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Program Benefits

  • #4 Best Online Master's in Education programs in Minnesota – 2021 by US News & World Report 
  • Gain Education and Corporate Leadership Training
  • Distinguished Administrator Faculty

The online Master's in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is a diverse degree program with applications across many different sectors of education, community development and corporate training. Gain targeted skills to apply immediately in your current job:

  1. Innovative Leadership:  Provide educational leadership through the use of leadership principles and technology applicable to educational organizations, and be expected to:
    1. Create and sustain an educational organization by synthesizing and utilizing leadership principles using creativity and risk-taking strategies
    2. Be a visionary change agent by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation and stewardship of mission and vision shared by the educational organization
    3. Demonstrate the ability to think strategically by implementing data-driven decision making strategies, including technology, to make systemic change
  2. Communication and Collaboration:  Communicate effectively to facilitate professional learning communities, and be expected to:
    1. Communicate effectively to promote new educational strategies through mobilizing political support and understanding the culture of the organization
    2. Facilitate professional learning communities between all educational stakeholders
    3. Mobilize political support by responding to diverse communities and understanding its social impact
    4. Advance the organization through coaching and team building efforts
    5. Engage in effective public relations and community outreach
    6. Enhance organizational communication through technology
  3. Curriculum and Instruction:  Evaluate and design curriculum and instruction to ensure and enhance the growth of all learners, especially adults, and be expected to:
    1. Provide experiences that meet the needs of all learners through the development of appropriate curricular and instructional strategies
    2. Ensure all learners have the opportunity to grow, learn and become contributing members of a learning community
    3. Apply theories of adult learning to engage and develop adult learners
  4. Today’s Diversity:  Foster cultural competency by leveraging diversity to assure growth of the educational organization, and be expected to:
    1. Develop skills to be a culturally aware leader able to build teams consisting of diverse members
    2. Teach and work with diverse learners
    3. Leverage diversity for educational and organizational growth
  5. Management:  Manage for a safe and effective learning environment utilizing creative supervisory principles and research-based management styles, and be able to:
    1. Synthesize and utilize supervisory skills including conflict resolution and crises management
    2. Manage organizational activities by applying budgeting and financial skills
    3. Manage the organizational infrastructure to assure a safe and effective learning environment
    4. Identify and interpret internal systems sustaining the vitality of the educational organization
    5. Identify and interpret various management styles
    6. Apply project management skills
  6. The Ethical Leader and the Law:  Embrace in ethical values to act with responsibility and accountability, and be expected to:
    1. Lead with integrity, fairness and act in an ethical manner
    2. Demonstrate ethical values in service to others
    3. Engage in responsible actions demonstrating adherence to state and federal laws
  7. Assessment:  Assess educational effectiveness by utilizing data-driven practices and technological strategies, and be expected to:
    1. Assess institutional and programmatic effectiveness by engaging in reflective practices
    2. Access and interpret data to drive organizational and employee/learner improvement
  8. Educational Research:  Examine ways to improve education through quality data collection and analysis, and be expected to:
    1. Identify and implement basic research practices using statistics and data analysis
    2. Analyze current research and its application for validity and reliability
    3. Conduct action research, and analyze and communicate the results
  9. Developing Self and Others:  Empower and nurture employees through effective staff development principles and adult learning theories, and be expected to:
    1. Engage in personal reflective practice and life-long learning
    2. Foster critical inquiry, ongoing self-reflection and willingness to change within the organization
    3. Improve human performance by applying theories of adult learning and advocating and nurturing staff development along with lifelong adult learning
    4. Assess faculty/employee performance and provide feedback

To learn more about these program goals and what they can do to enhance your career, call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor, or request more information.