Organizational Leadership

Master of Education

Most institutions need strong organizational leaders. The Organizational Leadership specialization can help you develop skills to be an effective organizational leader in areas such as conflict resolution, organizational capacity and executive leadership. You will develop a strong knowledge-base in the practice of leadership in a variety of fields. You will also examine the intrinsic role of mission, vision, purpose and core values in the development of an organization, and the essential elements of effective leadership, dynamic cultures and an interactive community, and their influence in shaping organizational health and wellness. As an Organizational Leadership graduate, you will be prepared to pursue leadership positions in education and corporate training environments.

Certification and Licensing

The School of Education serves educational leaders by providing online graduate studies in education to reach worldwide populations. The MEd program is designed to reach national and international markets and does not purport to provide licensure or certification in any particular state or country. Certification requirements vary by state. Students are advised to contact their state department of education or local school district for guidance in obtaining certification or licensure, or for approval in fulfilling district level incentive programs.

There are several reasons why an educator would want to pursue a graduate degree in education that does not lead to state licensing or certification.

Reasons may include:

  • "Move up" steps on the salary schedule.
  • Improve skills and professionalism in general or to pursue a ”leadership” position outside the classroom (school-based or district level).
  • Advance as a ”teacher leader” through a graduate degree (already has a bachelor's degree and certification).
  • Meet the needs of increasingly diverse students.
  • Work in a traditional K-12 classroom environment (trainer, educational consultant, etc).

Completion Period for Master's Degrees

Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master's programs. Normal time to complete varies depending upon the rate courses are taken and credits transferred.

Course Length

Existing MEd students may opt to switch to eight-week courses by contacting their Academic Advisor. Once existing MEd students have opted for eight-week courses, they must receive approval from the Office of the Dean to switch back to a program of 12-week courses. All eight-week courses are indicated by a "-8" (dash eight) at the end of the course code.

Course Sequence

Course Code

Name

Course Description

EDU5000 / EDU5000-8

Foundations for Graduate Study

This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue a Master's degree in Education. Graduate level skills, such as academic integrity, time management, effective use of the Northcentral Library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and APA form and style in professional communication are also introduced. Students will complete the course with a better understanding of personal goals, strengths, and challenges, and a roadmap to navigate their way to completion of their educational aspirations.

ED5040-8

Leadership for Learning Communities

In this course, students will explore current and future leadership strategies and current trends and issues. Students will also analyze their own and others’ paradigms and leadership styles, and determine best practices to promote positive social change. Topics include: change theory, change agents, and leadership in learning organizations.

Specialization Course 1

ED5041-8

Adult Learning Strategies to Improve Organizational Efficacy

In this course, students will gain a knowledge base of professional strategies to use in the organization and administration of adult learning experiences. Students will identify the differences between traditional and adult learners and evaluate factors that facilitate adult learning. In addition, students will understand how strategies applied based on adult learning theory ultimately improve organizational effectiveness.

ED5042-8

Intercultural Communication

In this course, students will examine communication theory, cultural history, cultural identity, worldviews, and values. Topics include: intercultural communication, stereotypes, nonverbal communication, workplace communication, cultural structure, and diversity.

Specialization Course 2

ED5044-8

Technology and a Vision for the Future

In this course, students evaluate strategies to become agents of change in the field of technology and learning. Students will be introduced grant writing, management of a technology budget, leadership strategies within an organization, software for multimedia authoring, concept mapping, and office productivity. Additionally, instructional use of hardware tools such as digital cameras, PDAs, and investigative probes will be investigated.

Specialization Course 3

Specialization Course 4

ED6002 / ED6002-8

Action Research Capstone

This graduate course emphasizes practical research skills utilized by education practitioners. Students will develop an action research project based on the scientific method and concepts presented in ED6001. The culminating product will reflect critical thinking, graduate level writing skills, and correct APA format. This course is open only to students pursuing the Master of Education.

Foundation Course - 3 credit hours

Course Code

Name

Course Description

EDU5000 / EDU5000-8

Foundations for Graduate Study

This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue a Master's degree in Education. Graduate level skills, such as academic integrity, time management, effective use of the Northcentral Library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and APA form and style in professional communication are also introduced. Students will complete the course with a better understanding of personal goals, strengths, and challenges, and a roadmap to navigate their way to completion of their educational aspirations.

Specialization Courses and the Required Educational Research Course - 24 credit hours, 7 specialization courses selected from the following:

Course Code

Name

Course Description

OL5030-8

Organizational Development

In this course, students will explore the theoretical and practical underpinnings of organizational development. Particular emphasis is placed on examining and understanding the intrinsic role of mission, vision, purpose, and core values in the development of an organization. Students examine the essential elements of effective leadership, dynamic culture, and interactive community and their influence in shaping organizational health and wellness.

OL5001-8

Resolving Conflict

In this course, students will examine conflict management processes and skills with emphasis on interaction patterns, interpersonal relationships, and communication skills. Students will also examine the nature of conflict - its origins, sources, and types - as well as the concepts and skills of proactive intervention, conflict resolution and utilizing various conflict resolution strategies in organizational settings.

OL5002-8

Organization Capacity

Organizations are constantly remaking themselves to stay current with best practices. Organizational leaders are at the helm of identifying needs and developing organizational potential. An organization’s ability to reach a certain performance potential is known as “capacity”. When an organization is operating at capacity, it is able to use resources to accomplish goals and meet expectations. Organizational leaders are responsible for promoting capacity to improve the performance at all levels. In this course, graduate students will explore the intersection of leadership strengths and organizational capacity.

OL5003-8

Leading for Change

Organizations change as they respond to their environment. Leaders who understand the change process are better equipped to guide their organizations when the conditions within which they operate are in flux. This course is for students who desire to be change agents. They recognize that leading change requires the alignment of values with vision, mission, and organizational goals. They are committed to continued growth in skill and knowledge, and are eager to apply their leadership talents to foster positive organizational change.

OL5007-8

Leader as Coach

In this course, students will gain the knowledge of developing quality organizational leaders within the framework of a professional learning community. Coaching practices and approaches will be analyzed and characteristics, roles, and responsibilities of a good coach will be identified and related to the support and retention of educators. The precepts of coaching will be applied as students develop a plan for a mentoring program within their own organization. Throughout this course, students will thoroughly explore ways that reflective coaching practice can improve organizations.

OL5008-8

Nonprofit Organizations

In this course, students will explore leadership opportunities within nonprofit organizations. Topics include: nonprofit challenges, mission statements, communication strategies, volunteer recruitment and retention, and using data to make decisions.

OL5009-8

Strategic Planning

In this course, students will be provided with requisite skills to be effective strategic managers. This course is about both the design and execution of management strategies. Students will develop skills to think systematically and strategically about aspects of the organization. Students will also develop an understanding of how to implement organizational change through policy to achieve goals.

OL5017-8

Systemic Leadership: Systems Thinking and Systems Dynamics

In this course, students are introduced to the organizational components of systems thinking. Mastery of course concepts is demonstrated through synthesizing the guidelines of systems thinking to an organization. Topics include: concept maps, solution brainstorming, short-term vs. long-term solutions, decision-making, and performance capacity.

Required Capstone Course - 3 credit hours

Course Code

Name

Course Description

ED6002 / ED6002-8

Action Research Capstone

This graduate course emphasizes practical research skills utilized by education practitioners. Students will develop an action research project based on the scientific method and concepts presented in ED6001. The culminating product will reflect critical thinking, graduate level writing skills, and correct APA format. This course is open only to students pursuing the Master of Education.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the NCU’s MEd costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $576
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $1,728
  • Program cost: $17,280
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $250
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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