Educational Leadership

Innovative education... Engaged educators

You entered education because you wanted to make a difference. So did we.

Whether you are a teacher looking to become a principal, a principal seeking superintendent certification, or an educator simply wanting to grow as a leader, we can help you take that next step.

Our master’s, specialist, and doctoral programs are designed for educators who want to make a difference in their schools and in their communities. They are designed for those who want to lead.

UMSL: Leadership

The leadership program at UMSL provided me with an opportunity to authentically grapple with relevant issues relating to equity and access. Leadership in today’s schools requires resilience, courage, and a relentless focus on disrupting the status quo in order to best serve children.

Sharonica Hardin, Superintendent of The School District of University City, Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies
The best thing about UMSL was working with the faculty who understand what it means to lead in the St. Louis region and address the real challenges facing our students. Faculty took the time to know each of their students and help them grow in their profession.

Kevin Martin, Assistant Principal in the Hazelwood School District, M.Ed., Ed.S., & Ed.D. in educational leadership
As a 22-year-old doctoral student, the leadership program at UMSL prepared me to be critical in my analysis, creative within my craft, and connected as a leader and alumnus to thousands of talented professionals across America and beyond.

Art McCoy, Superintendent of the Jennings School District, M.Ed. & educational leadership and policy studies


Aspiring principals complete our master’s program in a two-year cohort. Our courses are offered in-person, blended, and online. Students are typically on campus one night a week. The program is a minimum of 33 credit hours and is aligned to requirements for elementary or secondary principal certification in Missouri.

Deadline to apply: March 1


For individuals who hold an M.Ed. in education administration, the Ed.S. is a minimum of 27 additional hours. Though blended course formats, students may be able to finish the program in as little as one year. This program may be aligned to principal, superintendent, or special education program director certification.

Deadlines to apply: July 1 for fall, December 1 for spring, and May 1 for summer.


We have both Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs in educational leadership. Interested students are encouraged to discuss these opportunities with the program director.

Deadline to apply: March 1

Master of Education (MEd):

Educational Specialist (EdS):

Doctor of Education, Educational Practice (EdD):

Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD):

Graduate Certificate: