The length of time required to complete the Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree depends on whether a student is full time or part time and how the student performs in classes. A full time student taking the minimum course load of 9 graduate credit hours could possibly complete the Master's degree in approximately 5 semesters (21 months) if the student registers for classes during the summer semester. A minimum of 36 graduate credit hours is required to complete the degree.
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree program has a limited number of graduate assistantships available. Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis and are available for every academic semester of the year. Other aid may be available depending on your financial status. Visit Financial Aid to learn what is available.
Students must apply for graduate assistantships through Southeastern's Human Resources web site. All employment, including graduate assistantships, must be completed online. The site is searchable for particular positions, e.g., graduate assistantships.
Assistantships for Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants begin at $9,000 for the academic year (fall and spring semesters). Students receiving an assistantship also receive a tuition waiver; this includes non-resident fees for students who are not legal residents of Louisiana. The financial package for a Louisiana resident student receiving an assistantship for fall and spring semester including a tuition waiver is valued just over $13,000.
Job responsibilities and tasks are different depending on which type of graduate assistantship, i.e., TA, or RA,a student receives. All students on graduate assistantships are required to work an average of 20 hours per week and must register for a minimum full course load of graduate credit hours, which is 9 hours per fall and spring semester. Students receiving a graduate assistantship in the summer are required to work an average of 20 hours per week and register for6 graduate credit hours of course work.
Graduates with a Masters in Education in Education Leadership are employed as principals and assistant principals.
In 2002, elementary and secondary school administrators had median annual earnings of $71,490; postsecondary school administrators had median annual earnings of $64,640, while preschool and childcare center administrators earned a median of $33,340 per year. Salaries of education administrators depend on several factors, including the location and enrollment level in the school or school district. According to a survey of public schools, conducted by the Educational Research Service, average salaries for principals and assistant principals in the 2002-03 school year were as follows:
Directors, managers, coordinators, and supervisors, finance, and business $81,451
Elementary school - $75,291
Jr. high/middle school - $80,708
Senior high school $86,452
Elementary school - $62,230
Jr. high/middle school - $67,288
Senior high school $70,874