20 Best Master's in Educational Leadership Degrees for 2017

Education is the soul of society, and those charged with its care have an inestimable responsibility. In our nation, those invested in educational leadership, the shaping of the next generation, includes principals, superintendents, assistant principals, academic deans, instructional coaches, and directors of curriculum and instruction. These administrators provide educational, curricular, and financial leadership, as well as ensure the smooth day-to-day operations of our schools.

These administrators are 12-month employees, as compared to teachers who get a break in the summer, which means they work long hours and spend summers preparing for the next school year. Despite the substantial workload that comes with the role, the career ranks among the top 12 underrated jobs, according to a survey by CareerCast, a careers website. The satisfaction of year-round hard work can be very fulfilling, but even more, the success of the young people that come and go through the school you lead.

What is required to earn a master's degree in educational leadership?

There is a lot of variation in educational leadership degrees. While they are all graduate degrees, the title changes from Educational Leadership to Educational Administration, with numerous titles in between. Not all educational leadership degrees end in principal licensure, though; to gain principal licensure, more education is required, although a few of the programs on the list provide the option to continue to the principalship or combine the program with the master's degree. Many educational leadership programs are offered entirely online with the working professional in mind, but some schools may require campus visits. Additionally, candidates are usually required to have field experiences in a school setting.

Courses are designed to prepare educators for the immense responsibilities of leading a school. Classes include on teacher leadership and development, practical instruction, school improvement, school law and finance, and curriculum and instruction. Most degrees require approximately 30+ hours of coursework.

What is the job outlook and salary for a job in educational leadership?

Employment growth for school principals is expected to increase 10 percent by 2020, about as fast as the national average of 14 percent for all occupations. But because hiring demand ties to student enrollment, employment growth may vary by region, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Median salaries range from about $67,000 for assistant principals to $88,000 for high school principals, according to PayScale.com. Consider the following:

  • Assistant Principal—$73,500
  • School Superintendant—$104,500
  • Department Chair—$84,640
  • Elementary School Principal—$80,107

What is your methodology for creating the 20 Best Masters in Educational Leadership?

There were numerous factors included to form this ranking. The first was a score from U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate Education Schools as well as the overall school's score. The cost per credit factors as 30 percent of the overall score. Additionally, the percentage of faculty who were tenured or on track for tenure, the endowment per student, and annual return on investment were considered. The information gleaned is from the National Center for Education Statistics as well as Payscale.com.

We researched the particular program at each school to provide you with the most up to date information about the school and the opportunities that exist in each school. Unique factors were considered such as courses, field experience, and estimated time to complete the degree, as we strive to offer relevant information that leads to you, the student, making an informed decision.

Best wishes on your journey!


1. University of Florida

A senior member of the University of Florida System, incredible research, outstanding athletics, and unbelievable academic and student life options is the University of Florida. With approximately 37,000 undergraduates and 16,000 graduate students, it may come as a surprise that 56 percent graduate with no student loan debt. Additionally, more than 3,400 young people engage in UF’s honor’s program.

There are both on-campus and online options for educational leadership at UF. There MEd in Educational Leadership with or without certification on-campus and a MEd in EL which leads to Florida Principal Certification offered 100 percent online. Whether you choose an on-campus or online degree, rest assured that UF’s College of Education is the highest ranked in the state, and receives top rankings for many of their programs. The EL Program features courses that shape confident, well-spoken, and knowledge administrators and teacher leaders. Courses include Data-Driven Decision Making, Public School Law, Technology Leadership, and the capstone, Supervised Practice in School Administration. There is also a thesis or comprehensive exam for the MEd (certification or non-certification). The licensure track includes Florida’s examination for administrative certification.

U.S. News and World Report’s ranking for Best Graduate Education Schools has UF at #29 and the overall score at 62. Tuition is $856 per credit with an incredible 9.5 percent annual ROI. A definite advantage of a large school, the endowment per student is $32,011.


2. Baruch College

Every student of the 18,000 that attend the City University of New York Bernard M. Baruch College leaves changed. Located in the Gramercy Park section of Manhattan, New York City, Baruch is diverse, in fact, more than 130 languages are spoken on campus, and 168 countries are represented. This dynamic interchange of cultural diversity shows up in the active student life and academics with more than 80 undergraduate and graduate options.

