Top 50 Best Value Residential Masters in Educational Leadership Programs

Top 50 Best Value Residential Masters in Educational Leadership ProgramsThe following is a list of the top 50 best value residential masters in educational leadership programs in the United States for the 2015-2016 academic year. The ranking is based on full time enrollment cost of attendance at public four year colleges or universities. The cost of attendance is based on room and board, tuition, fees, books, and transportation for in state full time graduate students living on campus who will start the program in Fall 2015. These costs are only estimates and are based on published information from each individual institution. For the most current information we suggest contacting the institutions directly.

#1. Jackson State University

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Jackson State University is a historically black university situated in Jackson Mississippi. Founded in 1887 as a seminary, Jackson State is the largest historically black college or university (HBCU) in Mississippi and has been designated a high research institution by the Carnegie Foundation.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The Masters of Ed Leadership at Jackson State offers students a program that develops their leadership skills and prepares those who are interested in becoming administrators or leaders within the K-12 construct. The program is comprised of 39 credit hours and culminates with a field based internship.

Accreditation
Jackson State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Cost of Attendance – $11,600

#2. Northwestern Oklahoma State University

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Near the Oklahoma, Kansas border is the town of Alva, Oklahoma. That is where you will find Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Northwestern Oklahoma State was established in 1897 as a teaching college, today it boasts a student body of over 2,000 students and is continuing the tradition of preparing educators in the great state of Oklahoma.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in administration at Northwestern Oklahoma State University is a 36 credit hour program that includes the certification for principal. The program is meant for students who already have a baccalaureate degree and are fully certified as teachers.

Accreditation
Northwestern Oklahoma State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Cost of Attendance – $11,700

#3. Eastern New Mexico University

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UT Eastern New Mexico University is the youngest of the universities in New Mexico being established in 1927 and finally opening in 1934. The university is in the city of Portales, New Mexico which is about an hour and a half north east of Roswell, New Mexico. Current enrollment stands just over 5,500 students with 1,200 of those being graduate students.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M.Ed Administration program at Eastern New Mexico offers either a thesis or non thesis based pathway, and is grounded in an internship model. This is a 36 credit hour course program regardless of the thesis versus non thesis route.

Accreditation
Eastern New Mexico University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition – $13,870

#4. University of North Alabama

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Just south of the Tennessee border on the banks of the Tennessee River is Florence Alabama, home of the University of North Alabama. The current student body is comprised of over 7,000 students and growing. The University of North Alabama celebrates its 185th birthday this year.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Acceptance into the University of North Alabama M.Ed in Educational Leadership is contingent on the applicant having at least three years of experience in a P-12 school setting, a bachelors degree and teacher certification. Additionally applicants must undergo an interview process. The program length is 39 credit hours.

Accreditation
The University of North Alabama is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Tuition – $14,250

#5. Arkansas Tech University

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Arkansas Tech is located in Russellville, Arkansas which is and hour northwest of Little Rock, Arkansas. Current student enrollment is over 12,000 students. Athletic teams at Arkansas Tech are members of the NCAA Division II, Great American Conference.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M.Ed. Educational Leadership is a performance-based program of study designed to prepare future school principals and assistant principals. This is a 34 credit hour program culminating with an administrative internship. Students will also create a professional portfolio as evidence of competency in the six standards for licensure.

Accreditation
Arkansas Tech University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition – $15,000

#6. North Dakota State University​

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North Dakota State University was originally founded as an agricultural college in 1890 as a land grant institution. Today North Dakota State University is a public university situated in Fargo, North Dakota and offers baccalaureate, and graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines along with certifications in a number of areas. North Dakota State is part of the North Dakota University System and currently has a student enrollment of roughly 15,000 students.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
North Dakota State University’s Educational Leadership Program strives to utilize student passion for education to guide their path in a way that prepares them for the rigors of school administration. The course is comprised of 39 credit hours and includes a significant field practicum component.

Accreditation
North Dakota State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition – $15,600

#7. Utah State University

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Utah State University is a public research university that was originally founded in 1888 as an agricultural college. Today Utah State is a large university with a student body over 20,000 students. Athletic teams at Utah State University compete in the NCAA Division I and are a member of the Mountain West Conference.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M.Ed. program at Utah State is tailored for students who would like to be administrators in the Utah public school system. Utah State University offers Principal and Superintendent Certification programs to prepare their students for the rigorous certification process. The overall program is a 42 credit hour journey through theory and eventually culminates with an administrative internship.

