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Educational Leadership, M.Ed. - Licensure Track

The Master's degree in Educational Leadership is comprised of 36 hours of course work including 150 internship hours and an additional 360 hours of field experiences in the educational setting. Candidates can choose from two (2) delivery methods: traditional or online (MC7). 

A cohesive sequential delivery structure driven by problem-based and problem-centered learning activities is provided. Program anchors include teaching and learning, technology, assessment, diversity, law and public policy, and collaboration. Internship experiences are integrated with course content and additional field experiences are structured to prepare the candidate for the work of an educational leader. These experiences in the educational setting are designed for candidates to work closely with mentors who are practicing school leaders engaging in authentic administrative tasks. Reflection is embedded throughout the program to enable candidates to reflect upon and improve practice.  

Traditional Program Option

Application deadline for the traditional program is May 1 of each year, and perspective candidates will be notified by May 15 of admission and classes for the cohort will begin during the first 5-week summer term in June.*

Consult the Program Coordinator or the Chair of the Teacher Education and Leadership Department for additional information concerning the cohort group process and the program schedule.

MC7 Online Program Option

With the launch of the MC7 online delivery system in summer 2017, courses are arranged in a specific sequence and are offered in six (6), 7-week terms which correspond with the fall (fall term 1 & 2), spring (spring term 1 & 2), and summer (summer term 1 & 2) semesters. The MC7 course rotation has been constructed to allow candidates who are full time (typically 2 classes per 7-week term) to complete their coursework in 12 months. For those students choosing part time (typically 1 class per 7-week term), the coursework can be completed in 24 months.

For additional information regarding the MC7 online program option including the course descriptions and rotation, please use the link provided below.

MC7 Online Program Overview

Deadlines for MC7 applications, full tuition payment, and registration for MC7 courses follow strict adherence to the calendar. 

MC7 Online Calendar

Program Requirements

  • Must meet Graduate Admission Requirements.
  • Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 to remain in the program.
  • Standard educator’s license and a minimum of 3 years teaching experience must be documented.
  • A photocopy of candidate’s Standard Class Educators license issued by a state department for education. Candidate must hold a Standard, 5 year, renewable license to be considered.

Financial Aid

Mississippi College is one of America's top values in Christian Education. Candidates are encouraged to explore financial aid opportunities and see just how affordable a quality university can be. 

A Professional Development Scholarship for Educators offered by Mississippi College is designed for graduate students who are currently employed in elementary or secondary public or private schools seeking a master degree or education specialist degree. This award is deadline sensitive and not retroactive. For more information or to apply, follow the link below.


  • Dr. Mario Keys
    Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education and Leadership
    Lowrey 310
*The formation of a traditional program cohort will be dependent upon a minimum number of candidates admitted to the program each year.