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Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership

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Bob Curtis, ‘13 Master of Education in Administration

Secondary Principal, Community R-VI School District

Prepare for building-level leadership

Day-to-day administration of an elementary, middle or secondary school presents unique challenges in organizational management and curriculum supervision. As a teacher or administrator with leadership as a career goal, you will get the skills you need to meet these challenges through the combination of coursework, preparation for certification, and hands-on field experience that comprise the William Woods University Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree.

DESE coursework

All coursework required by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is included in this program, which emphasizes the ability to formulate effective educational practice involving school administration, school management, curriculum development, and supervision as they relate to the Missouri School Leader’s Standards and the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards. The curriculum for the M.Ed. degree emphasizes current research, educational trends, knowledge assessment, legal frameworks, and cultural issues. As a student in this program, you will graduate with the broader understanding of how schools operate at the building level. Through an extensive field experience, you will benefit from the opportunity to experience many aspects of school building leadership.

At William Woods, you’ll be participating in an Education graduate program known for its excellence and for providing a significant number of the leaders in Missouri’s state school system. Our Education graduate students are well-prepared and continue to score well on state administrative certification tests. As one of these students, you will have the opportunity to learn from active practitioners in the field and make the connections you need for leadership and career growth.

This degree is designed to fit the schedules of working pk-12 teachers and administrators and can be completed in two years or less through evening courses taught in convenient locations around the state. You can expect rigorous coursework with real-world relevance, designed and taught by professionals who have proven their expertise. We structure the schedule so as to keep students together, allowing you to develop lasting relationships with peers focused on similar career goals. And, to make this an investment you can count on, your tuition will not go up as long as you stay continuously enrolled.

Your Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree at work

This degree prepares you for upward mobility within a school by becoming a teacher leader, assistant principal or building principal. As a program graduate with a passing score on the state’s building-level assessments, you will be eligible for initial building-level administration certification. Successful completion of the program along with a qualifying score on the DESE assessments will enable you to apply for a principal’s certificate within the state of Missouri.

William Woods is the largest certifier of school leaders in Missouri

606 # of our graduates who are now principals and assistant principals
157 # of our graduates who are now school district administrators
90 # of our graduates who are now school superintendents


You will earn the degree by completing 13 three-credit courses plus 300 hours of field experience. You will also create a portfolio demonstrating your proficiency on each of the MLDS/PSEL Standards, among other requirements.

Courses you may take


Students enrolled in the Education Specialist (EdS) in Educational Leadership or Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership programs may be recommended by William Woods University for Missouri state-level K-12 School Leader (Principal) Certification beginning Fall, 2020!

View the K-12 School Leader Certification Requirements for more information!


  • Completed application
  • Copy of teaching certificate
  • Complete the  student achievement document outlining your accomplishments as they relate to student achievement and signed by you and your direct supervisor.
  • Official transcripts (2.5 GPA or higher) mailed from the college/university you graduated from

Cohorts available across Missouri

Cohorts available across Missouri William Woods advanced education programs bring evening classrooms to educators in districts where there is interest. Historically, cohorts were available in districts in Fulton, Columbia, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Cape Girardeau and many more locations.

Our graduate education programs are available online and are ranked among the best online programs in Missouri by US News and World Report.

William Woods in the real world

Many of our graduates hold leadership positions in Missouri’s schools.

Bob Curtis, ‘13 Master of Education in Administration

Secondary Principal, Community R-VI School District

One more thing

A high percentage of our students have impressive day jobs. They’re building level administrators, central office administrators, superintendents, special education directors, curriculum directors, instructional coaches, and professional development coordinators. As a student in our program, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from practitioners like these and form connections that later may lead to job opportunities.

Admissions Information

Learn more about graduate admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

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