Accreditation
Utah State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Tuition – $15,600

#8. West Texas A&M University

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Just south of Amarillo Texas deep in the Texas pan handle you will find the small city of Canyon. Canyon is the home to West Texas A&M University, which is part of the Texas A&M University System. Their current enrollment is estimated to be around 9,000 students strong. The university is approximately 25 miles from the Amarillo International Airport making this campus accessible in a timely manner from anywhere in the region via airplane. If driving is your preference the university is a mere four hour drive from Oklahoma City or nearly six hours from Dallas via State Highway 287.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
West Texas A&M’s Masters of Educational Leadership is a 36 credit hour program with additional coursework required for those seeking Principal or Superintendent certification. A BA degree and two years of teaching experience are a requirement for Principal certification. Of note is the passing rate of the TExES Principal and Superintendent exams which are above the state average according to a 2014 Texas State Board for Educator Certification report.

Accreditation
West Texas A&M University receives its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Cost of Attendance – $15,970

#9. Elizabeth City State University

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Elizabeth City State University was established in 1891 as a historically black college located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Currently there are over 2,500 students enrolled in Elizabeth City State. Elizabeth City State University is a member of the University of North Carolina system.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Elizabeth City State University endeavors to maintain a Master’s Program in School Administration that prepares students who are working in public school settings to be the best of the best. They are able to do this through learner–centered programming that prepares graduates to meet the challenges of school leadership positions including campus administrators, and central office administration. This is a Masters of Science degree in administration which encompasses 36 credit hours ending with an administrative practicum in the last semester.

Accreditation
Elizabeth City State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges.

Tuition – $16,000

#10. Georgia Southern University

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Georgia Souther is a doctoral research institution situated in Statesboro Georgia. Georgia Southern is the fifth largest university in the University System of Georgia and has a current enrollment above the 20,000 student mark with an graduate student population comprising 10% of that number. Georgia Southern competes in the NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Georgia Southern University aims to produce administrators who have a focus in site based management. The program emphasizes school law, finance, and administrative leadership. This is a 36 credit hour program that culminates with a comprehensive exam. Applications for admission into this program are being accepted for the 2016 fall semester.

Accreditation
Georgia Southern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Tuition – $16,400

#11. Colorado State University-Pueblo

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Colorado State University is a comprehensive university located in Pueblo, Colorado and is a member of the Colorado State University System. Colorado State University Pueblo was originally a junior college and as recently as 1975 was known as the University of Southern Colorado. Today Colorado State Pueblo is home to over 4,000 students benefit from 31 undergraduate and 9 graduate programs.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Colorado State University Pueblo’s Masters of Education is a 36 credit hour program with additional coursework required for those seeking Principal or Superintendent certification. Requirements for acceptance into this program include, a baccalaureate degree, submission of a completed admission packet, official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, resume, copy of teaching license and proof of lawful presence in the United States.

Accreditation
Colorado State University-Pueblo is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Cost of Attendance – $16,500

#12. Northwest Missouri State University

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Northwest Missouri State University was founded in 1905 and is located in Maryville, Missouri. Northwest Missouri was originally founded as a teachers college, it offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Northwest has some well known athletic programs which have won several NCAA Division II championships in the past two decades. These include the several football national championships and three cheerleading national championships.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in administration at Northwest Missouri State is 33 credit hours in length but and includes a hybrid online and campus based training model. Program entry requirements include a 2.75 undergraduate GPA, and a bachelors degree. Additionally applicants must take the GMAT and score above a 440. To successfully complete graduation requirements, students are required to submit a completed portfolio and field study in their last semester of coursework.

Accreditation
Northwest is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance – $16,600

#13. Fort Hays State University

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Fort Hays State University was founded in 1902 and was originally built on the grounds of a former military outpost. Current student enrollment hovers around 14,000 students with approximately 1,500 graduate students. Fort Hays State University is situated in Hays, Kansas which is approximately two and a half hours northwest of Wichita.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M.Ed Administration program at Fort Hays State University is a minimum 31 credit hour course. Students will focus on several interdisciplinary facets of education including education technology in order to be prepared to serve their students in this modern age. The program culminates with a field practicum.

