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K-12 Educational Leadership–Master of Arts (MA) Online

As an educator, you’re already making a difference. But what if you could influence what happens on the building-level? Could you be the person who helps teachers feel more empowered? Who knows how to bridge differences, build consensus and develop a school atmosphere where faculty, staff and families support one another in their common mission to nurture citizenship, critical thinking and a thirst for knowledge?

The University of Wyoming makes it possible for you to get the training you need to become a K-12 principal—conveniently and on your own terms through this 100 percent online program.  

What is Educational Leadership?

Emphasizing courses in leadership issues specific to education such as instructional leadership, curriculum development and community relations, UW’s online educational leadership program will also ground you in practice through an in-depth supervised internship in elementary, middle and high schools.

The UW educational leadership master’s is a practice-forward program that qualifies you for Wyoming principal certification, readying you for building principalship.

Quick Facts

Degree Type: Master of Arts (M.A.)


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Resident Tuition: $286/credit hour including distance education fee

Non-resident Tuition: $805/credit hour including distance education fee

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23% of school principals in Wyoming are University of Wyoming graduates

Educational Leadership Master’s Degree Program Highlights

The UW online educational leadership master’s program was designed to align with national educational leadership standards, making this program relevant to students in Wyoming and beyond.  

Here are some reasons to consider the UW graduate program in educational leadership:

Online flexibility. Maintain your current work and personal commitments through the flexibility of this 100 percent online program.

Faculty-practitioners. Study with professors who are professionals in the field. Your teachers have 60 years of combined K-12 leadership experience in states that include Wyoming, Arizona and Nevada.

Internship. Complete a 435-hour field experience where you will receive practical school leadership experience and mentoring in elementary, middle and high schools. This makes it possible for you to work at the elementary or secondary level.

Accredited. The UW College of Education is nationally accredited by NCATE/CAEP. The educational leadership program is accredited by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC).

Scholarships. Take advantage of a variety of scholarships including the William G. Berube Scholarship, Elnora Brooks Memorial Scholarship, John K. Corbett Memorial Scholarship, Russell I. Hammond Scholarship, Leona S. and Jeanette Heptner Scholarship and Maurice Wear Scholarship Ivan Willey Scholarship.

What Can You Do With an Educational Leadership Master’s Degree?

Whether you are living in Sheridan, Wyoming or Fargo, North Dakota, the online educational leadership master’s degree gives you the knowledge and practical experience necessary to effectively lead programs and schools from kindergarten through high school.

Many UW graduates go on to serve as principals in districts throughout Wyoming and the West, and it’s not uncommon for alumni to pursue doctoral-level studies to work as district superintendents.

Educational Leadership Careers

UW School of educational leadership graduates hold titles such as:

  • Principal at the elementary, middle school or high school level
  • Assistant principal
  • Headmaster
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Curriculum director
  • Education consultant
  • District administrator

Amazing Stories from Educational Leadership Majors

Mike Wood, principal of Livingston Elementary in Cody, Wyo., was named principal of the year in 2018.

Examples of Educational Leadership Degree Program Courses

These are just some of the classes you might take as an educational leadership graduate student at the University of Wyoming:

  • Educational Leadership for Curriculum Development
  • Leadership for School Organization
  • Leadership for School and Community Relations
  • Leadership for Democratic Schools
  • Introduction to School Law
  • Special Education Law
  • Supervised Internship

View the full Master of Arts in Educational Leadership degree program curriculum. (PDF)

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