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Educational Leadership
Master of Education in Educational Leadership
Elementary Education
Master of Education in Elementary Education
Special Education
Master of Education in Special Education


The Educational Leadership program prepares experienced K-12 teachers to serve as educational leaders in 21st Century Schools. It is intended to relate to the needs of educators in both theory and practice. It is designed for candidates who have a baccalaureate K-12 teaching license and at least three years of successful public/private school experience. The program requires 36 semester hours including a sequence of three internship experiences, totaling seven credit hours. In order to be licensed by the state, candidates must demonstrate proficiency on a set of evidences which are aligned to the Education Leadership coursework and the internship experiences. Evidences will be evaluated by a faculty/public school review team at the conclusion of each internship experience. The curriculum provides: foundations in the principles and procedures of school executive leadership and organizational management, strategies for improving school culture and using data for improvement.

Admission Terms: Fall (August); Spring (January); Summer (June)

Deadlines for Application Materials:

Please visit the Admissions Information page for upcoming program application deadlines.

Application Requirements:

Applicants must have a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college, an acceptable GPA (3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale) and a current K-12 teaching license. An admission decision takes into consideration the applicant’s GPA, completed course work, professional work experience, personal and professional goals for the degree, as well as the information provided by references.

Required materials include:

  • online application with a nonrefundable $50 application fee
  • an official transcript from all colleges attended (other than High Point University. If you have attended High Point University, you must include it on your application. The Norcross graduate School will request that transcript for you once application is submitted.
  • resume
  • essay about interest in the program and goals for the degree
  • Two professional or academic reference reports: one principal recommendation and one additional recommendation
  • copy of current teaching license

 Exception to any admission requirement may be considered under special circumstances.

Degree: Master of Education
Comprehensive Examinations: None
Class Time: One weekend per month – Friday evening and Saturday  (Executive Cohort Model)

Educational Leadership Program (36 semester hours)

Core Courses (15 semester hours)

  • EDU 5010 – Advanced Instructional Technology for the 21st Century
  • EDU 5030 – Methods of Educational Research
  • EDU 5040 – Diversity in Education: Societal and Organizational Perspectives
  • EDU 5060 – Developing Leaders in 21st Century Schools
  • EDU 5070 – Trends and Issues in Education

Specialty Area (21 semester hours)

  • EDU 5171 – Strategies for Student Learning & Development
  • EDU 5172 – Implementing Distributed Leadership for Teacher Empowerment
  • EDU 5173 – Using Data for School Improvement
  • EDU 5174 – Organizational Management and Legal Issues for 21st Century Schools
  • EDU 5271 – Creating a Culture of School Success
  • EDU 5400 – School Executive Internship I
  • EDU 5500 – School Executive Internship II
  • EDU 5600 – School Executive Internship III
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Lars Farabee
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Lars Farabee, Ed.D.
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