Accreditation
Fort Hays State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition – $16,650

#14. University of Alaska-Fairbanks

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In the middle of the Alaskan wilderness you will find the city of Fairbanks home of the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. The Fairbanks campus is the flagship campus of the University of Alaska system and is a distinguished research university. The University of Alaska Fairbanks was originally established as an agricultural college and school of the mines but now is a full fledged university that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Alaska Fairbank’s M.Ed in Educational Leadership is a 36 credit hours in length and has a thesis option and a principal internship at the completion of course work. Acceptance into this program is contingent on the student having a bachelor’s degree, minimum of 24 credits of education courses, and an average 3.00 GPA in undergraduate level course work.

Accreditation
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is accredited by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities.

Tuition – $16,650

#15. South Dakota State University

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South Dakota State University is a public research university located in Brookings, South Dakota that was founded in 1881 thanks to the provisions of the 1862 Morrill Act. As a land grant university South Dakota State University originally had a focus on agriculture. South Dakota State is South Dakota’s largest university and currently has almost 13,000 students.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M. Ed in Educational Leadership degree is either a 32 or 35 credit hour program depending on whether the student chooses the research or course work only option. This enables the student to maintain their busy lifestyle while earning a degree that will give them the tools to become exemplary school administrators.

Accreditation
South Dakota State University is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the state of South Dakota. In addition, the early childhood education program holds accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Tuition – $16,800

#16. University of Nebraska

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The University of Nebraska is the flagship of the University of Nebraska System. The university was established in 1869 as a land-grant university under the 1862 Morrill Act. Though the University of Nebraska is known for its athletic programs, especially the football team the university is a major research university with eight colleges, located on several campuses and dedicated research facilities.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The Ed Leadership degree at the University of Nebraska is a portfolio based program. Delivery of course work is done in a mixed format with both face to face coursework and online based classes. This is a 36 credit hour program that is culminated by an eight week internship in the last semester of course work.

Accreditation
The University of Nebraska is accredited by Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Tuition – $17,000

#17. Tennessee State University

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Tennessee State University is the only historically black university that receives state funds in Tennessee. Established in 1912 as an agricultural and industrial school, Tennessee State has grown to a school of over 9,000 students. Tennessee State offers 45 undergraduate degrees, over two dozen masters degrees and seven doctoral level degrees.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The Master of Education in Instructional Leadership degree has three concentrations: Licensure, Non-Licensure, and Career and Technical Education. Student seeking the principalship will take 33 credit hours of instruction culminating with an internship period. In order to be admitted to the program the applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university, an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 scale, and submission of an official report of the (GRE) score.

Accreditation
Tennessee State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition – $17,600

#18. Eastern Illinois University

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Eastern Illinois University was established in 1895 as a teacher’s college offering a two-year degree. Eventually Eastern Illinois University expanded into a comprehensive university with offering Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in education, business, arts, sciences, and humanities. Today Eastern Illinois University boasts a student body over 9,000 students strong.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The goal of the M. Ed from Eastern Illinois University is to prepare quality candidates to serve as educator leaders. The program is made to prepare candidates to serve as principals and provide quality leadership at the school building level. The course work focuses on issues related to school law, management and enhancing teacher practice. The program is 33 credit hours in length.

Accreditation
Eastern Illinois University is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition – $18,200

#19. Murray State University

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Murray State University is a four year public university with a rich history of academic achievement and has received numerous accolades over the past three decades. Current student enrollment stands above 11,000 students with almost 2,000 of those being graduate students. Murray State University offers over 60 bachelor, and 42 master and specialist programs to serve its growing student population.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Murray State University offers a number of Masters of Art in Education options with several with a leadership/management emphasis. Including a focus on either elementary, middle, or high school settings. The programs are generally 30 credit hours in length and are geared towards preparing students for the realities of education in the modern age. Additionally these courses lead a pathway to possible certification as a school leader.

Accreditation
Murray State University is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition – $18,800

#20. University of Nevada Las Vegas

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The University of Las Vegas Nevada is well known for its strong emphasis on science and technology, business management, and the law programs. UNLV has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research intensive university. Current student enrollment stands at nearly 30,000 student. UNLV’s athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership from The University of Nevada Las Vegas aims to produce administrators who have a focus in site based management. The program emphasizes school law, finance, and administrative leadership. This is a 36 credit hour program that culminates with a comprehensive exam. Students can also choose to be part of a cohort model if they so desire.

