Master of Education in Educational Leadership

For additional information or questions concerning the M.Ed. in Education Leadership, click here or contact the program coordinator, Dr. John Hatcher at


Upcoming Cohort Locations:

Spring 2023:

Summer 2023:

Fall 2023:

  • Ascension Parish (St. Amant High School)
  •  Tangipahoa Parish (Southeastern Main Campus)
  • East Baton Rouge Parish (EBR Professional Development Center
  •  St. Tammany Parish (NTCC Lacombe)
  • Virtual


The mission of the MEd program in Educational Leadership is to provide and develop the essential knowledge, skills, and dispositions to prepare candidates to become educational leaders who are instructional leaders and promote effective school improvement.

Program Overview 

The Master's degree in Educational Leadership is designed to provide the essential foundation for school administrators to assume the role of instructional leaders for effective school improvement. The program meets standards set by the National Policy Board and ELCC standards. Southeastern Louisiana University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and meets the Educational Leadership certification requirements of the Louisiana State Department of Education.


Cohort Design 

The applicants once admitted to the program will be assigned to a cohort. The applicant will remain with the cohort for the duration of the program to ensure the validity of the networking and collaboration built into the program design and approved by the State. Students will not be permitted to change cohorts for personal convenience. If a student misses a term of study, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Program Coordinator for reassignment to an existing cohort in order to complete the course of studies for the program.


Admissions Requirements 

Admission to the Educational Leadership Program is highly selective and prospective students must meet all admissions criteria prior to admittance. Students will be allowed to enroll in courses in this degree curriculum only after formal admission to the program. To be considered for admission for a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership, an applicant must initially satisfy all of the Southeastern Louisiana University graduate admission requirements.



The prospective student must apply for and be admitted for study in Southeastern Louisiana University and satisfy all other University graduate admission requirements including submission of official transcripts and GRE scores. The University application must be done on line at:



Applicants must submit to the Coordinator of the Master's Program in Educational Leadership, a portfolio containing the following documents:


  1. Letter of application that includes the applicant's reasons for selecting this particular career option;

  2. Curriculum vita (resume) including applicant's full name, address, telephone number(s), email address, student identification number (W#), academic preparation, prior related work and leadership experiences, degrees held, honors, awards, special interests, and other appropriate information;

  3. Verification of a minimum 2.5 undergraduate grade point average;

  4. Copy of valid teaching certificate;

  5. Verification of a minimum of one successful year of teaching experience in either public or private schools;

  6. Completed Recommendation Form from a school official who can attest to the applicant's leadership potential and likelihood of success in the program;

  7. Memorandum of Understanding Form completed and signed by the designated school officials;

  8. Mentor Information Form from school official who will supervise the on-site field experiences.

  9. Minimum score of 500 based on the formula (GPA x 85 + GRE = 500)*

 *scores less than 500 will be considered on an individual basis.


Admissions Decision

Admission to the Educational Leadership Program is selective and requires a favorable evaluation by the Leadership Admissions Committee and is contingent upon the receipt of all application required documents. When all admissions requirements have been met, the Program Coordinator will complete the necessary notification/acceptance papers for the Graduate School.


Requirements for Completion of the Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership 

To receive the Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership, a student must: 

  1. Successfully complete all requirements stated in the degree plan with grades of “B” or better in all course work;

  2. No grade below “B” will be accepted for graduate degree credit;

  3. Successfully complete all field-based experiences and internship;

  4. During the last semester of study, satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination, to take the form of completion and defense before the Leadership Faculty of an electronic portfolio; (A student whose portfolio and/or defense is deemed unsatisfactory will be required to perform remediation activities or coursework before requesting a second examination. No candidate will be permitted a third attempt);

  5. Successfully complete the School Leaders' Licensure Examination;

  6. Receive a favorable recommendation for the degree from the Educational Leadership faculty and the Graduate Coordinator.


Louisiana's Certification Structure for Educational Leadership 

All graduate competency-based degree preparation programs, graduate alternative certification programs, assessments, and continuing learning units shall be aligned with the following state and national standards:


  • the Standards for School Principals in Louisiana and

  • the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Standards for Advanced Programs in Educational Leadership, the standards used by the National Council for the Accreditation of Colleges of Teacher Evaluation (NCATE) for university program reviews.


Certification Levels 

  • Teacher Leader Endorsement
  • All educational leaders will progress through two levels of educational leader certification.
  • An additional level of certification (Superintendent) is required for employment as a local district superintendent.

(See Department of Education Site for additional information:




Course of study


First Semester

EDL 610

Research Methods for Educational Leaders


EDL 612

Fosterin Vision and Leadership in Educational Environments


Second Semester

EDL 721

School Law


EDL 702

School Community Relations


Third Semester

EDL 642

School Personnel Administration


EDL 625

Organizational Management


Fourth Semester

EDL 722

Curriculum Improvement


EDL 635

Supervision of Instruction


Fifth Semester

EDL 723

Leading Change in Educational Organizations


EDF 600

Application of Educational Research


Sixth Semester

ETEC 615

Technology Studies for Educational Leaders


EDL 725

Internship in Educational Leadership



All courses are guided by the College of Education conceptual framework


For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator:

Dr. John Hatcher, III
Department of Educational Leadership and Technology
Southeastern Louisiana University
SLU 10549
Hammond, LA 70402