The School of Education Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree program is focused on developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for leadership roles in the diverse field of education. Students in this program will critically analyze a broad range of theories, current trends and practices, and practical knowledge in education. Each specialization prepares graduate students for work in a variety of PK-12, higher education, and organizational training environments where a graduate degree in education is an advantage.

The M.Ed. program in the School of Education has a common set of program goals across all specializations:

Master of Education Program Goals

  1. Apply education leadership principles and theories to a real-world educational problem or case study.

  2. Analyze educational issues within a specialty area and make decisions and/or recommendations.

  3. Effectively use technology.

  4. Reflect on situations, theories, and/or case studies.

  5. Apply learning in a caring and professional manner.

  6. Communicate effectively in a variety of learning contexts within a global environment.

  7. Discuss methods of collaboration to build and execute a shared vision.

  8. Accurately integrate multiple perspectives related to diversity.

Completion Period for Master's Degrees

Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master's programs (36 credit hours if enrolled in the PK-12 Principal Leadership specialization that prepares candidates to meet Arizona State certification requirements).   Students who are considering any degree program are strongly  encouraged to check specific state requirements carefully to be sure any degree program they consider will be accepted for purposes of certification or recertification, promotion, or advancement on school district salary schedules.

The MEd degree program has the following graduation requirements:

The University may accept a maximum of 6 semester credit hours in transfer toward the master's degree for graduate coursework completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of "B" or better. (This does not apply to the specialization in PK-12 Principal Leadership, in which case all courses must be taken at NCU for certification purposes.)

Students who are unable to complete a degree program within the stated time limits are dismissed. If a student believes they have extenuating circumstances they may document the circumstances and send a request for consideration to their respective School Dean or designee. Exceptions to the policy are determined on a case-by-case basis and are granted only once.

Normal time to completion for this program is 42 months. Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most Northcentral students are working adults balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

The normal time disclosed above reflects the experience of students who may have entered under different program requirements. In the quest for continuous improvement, academic leadership has revised the program to optimize curriculum and pace, facilitate student learning, and improve chances for success. Therefore, the program is now designed for students enrolling today to take advantage of these revised course structures, lengths, and schedules. New students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 15 months.

Accelerated MEd Program

Within the MEd program, the School of Education offers an Accelerated MEd scheduling track. The Accelerated MEd is not an alternative program, but is a scheduling option designed for students capable of completing a fast-paced graduate course structure. Students considering the Accelerated MEd track are strongly encouraged to first think about their availability for study-time, work schedule or any other outside activities that may influence course participation, and their ability to learn in a rapidly moving academic environment.  Students who enter and successfully complete the Accelerated MEd track will graduate in 12 months with a Master of Education degree.

Like the non-Accelerated MEd, students are required to complete 30 credit hours, which include a combination of foundation course work and specialization courses. The second course is staggered four weeks following the start of the first course. The last course in the Accelerated MEd track, ED6002 starts six weeks following the start of the next to last course. All other courses are taken in pairs (see course schedule).

Students who start in the Accelerated MEd track may reschedule their courses and continue their studies in the non-Accelerated MEd track. Students who opt out of the Accelerated MEd track, regardless of reason, will not be permitted back into the Accelerated track and will lose any promotional benefits, which may have been in effect at the time of initial enrollment.

Any student transferring out of the Accelerated MEd track into the non-Accelerated MEd or vise-versa must work with his or her assigned Academic Advisor to complete the process. Students in the non-Accelerated MEd can only transfer into the Accelerated MEd track within the first four weeks of the first course.

Students who fail a course in the Accelerated MEd are immediately dismissed from the Accelerated track and must transfer to the non-Accelerated track if they want to continue in the MEd program. Academic Leaves of Absences (ALOAs) are not permitted in the Accelerated MEd track. Students who require an ALOA may request one with the understanding that they must move to the non-Accelerated track upon their return.

As with other MEd programs, the transfer credit policy applies to the Accelerated program.  Courses considered for transfer must mirror courses in the Accelerated program. The Dean of the School of Education must approve any courses considered for transfer. All other policies and procedures under this section remain in effect unless stated otherwise in this section.                       

