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Flexibility of an Online Master's Degree in Educational Leadership

The life of a working professional is pretty busy, and it can be challenging to balance all of your responsibilities. But if you're thinking of advancing your career by pursuing a master's degree to become a principal, lead teacher or athletic director, there is a way to do it that fits into your busy schedule.

The thought of going back to school is daunting when you need to continue working full time. You may be fortunate enough to have a college or university campus close to where you live, and if they offer the in-person classes you need in the evenings, you might be able to make that work. But what if you could find a program that offered all of the classes you need to complete your master's degree, and you could take those courses from the comfort of your own home and access it all 24/7?

Online Master's Degree Programs Fit Your Schedule

With multiple start dates per year, you don't have to wait for the fall semester to begin your studies. And with online courses, your assignments, discussions, Q&A's, quizzes, tests, supplemental materials and more are available to you any time.

If you're a morning person and want to get some reading or an assignment out of the way before starting your work day, you can. If late nights and weekends are the ideal times for you to work on your studies, you have that option. Perhaps you want to take your time and only take one course per term. Or you'd like to jump in and finish the whole program in 12 months. That's totally up to you.

Emporia State University Accelerated Online Programs

If you want to obtain the professional knowledge and expertise you need to become a school principal or athletic director, the Master of Science in Educational Administration online program from Emporia State University is ideal. It's a totally online program designed to prepare school leaders at PreK-12 grade levels.

Educational leaders, like school principals, are no longer just remote administrators with an office in the school and an overseer's role. Principals are leaders of learning who help shape the vision, climate and culture in their school. They are responsible for cultivating leadership in others and for improving instruction so that all students succeed. They lead by example.

The online MS in Educational Administration program from Emporia State University focuses on contemporary theory, methods and practice to help prepare you for your leadership role. This program is NCATE-accredited and core courses include Supervision and Evaluation, School Leadership Theory, Educational Law and Regulations, Supporting Technology Integration for School Leaders, and more.

A current state-issued teaching license or other relevant professional license such as school psychologist, school counselor or speech-language pathologist is required for admission. This program prepares candidates for building-level licensure based on requirements in the state of Kansas. Candidates outside of Kansas are encouraged to check their own state's licensing requirements to make sure this program meets their needs.

Learn more about Emporia State University's online Master of Science in Educational Administration program.

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