Accreditation
The University of Nevada Las Vegas is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Tuition – $18,800

#21. Marshall University

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Marshall University is a four year research university based in Huntington West Virginia. Marshall currently offers its 14,000 plus students a multitude of undergraduate and graduate degrees disciplines ranging from music to medicine. Marshall University participates in the NCAA Division I under Conference USA.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Marshall University’s Masters of Educational Leadership is a 36 credit hour program for those seeking Principal or Superintendent certification. All students who wish to be licensed as a school principal are required to pass the PRAXIS II exam. West Virginia licensure also requires the completion of the Evaluation Leadership Institute offered by the West Virginia Center for Professional Development.

Accreditation
Marshall University receives its accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Cost of Attendance – $19,800

#22. Salem State University

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Salem State University is located in Salem Massachusetts and offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees to its 10,000 plus students. With a fifteen mile proximity to Boston and its many amenities Salem State offers its students a world of possibilities.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in administration at Lamar is 39 credit hours in length and is designed to improve teaching and learning within the school setting. In addition to the course work students must complete a comprehensive exam that is taken after most of the course work is completed,and finally a field internship is completed as a capstone to the program.

Accreditation
Salem State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, (NEASC).

Cost of Attendance – $19,800

#23. Boise State University

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Boise State was originally founded in 1932 by the Episcopal Church but became an independent college in 1934. Boise State offers over 200 degrees in 190 different fields of study.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M.Ed Administration program at Boise State University The M.Ed. in Education Leadership is designed to challenge leaders at the school level to encourage and inspire students and teachers to a higher level of achievement. Students must have four years of experience in a private or public school setting in order to be recommended for principal certification.

Accreditation
Boise State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Tuition – $20,000

#24. McNeese State University

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McNeese State University is located in Lake Charles Louisiana and was established in 1939. McNeese is a public university with over 8,000 students and was originally a division of Louisiana State University.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
McNeese State offers a Masters of Science in Educational leadership that is 66 credit hours in length. The breakdown is 30 Masters degree hours, 27 concentration hours, and 9 field work hours. This is a rigorous but ultimately thorough program that is likely to prepare the student for anything that may come.

Accreditation
McNeese State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition – $20,200

#25. University of Northern Iowa

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The University of Northern Iowa was established in 1876 and is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Northern Iowa University is consistently named one of the best universities in the midwest by a variety of reporting entities. The University of Northern Iowa prides itself in maintaining small class sizes and keeping classes staffed by tenured staff.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M. Ed in Educational Leadership degree is a 38-44 credit hour program depending on whether a thesis route is taken or not. This program is designed to give students the tools to become exemplary school administrators by maintaining a rigorous course following.

Accreditation
University of Northern Iowa is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Tuition – $20,500

#26. St. Cloud State University

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The educational system in Minnesota is well known for it’s excellence, St. Cloud State University is no exception. Founded in 1869 St. Cloud State University offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate degrees. Current student enrollment is above 15,000 students.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
St. Cloud State University’s college of education offers students proven program that will develop, advance and apply learning leadership roles as a an administrator in the PK-12 setting. The program is 36 credit hours in length, prospective students must have a 3.0 GPA in all undergraduate course work and no GRE score is required.

Accreditation
St. Cloud State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Tuition – $20,500

#27. Florida Gulf Coast University

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Florida Gulf Coast University was only established in 1991 but already boasts a student body reaching 15,000 students. FGCU is located in Fort Myers and is near several major airports giving students many options for travel. Florida Gulf Coast University athletic teams participate in the Atlantic Sun Conference, which is a member of the NCAA Division I.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M.Ed. program is a 36 credit hour journey through theory and eventually culminates with a semester practicum as a Principal intern. Prospective students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in all course work, and must complete a portfolio as a final assessment.

Accreditation
Florida Gulf Coast University is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition – $20,760

#28. Coppin State University

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Coppin State University was founded in 1900 and is a historically black university. The campus is situated in Baltimore with a current student population of 4,000 students. Coppin State University is a well regarded school for educators and is a member school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The degree program at Coppin State University is a 33 credit hour M. Ed program in Educational Leadership. Course work is focused on theory, research, and best practice to improve the outcomes of student achievement. Prospective students must undergo an interview process, have a bachelors degree, a valid teacher certificate, and must submit writing samples and letters of recommendation.