Prescribed Courses for Accelerated Masters of Education with a Specialization in Education Leadership

Foundation Courses – 15 Credit Hours

EDU5000-8

Foundations of Graduate Study

ED5022-8

Education Policies and Practices

ED5001-8

Contemporary Issues

ED5034-8

School Community Relations

ED5023-8

Multicultural Relationships

Specialization Courses – 15 Credit Hours

EDL5033-8

School Based Leadership

EDL5004-8

School Law

EDL5013-8

School Finance

EDL5035-8

Supervision of Curriculum

ED6003-8

Action Research Capstone for PK-12 Specializations

Prescribed Courses for Accelerated Masters of Education with a Specialization in Leadership in Higher Education:

Foundation Courses – 15 Credit Hours

EDU5000-8

Foundations of Graduate Study

ED5040-8

Research Leadership for Learning Communities

ED5041-8

Adult Learning Strategies to Improve Organizational Efficacy

ED5042-8

Intercultural Communication

ED5044-8

Technology and a Vision for the Future

Specialization Courses – 15 Credit Hours

LHE5004-8

The Organization of Higher Education

LHE5010-8

Topics in Higher Education

LHE5008-8

Financial Issues in Higher Education

LHE5011-8

Leadership in Higher Education

ED6002-8

Action Research Capstone

Course Schedule for Accelerated MEd with a Specialization in Education Leadership

Course Schedule for Accelerated MEd with a Specialization in Leadership in Higher Education

Certification and Licensing

The School of Education serves educational leaders by providing online graduate studies in education to reach worldwide populations. The MEd program is designed to reach national and international markets and does not purport to provide licensure or certification in any particular state or country. The one exception to this is the MEd program with a specialization in PK-12 Principal Leadership which has been approved by the Arizona Department of Education to prepare candidates for certification as PK-12 school principals in the State of Arizona. Certification requirements vary by state. Students are advised to contact their state department of education or local school district for guidance in obtaining certification or licensure, or for approval in fulfilling district level incentive programs. Prospective candidates are responsible for learning and following any requirements for licensure, recertification, etc. in the state(s) where they wish to apply the degree.

There are several reasons why an educator would want to pursue a graduate degree in education that does not lead to state licensing or certification.

Reasons may include:

School of Education Curriculum

The School of Education curriculum emphasizes a combination of learning theory, instructional strategies, and technology integration for educators working with any grade level, and within professional associations, organizations or as a consultant. The emphasis is on students transforming theory immediately into practice and faculty tailoring instruction to enhance student understanding and achievement. The program aims to produce graduates who understand the scope, pace, and magnitude of the transformation of education within the world that is taking place; and to assist students to meet the challenges of state and national standards (if desired), while meeting the learning needs of educators who work beyond the classroom.

State of the Art Content

The School of Education sequence of courses undergoes constant review to ensure that while maintaining depth of focus, the program continually includes latest educational innovations and provides participants the tools to incorporate them into pedagogy. The curriculum content and related URL links are current and pertinent. All School of Education courses are continually updated to reflect the latest developments in instructional technology to support instruction.

MEd students may select a specialization track from the list of courses offered via the School of Education.  All MEd students are required to take either ED6002or ED6003 as the Capstone Course for their program, with the exception of those who select the PK-12 Principal Leadership certification specialization. (PL candidates complete a 16-week capstone internship in PL6010-8 and PL6011-8, which includes completion of an action research project.)

Specializations in the Master of Education Program

Course Length

Existing MEd students may opt to switch to eight-week courses by contacting their Academic Advisor.  Once existing MEd students have opted for eight-week courses, they must receive approval from the Office of the Dean to switch back to a program of 12-week courses.  All eight-week courses are indicated by a "-8" (dash eight) at the end of the course code.

