Educational Leadership

You were made for more.

Gain the knowledge and practical experience you need to ace your certification tests and become a school administrator. Students in the Educational Leadership program learn from experts in the field, currently working and leading in public education in Oklahoma. 

  • Attend class once a week on Wednesday nights. 
  • The 36-hour program covers Elementary, Mid-level, Secondary and Superintendent training. 
  • Tuition can include the technology needed to be successful as an administrator. 
  • Students may qualify for the Stafford Loan Forgiveness program for Teachers, up to $17,500. 
  • SNU scholarships are available to Educational Leadership students.  

Master’s in Educational Leadership is offered at the Bethany and Tulsa locations, as well as satellite classrooms in Broken Bow, Duncan, Sallisaw, and Woodward.

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ED 6003 Leadership (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.

ED 6153 Educational Research (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.

ED 6023 Evaluation Curriculum/Instruction (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.

ED 6033 Human Resource Management (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.

ED 6043 School Law (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.

ED 6053 School Finance (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.

ED 6063 Long Range Planning (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.

ED 6073 Schooling and Educational Administration (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.

ED 6083 School/Community Relations (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.

ED 6093 Sociology Cultures/Communities/Schools (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.

ED 6106 School Site Internship (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 ED 6063.

Candidates will complete assignment in cooperation with site-based mentor and the university internship placement committee.

MAEL Program Requirements

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Two (2) years of teaching experience or approval from the MAEL Director based on experience in an education field or plans for your professional future in an educational field
  • Recommendations from three sources
  • Completion of the student profile form (including essay)
  • If your undergraduate cumulative GPA is below 3.0, you may receive provisional admittance or be required to take Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

Graduate College Requirements

  • Completed application form.
  • Transcript from the university where your Bachelor’s degree was earned. SNU graduates need not request the SNU transcript.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 –  Bethany, OK
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – Woodward, OK

Program Cost

Program Length: 36 Credit Hours

Tuition: $490/Credit Hour

Tech Package: $83.34/Credit Hour

Students will automatically opt into textbook rentals through the Tree of Life bookstore. 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 July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

NOTE: Tuition and any program fees are due at the Organizational Meeting. This includes the first installment, if you are on a payment plan.

“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

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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