has a job opportunity or a salary increase in a school district salary schedule dependent on early certification, he or she may apply to get the specialist degree while completing doctoral coursework.

Prerequisites

Students must complete six hours of graduate level research coursework as a prerequisite to receiving the specialist degree. The prerequisites do not count as part of the 30 hours required to receive a specialist degree. The prerequisites may be taken at other
universities.

For specific information, consult SLU's graduate catalog. 

Careers

Graduates of SLU’s educational leadership program are prepared to take the next step in their careers in education. M.A. graduates seek employment as principals, Ed.D. graduates seek executive-level educational roles, and Ph.D. graduates seek employment as researchers or professors.

Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Applicant Criteria

Educational Leadership M.A.

Applicants must have completed 18 credit hours of upper-division undergraduate coursework in education or related areas approved by the educational leadership program.

Educational Leadership Ph.D.

Applicants must complete six credit hours of graduate research coursework as a prerequisite for the doctoral programs. If you do not have some or all of these credit hours, you may take the hours during the doctoral program in addition to the required  coursework.

You’ll need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Transcript(s)
Three letters of recommendation
GRE scores required for Ed.D. and Ph.D. (GMAT, LSAT or Miller Analogies Test scores may be substituted)
Résumé
Professional goal statement

Requirements for International Students

  • TOEFL or IELTS is required on application.
  • SLU writing exam is required upon admission.

Application Deadline

Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Review Process

The program has a year-round, rolling application process. Applications are reviewed by committee.