The purposes of the Department of Educational Leadership and Technology are:

  1. To provide the best possible curricula and instruction to enable students to complete requirements for the degree(s) and/or certifications they are seeking at the University.
  2. To develop the knowledge base of students in order to prepare them for leadership roles in the schools and communities.
  3. To provide opportunities for personal achievement and the development of professional competence, technological expertise, integrity, intellectual curiosity, self-discipline and ethical conscientiousness.
  4. To help the student come to an understanding of the place of the individual in a pluralistic society.


Program Description
Program Overview

The Southeastern Louisiana University Master of Education 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 has been accredited by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) and has met the School Leader certification requirements of the Louisiana State Department of Education.

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.


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 Director 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, following the admissions interview. 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.

University: The prospective student must apply for and be admitted to 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 online at:

Program: Applicants must submit, to the Director 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 the 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 cumulative 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 a 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 required application documents. When all admissions requirements have been met, the Graduate Coordinator will complete the necessary notification/acceptance papers for graduate admissions.


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 of an electronic portfolio before the Leadership Faculty; (A students whose portfolio and/or defense is deemed unsatisfactory will be required to perform remediation activities or course work 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.
      • The Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) Standards for Advanced Programs in Educational Leadership, the standards used by the National Council for the Accreditation of Colleges of Teacher Evaluation (NCATE) for the 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 Louisiana Department of Education website for additional information at:


Educational Leadership Curriculum

Semster 1  
EDL 610: Research Methods for Educational Leaders 3 hours
EDL 612: Fostering Vision and Leadership in Educational Environments 3 hours
Semester 2  
EDL 721: School Law 3 hours
EDL 702: School-Community Relations 3 hours
Semester 3  
EDL 642: School Personnel Administration 3 hours
EDL 625: Organizational Management 3 hours
Semester 4  
EDL 722: Curriculum Improvement Independent Research Study 3 hours
EDL 635: Supervision of Instruction in the Elementary and Secondary School 3 hours
Semester 5  
EDL 723: Leading Change in Educational Organizations 3 hours
EDF 600: Educational Research 3 hours
Semester 6  
EDL 725: Internship 3 hours
ETEC 615: Technology Studies for Educational Leaders 3 hours
Total: 36 hours