At Baruch, the MEd in Educational Leadership (MSEd-EL) is designed for those interested in assuming positions of influence in elementary or secondary education in urban settings. The MSEd-EL program is 33 credits, but after the initial core of 24, you are eligible to apply for the School Building Leadership (SBL) certificate mandated by the State of New York to become an assistant principal or principal. If you complete an additional 15 for a total of 39, you can apply for a School District Leader certificate. Coursework includes measurement in schools, legal issues in education, community relations, instructional leadership, urban school problems, and more. There is a capstone project that involves the design and research of a particularly relevant issue in leadership. A 600-hour internship is also required rounding out robust theory and application.

The incredible 94 percent tenured faculty and U.S. News and World Report rankings of #170 and 69 for Best Graduate Education and overall score respectively highlight the quality of Baruch. Financially the $780 per credit is reasonable, especially when looked at in the light of the 8.9 percent annual ROI.


3. University of Washington

The University of Washington in Seattle, Washington is a large, public, research university. UW also has campuses in Tacoma and Bothell, as well as a world-class academic medical center. Being founded in 1861 makes UW one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the West and gives it an edge in the experience factor. UW is known for raucous football games, incredible academics choice and quality, and innovation—bubblegum, vinyl, and the color TV tube were invented on campus.

With the “ultimate goal of creating powerful and equitable outcomes for all students” and “renewal in our schools,” UW offers six MEd options in Educational Leadership, three of which are: Danforth Educational Leadership Program, Leadership in Higher Education, and Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership. These options will work if you are interested in leadership positions in schools, districts, colleges, and nonprofits. The Danforth Educational Leadership Program is a one-year certification (36 credits) with a MEd option (nine additional credits for 45 total) that is competency-based and field intensive. In fact, you experience a 1,000-hour internship with integrated coursework. This in only one of the top-rated degrees at a school that provides excellent support and delivers quality instruction.

Ranked #9 by U.S. News and World Report for Best Graduate Education Schools and with our highest endowment per student on the list at $60,523, UW offers much; however, the tuition is at $1405, on the upper end, though offset by a 9.3 annual ROI.


4. Iowa State University

Iowa State University in Ames, Ohio is a leader in research and innovation. Founded in 1858 it is one of the first land-grant universities in the nation. ISU is burgeoning with over 35,000 students, 800 student organizations, 100 bachelor's, 112 master's, and 83 doctoral programs. With the pride of being the place where the world’s highest resolution immersive virtual reality lab is to the largest concentration of faculty involved in sustainable agriculture teaching and research, ISU is only getting better.

The Pre-LEAD Program at ISU is for those seeking a MEd or MS in Educational Administration and principal certification. The program is 36 credits and includes a 400-hour internship at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The degree is delivered in a face-to-face or hybrid online model maximizing the options for those who work or can’t travel as often. Courses include Principles of Educational Administration, Supervision for Learning Environments, Diverse Learning Needs, and Curriculum Leadership to name a few. The MEd option requires a portfolio and the MS a thesis. For admission to the Pre-LEAD Program, GRE scores are not necessary.

When looking as some specific data-points, ISU emerges as our #4. The University scored 45/100 overall by U.S. News and World Report. Knowing the caliber of education helps for sure, but even better is financial short and long-term assurance. With the best annual ROI on our list with a 9.8 percent and tuition at $849 per credit, ISU fits the bill.


5. McDaniel College

McDaniel is different. Recognized in Loren Popes book Colleges that Change Lives, McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland is a selective and private university that offers an individualized education with an emphasis on the liberal arts. Students experience a 4-1-4 schedule with the January mini-mester featuring uncommon courses. The 1600 students at McDaniel can also enjoy the European campus in Budapest, Hungary as well as the 160-acre main campus. McDaniel offers study abroad options and self-designed majors as well.

McDaniel’s MS in Educational Leadership is ideally suited for teachers who want to be leaders, particularly a principal. Based on standards developed by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC), NCATE and the Maryland State Department of Education, the degree leads to licensure and confidence on day one. The MS in Education Leadership is delivered hybrid, face-to-face, or online formats, right in step with MC’s individualized model. Courses include Economics and Financing of Education, the Role of the Principal, School Leadership in the Twenty-first Century, Supervision and Evaluation of School Personnel, and culminate in the portfolio that includes a research paper and interview; for certification, an additional internship is required. The program is 34 credits.

