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Educational Leadership

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program is designed to provide advanced professional studies in graduate-level coursework for candidates who are interested in becoming principals at various levels of K-12 schools, and are committed to excellence in student success. Graduates will become well-qualified professionals as they further their knowledge of the functions of a high achieving school in areas such as curriculum, instruction, management, personnel, finance, school law, public relations and the many facets of student achievement. They will be able to apply the theories and skills learned in the classroom to real situations. Numerous opportunities are provided to work with teachers, students and experienced principals in field experiences and learn how to meet the demands of leadership as a building level administrator. The program will prepare these school leaders to be committed to continuous growth because they will understand that the body of knowledge needed to lead schools is growing and changing. Graduates of this program will be effective leaders who can create and maintain high quality schools. Candidates must have one-year minimum of teaching experience to be enrolled in the program.

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership requires completion of 36 semester hours of graduate work. A minimum of 27 semester hours must be completed in the major. The remaining nine (9) credit hours are taken from the education core for graduate studies in the Spadoni College of Education. Students become part of a cohort that takes courses together in a prescribed sequence. The program uses a hybrid approach of face-to-face and online courses and is designed to be completed in three years of ongoing coursework. At the completion of the degree requirements and passing the Praxis II exam, graduates are eligible for certification as a school administrator in South Carolina.

Admission Requirements
  • A completed application for graduate study at the university.
  • An official transcript from each school or college previously attended. (All prior undergraduate academic study must be represented as well as other graduate study.)
  • At least two recommendation forms. One recommendation form must be from an applicant's principal. Additional recommendations should be from an instructional supervisor or internship supervisor.
  • A minimum of one year of full-time teaching experience.
  • A copy of current teaching credential(s)
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on undergraduate work or a report of scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) of no less than 400 on both the verbal and quantitative portions; or provide Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of 286 with no less than 146 on the verbal and 140 on the quantitative portions; or a report of a minimum score of 388 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Scores must be no more than five years old.
  • Legal arrest/conviction statement
  • Approval of the Portal I Faculty Committee


Greg Geer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the Master of Education in Leadership
Spadoni College of Education
Coastal Carolina University
Prince Building 111B
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC 29528-6054

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