Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Administration online

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Start Class: 8/19/24
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Program Overview

Advance your education career with an online MSE with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Administration

$13,950* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

Prepare for the Indiana Content Standard for Educators: School Leader-Building Level licensure exam and ready yourself for leadership roles in P-12 school corporations and districts. This online Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Administration takes advantage of improvement science, a systematic approach empowering educators to enact positive changes in their teaching practices. Create learning environments that nurture positive social interaction and active engagement in the classroom. This CAEP-accredited program has recently been updated to address the National Educational Leadership Preparation Standards for Building-Level Leaders.

Upon completion of the online master’s in educational leadership and administration, you will be able to:

  • Enable each learner to meet high standards demonstrating an understanding of individual differences and diverse culture
  • Create learning environments that encourage positive social interaction and active engagement in learning
  • Create learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners
  • Plan instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals drawing upon knowledge of content, curriculum, pedagogy, and knowledge of learners and the community context
  • Collaborate with colleagues, parents, and other stakeholders.

Careers in Educational Leadership

  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Instructional Coach
  • Director of Curriculum

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits the Teacher Education Department at the University of Southern Indiana. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through content and pedagogy, clinical partnerships and practice, candidate recruitment, progression and support, program impact, and quality assurance and continuous improvement.

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USI also offers multiple education concentrations online. Check out all our education programs.

$13,950* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

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USI offers an affordable online MSE – Ed Leadership and Administration

USI is committed to providing an outstanding education that also is affordable. Tuition is structured to give our students the best value and flexibility.

Tuition Breakdown

$465* Per Credit Unit
$13,950* Total Tuition

For more information about tuition, fees and other costs, visit our Financial Aid Cost of Attendance page.

*Tuition applicable for current start dates and is subject to change. Any questions regarding tuition should be directed to the Bursar's Office. If you step out of the program, returning to the program may have different tuition and fees applied.

Application Fee

Application fee: $40

Active military service members and veterans receive an admission fee waiver. Simply apply online and select the "military waiver" option, then contact our office at 800-467-1965 so we may submit the proper forms to Graduate Studies.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid

The first step in applying for financial aid is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your FAFSA must be received by the federal processing center by April 15th each year to be considered for state financial aid as well as federal financial aid. USI's Federal School Code is 001808. You will need an FSA ID to electronically sign your FASFA. If you do not have an FSA ID, you may create one at

Once you are admitted to the program and we receive your FAFSA, you can see the financial aid you qualify for and accept or decline your Direct Student Loan on your myUSI. For more information about tuition reimbursement or financial resources that may be available to you, visit our Student Financial Assistance page, access our Financial Aid FAQs, or contact us.

Student Financial Assistance Office

Local Phone: 812-464-1767
Toll Free Phone: 800-467-1965
Fax: 812-461-5305

Email: [email protected]

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (CDT)

Tuition Breakdown:

$465* Per Credit Hour
$13,950* Total Tuition


Here are the important dates for this online master’s in educational leadership and administration

Now is the time to start earning your MSE with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Administration online and take the fast track to a more successful career. USI provides you with the convenience of an accelerated application-to-start calendar.

Now Enrolling

8/2/24 Next Application Due Date
8/19/24 Next Class Start Date
SessionCourse StartApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration Deadline
Fall I8/19/248/2/248/9/248/16/24
Fall II10/21/2410/4/2410/11/2410/18/24

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8/2/24 Next Application Deadline
8/19/24 Start Classes

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Applying for this MSE – Ed Leadership and Administration is simple

The University of Southern Indiana's online MSE with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Administration has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

  • Undergraduate Degree a completed bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • GPA minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • GMAT or GRE is not required

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must be admitted to graduate study under University graduate policies and then be accepted into the specific MSE track. In addition to the requirements for admission to graduate study at USI, admission to the MSE program requires the following:

  1. A baccalaureate degree (minimum cumulative GPA 2.75) from an accredited college or university with a degree in education or a related field
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses taken at the graduate level at all schools attended
  3. A copy of a standard U.S. teaching license (recommended for all programs and required for licensure related programs)

Application Procedures:

  1. Submit an online application, $40 application fee, and a list of 3 references (names, relation to you and email address). One must be an employment supervisor and the other two must be professional references.
  2. Upload a current resume/curriculum vitae to your application account. The file should be a PDF and use the following naming convention: First Name Last Name MSE resume.pdf (example: Joe Smith MSE resume.pdf).
  3. Submit transcripts to Graduate Studies.
    • Official transcripts are required only from the institution at which your highest degree was earned. Electronic transcripts are preferred and can be emailed from the previous institution to [email protected]
    • Unofficial transcripts from other institutions attended can be submitted via email by the applicant to [email protected]
    • Applicants who wish to seek transfer credit for graduate coursework must submit an official transcript from the institution where that work was completed.
    • Mailed transcripts can be sent to this address:
      Graduate Studies
      University of Southern Indiana
      8600 University Blvd.
      Evansville, IN 47712
  4. Read the full transcript policy by clicking here.
  5. International applicants may be required to submit additional information.


Take a look at the courses offered in your MSE – Ed Leadership and Administration

To complete this MSE with a concentration in Educational Leadership and Administration, students must take 10 core courses to complete 30 credit hours.

Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to community-based educational theory as it relates to curriculum, instruction, and the overarching mission and vision of schools. Explores state and national standards, while examining day-to-day issues demanding leadership in schools.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An exploration of theory and practice related to school improvement.  The course includes a focus on school culture, stakeholder communication, and data-driven efforts that constitute models for improving schools as educational organizations.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Identifies common themes in curricular development that apply across all levels. Examines curriculum and learning in relation to student achievement, school improvement, and educational leadership.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The purpose of this course is to explore the concept of equity within the P-12 educational context by exploring the relationship between culture and cognition. The neuroeducation research framework presents the importance of culturally responsive teaching and its impact on the brain. Throughout this course, students will learn how cultural awareness and responsiveness inform educational practices which promote equitable educational opportunities for diverse student populations.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an overview of the legal framework affecting the organization and administration of public schools, including church-state issues, pupil rights, staff-student relationships, personnel, conditions of employment, teacher organizations, tort liability, school finance, and desegregation.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An overview of school finance with particular attention to building level budgeting and accounting.  The course also focuses on building maintenance and renovation connected to technology, curriculum, and pedagogy.  Student well-being, in the form of effective emergency plans, is also a focus of the course.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to human resource management with a special emphasis on building-level employment dynamics, creating a positive workplace culture, effectively attending to personnel issues, and keeping a school focused on student learning.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 1
Provides practical experience in the day-to-day activities of the building-level administrator. Intended as a synthesizing capstone for all prior educational leadership course work and field experiences. (Summer 7 weeks; Fall/Spring 16 weeks. One credit per time taken and must be taken 3 consecutive semesters for a total of 3 credit hours.)
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduces the field of educational research. The course emphasizes the understanding of quantitative and qualitative research, teacher action-research, and the evaluation of research reports.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Advanced research in a specific area of education. Topics arranged to meet the needs and interests of the student, subject to availability of graduate faculty to supervise the research.

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