Scored 47/100 by U.S. News and World Report, McDaniel’s reputation for excellence is supported. In addition to this recognition, McDaniel has one of the best financial packages: a $490 tuition makes it #1 in terms of affordability on this list, and an endowment per student at $46,076.


6. Minnesota State University-Mankato

Founded in 1868, Minnesota State University began, like many of our universities as a school to train teachers. Today, MSU enrolls 15,000 students who study 200 undergraduate and graduate programs. The School boasts a beautiful campus set on 303 acres overlooking the Blue Earth River valley, perfect for study and leisure. In addition to traditional on-campus education, MSU, through the College of Extended Learning and the Normandale Partnership Center offers online degrees.

A new degree at MSU is the MS in Experiential Education. One of the two masters in educational leadership at MSU, the MS in EE is for working adults exploring leadership roles within schools, but not looking for administrative certification. The program is project intensive and emphasizes critical thinking and leadership skills for a variety of leadership positions: K-12 education, outdoor adventure programming, or corporate training for example. The other option is the MS in Educational Leadership. This 34-credit program can be taken hybrid or on-campus and prepares you for leadership roles in schools; it does not lead to certification. However, it can become a prerequisite to roll into the Specialist in Educational Leadership & K-12 Administrative Licensure Program.

MSU’s cost per credit is the second lowest on our top 20 at $472 per credit. This inexpensive, yet practical option is desirable even more when looked at with the annual ROI of 8.4 percent and the overall score of 50 from U.S. News and World Report.


7. Ferris State University

Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan has 14,000 students on the main campus and their 21 off-campus sites. A big draw at FSU is the ease for transfer students to transition from two- to four-year degrees. In the tradition of the original founding, FSU has remained primarily vocational as opposed to liberal arts. The School offers 140 degrees that prepare you for a huge variety of in-demand occupations.

The Ferris State University MS in Educational Leadership is approved by the Michigan Department of Education; it focuses on leadership, management, risk management and the future. This means that those who complete the degree can apply for kindergarten through 12th-grade administrative certification in the state of Michigan. As for specific details and features, the FSU MS in EL has a robust two-semester internship designed to address a particular problem in rural schools by applying previous coursework and theory. Cheryl Thomas, an associate professor in Ferris’ School of Education, said the program allows her to “more successfully mentor my graduate students.” The 31-credit degree also features a capstone course which is a thesis, project, reflective portfolio, or comprehensive examination meant to demonstrate the synthesis of the whole program.

With one of the lowest tuitions of $588 per credit and one of the highest annual ROI percentage at 7.9, Ferris University is financially a wise choice. Add to finances the quality, and again, FSU shows its color; it scored 55/100 by U.S. News and World Report for an overall score.


8. Winona State University

Winona State University serves about 8500 students who choose from 80 undergraduate, pre-professional, licensure, graduate, and doctorate programs. In addition to the main campus in Winona, Minnesota, in southeastern the corner in the picturesque bluff country of the Mississippi River, the School has two satellite campuses, the West Campus in Winona, and Winona State University-Rochester.

“We prepare collaborative leaders to sustain and renew America's democracy by transforming and managing schools and organizations for the benefit of each learner and with a view to the common good.” Powered by that noble mission, Winona State University offers the MEd in Educational Leadership. The degree is 33 total credits, 18 of core classes in the foundational leadership courses in law, finance, curriculum, and assessment, which, when completed, you then choose your track, principal or non-principal. The non-principal route allows specialization in your particular professional interest. Regardless of the path you choose, the program requires both a final paper and comprehensive exam. The Quality Matters (QM) Program, an external review organization, certifies the exceptional quality of WSU’s program.

Tuition is a reasonable $562 per credit with a robust 7 percent annual ROI making the long-term financial picture look good. With 77 percent of faculty tenured, the recognition of the QM program, and the 56 overall score from U.S. News and World Report, WSU deserves in our top 10.


9. University of South Florida

Located in Tampa, Florida and a member of the State University System of Florida, The University of South Florida serves about 50,000 students. Being a large University affords many academic options, 180 undergraduate majors, and concentrations, as well as over 40 graduate programs. USF makes an impact in both research and economics. USF is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral University with Highest Research Activity, a distinction attained by only 2.5 percent of all post-secondary institutions and has an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion.

