Please note that the Educational Leadership Program is not accepting new students at this time.  If you would like to receive additional information about the program, please complete this inquiry form.

For questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 216.397.4284 for additional information.

Program Requirements
The Educational Leadership program consists of 45 semester hours: 30 semester hours for the M.Ed. and 15 additional hours to complete requirements for Principal Licensure. The program leads to licensure from one to three levels depending on the teaching license: Pre-K through grade 5, grades 4 through 9, or grades 7 through 12. Students may choose to earn a master’s degree in Educational Administration without continuing with the licensure requirements.

The Educational Leadership program is accredited by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) from which it has received national recognition. John Carroll is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Learning Goals for Graduate Education Programs


  1. Understands the contexts of professional practices.
  2. Demonstrates accuracy, organization, and persistence in achieving intellectual and professional goals.
  3. Contributes to the school, district, and the broader professional community.
  4. Engages in systematic inquiry.

Learner Development:

  1. Assumes responsibility in data-based decision-making and helps to ensure that decisions are based on the highest professional standards.
  2. Demonstrates knowledge of clients/students.


  1. Demonstrates knowledge of content and pedagogy.
  2. Demonstrates knowledge of resources.
  3. Designs coherent, evidence-based interventions.
  4. Establishes favorable conditions for instruction and intervention.
  5. Uses knowledge of communication techniques to foster collaboration and supportive interactions.


  1. Takes initiative in assuming leadership roles.
  2. Initiates activities that contribute to the profession.
  3. Seeks out opportunities for professional development and growth.
  4. Actively participates in professional events and projects.
  5. Challenges negative attitudes and practices; is proactive in serving clients/students/colleagues.
  6. Assists and supports fellow professionals.

Admission Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a major in education (equivalent to the training necessary for a teacher certificate) or the equivalent in training or experience. Candidates ordinarily have been licensed teachers, although this is not a requirement. Alternatives to the established admission procedure may be used to encourage the participation of individuals from under-represented groups.
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.
  • A completed application.
  • A written statement indicating personal interests, goals, and expectations from the degree program.
  • Two letters of recommendation with recommendation cover sheet from persons who are able to assess the applicant’s ability to succeed with graduate studies.
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score.

Course Requirements

Foundations of Education ED 500
or Multicultural Education (3) ED 453
Research Methods (3) ED 502
Learning/Teaching (3) ED 534
School Leader as a Facilitator of
Organizational Change (3)
ED 517
School Leadership I: An Introduction to
School Leadership (3)
ED 551
School Leadership I: Lab (1) ED 551L
School Leadership II: Instructional Leadership (3) ED 553
School Leadership II: Lab (1) ED 553L
Curriculum (3) ED 556
School Law (3) ED 558
School Leadership III: Issues in School Reform (3) ED 560
School Leadership III: Lab (1) ED 560L
After completion of the courses listed above and other degree requirements, the M.Ed. degree may be awarded.
In addition, beyond the M.Ed., the following courses are required for licensure:
Applied Curriculum Principles ED 557
Personnel Administration ED 561
School Finance and Economics ED 562
Technology and the School Administrator ED 585
Internship for School Leaders ED 596

Financial Assistance

  • Tuition scholarships are available to all licensed teachers. The scholarship will reduce tuition for graduate courses by 33%.
  • A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. Graduate assistants are given a tuition waiver for up to 18 credit hours per year plus a stipend. Students are expected to spend 10-20 hours per week working for the department. Graduate assistants aid professors with courses and research.
  • The University’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid offers assistance on student loans.