Accreditation
Coppin State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition – $20,800

#29. University of Montana

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The University of Montana is the flagship university of the University of Montana system. Located in Missoula, the University of Montana is noted for its beautiful campus and the surrounding area. Academically the University of Montana has many accolades bestowed upon it over the past decade proving that the University of Montana is not only beautiful but also distinguished.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The University of Montana strives to maintain a Master’s Program in Educational Leadership that prepares students who are working in public school settings to be educator leaders. They are able to do this through learner–centered programming that prepares graduates to meet the challenges of school leadership positions including campus administrators. This degree program encompasses 36 credit hours ending with an administrative practicum in the last semester.

Accreditation
The University of Montana is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities .

Tuition – $21,000

#30. Radford University

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Radford University was founded in 1910 and is located in Radford Virginia. Student enrollment currently stands around 10,000 with 10% of those students attending graduate programs. Radford offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 100 fields

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Radford University is a 36 credit hour program that includes an internship as the culmination of the program. Acceptance into the program is contingent on a number of prerequisites including, a bachelors degree with teacher certification, minimum of three years in a K-12 school setting, official test scores from either the GRE or MAT exams and a writing sample.

Accreditation
Radford University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition – $21,000

#31. Rhode Island College

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Rhode Island College was first established in 1894 as a normal school. Situated in Providence Rhode Island College is a distinguished institution that has been nationally ranked in a number of areas.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The Masters of Educational Leadership at Rhode Island College is a two year cohort model that comprises 36 credit hours. The program is unique in that also includes a practicum at the start and finish of the academic school year giving students a holistic view of how a public school runs from day one. Course work is delivered via a hybrid model.

Accreditation
Rhode Island College receives its accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance – $21,000

#32. Eastern Michigan University

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Eastern Michigan University was founded in 1849 as a “normal school”. Eastern Michigan University is a highly regarded university for its development of highly effective and qualified school personnel. The university offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees and has embraced the hybrid model that has become very popular throughout the United States.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in administration at Eastern Michigan University is 35 credit hours in length. Program entry requirements include an undergraduate degree, minimum 2.7 GPA, letters of recommendation and performance review documentation that is provided for review by the university.

Accreditation
Eastern Michigan University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance – $22,000

#33. University of Hawaii-Manoa

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The University of Hawaii Manoa is a land grant university that was founded in 1907. The university is situated in the suburb of Manoa which is part of Honolulu. Today the university boasts a student enrollment of nearly 20,000 students. The University of Hawaii Manoa is a perrenial power ranking school in a variety of areas and is recognized by a multitude of organization.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M.Ed Administration program at the University of Hawaii Manoa is a 36 credit hour course program that emphasizes theory and practice with an emphasis on school law. The course work takes two years to complete and students have either a thesis or non thesis pathway. Applicants must have two years of classroom experience.

Accreditation
The University of Hawaii Manoa is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition – $22,000

#34. California State University—​San Bernadino

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California State University San Bernadino was established in 1965 and is part of the California State University System. A new college of education opened in 2008 giving CSU San Bernadino a significant push in its mission to better the education of all students in P-20 programs. CSUSB participates in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Division II and has had great success within that system.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
California State San Bernadino’s M.Ed in Education is a 48 credit unit course that gives students a comprehensive education in a particular field of education and leads to the hybrid melding of online principal certification.

Accreditation
California State University San Bernadino is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition – $22,100

#35. University of Wyoming

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Situated in Laramie Wyoming the University of Wyoming is a land grant university established in 1869. The University of Wyoming consists of seven colleges: agriculture and natural resources, arts and sciences, business, education, engineering and applied sciences, health sciences, and law. Sports teams at Wyoming compete in the Mountain West Conference and are a NCAA Division I program.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M. Ed in Educational Administration degree is a 33 credit hour program that focuses on developing effecting leaders and researchers within the school setting. Additionally the program enables the student to maintain their busy lifestyle while earning a degree that will give them the tools to become exemplary school administrators. Delivery of course work happens through a hybrid model which includes video conferencing, online delivery and face to face class time.