Relevant knowledge, engagement in collaborative relationships, alignment with quality leadership standards, These are just a few of the learning outcomes of USF’s MEd in Educational Leadership. The 36-credit program prepares you for every aspect of school building leadership, including first and foremost that it leads to Florida Level 1 Educational Leadership Certification. Courses will make you confident with school budgeting, school law, hiring personnel, overseeing curriculum and development, technology integration, facilities allocation, and program evaluation. The strength of the program is two internships, fall and spring semesters, that connect you with mentor administrators. Requirements for admission include and valid teaching license and two years of experience and a GRE if your undergraduate GPA is under 3.0.

Ranked by U.S. News and World Report #93 for Best Graduate Education increases respect for the program. Financially, tuition is low at $575 per credit, and the annual ROI is a solid 8 percent. All in all, a wise choice.


10. Arizona State University

There is little doubt as to the incredible job ASU is doing as a university. The main campus is located in Tempe, Arizona, but the School has five additional campuses. Boasting a #1 ranking from U.S. News and World Report for Most Innovative Schools, ASU’s research and academics are thriving. The 98,000 total students (52,000 at the main campus) enjoy hundreds of academic options from undergraduate to doctoral, a thriving student life, spirited athletics, study abroad choices, service opportunities. ASU is truly a world unto itself.

Aspiring leaders have two options at ASU for a MEd in Educational Leadership: The iLeadAZ Principal Preparation Pathway is a 15-month program is for current teachers aspiring to be administrators or teacher leaders. The program is blended, though mostly on-campus. Highlights include a two-semester internship and a simulated educational environment giving you maximum real-world experience; this field work builds on a standards-based curriculum. The Online Principal Preparation Pathway is a two-year program that is 36 total credits. Both programs prepare you for certification from the State of Arizona as a principal. Knowing that Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is one of the top-rated schools also boosts confidence in the program and your employability.

Ranked #11 by U.S. News and World Report for Best Graduate Education Schools is reassuring. With 66 percent of tenured faculty and an endowment per student of $8,694, you will get the support you need to succeed. Tuition is $1033, and annual ROI is 8.5 percent.


11. Brooklyn College

"Nothing without great effort" is the motto of CUNY Brooklyn. Dedicated to living out this truth by a rigorous liberal-arts core, City University of New York-Brooklyn, offers 83 undergraduate programs and 71 graduate programs in the arts and sciences, business, and education. The 17,500 students enjoy the beautiful Georgian-style campus with the iconic library building with a tall tower; Princeton Review consistently cites the 35-acre, tree-lined campus as "gorgeous."

Become a change agents in our schools through CUNY Brooklyn’s MS in Educational Leadership. This Degree is 36 credits and must be completed in three years. The emphasis is on “organizational development, building learning communities, models of supervision, educational policy, team building, staff development, and the critical analysis and application of educational research as applied to instructional leadership.” After coursework in leadership and foundational knowledge and practice, you are required to engage in a supervised internship in a local school. Also, you participate in two seminars, one on action research, and the other in a real-world field problem. The Field Problem Seminar is a research project based on critiques of current research practice. Admission does require a GRE and teaching experience.

With a $780 per credit tuition, CUNY Brooklyn’s high-quality leadership degree is within reach. Additionally, U.S. News and World Report scored Brooklyn 55 in overall score and had one of the highest percentages of tenured faculty at 96 percent.


12. St. Cloud State University

Founded in the Beaver Islands of the Mississippi River in St. Cloud, Minnesota, St. Cloud State University prepares young men and women “for life, work and citizenship in the 21st century.” The educational philosophy at SCSU is on applying knowledge to the real-world. The 15,000 students choose from 200 academic programs, 60 graduate degrees and education abroad choices on six continents.

Accredited by the NCATE and the Minnesota Board of School Administrators, the MS in Educational Administration and Leadership graduates leaders equipped to be agents of change. Lead by expert faculty in an online, face to face, or hybrid format, the degree works perfectly for working professionals or for those who want to go full-time; full-time students can complete the degree in 12 months by taking 12 credits for three semesters through evening and weekend classes. The degree is open to those without teaching experience, though requirements do change; Please note if you are seeking administrative licensure three years of teaching experience is required by the State of Minnesota. To complete your degree, you choose the culminating experience, either a research thesis or a graduate portfolio.

