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Online Master's Degree in Educational Leadership

Improve your teaching skills and earning potential with one of the best online Master's in Educational Leadership programs

The online Master of Education program is designed for advanced professional development of educators. The program concentrates on an educational leadership framework that supports the advancement, application, and integration of relevant theory and practices within the classroom with a focus on philosophical and psychological learning theory, appropriate instructional strategies, critical thinking, contemporary issues, and assessment. This program does not lead to teacher certification; however, Master of Education graduates may qualify for a pay increase for earning this advanced degree.

Is the M.Ed. in Classroom Leadership Right for You?

You might consider a Master's in Classroom Leadership if you already hold a bachelor’s degree in education and state certification and wish to advance professionally as an educator.

100% online degree program
Earn your Teacher Leader Endorsement
Earn another endorsement through elective coursework
A dedicated, personal advisor
Ability to apply real-world knowledge

As a Master of Education student, you will practice concepts learned from the program in their own classrooms and conduct educational research. Students have opportunities to work collaboratively with peers and develop skills in classroom management, curriculum, technology, leadership, and research. SWU's top-performing MEDCL degree program is regionally accredited, taught by real-world experts, and offers the flexibility to earn as you learn. Apply online in just 15 minutes!

Palmetto State Teachers Association Members Scholarship

Southern Wesleyan University will award a 10% scholarship to members of the Palmetto State Teachers Association who enroll in our M.Ed. programs. The 10% scholarship will be applied proportionately to each course of the entire program. The scholarship will be applied only toward tuition.

Students receiving tuition benefits from outside sources, including VA benefits, Military benefits, State and Federal scholarships & grants, and Tuition Assistance programs, may still qualify for scholarship assistance up to, but not to exceed, 100% of tuition expenses.

The student must complete the scholarship application form and provide proof of Palmetto State Teachers Association membership.

"This degree was just what I was looking for. Everything is online and the content I am learning is useful and allows growth for the future."

Staci Ulichnie, M.Ed. in Classroom Leadership

"The faculty and staff of Southern Wesleyan University are passionate professionals who provide a quality of service that is Christ-centered and student-focused. I would not have been able to advance without my degrees from SWU."

Jeffery Gaines, 2017-18 District Teacher of the Year for Clarendon School District Two
State Requirement Disclaimer

Southern Wesleyan does not advise students on what will or will not be accepted by their state departments of education. Students are encouraged to contact their state department of education to ensure the degree offered by Southern Wesleyan University meets state requirements. Additionally, Southern Wesleyan cannot determine credentials for individuals desiring to teach at the collegiate level as this varies by accreditor and is based on each individual's collegiate credit history.

(For those students who hold a Georgia teacher certification, Georgia has implemented new guidelines for the pay upgrade for the Master degree. At this time, Southern Wesleyan University’s M. Ed. in Classroom Leadership will not lead to an upgrade. This is because our program major does not meet the in-field or new field upgrade requirement. Individuals that desire to complete advanced degree programs in the transitional fields of Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Technology and Teacher Leadership must meet the new field upgrade criteria. Please access this PDF for more information. Southern Wesleyan is currently investigating the process for the Master in Classroom Leadership becoming approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.)

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Our simple, 15-minute application process is the first step toward earning your M.Ed. Join our Christ-centered community today!

Online Program Start Dates

Monday, January 6, 2020
Monday, May 11, 2020

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At a Glance

* Total Cost (cost per credit hour x total credit hours) is provided to aid in program comparison only. All stated financial information is subject to change. Total Cost does not include book and material costs.

Earn Endorsements through our M.Ed.

Teacher Leader Endorsement

The three courses and observational experience required for the Teacher Leader endorsement are built into the M.Ed. in Classroom Leadership program (EDCL 5373, EDCL 5183, EDCL 5493). Learn more about on page 27 of this Certification Guidelines document from the SC Department of Education.

In South Carolina, the primary choice available to teachers for leadership is the administration and supervision certification. Many excellent South Carolina teachers do not want to serve as principals or superintendents but want to remain involved in teaching while they serve in a leadership capacity. The Teacher Leader endorsement helps to fill this void in leadership options for South Carolina teachers.

This endorsement was approved by the legislature effective June 26, 2015. The coursework and training prepares educators to serve in leadership roles in schools while remaining classroom teachers. SWU’s School of Education facilitated the development of this endorsement and formed a stakeholder group charged with identifying recommended coursework, practical and observational experiences, and content delivery options for the endorsement.

The Teacher Leader endorsement focuses on providing assistance to practicing teachers in becoming leaders who are trained and equipped with the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to mentor and coach colleagues. Additionally, they will be able to effectively and efficiently lead school-based teams in setting goals to achieve results; problem solving to find solutions; professional development to meet teaching and learning needs; collaborative professional development to guide learning communities; building school capacity to focus on student outcomes; and interpreting data to impact student performance. Teacher Leaders will develop an understanding of current evaluation models in order to lead and assist peers in strengthening and augmenting their teaching performance with the overarching goal of maximizing student engagement in learning.

Endorsements through Elective Courses

Elective coursework in our M.Ed. in Classroom Leadership program can assist education professionals as they seek to enhance their professional training. Completion of electives could lead to content area endorsements such as:

  • Literacy - Read to Succeed Endorsement
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Early Childhood Special Education

Learn more about the M.Ed. elective endorsement courses

Admission Requirements for Master of Education in Classroom Leadership

  • Submission of a completed application
  • $25 application fee
  • Valid teaching certificate from the State of South Carolina or equivalent out-of-state certification.
  • Current employment as a teacher such that the teacher’s classroom can serve as a “laboratory” for the completion of course requirements.
  • Two recommendations from persons qualified to judge the applicant's moral character, professional expertise, and capacity for graduate-level work. One recommendation must be from School Administrator.
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate course work or on the final 60 hours of undergraduate course work. (If less than 3.0, student must have satisfactory scores on the GRE and/or approval of the Graduate Admissions Committee.)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language, applicant must submit an official TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test) or equivalent evidence of proficiency in English.

If you have any questions regarding admission requirements for your degree program, please contact an admissions representative at 877-644-5557 or .

Notice of Nondiscrimination

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972 and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Southern Wesleyan University does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The university reserves its right to operate as a church-related institution and to develop policies consistent with the religious tenets of its sponsoring denomination, The Wesleyan Church.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Gender Non-Discrimination Policy (Title IX)