Leadership and Administration (MSEd Online)

The master's in leadership and administration is entirely online and prepares educators for leadership roles in PK-12 school administration.

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Leadership and Administration (MSEd Online)

Northern’s Leadership and Administration program is a flexible and affordable degree that is entirely online and will develop your leadership abilities.? Aligned with national standards set by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council, the program meets South Dakota Department of Education requirements for certification as a PK-12 principal.

Specialized courses foster development of standards-based skills school administrators need – including educational leadership, the importance of understanding school culture, supervision of instruction and services, school management and safety, school-community relations, ethical practices and curriculum development.

Courses focus on effective leadership models, data-driven decision making, and promotion of school and community partnerships. Curriculum focuses on the principal’s role in continuous school improvement.

Students must pass written and oral examinations before graduating.?



Admission to the Leadership and Administration program requirements include the following:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • Completed graduate application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $35 application fee
  • An official transcript

Students may enter the program fall, spring or summer term.


Potential careers include positions at the PK-12 level as a principal, assistant principal, athletic director?or dean of students.


Students often complete their internships in the school in which they are currently employed.


The Bob Lehr Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship available for students in this program.

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