The following courses are required in all Master of Education specializations:

MEd Required Foundation Course – 3 credit hours

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EDU5000 / EDU5000-8

Foundations for Graduate Study in Education

Prior to enrolling in the required Capstone Course, students are required to complete the Specialization and Research courses listed on the following pages – 24 units

MEd Required Capstone Course – 3 credit hours

ED6002 / ED6002-8

Action Research Capstone

OR

ED6003-8

Action Research Capstone for K-12 Specializations

OR

Students in the PK-12 Principal Leadership certification specialization complete a 16-week capstone internship in PL6010-8 and PL6011-8.

PL6010-8

Capstone Internship I

PL6011-8

Capstone Internship II

Master of Education Course Sequences

For Adult Learning and Workforce Education (AL), E-Learning (EL), General Education, Global Training and Development (GTD), International Education (IE), Leadership in Higher Education (LHE),  and Organizational Leadership (OL), a typical Course Sequence would be:

EDU5000 / EDU5000-8

Foundations for Graduate Study

ED5040-8

Leadership for Learning Communities

 

Specialization Course 1

ED5041-8

Adult Learning Strategies to Improve Organizational Efficacy

ED5042-8

Intercultural Communication

 

Specialization Course 2

ED5044-8

Technology and a Vision for the Future

 

Specialization Course 3

 

Specialization Course 4

ED6002 / ED6002-8

Action Research Capstone

For Athletic Coaching (AC), Curriculum and Teaching (CT), Early Childhood Education (ECE), Educational Leadership (EDL), English as a Second Language (ESL), Instructional Leadership (IL), Special Education (SE), and Sports Management (SM), a typical Course Sequence would be:

EDU5000/EDU5000-8

Foundations for Graduate Study

ED5022/ED5022-8

Educational Policy and Practice

 

Specialization Course 1

ED5001/ED5001-8

Contemporary Issues in Education

ED5034/ED5034-8

School and Community Relations

 

Specialization Course 2

ED5023/ED5023-8

Multicultural Relationships in Educational Organizations

 

Specialization Course 3

 

Specialization Course 4

ED6003-8

Action Research Capstone for PK-12 Specializations

After taking EDU5000/EDU5000-8, students can take all but ED6002/ED6002-8 or ED6003-8 in any order. Student's program must begin with ED5000/ED5000-8 and end with ED6002/ED6002-8 or ED6003-8.

For the specialization in PK-12 Principal Leadership (PL), which prepares candidates for certification as Arizona PK-12 public school principals, the required courses must be taken in the following sequence:

EDU5000-8

Foundations for Graduate Study in Education

ED5001-8

Contemporary Issues in Education

ED5034-8

School and Community Relations

PL5035-8 Supervision of the PK-12 Curriculum
PL5016-8 Instructional Supervision and Leadership for PK-12 Principals
PL5004-8 School Law for PK-12 Principals
PL5013-8 School Finance for PK-12 Principals
ED5023-8

Multicultural Relationships in Educational Organizations effects of cultural diversity on organizational behavior are complex and powerful. What is diversity and what are the goals in achieving a more diverse society? This course examines the educational community's thinking on race, language, culture, gender and disability in the educational sett

ED5022-8

Educational Policy and Practice

PL5050-8

The PK-12 Principalship

PL6010-8

Capstone Internship I

PL6011-8

Capstone Internship II

Candidate Schedule Planning: If the course pair of PL5035-8 and PL5016-8 falls during a summer vacation when planning the program schedule, and summer school supervision/curriculum work is not possible, the course pair of PL5035-8 and PL5016-8 may be exchanged with the course pair of PL5004-8 and PL5013-8 in the course planning sequence.

Adult Learning and Workforce Education (AL) Specialization

The Master of Education degree in Adult Learning and Workforce Education is designed for individuals interested in the growing fields of career development, human resource management, and adult learning.  This integrative program seeks to prepare professionals to develop, implement, and manage systems to improved individual and organizational performance.  These skills translate across a wide range of industries including higher education settings, workforce development agencies, and adult career centers.  In addition, the program is designed to promote skills that will allow graduates to influence public policy and organizational decision-making.  This specialization will provide educators with the tools and competencies required to critically reflect on workplace issues, solve organizational problems, and anticipate and respond to change.

