Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership & Administrative Licensure

Stand Out and Move Forward

In a sea of educational leaders and administrators, how do you stand out? If you’re looking to move forward in your ability to create educational excellence wherever you go, Ashland’s Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership + Administrative Licensure puts you head and shoulders above the crowd. This program is for educators who want to do more, think bigger and lead their school further.

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Advance Your Career–And Change the World

If you want to make a bigger impact on students and teachers alike, this Master’s & Administrative Licensure program can get you there.

As one of the nation’s premier educational institutions for educators and administrators, we’ve noticed something. The best administrators–the ones who make a real difference in the lives of those around them–tend to be the ones who, at one point vowed never to leave their classrooms. But as a result of their commitment, they eventually realize that doing what needs to be done will require them to step into an administrative role. This program is for teachers who want to expand their classroom from a single room to a whole school–or even an entire district. 

While participating in this innovative program’s educational leadership classes, you will acquire skills and capabilities in critical areas, including school climate, professional ethics, school safety, school administration programs and more.

This flexible, online program also prepares you to pass the Ohio Assessment for Educators Educational Leadership test, which is required for administrative licensure.

Program Benefits

Program Benefits

What To Expect

M.ED. Core Requirements & APA Seminar

  • EDFN 501 APA Seminar (to be taken in first or second semester)
  • Curriculum Foundation Strand: EDFN 521, EDCI 522, or EDCI 523
  • Inquiry Strand: EDFN 504, EDFN 506, or EDFN 507
  • Diversity Strand: EDFN 510, EDFN 533, or EDIS 550

Professional Courses/Modules

All program modules are required for this degree.

  • EDLS 501 – Vision and Goals for School Leaders (Must be taken through Ashland University)
  • EDLS 502 – Critical Concepts in Fiscal Resource Management 
  • EDLS 503 – Critical Concepts in Human Resource Management
  • EDLS 511 – Theories of Instructional Leadership
  • EDLS 512 – Issues Impacting Student Achievement
  • EDLS 513 – Improving Instruction
  • EDLS 531 – Legal Issues in Educational Leadership 
  • EDLS 532 – Ethical, Professional & Legal Dimensions of Ed. Leadership
  • EDLS 533 – Essential Concepts in School Safety & Crisis Management (Must be taken through Ashland University)
  • EDLS 541 – Professional Development in Education 
  • EDLS 542 – Political Dimensions of Educational Leadership
  • EDAD 683 – Educational Leadership

Advanced Field Practicum

The EDLS 721, 722, and 723/724 OR 725/726 Internships modules are required for a year-long experience. 

Prerequisites: Core requirements and 21 hours. While the internship can begin any semester, it must be two consecutive semesters beginning with EDLS 721 and EDLS 722

  • EDLS 721 – Administrative Internship 1 AND
  • EDLS 722 – Administrative Internship 2

Choose one group from the following:

  • EDLS 723 -Administrative Internship 3: Building Principal Administrative Activities AND
  • EDLS 724 – Administrative Internship 4: Building Principal Professional Practice


  • EDLS 725 – Administrative Internship 3: CIPD Administrative Activities AND
  • EDLS 726 – Administrative Internship 4: CIPD Professional Practice

The following must be taken through Ashland University:

  • EDLS 601 – The Visionary School Leader (Prereq. EDLS 501) 
  • EDLS 602 – Managing Fiscal Resources (Prereq. EDLS 502)
  • EDLS 603 – Managing Human Resources (Prereq. EDLS 503)
  • EDLS 622 – Transforming Organizational Climate & Culture (Prereq. EDLS 522)
  • EDLS 633 – Safety & Crisis Management for Educational Leaders (Prereq. EDLS 533)
  • EDLS 641 – Professional Development in Action (Prereq. EDLS 541)

Continued Candidacy

Candidates must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.

Prior Ashland graduate courses must have been completed within 10 years of the beginning of the program.

College of Education courses below a C- must be repeated.


To be eligible to receive the administrative license, the applicant must:

  • Have a master’s degree
  • Have successfully taught two years under a provisional or professional teacher license at the age levels for which the license is sought
  • Provide an official verification/letter from a school district listing the number of years taught at each specific grade level
  • Successfully completed required prerequisite and licensure coursework
  • Passed the Ohio Assessment for Educators Educational Leadership test

About Ashland University

Founded in 1878, Ashland University continues to have a rich tradition as a private, comprehensive institution preparing students for exciting, impactful professions and careers. Your success is our goal, not just while you are a student but for the rest of your life as a member of the Eagle family.

We place a great emphasis on the importance of each member of our community. The phrase “Accent on the Individual ” has been our motto for many years and characterizes well the nature and content of both the online and campus environment.

We promise to teach you how to think, not what to think. We promise to work with you to create an individualized plan for your future, and we promise you an affordable education. We promise you will be guided by mentors invested in you as an individual. They will, within a diverse community of respect, design personalized transformative experiences to develop you as a person who works, serves and leads with integrity. And we promise you a lifelong commitment as we continue to help you discern your life calling and make a positive impact on your family, community and the world at large.

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