Not only does SCSU have expert faculty, but they have an expert 80 percent tenured faculty. Also bolstering their reputation is the 47 overall score given by U.S. News and World Report. Financially, you may hit a sweet spot for quality and price with tuition at $634 per credit.


13. University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is much more than a football powerhouse; they are a research-driven university that attracted $117 million in research awards last year and $1 billion in campaign gifts. U of O is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and is located in Eugene, Oregon and has nine schools, grants 316 degrees, and has 21 research centers and institutes for 25,000 students.

The Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership offers an MS in Educational Leadership. The Degree trains students with “tangible skills that are immediately useful in using and understanding educational research and its application to problems of practice in a variety of educational settings.” The MS in EL has four areas of concentration: Policy and Leadership, Literacy Leadership, Quantitative Research Methods (QRM), and Educational Technology and Virtual Schools (ETVS).Please note, this degree and emphases do not lead to licensure, rather they prepare individuals for careers in student support services, staff and community relations, program coordination, associate program coordination, or advisor positions. The combined MEd/IAL Degree is a 51-credit program that does lead to licensure.

Ranked #14 and scored 47/100 by U.S. News and World Report for Best Graduate Education Schools and overall score respectively says a lot about U of O’s quality. Knowing this, a $27,751 endowment per student and the $1,343 tuition can help you see if it’s a fit.


14. University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota is a public research university located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. It is the oldest and largest campus within the University of Minnesota system and the flagship institution. There are sister campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester. A Public Ivy, the University is classified as an R1 Doctoral University with the highest research activity in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions.

The Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development’s mission to be a leader in advancing knowledge about educational and organizational change in local, national, and international contexts. The Department offers numerous degree options including a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development with a focus in one of the following: Comparative and International Development Education, Education Policy and Leadership, Evaluation Studies, Higher Education, Human Resource Development, or Multicultural College Teaching and Learning. There are numerous degrees and specializations that one could choose, the options are worth exploring to find the right fit for your educational goals.

US News and World Report ranks the University of Minnesota at #21 for Best Graduate Education Schools as well as a score of 55/100 in an overall rating. The cost per credit is the highest on the list at $2093, but the higher cost may be worth the top-quality education and variety of options. The annual ROI is 8.6%.


15. University of Nebraska-Omaha

The University of Nebraska-Omaha is part of the University of Nebraska system and is a public research university with approximately 15,600 students. Interestingly, the last two incoming freshman classes have been the largest in UNO history with 2,069 new first-year students. The University conducts over $17 million of research annually and offers more than 200 programs of study.

Designed for educators who hold a teaching certificate and wish to complete the requirements for principal, curriculum supervisor, or other leadership positions, the Masters in Educational Leadership degree is a graduate program in which candidates attain professional certification in administration. The degree is 39 credit hours and must be completed in ten years. Classes are formatted for teachers who are currently employed, they are held one night a week during the school year, and three days a week during the summer. Most students finish the program in two years; endorsement can be completed in as little as 18 months. The endorsement option is for those who already have a master’s degree in education and wish to earn an administrator’s certificate. There is also the option to complete some of the classes online and through a “flipped class” format, which makes attending classes more conducive for the working professional.

The cost per credit is an affordable $626, and 78 percent of the faculty are tenured or on track for tenure, ensuring students quality instruction. The annual ROI is 7.6 percent.


16. Lehman College

CUNY Lehman College is a college that is part of the City University of New York system, named after Herbert H. Lehman, a former New York governor, United States senator, and philanthropist. More than 12,800 students attend CUNY Lehman which is located on a beautiful 37-acre tree-lined campus. CUNY Lehman offers over 50 majors and certificates.

The School of Education at CUNY Lehman offers three degrees: A Master of Science in Organizational Leadership which is 30 credits. A Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership, which is 30 credits and leads to New York State Initial Certification as a school building leader. And a graduate certificate in Educational Leadership, Advanced Educational Leadership/District Leader Extension Program, which is 12-15 credits and leads to New York State Professional Certification as a school district leader. Working alongside the New York State Education Department, the M.S.Ed. Program in Educational Leadership is committed to preparing candidates who demonstrate the nine essential characteristics of effective leaders.

The cost per credit is one of the more affordable on the list at $780, and 95 percent of the faculty are tenured or on track for tenure, giving you a top-quality education. The annual ROI is six percent.