MEd courses in AL Specialization and the Educational Research Course - 30 credit hours

 4 additional courses will be selected from the following:

OL5030 / OL5030-8

Organizational Development

GTD5011 / GTD5011-8

Introduction to Best Practices for Training and Presenting to International Audiences

ED5012 / ED5012-8

Leadership in Educational Organizations

ED5038 / ED5038-8

Art and Science in Adult Education

EL5006 / EL5006-8

Adult Learning Theories

GTD5000 / GTD5000-8

Leading the Global Workforce: Paradigms and Possibilities

GTD5013 / GTD5013-8

Evaluating Training Programs

Athletic Coaching (AC) Specialization

Coaching sports in the educational setting is a growing discipline with no formalized training process for those interested in this profession.  This program is designed to enhance coaching leadership skills for both coaches and athletes.  The curriculum focuses on practical and successful coaching strategies; introduces the student to the latest athletic performance improvement techniques; and examines the application of ethics and values in all aspects of coaching sport.

The specialization is designed for professional educators interested in athletic coaching opportunities and offers an outstanding professional development opportunity for those already serving as coaches by advancing knowledge and skills in the field.

MEd Courses in AC Specialization – 30 credit hours

4 additional courses will be selected from the following:

AC5000 / AC5000-8

Leadership in Coaching Today's Athlete

AC5002 / AC5002-8

Legal Aspects in Coaching

AC5004 / AC5004-8

Ethics in Sports

AC5006 / AC5006-8

Sport Nutrition

AC5008 / AC5008-8

Coaching Psychology

AC5010 / AC5010-8

Performance Enhancement in Sport

AC5012 / AC5012-8

Coaching Fundamentals of Speed Development

AC5014 / AC5014-8

Coaching Theory, Methods, and Issues

Curriculum and Teaching (CT) Specialization

The purpose this specialization is to provide teachers with the tools and competencies to expand their professional effectiveness. Students will explore the latest practices in education, principles of teaching and learning, evaluation of current research and critique of effective curricula design.

MEd Courses in CT Specialization – 30 credit hours  

4 additional courses will be selected from the following:

CT5000 / CT5000-8

Curriculum and Instructional Strategies

CT5003 / CT5003-8

Principles of Teaching and Learning

CT5010 / CT5010-8

Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Styles

CT5011 / CT5011-8

Learning and Teaching Styles, Multiple Intelligences, and Ways of Learning

CT5012 / CT5012-8

Teaching Foundations for Language and Literacy

CT5013 / CT5013-8

The Classroom: Management and Organization for Student Achievement

Early Childhood Education (ECE) Specialization

This program is tailored for Master's degree students who desire to model, coach, and guide young children through the first years of life when social, physical, cognitive, and emotional development occur. Skilled educators create an environment that serves as a foundation for a Child's health and well-being. In this specialization, educators will learn to assess educational potential, create instructional programs, direct and coordinate learning activities, and manage early childhood classrooms.

MEd Courses in ECE Specialization – 30 credit hours  

4 additional courses will be selected from the following:

ECE5001 / ECE5001-8

Foundations of Early Childhood Education

ECE5002 / ECE5002-8

Growth and Development of Young Children

ECE5003 / ECE5003-8

Administration of Early Childhood Programs

ECE5005 / ECE5005-8

Children and Families in a Diverse Society

ECE5007 / ECE5007-8

Children's Literature

ECE5009 / ECE5009-8

Early Childhood Education

CT5004 / CT5004-8

Foundations of Language and Literacy Education

CT5005 / CT5005-8

Literacy Teaching and Learning

Educational Leadership (EDL) Specialization

Leaders must possess the knowledge to assess current education trends and address the ever-changing conditions of education today. This specialization focuses on a variety of values and practices in modern education. Courses provide a historical perspective from which to guide educational reform, evaluate the needs of diverse student populations and improve educational outcomes.

