Gain the knowledge and practical experience you need to pass your certification tests and have a leadership role within education. Students in the Educational Leadership program learn from experts in the field, and those currently working and leading in public education in Oklahoma. While in class on Wednesday nights, you’ll focus on real-world issues and possible solutions, and how you can influence positive change in any educational setting.

An education is something no one can take away from you, and you’ll get the full value of a master’s degree at SNU. The 36-credit hour program covers Elementary, Mid-level, Secondary and Superintendent training. Our classes are designed by educators and for educators. Classes take place in locations across Oklahoma so you can attend in a location convenient to you. Apply today to begin your journey toward a meaningful career as a leader, wherever you choose to serve.

What Makes This Program Unique?
Earning a degree while working full time or raising a family has never been more possible. Here’s why adult students are thriving and reaching their goals at SNU:

  • Classes take place Wednesday nights.
  • Students focus on one class at a time before moving on to the next.
  • Students study alongside other adults in similar stages of life.
  • Instructors with vast amounts of experience guide students through courses.
  • Textbooks can be delivered directly to your door at the beginning of each class.

Career Outcomes
The Educational Leadership degree prepares graduates to work in a variety of fields within and outside the educational setting. Graduates of the program have earned promotions within the school setting where they already work, have launched careers in a new school or district, and began their first position as a school administrator.

Some common career paths are:

  • Principal
  • Superintendent
  • Administrator
  • Athletic Director
  • Instructional Coach
  • District Director of Curriculum, Federal Programs, Human Resources, and more
  • Professor/Instructor

If these careers or other paths that require excellent leadership and critical thinking skills are of interest to you, consider applying for our Educational Leadership program today!


Student Testimonials
“MAEL is a unique, dynamic Master’s degree program. Students network with educational leaders and learn best practices in school administration each week. As we see our graduates hired as administrators, we know they are entering a career in educational leadership well-prepared to serve their students, staff, and communities”

Amy Fichtner
Teacher, SNU MAEL T6 Graduate, Principal,
Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent, and Education Consultant

“I truly believe that my education and experiences at SNU not only prepared me for the job but gave me the confidence that I could succeed…Thank you for investing in the graduate students personally and professionally and providing  insightful professors that can share their passion for education and students.”

Mrs. Kaelyn Cole
Assistant Principal, Curriculum
Edmond Santa Fe High School

Online, Bethany, Tulsa, and satellite locations across Oklahoma
Upcoming location: Sulpher

Studying Educational Leadership at SNU prepares students to enter the world of academia or any leadership role with a clear vision of the future and an understanding of how to lead others in an educational setting.

Credit hours: 3
To develop an understanding of the concept of leadership. Such concepts include the ability to guide individuals and groups, decision making, interpersonal skills, organizational ability and communication.

Credit hours: 3
The application of principals, methods, and techniques of research in education. Includes interpretation, evaluation, and use of research as well as an introduction to techniques of reporting research.

Credit hours: 3
Curriculum planning which anticipates occupational trends and how that curriculum may respond to students’ lifelong learning needs is studied. Focus will also be on the evaluation of curriculum and instruction programs in the local schools.

Credit hours: 3
The course centers on human relations and adjustment in the school environment. Problems such as evaluation, interpersonal relationships, and employee motivation will be covered.

Credit hours: 3
An understanding of the legal responsibilities of the school administrator and procedure and policy implementation that meets legal requirements will be covered in this course. The candidate will develop an understanding of the public and private legal issues surrounding education today.

Credit hours: 3
This class will develop an understanding of local, state, and federal finance as it relates to the school. Particular attention will be paid to budgets and tax bases.

Credit hours: 3
Reviews the nature of long-range planning including development and implementation of a vision statement. Focus will be on the needs of the local schools in all areas including staffing, technology, facilities, and student support.

Credit hours: 3
This class will cover major aspects of historical/contemporary schooling and its relationship to the principalship and superintendency.  An emphasis on theoretical aspects of educational administration will merge with practical applications of knowledge, skills and dispositions for effective leadership as principals and superintendents.

Credit hours: 3
Develop an understanding of the needs and responsibilities of the public and private sectors as they relate to education. Study will center on skills for building community support for district priorities and policies.

