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Educational Leadership

In the Lindenwood University School of Education, we define the word “leadership” broadly.  Leadership is not defined by titles but actions.  Our courses and internship experiences focus on combining the art and science of leadership.  While research is a part of every degree offered in Educational Leadership, our faculty challenge students to apply this research in their own educational setting, whether it’s a school district, nonprofit corporation, institution of higher education, health care, or industry.  Whether you are looking to earn a master’s degree to become a principal or earn a doctorate to become an administrator in K-12 or in higher education, Lindenwood University’s School of Education can meet your needs.

Our faculty have experience in a variety of leadership positions ranging from school district principal or superintendent to hospital vice president.  Those who teach in courses related to Missouri administrator certification are experienced building level principals.  Adjunct faculty are all practitioners chosen for their expertise in the course content.

Educational Leadership at Lindenwood encompasses a wide variety of programs at the graduate level with options for the level of degree you are seeking.  For example, those looking for initial principal certification can pursue either a master’s degree or an Educational Specialist; those seeking advanced administrator certification can choose either an EdS or an EdD.  Our faculty can help you decide which path best meets your needs.  We also offer new programs for those interested in Instructional Leadership like the Math Specialist Grades 1-6 add-on certification.

Outside of the public school context, we also offer an EdD in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in andragogy (adult learning) or higher education administration.  Throughout our EdD program, we offer structures and support to students who are writing their dissertation.  Alumni of our program serve as administrators and professors in institutions of higher education throughout the country.

If your main interest is research, starting in spring 2014 we are offering a certificate in Applied Research Methods.  This certificate can serve as a bridge from a masters or EdS to the doctorate.  It is also appropriate for those who already have a terminal degree wishing to increase their knowledge of applied research such as program evaluation and action research.

We offer master’s and specialist programs from our extended sites which include locations in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Warren County, Lincoln County, Central Missouri, and Southwest Missouri.  Additionally, we offer our EdD program to a large student constituency from our Southwest Missouri locations.  Some of our courses are also offered in online or hybrid formats.  We invite you to apply for admission to our Graduate School to begin one of our Educational Leadership degrees.

Educational Doctorate

Educational Specialist

Master of Arts in Education Programs




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