MEd Courses in EDL Specialization – 30 credit hours  

4 additional courses will be selected from the following:

 ED5008 / ED5008-8

Teaching Diverse Students

EDL5004 / EDL5004-8

School Law

 ED5011 / ED5011-8

Leading and Developing Human Capital

 ED5012 / ED5012-8

Leadership in Educational Organizations

 EDL5013 / EDL5013-8

School Finance

 ED5014 / ED5014-8

School Organization

 ED5015 / ED5015-8

School Safety

 ED5016 / ED5016-8

Instructional Supervision and Leadership

 ED5025 / ED5025-8

Education for Social Change

 ED5031 / ED5031-8

Policy and Politics in the Administration of Education

 EDL5033 / EDL5033-8

School-Based Leadership

E-Learning (EL) Specialization

This specialization provides the professional educator with the knowledge to implement technology as a tool for teaching and learning. The specialization explores the design of activities to engage the traditional and the virtual student. The student will develop a skill set to effectively and efficiently integrate technology in a seamless manner to enhance delivery of teaching and learning experiences.

MEd Courses in EL Specialization and the Educational Research Course – 30 credit hours

4 additional courses will be selected from the following:

EL5006 / EL5006-8

Adult Learning Theories

EL5007 / EL5007-8

Ethics and Legal Issues

EL5009 / EL5009-8

Mobile Devices for Teaching and Learning

EL5001 / EL5001-8

Introduction to Principles and Practices in E-Learning

EL5002 / EL5002-8

Introduction to E-Learning Instructional Strategies

EL5003 / EL5003-8

Instructional Design Strategies

ED5008 / ED5008-8

Teaching Diverse students

CT5000 / CT5000-8

Curriculum and Instructional Strategies

English Second Language (ESL) Specialization

As the diversity of student populations change globally, teaching English as a second language is a skill in high demand. This program enhances skills in communicating with speakers of other languages and integrating techniques to successfully instruct students in English proficiency. (Note: students seeking ESL/ESL certification should verify with appropriate state officials that this specialization meets applicable certification requirements.)

MEd Courses in ESL Specialization – 30 credit hours

4 additional courses will be selected from the following:

ED5008 / ED5008-8

Teaching Diverse students

ESL5001 / ESL5001-8

Foundations of Instruction for Non-English Language Background Students

ESL5003 / ESL5003-8

Assessment of Linguistically Diverse Students

ESL5005 / ESL5005-8

English as a Second Language

ESL5006 / ESL5006-8

ESL and Bilingual Instructional Methods

ESL5007 / ESL5007-8

Second Language Acquisition

ESL5008 / ESL5008-8

Building Parent, School & Community Partnerships for ESL Students

ESL5010 / ESL5010-8

Practicum for ESL/Bilingual-Bicultural Education

General Education Specialization

The General specialization allows students to select courses from a broad range of electives to fit their personal and professional goals.

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours for the specialization in General Education. Students may take education courses at the 5000 level including up to two courses from other fields (Psychology and/or Business) to fulfill their specialization requirements.  Additional courses (i.e., more than two courses) from other disciplines may be considered to fill this requirement, with Dean approval.

Courses listed are examples and upon acceptance to the program, the initial degree plan will include these courses.  Students are encouraged to select their specialization courses based on personal and professional goals and to work with their Academic Advisors to revise their degree plan.

Recommended Specialization Courses* - Select 4 courses from the list of specialization courses:

EDL5004/EDL5004-8

Education Law

ED5008/ED5008-8

Teaching Diverse Students

ED5012/ED5012-8

Leadership in Educational Organizations

ED5013/ED5013-8

School Finance

ED5014/ED5014-8

School Organization

ED5023/ED5023-8

Multicultural Relationships in Educational Organizations

ED5029/ED5029-8

Measurement and Assessment in Education

*Courses listed are examples and upon acceptance to the program the initial degree plan will include these courses. Students are encouraged to choose their specialization courses based on personal and professional goals and to work with their Academic Advisor to revise their degree plan.

Global Training and Development (GTD) Specialization

This specialization prepares students to develop and implement effective training in a variety of fields. Instructional design and the incorporation of technology and teaching strategies for the adult student are the focus of the specialization. Additionally, the student is prepared to address workplace issues such as the development of human capital and conflict resolution issues. The specialization prepares students to identify emerging workforce issues and to resolve the issues through effective training and instruction.