Credit hours: 3
Candidates will develop an understanding of the diversity that exists in the local community and how the school should respond. Discussion will also center on promoting the value of local school/community cultures.

Credit hours: 6
Internship experience is designed to familiarize the candidate with the practical aspects of programs they will be involved in during their professional career. Specific emphasis will be placed on school finance, legal aspects, facilities and personnel. All placements are made cooperatively between the candidate and the university internship placement committee. Internship placement may begin anytime after completing Long Range Planning. Candidates will complete assignment in cooperation with site-based mentor and the university internship placement committee.

Enrolling at SNU is a simple process. With rolling start dates, there’s no need to wait months at a time to begin your educational journey. Once you have earned your bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or higher GPA* from an accredited university and gained two years of work experience take the following steps:

Step 1. Apply online at

Step 2. Complete your FAFSA at using school code 003149

Step 3. Send official transcripts to SNU at or ATTN: Graduate Education, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008.

Step 4. Submit the following materials to or ATTN: SNU Graduate Education, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008.

  • Three recommendation forms
  • Student profile form, including essay

After you submit your application and all materials, you will be contacted about your acceptance and how to enroll.

*Students who do not meet GPA requirements may earn provisional acceptance into the M.A. in Educational Leadership program or be required to take the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Don’t wait to make your dreams happen. Begin working toward your degree as soon as possible with start dates occurring throughout the year! Once accepted, you will be able to set your start for the soonest start date, as space allows, or plan for future enrollment.

October 21, 2020 – Sulphur
January 13, 2021 – Bethany
March 21, 2021 - McAlester
March 24, 2021 - Online


We strive to deliver valuable programs to you at an affordable price, with help from financial aid options such as grants, scholarships, tuition assistance, loans, and more. Students may also qualify for the Stafford Loan Forgiveness program for teachers, up to $17,500. 

All tuition and fees are listed below so you can feel confident in your decision to enroll at SNU without unexpected expenses. To learn about resources available to you, visit our financial aid page and connect with a representative to discuss your unique needs.

Program Length: 36 Credit Hours

Tuition: $490 per Credit Hour*

Tech Package: $83.34 per Credit Hour**

Fees: N/A

Textbooks: Students are automatically opted into a program that will deliver books to their home address before each course. If desired, students have the option to choose a different plan offered through Tree of Life or opt out of all Tree of Life textbook plans and order books elsewhere.

*Effective June 1, 2020- July 1, 2021

**Optional tech package includes the following items or their equivalents: MacBook computer, Verizon hotspot with unlimited data, DSLR camera bundle, printer, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and Alexa Speaker, and an iPad. The tech package is an additional $3000. 

Going back to school for your master’s degree is a huge investment in your future. Be sure you have all the tools you need to ensure you’re making the right decision and that you will be successful on your educational journey.

Choosing the Right Program
We want to help you make the decision that will lead you to your goals. Learn how an educational leadership degree from the right university can position you for success in an ever changing economy.

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Selecting the Right Format
Choosing the right learning format is an important aspect of setting yourself up for success as an adult student. These resources can help you choose between online and in-person options, understand the value of accelerated courses, and more.

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Getting Started and Enrolling
Going back to school doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Understand what you need to know when entering the world of academia, like how to finance your degree, how to gather transcripts, and applying for college.

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Succeeding as an Adult Student
Many adults have thrived at SNU at all of our locations, including online. See some of these resources to learn how they have done it and prepare yourself to do the same!

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Succeeding as a Military Student
You’ve served your country, and that gives you a unique view of the world, approach education and the benefits you receive as an adult student. Our VETS Center is fully-staffed and here to assist students as they return to school, and we also share veteran-specific information on our blog. See some of the resources below or contact our VETS Center directly if you would like further support.

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What Are Your Options for VA Education Benefits?
What Veterans Need to Know Before Going Back to School
How SNU Serves Veterans

Looking for more ways to make the most of your educational investment? Get free ebooks on topics important to adult students, information-rich infographics, and regular tips on succeeding as an adult student on our blog>.

Have questions about earning your master’s degree in Educational Leadership at SNU? Contact us today to learn more.

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Alternative Certification Plan

If you are a Para Professional, alternatively certified teacher, or emergency certified teacher and are ready to take the necessary courses to finish your standard certification, SNU now has a group of courses that you can complete in seven months.  Financial aid is available.

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