Master of Education in Educational Leadership

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Priority deadline:

  • Fall January 10
  • Spring July 1


  • Pullman
  • Spokane
  • Tri-Cities
  • Vancouver

International Student English Proficiency Exams

  • GRE
  • TOEFL – iBT 80

Degree Description:

WSU offers two masters degree programs in Educational Leadership. The non-thesis Master of Education (Ed.M.) degree is designed for professional educators preparing for leadership positions in K-12 schools and other educational institutions. The Master of Arts in Education – Educational Leadership (M.A.) is a thesis degree designed for students who wish to focus on continued study and research in Educational Leadership who may pursue a doctoral degree. The following is information for the Ed.M. degree.

It is offered at all four WSU campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver) and is closely aligned with the Principal and Program Administrator Certification program. Models for delivery of the master’s program (e.g., sequencing of courses) differ slightly across the four campuses, although basic requirements for the degree are the same across the campuses.

The Ed.M. in Educational Leadership requires a Master’s Final Comprehensive/Written Examination.

Admission Requirements:

Submit a completed WSU online Graduate School application, a departmental supplemental application, a written statement (of scholarly and professional objectives as outlined on the supplemental application) current resume, three letters of recommendation, GRE scores (only if GPA is below 3.0), TOEFL or IELTS (international only), and transcripts of all past academic work.

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

    1.  Identify and analyze the theories, research, and policies related to the study of K-12 educational leadership: ethics and social justice; inquiry; policy; and leadership/instructional  leadership.
    2.  Prepare, write and present clear and coherent critical book reviews and reviews of the literature in educational leadership.
    3.  Understand, evaluate, and apply inquiry knowledge and skills to problems of policy and practice of educational leadership.
    4.  Design, conduct, report, and present clear and coherent research studies that contribute to understanding and solving problems of practice in educational leadership.
    5.  Articulate core values and model the guiding principles of the profession including: commitment to social justice; understanding of ethical responsibilities of leadership; effective and  respectful interaction with others of similar and diverse cultures, values, and perspectives; commitment to school improvement and a positive impact on student learning.

Student Opportunities:

WSU’s Educational Leadership master’s degree programs can be aligned with the Principal and Program Administrator Certification programs, for those who qualify for certification and who wish to receive Principal or Program Administrator certificates along with the master’s degree. All required graded courses for these certification programs can be applied to the master’s degree program of study. However, the master’s degree in Educational Leadership can be done without including Principal or Program Administrator Certification classes. In either option, course sequences are designed to permit students at any of WSU’s campuses to complete the master’s degree within two to three years.

Career Opportunities:

K-12 administrator, preparation for advanced graduate study, administration in public or non-profit agency

Contact Information:

WSU Pullman College of Education
Cleveland Hall 70
PO Box 642114
Pullman, WA

(509)-335-9195 or (509)-335-7016
Fax: (509)-335-9172

WSU Tri-Cities College of Education
Niamh O'Leary
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA


WSU Vancouver College of Education
Jennifer Gallagher, Academic Coordinator
Undergraduate (VUB) 308
Vancouver, WA

Fax: (360)-546-9040