MEd Courses in GTD Specialization and the Educational Research Course – 30 credit hours

4 additional courses will be selected from the following:

GTD5000 / GTD5000-8

Leading the Global Workforce: Paradigms and Possibilities

GTD5005 / GTD5005-8

Introduction to Successful Global Training Techniques

GTD5007 / GTD5007-8

The Role of Technology in the Global Training Marketplace

GTD5011 / GTD5011-8

Introduction to Best Practices for Training and Presenting to International Audiences

GTD5013 / GTD5013-8

Evaluating Training Programs

GTD5019 / GTD5019-8

Trainer as Consultant in the Global Marketplace

ED5036 / ED5036-8

Innovation and Change

ED5038 / ED5038-8

The Art and Science of Adult Education

Instructional Leadership (IL) Specialization

Contemporary schools are often funded and ranked on their ability to assess and guarantee learning. This specialization introduces analysis of the instructional capacity of schools, improving student achievement, and develops teacher leaders in providing assessment and improvement strategies. Organizational development and educational change are also addressed in this specialization. Students utilize reflective decision making to assist with the development and implementation of practical solutions to education issues.

MEd Courses in IL Specialization - 30 credit hours  

4 additional courses will be selected from the following:

CT5003 / CT5003-8

Principles of Teaching and Learning

ED5011 / ED5011-8

Leading and Developing Human Capital

ED5012 / ED5012-8

Leadership in Educational Organizations

ED5014 / ED5014-8

School Organization

ED5016 / ED5016-8

Instructional Supervision and Leadership

ED5025 / ED5025-8

Education for Social Change

IL5000 / IL5000-8

Instructional Leader as Creator of Learning Culture

IL5001 / IL5001-8

Instructional Leader as Advocate and Decisioner

IL5002 / IL5002-8

Instructional Leader as Community Conduit

International Education (IE) Specialization

The master’s degree program in International Education allows students to focus on issues of educational development, comparative systems, and international policy. The program promotes an understanding of global perspectives which impact education in the United States. Skills will be developed in areas of cultural awareness, international education theory, and global trends. Students will develop the practical knowledge required to work within the context of complex global challenges influencing education around the world. The program provides a strong foundation for further study and prepares students for careers in international and community-based organizations.

MEd Courses in IE Specialization and the Educational Research Course – 30 credit hours

4 additional courses will be selected from the following:

ED5008 / ED5008-8

Teaching Diverse students

ED5012 / ED5012-8

Leadership in Educational Organizations

IE5001 / IE5001-8

Introduction to Global and Comparative Education

IE5003 / IE5003-8

International Education Concepts and Theory

IE5005 / IE5005-8

International Organizations in Global Education

IE5007 / IE5007-8

Conflict Resolution in an International Context

IE5013 / IE5013-8

Globalization and Educational Change  

IE5021 / IE5021-8

Education and National Development

Leadership in Higher Education (LHE) Specialization

This specialization prepares students to excel in higher education leadership and to pursue careers as higher education specialists and managers. The focus is on legal issues, finance, and organizational leadership in higher education.

MEd Courses in LHE Specialization and the Educational Research Course – 30 credit hours

4 additional courses will be selected from the following:

ED5038 / ED5038-8

The Art and Science of Adult Education

LHE5004 / LHE5004-8

The Organization of Higher Education

LHE5005 / LHE5005-8

Exploring Legal Issues in Higher Education

LHE5008 / LHE5008-8

Financial Issues in Higher Education

LHE5009 / LHE5009-8

A History of Higher Education

LHE5010 / LHE5010-8

Topics in Higher Education

LHE5011 / LHE5011-8

Leadership for Higher Education

LHE5013 / LHE5013-8

The Community College

Organizational Leadership (OL) Specialization

Students develop skills to be effective organizational leaders by building a knowledge base in conflict resolution, organizational capacity, and executive leadership skills. The curriculum serves to enhance the student's understanding and practice of leadership in a variety of educational fields.