Accreditation
The University of Wyoming is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition – $22,300

#36. Portland State University

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Portland State University is a public four year university that was established in 1946 Situated in down town Portland this university is truly a gem of the Pacific Northwest with a variety of amenities that attract young people from all over the country. The Princeton Review ranked Portland State in the top 15% of schools in the country in 2012.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Portland State University has a unique Masters of Education that combines the administration certification process. The Continuing Administrator License program is an ongoing licensure program for all school administrators which is made up of 28 credits. These courses must be taken after completion of a masters degree. Only then can a student be considered for a license in administration.

Accreditation
Portland State University is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition – $22,800

#37. Plymouth State University

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Plymouth State University is a member of the University System of New Hampshire which was established in 1871. Current enrollment hovers above 6,000 students with roughly 2,000 of those being graduate students. Plymouth State University is classified under the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement designation.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership at Plymouth State is a 33 credit hour course that prepares candidates for a variety of leadership roles. The program provides educators with the knowledge, skills, and understanding they need to successfully practice effective leadership in their learning organizations.

Accreditation
Plymouth State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition – $22,800

#38. Delaware State University

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Delaware State University is a historically black college or university that was established in 1891. The student body numbers just over 4,000 strong with a multitude of undergraduate and graduate degrees being offered in a number of fields including science, education and the arts.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The Masters of Educational Leadership at Delaware State is a 33 credit hour program that spans a two year period. An important part of this degree is a six credit hour internship that focuses on applied practice in the school setting.

Accreditation
Delaware State University is accredited by the The Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Tuition – $22,850

#39. Indiana University Northwest

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Indiana University Northwest is a four year institution located in Gary, Indiana. IUNW is a member of the Indiana University System and currently has roughly 6,000 students and a faculty of over 180 full time faculty. IUNW competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics as an independent school and fields a variety of coed athletic teams.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Indiana University Northwest strives to maintain a Master’s Program in Educational Leadership that prepares students who are working in public school settings to be educator leaders. They are able to do this through learner–centered programming that prepares graduates to meet the challenges of school leadership positions including campus administrators, and central office administration. This is a Masters of Science degree in administration which encompasses 36 credit hours ending with an administrative practicum in the last semester.

Accreditation
Indiana University Northwest is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Institution.

Tuition – $23,000

#40. Kent State University

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Kent State University was established in 1910 and is currently a research university offering a myriad of undergraduate and graduate degrees. With an enrollment above 40,000 students Kent State is one of the largest schools in Ohio. Many of the education classes that students will take for the listed M. Ed program are taken in nearby Stark, Ohio which is a satellite campus for the main campus in Kent, Ohio.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Kent State aims to produce administrators who have a focus on curriculum and instruction studies. The program emphasizes school law, finance, and administrative leadership. This is a 36 credit hour program that culminates with a comprehensive exam.

Accreditation
Kent State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition – $23,400

#41. Central Connecticut State University

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Central Connecticut State University is a public university in New Britain, Connecticut. The school was founded in 1849 as Connecticut Normal School, making Central Connecticut State University the oldest publicly funded university in the state. Considered a commuter school an estimated half of CCSU’s 12,000 student drive into school every day.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Central Connecticut State University offers a Masters of Educational Leadership that is a 30 credit hours in length. The aim of this program is to prepare teacher leaders to enhance the learning of students in the state of Connecticut. Requirements for admission to the program include a 2.7 gpa in undergraduate work a minimum of three years teaching experience and a Connecticut teaching certificate

Accreditation
Connecticut State University receives its accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Cost of Attendance – $23,800

#42. Coastal Carolina University

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Situated in Conway Carolina just a few miles from Myrtle Beach this beautiful campus is a true gem of the Carolinas. Current student enrollment tops 10,000 and offers a multitude of degrees from a variety of fields including the sciences and education. Coastal Carolina University is a sea grant institution that was founded in 1954.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The masters of education in administration at Coastal Carolina is 36 credit hours in length. Program entry requirements include two letters of recommendation, a current teaching certificate, one year of teaching experience, a 3.0 gpa in undergraduate work, and a minimum score on the GRE of 400 combined.

