Lead the next generation of learners with an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership degree.

At Regis University our goal is to create a community of fully prepared, values-driven Colorado principal and administrator educators who seek to positively impact students, fellow educators (or teachers), schools, and districts. We believe that all children, regardless of background, should have access to a quality education that prepares them for 21st century learning. Effective and prepared leadership is essential! Our goal is that all educators who successfully complete the Regis M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program will reflect on how their knowledge, skills, and talents influence the access of a quality education for children and will act to leverage their leadership skills to improve collaboration and outcomes for all stakeholders. All Regis Ed Leadership instructors are experienced K-12 administrators with a passion for leading schools and a commitment to creating learning opportunities that influence current educational issues.
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Education: Educational Leadership

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Why should I pursue an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (principal licensure)?

Providing a safe and productive learning environment to prepare the minds of tomorrow is one of the most important jobs in America. Are you able to rise to the challenge of acting as an advocate, a resource and an inspiration for students and teachers alike? Then you may have what it takes to be a principal.

Our Master’s in Educational Leadership – Principal Licensure program, prepares you to lead schools through the shifting landscape of modern education with confidence and ease. You’ll balance fundamentals and theory with industry-relevant applications and projects that will help you solve real-world problems.

Based on recent surveys, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a six percent growth for elementary, middle and high school principals by 2024. With discounts for licensed education professionals, we make it easy and affordable to take the next step.

Is a Master's degree in Educational Leadership for me?

Being a principal combines the administrative, ethical and fiscal challenges of running an organization with the guidance, foresight and educational requirements of being a teacher. If you’re simply considering advancing your career in education, chances are you’re ready for the challenge.

What types of people are attracted to our Educational Leadership program? You’re likely to share common traits such as:

  • A knack for solving problems
  • Deep curiosity
  • Community involvement
  • High motivation
  • Balancing budgets
  • The ability to learn quickly
  • A thirst and passion for knowledge
  • Creative thinking
  • A desire to lead

What will I learn in Regis’ Master of Education in Educational Leadership – Principal Licensure program?

The program engages adults in relevant and rigorous learning experiences in the areas of strategic leadership, ethical and reflective leadership, community leadership, fiscal leadership, policy leadership, instructional leadership and data-literacy leadership. Using a case study driven format, you’ll apply theoretical knowledge to real life applications. 

After completing the program you’ll be able to:

  • Make insightful fiscal decisions
  • Tap into leadership skills that motivate and inspire
  • Promote change and innovation within established systems
  • Successfully engage with local community and government
  • Lead ethically
  • Coach, manage and motivate teachers and students
  • Create sound strategies for sustainable learning systems
  • Effectively manage finances and set goal-oriented budgets

Is this program accredited?

Regis University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

What class formats are available?

Designed and taught by practicing professionals, the Educational Leadership program is delivered in a cohort-blended format.

With our accelerated, blended program, you’ll be eligible to earn your principal license within 12 months. With our dual-degree program, you can earn your master's by taking nine additional credit hours.

When do graduate education classes start?

Courses are offered in blended five-week terms that begin in:

  • January
  • May (cohort size dependent)
  • August

Meet our Educational Leadership faculty

Karla Esser, Ed.D.  Associate Professor, Chair, Master of Arts in Education & M.Ed Educational Leadership

Jerry Goings, Assistant Professor, M.Ed Educational Leadership

Career Opportunities

What careers can I get with an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership?

Regis’ Educational Leadership program prepares you to earn your principal license within 12 months. Licensure is subject to the rules of the Colorado Department of Education’s experience requirements. To earn a principal's license in Colorado, applicants must have three years in a licensed capacity at a school district.

After earning your principal license, you’ll be prepared for a principal or school leadership role in elementary, middle and high schools.

Career support from Regis.

The Center for Career and Professional Development at Regis provides you with the resources and advice to help you establish and meet your career goals. That means we’ll help you choose an academic focus, explore and find a new career path, and create the tools for a successful job search that will promote your career. To learn more, visit our Center for Career and Professional Development page.

What salary can I expect with a Master of Education in Educational Leadership – Principal Licensure?

Salary numbers for principals vary by location, experience, school size and amount of direct reports. Below are ranges for some entry-level salaries as well as expectations with five years of experience. All information is via Salary.com and is based on national data.*

  • Bottom 10 percent salary for starting principals: $76,575
  • Expected principal salary in the first year: $90,000- $97,681
  • Top 10 percent salary average in the first year: $122,052
  • Average principal salary after 5 years experience: $98,539

*- Salary information based on data from spring 2016.

Program Requirements

This is a blended format program/5 week classes

Domain One (9 CREDIT HOURS)
EDLS 690 School Strategy and Sustainability
EDLS 692 Community & Communications Leadership
EDLS 696 Ethical & Reflective Leadership
Domain Two (9 CREDIT HOURS)
EDLS 660 Fiscal Leadership
EDLS 661 Human Resources Leadership
EDLS 694 Educational Policy and Organizational Leadership
Domain Three (6 CREDIT HOURS)
EDLS 662 Instructional Leadership
EDLS 697 Data Literacy and Assessment
Master's Emphasis Areas (9 CREDIT HOURS)
EDLS 681
Personnel Selection and Supervision
EDLS 685
Peer Mentoring and Support
EDLS 689
School Law
Total Principal Licensure Requirements: 24 Credit Hours
Total Master's Degree Requirements: 9 Credit Hours
Total Requirement for Licensure and Degree: 33 Credit Hours

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above and you should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

How to Apply

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Applicants seeking a master's degree from the College of Contemporary Liberal Studies must possess a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

  • Complete the online graduate application
  • Application fee: $50.00 non-refundable application fee (waived for Regis University graduates)
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcript from ALL previously attended U.S. regionally accredited college or university. Official transcript must be sent directly from your previously attended school(s) to the Office of Admissions. Download the transcript request form.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75, calculated cumulatively.  
  • Current resume
  • Copy of current teaching license
  • Three years of experience in a licensed capacity in a school district must be completed prior to being granted a principal's license. Evidence of this experience must be submitted to the program director prior to being recommended for principal licensure.
  • Admissions interview may be required.
  • Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens.
  • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.
  • Principle Licensure seeking students must purchase a Task Stream account directly through Taskstream. Contact information for Taskstream will be sent to you after add/ drop date of your first course. Task Stream is a webfolio to document all of your evaluations, projects, papers and internship hours. Once you have completed your program you can provide a link to principals when you apply for teaching positions.

Application Deadlines*

Applications and supporting application materials should be submitted 30 days prior to your intended start date to provide ample processing time. Access the appropriate academic calendar to view start dates. 


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