17. University of Idaho

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho has educational centers in Coeur d’Alene, Boise, and Idaho Falls, while the main campus is located in picturesque Moscow, Idaho. There are over 11,000 students who attend the University; it is one of only 72 land-grant universities nationwide and offers 85 undergraduate, 62 master’s, and 31 doctoral degrees. The University of Idaho spends over $100 million annually on research and is classified as a “higher research” university.

There are several Educational Leadership degree options at the University of Idaho, most of which are for those who wish to pursue doctoral level training. The Master of Education (M.Ed.) or an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Idaho College of Education prepares educators for positions in education administration. It is designed for K-12 teachers and administrators who desire to transform schools into high-performing, inclusive and continuous learning communities. The degree consists of 30 credit-hours and ends in Principal Certification. The classes are available online, face-to-face, or a mixture of both formats. Those who are interested should have a background comparable to a bachelor’s degree in education.

U.S. News and World Report recognizes the University of Idaho as #166 for the Best Graduate Education and gives the University a 33/100 for its overall score. The cost per credit is $1297, but the annual ROI is nine percent. The University has a $23,442 endowment per student.


18. Texas A & M-Commerce

Part of the expansive Texas A&M University system, Texas A&M—Commerce offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees to the 6,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students. The University recently built a new multi-million dollar science building on campus, providing students with the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research in a state-of-the-art facility.

The Educational Leadership Department at Texas A&M—Commerce provides both a Doctor of Education and a Masters of Education program. With the ultimate goal to prepare educators for K—12 education in Texas and beyond, the department is known for training future leaders in education; over 200 students graduate each year, and it is one of the largest administrator preparation programs in the state. Most of the coursework required is online. However, some of the certification courses incorporate onsite learning. While there are several certification and degree routes one may take, the Master’s degree in Educational Administration with Principal Certification is 30 credit hours, while the Principal Certification Only Plan is only 21 credit hours and can be completed entirely online.

The cost per credit is $823, and the annual ROI is 7.4 percent. Sixty-three percent of the faculty are tenured, and the University has a $2,315 per student endowment.


19. New Jersey City University

Chartered in 1927 as the New Jersey State Normal School, the teacher-training college opened in 1929. The University came from humble beginnings as the one building situated on 10 acres along Hudson Boulevard in Jersey City. Today New Jersey City University is home to 8,200 students; and offers 43 undergraduate degree major programs, 27 graduate degree and diploma programs, and two doctoral programs.

The Department of Educational Leadership at New Jersey City University provides two options for those who are seeking to further their education with a degree in Educational Leadership. Both options are primarily online, offering courses in online and blended formats during each term and continuing through the semester. The first option is a Master of Arts in Urban Education with a Specialization in Educational Administrations and Supervision. This degree requires 36 credit hours. The other options is a Supervisor Certification, which is only 12 credits. This endorsement allows candidates to be employed as a supervisor of instruction and athletic director (for those who do not hold a principal’s endorsement) as well as an assistant superintendent in charge of curriculum and teaching in public schools.

It is worth noting that 96 percent of the faculty are on tenure, ensuring students a top-quality education. The cost per credit is $1081 and, the annual ROI is 6.6 percent. The Educational Leadership programs at New Jersey City University are worth considering.


20. University of Northern Colorado

Located in Greeley, Colorado, the University of Northern Colorado was founded in 1889 when Colorado Governor Cooper signed a bill establishing the Colorado State Normal School. What began as a Teacher’s College has transformed today into a thriving university with over 11,000 students and 200 undergraduate and graduate programs offered on-campus, off-campus, and online.

The College of Education and Behavioral Studies at the University of Northern Colorado provides several Educational Leadership degrees. The Masters of Arts, Educational Specialist), and Educational Doctorate degrees are designed for educational leaders at all levels, P-12. The Principal and Administrator (Superintendent) licensure programs can be combined with any of the three programs to expand your career and leadership opportunities further. Additionally, students may pursue an Interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership and Special Education Administration which leads to dual licensure as a Principal and Special Education Director. These degrees are offered in a variety of formats and locations including on-campus, hybrid, and online.

One of the more affordable programs on the list, the cost per credit is $550. Fifty-four percent of the faculty are tenured, or on track for tenure, the endowment per student is $7,612, and the annual ROI is 6.4 percent, making the University of Northern Colorado worth consideration.