Accreditation
Coastal Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Cost of Attendance – $23,800

#43. University of Maine

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The University of Main is a flagship school established in 1865 for the state of Maine through the land grant designation. In 1882 it was founded through the Morrill Act which was signed into law that year by President Abraham Lincoln. Current enrollment tops 11,000 students.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M.Ed Administration program at the University of Maine is a cohort model that is meant for educators interested in building skills for effective school leadership and administration. The course work is roughly 28 credit hours in length with an additional 9 credit hours to attain full certification.

Accreditation
The University Maine is accredited by the The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition – $24,250

#44. University of Washington

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Affectionately known as UDub, the University of Washington was founded in 1861 and is one of the oldest universities in the west coast. The University of Washington school of medicine is one of the best in the world. UW has three main campuses, one in Seattle, one in Tacoma and the last on in Bothell. UW has been labeled as a Public Ivy meaning the education a student receives at UW rivals that of any Ivy League school.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The Masters of Educational Leadership at the University of Washington is a 36 credit hour course. Course work focuses to dig deeper into concepts such as instructional improvement, policy and instructional leadership, and issues dealing with the achievement gap. Their a particular emphasis on social justice and reflective leadership.

Accreditation
The University of Washington is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is a member of the Association of American Universities.

Tuition – $24,600

#45. Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

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The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania is the first degree granting historically black university in the United States. The school was founded 1854 as a private school but became public in 1972. Lincoln is located in Oxford Pennsylvania and currently has a student population of approximately 2,000 students. The University is a member-school of Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M. Ed in Educational Leadership degree is a 39 credit hour program that enables the student to maintain their busy lifestyle while earning a degree that will give them the skills to become exemplary school administrators. Courses focus on finance, school law and curriculum building.

Accreditation
The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Tuition – $25,300

#46. University of Wisconsin Milwaukee​

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The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee is a public four year university with a student body of over 27,000 students. UWM is considered an important research university and is the second largest university in the University of Wisconsin System. Athletic teams at UWM participate in the Horizon League of the NCAA’s Division I.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee offers a Masters of Administrative Leadership which emphasizes supervision and school administration. The program is 33 credit hours in length. Admission into this program is contingent on a minimum 2.75 gpa, holding a valid teacher certification and a bachelors degree.

Accreditation
The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Tuition – $25,900

#47. University of Vermont

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The University of Vermont was established in 1791 making one of the oldest universities in the United States of America. Today UVM is a school with over 11,000 students and nearly 1,200 staff. UVM is located in Burlington and is a perennial award winner in a variety of publication.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The M.Ed. program is designed to view alternative perspectives in order to ascertain more just and humane ways of governing schools. This is a 33 credit hour program with classes ranging from school law to organizational and human development. The program culminates with a semester of practicum in a school setting.

Accreditation
The University of Vermont is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Tuition – $27,000

#48. Kean University

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Kean University was established in 1855 in Newark, New Jersey. Today the school has over 16,000 students who partake of a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition a fine school of education Kean has a well regarded program in science and math respectively.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
Kean University offers a Masters of Educational Administration that is comprised of 36 credit hours. Admission requirements for this competitive program include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, one year of teaching experience, a teaching certificate, two letters of recommendation and scores for either the GRE or MAT exams.

Accreditation
Kean University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Tuition – $28,900

#49. Arizona State University

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With over 70,000 students at four campuses, Arizona State University is a major research university that strives to shape its identity around whom it includes versus those it excludes and the communities that it is rooted in. This plays out in its mission and goals to have its student body represent the socioeconomic and cultural diversity of the communities around it and by creating an environment on campus that gives all people access to quality education.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
ASU offers a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership within a 36 credit hour program. This is a hybrid cohort model that mixes face to face traditional classes with an online presence.

Accreditation
Arizona State University is accredited by the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission.

Tuition – $30,650

#50. Stony Brook University

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Stony Brook University is a public sea grant university established in 1954 situated in Long Island in the hamlet of Stony Brook. Current student body is comprised of nearly 25,000 students over a three campus area. Stony Brook’s mascot is the Sea Wolves, who participate in the NCAA Division I and are members of the America East Conference.

M.Ed in Education Program Details
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Stony Brook aims to produce administrators who have a focus in site based management. The program emphasizes school law, finance, and administrative leadership. This is a 36 credit hour program is a blended hybrid program with an online component.

Accreditation
Stony Brook University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Tuition – $30,900

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