Educational Leadership (MAEL) Program Overview

Are you ready to become a leader in the field of education? The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MAEL) will help you prepare for a leadership role. Whether you want to lead as a principal or at the school district level, the MAEL program is designed to incorporate the Professional Standards for Educational Leadership and will prepare you to take the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) tests.

Your program begins with an introduction to principalship, followed by courses in school law, assessment and evaluation of student learning, and education and society. You will choose from innovative courses like social-emotional learning in the restorative classroom; equity, leadership, and engagement in the school and community; and leading trauma-sensitive schools. The program provides many opportunities to practice leadership through 120 hours of field-based activities and 200 hours of structured internships.

With your MAEL degree, you will have the skills to provide leadership in schools of all sizes, whether they are located in rural or urban communities, public or private, physical location, or online. Perhaps, your dream is to develop curriculum at the local or state level or to lead an organization providing consulting services or educational products to K-12 schools. Earning the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Bluefield College allows you to chart your own path to educational leadership.

The Academic Catalog is the student guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield College.

Online: January 2021

Online Per Credit: $460

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Courses & Requirements:

General Education & Degree Requirements

Master's Degree (MAED)
Core Requirements (36 Credits)

  • Introduction to the Principalship (20 Internship Hours)
  • Social-Emotional Learning in the Restorative Classroom (20 Internship Hours)
  • School Law & Ethical Practices (20 Internship Hours)
  • (Choose 1) (20 Internship Hours)
    • Equity, Leadership, & Engagement in the School & Community
    • School & Community Relations
  • Assessment & Evaluation for Student Growth
  • Theories of Educational Leadership (20 Internship Hours)
  • (Choose 1) (20 Internship Hours)
    • Leading Trauma-Sensitive Schools
    • Teaching Strategies for Student Learning
  • Foundations of Special Education (20 Internship Hours)
  • Education & Society
  • Understanding the Implementation of Curriculum
  • Internship & Action Research for Leadership I (100 Internship Hours)
  • School Leaders Licensure Assessment
  • Internship & Action Research for Leadership II (100 Internship Hours)
Total Credits: 36

Take a look at some of the career opportunities available to graduates of this program:

Principal
Curriculum Director
Educational Media Specialist
Nonprofit Program Director
District Administrator
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