Impact the Future of Education
Earn the credential you need as a professional educator to go further in your field.
Bethel University’s online Master of Education features three unique cognates (specialized areas of study designed for accelerated learning) for licensed teachers wishing to advance their careers. The online M.Ed. School Leadership cognate helps you gain the academic background you need to successfully work as committee or department chair, head of curriculum, or to assume other leadership roles within your field.
With a curriculum designed around the needs of working educators, the online master’s in educational leadership builds on your current knowledge to help you advance your career. You’ll study crucial topics like community relations, ethics, meeting the needs of diverse learners, budgeting, research, and more.
All professors are highly qualified, with years of experience in their field. Because they are passionate about what they teach, you’ll gain more than just their expertise. You’ll discover networking opportunities and a sense of community as well.
Since our online educational leadership program is offered fully online, you’ll have the opportunity to easily fit your education around your other work and life commitments. A digital format means you’ll be able to attend class when it’s right for you. With accelerated seven-week courses and six start dates per year, you’ll have the capacity to begin, pause, or expedite your learning at any time. The full-time program, which consists of two courses per session, can be completed in as little as one year.
Bethel University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole.
Begin Your Bethel Journey
Bethel’s online M.Ed. School Leadership features a relevant curriculum in modern education. This program requires a total of 36 credit hours. Students must complete 18 of these credits in required education courses, 9 in leadership courses, and 9 in elective courses.
- EDUC 500: Introduction to Professional Development & Leadership (1)
- EDUC 521: Curriculum Development & School Improvement (3)
- EDUC 531: Effective Instruction & Assessment (3)
- EDUC 535: Mentoring & Supervision of Instruction (3)
- EDUC 541: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners (3)
- EDUC 555: Educational Research (3)
- EDUC 690: Professional Development & Leadership (Capstone) (2)
- EDAD 501: Folklore, Children’s & Adolescent Literature (3)
- EDAD 541: School – Community Relations & Accountability (3)
- EDAD 685: Ethics of School Leadership (3)
*Students must choose an additional 9 credit hours in elective courses.
Admission RequirementsCandidates for Bethel’s M.Ed. in School Leadership will need to submit the following:
- Online graduate application
- Official transcripts
- An autobiography. This document should be at least 300 words, and should cover information about the candidate, their recent work in education, their reason for seeking entry into the program, and significant events in their career. Candidates should define their character in terms of basic values, commitment to graduate studies, their philosophy and their worldview.
- An updated resumé
- Two letters of recommendation. A form is sent out electronically for candidates to share with their recommenders.
- A current, valid teaching license.**
Candidates must also schedule an interview prior to admission.
** If a candidate needs to renew their license, they may do so through their course of study.
Tuition and Fees
Bethel has long been touted for its value. We were ranked No. 2 on Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck-Midwest list, listed as one of the 50 Best Value Christian Colleges, and have made it to the top tier of U.S. News & World Report for 14 consecutive years.
|What will my degree cost?|
|Total with Transfer Credits||$11,855|
|Full Program Tuition||$425 per credit hour||$15,300|
|Full Program Fees***||$190 assessment fee (full time student)||$570|
|Full Program Total||$15,870|
|Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 9)||$425 per credit hour||$11,475|
|Fees with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 9)***||$190 assessment fee (full time student)||$380|
* Transfer graduate-level credit must be petitioned with department for approval.
*** Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated three to four semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits.
The college has a monthly installment plan available through Nelnet Campus Commerce. Enrollment can be completed online by accessing the student billing link through MyBethel or by calling 800.609.8056. Students will be charged an enrollment fee of $40.
Financial AidBethel University is committed to ensuring that all our students receive an affordable education.
We offer financial aid based on need, and military benefits and are proud to offer extraordinarily competitive tuition rates.
To learn more about your financial aid options or submit a FAFSA, please see our Financial Aid page.
An advanced degree in school leadership can lead to a wide range of exciting new careers. Here are just a few. Career information taken from Payscale.com.
Curriculum directors are responsible for helping educational systems and schools create educational goals and guidelines. They may be responsible for creating and reviewing curricula, recruiting and evaluating staff, long-term strategic goal setting, and other related duties. These professionals earn a median annual salary of $72,708.
Educational diagnosticians work to evaluate educational processes and recommend changes. They may be responsible for collaborating with other diagnosticians to solve related problems, translating new educational knowledge and research to school officials, developing relationships with community members, and related tasks. These individuals earn a median annual salary of $56,910.
Department chairs serve as leaders within their academic departments in colleges and universities. They may be responsible for hiring faculty, teaching courses, coordinating communications within the department and with the university, creating curricula and goals for departmental programs, and other related duties. These professionals earn a median annual salary of $83,274.
Learn more about this program and other online academic opportunities at Bethel. Once you complete this form, here’s what you can expect from us:
- A friendly phone call. We’ll contact you within 24 hours, ready to answer all of your questions.
- Personalized treatment. You’ll get immediate access to your own dedicated and knowledgeable enrollment counselor. They’ll ask you more about your goals at Bethel, and walk you through everything you need to know to apply.