MEd Courses in OL Specialization and the Educational Research Course – 30 credit hours

4 additional courses will be selected from the following:

OL5030 / OL5030-8

Organization Development

OL5001 / OL5001-8

Resolving Conflict

OL5002 / OL5002-8

Organization Capacity

OL5003 / OL5003-8

Leading for Change

OL5007 / OL5007-8

Leader as Coach

OL5008 / OL5008-8

Nonprofit Organizations

OL5009 / OL5009-8

Strategic Planning

OL5017 / OL5017-8

Systemic Leadership: Systems Thinking and Systems Dynamics

PK-12 Principal Leadership Specialization (Prepares Candidates for Arizona PK-12 Principal Certification)

This specialization is designed to prepare candidates to be eligible for institutional recommendation for PK-12 principal certification in the State of Arizona. This preparation is intended for individuals interested in earning a graduate degree and in seeking an administrative certification to work as principals or assistant/associate principals in PK-12 (i.e. PK-2, K-3, K-6, K-8, 7-12) school settings or in other educational settings wherein a graduate degree and PK-12 administrative certification are required. 

MEd in PK-12 Principal Leadership  – 36 total credit hours 

Candidates will take the courses below. If additional graduate courses beyond the 36 credits are needed to meet state-specific PK-12 principal certification requirements, they may be taken at NCU in addition to the 36 required credits, or transferred into the program with permission.

PL5035-8

Supervision of the PK-12 Curriculum

PL5016-8

Instructional Supervision and Leadership for PK-12 Principals

PL5004-8

School Law for PK-12 Principals

PL5013-8

School Finance for PK-12 Principals

PL5050-8

The PK-12 Principalship

Additional specific information is available in the Principal Leadership Handbook.

Special Education Specialization

This specialization prepares educators to address the needs of students with disabilities and gifted abilities by preparing such students to develop, implement and assess specially designed curriculum. Attention is given to teaching methods and strategies that illustrate an advocacy for these student groups. The specialization can be customized to meet the student's unique professional and personal goals, and allows the student to concentrate their coursework on the advanced and the disabled student, or select a single focus.

MEd Courses in Special Education Specialization – 30 credit hours  

4 additional courses will be selected from the following:

SE5000 / SE5000-8

Introduction to Special Education

SE5001 / SE5001-8

Exceptional Student Assessment

SE5002 / SE5002-8

Characteristics of Learning Disabled Students

SE5003 / SE5003-8

Characteristics of Emotionally Disabled Students

SE5004 / SE5004-8

Teaching Methods for the Mentally Disabled

SE5005 / SE5005-8

Special Education Law

SE5006 / SE5006-8

Teaching Strategies for Learning Disabled and Behavioral Disorders

SE5007 / SE5007-8

Exceptional Student Management

SE5008 / SE5008-8

Language Disabilities

SE5009 / SE5009-8

Transition Programs for Exceptional Students

Sports Management Specialization

Both coaching and athletic administration are growing as professional disciplines. This program is designed to enhance leadership skills, strengthen teaching and administrative abilities, and apply ethics and values to all aspects of athletics.

The Sports Management specialization is for professional educators interested in PK-12 athletic administration and offers an outstanding professional development opportunity for those already serving as coaches and athletic administrators by advancing their knowledge and skills in the field.

Courses focus on leadership, legal aspects in athletics, financial analysis, marketing, sports governance, events and facilities management, ethics. Basic concepts are addressed in each course and application of those concepts emphasized. Courses will have a contemporary focus, emphasizing current problems and opportunities related to the content area. Most courses will emphasize projects and activities directly related to the student's work setting.

MEd Courses in Sports Management Specialization – 30 credit hours

4 additional courses will be selected from the following:

SM5000 / SM5000-8

Leadership and Administration of Athletic Programs

SM5002 / SM5002-8

Legal Aspects in Athletics

SM5004 / SM5004-8

Ethics in Sports

SM5006 / SM5006-8

Sports Governance and Policy Development

SM5008 / SM5008-8

Event and Facility Management and Programming

SM5010 / SM5010-8

Marketing in Athletics

SM5012 / SM5012-8

Issues in Athletic Administration

SM5014 / SM5014-8

Financial Administration of Sports Facilities and Programs