Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning

Master's in Educational Leadership Cohort Track Program

Educational Admin Cohort

Program Overview

For educators beginning their leadership journey, the Center for Educational Leadership offers a fast track, convenient Masters in Educational Leadership (Cohort Track) that is delivered 100% online with synchronous virtual course meetings on select Saturdays.

This specialized Masters Cohort Track Program provides students with the opportunity to earn their Master’s degree and principal’s license in only 5 semesters and 10 courses - just *30* credit hours total! The principal internship is included in these hours; no additional courses are required to earn the license.

  • Nationally accredited and Standards-based program.
  • Master's degree and principal's license.
  • Accelerated Program Track: 10 courses (30 credit hours) in 5 semesters.
  • Cohort Model: cultivating professional learning networks.
  • 100% Online Format with synchronous virtual course meetings on select Saturdays.
  • Instructors are Scholar Practitioners: school leaders who are currently doing the leadership work.

Over 70% of CEL program graduates are hired into new jobs in administration and school leadership.

Visit our CEL Admissions Procedures page for application directions for the Masters in Educational Leadership Cohort Track Program.

For the indicated fields on the online Graduate Application, choose the following degree and program options to apply to this Masters program:

  • Degree Type: Master’s Degree
  • Intended Major/Program of Study: Education - Educational Leadership MED - Cohort Track Program

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Cohort locations

The Masters in Educational Leadership Cohort Track Program currently begins new cohorts for the 100% online format each semester across Northeast Ohio in the following locations:

  • Fall Semesters
    • Downtown Cleveland at CSU's Main Campus
    • Akron
  • Spring Semesters at the Educational Service Center (ESC) of Northeast Ohio in Independence.

Cohorts can be established in any school district or region and be customized to its needs and culture.

Admissions Requirements (Cohort Track Program)

To qualify, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum G.P.A: 3.0
  • No GRE Requirement
  • Two years of teaching experience under a valid teaching license, OR
  • Two years successful work experience in a school under a pupil service license, which would include individuals working as school counselors, psychologists, nurses, audiologists, social workers, speech-language pathologists, and orientation and mobility specialists

Course Sequence

Option 1: Fall Start

SemesterCourseCourse Title
Semester #1: FallADM 614Administration Principles and Practices 
Semester #1: FallEDB 601Educational Research
Semester #2: SpringADM 613School Law
Semester #2: SpringADM 615Instructional Leadership & Pupil Personnel Administration
Semester #3: SummerADM 642Human Resources & Community Engagement
Semester #3: SummerADM 643School Finance & Facilities Management
Semester #4: FallADM 681Administration Practicum I School Principal
Semester #4: FallADM 674Special Education Law 
Semester #5: SpringADM 682Administration Practicum II School Principal
Semester #5: SpringADM 676 Clinical Supervision & Professional Development

Option 2: Spring Start

SemesterCourseCourse Title
Semester #1: SpringADM 614Administration Principles and Practices 
Semester #1: SpringEDB 601Educational Research
Semester #2: SummerADM 613School Law
Semester #2: SummerADM 615Instructional Leadership & Pupil Personnel Administration
Semester #3: FallADM 642Human Resources & Community Engagement
Semester #3: FallADM 643School Finance & Facilities Management
Semester #4: SpringADM 681Administration Practicum I School Principal
Semester #4: SpringADM 674Special Education Law 
Semester #5: SummerADM 682Administration Practicum II School Principal
Semester #5: SummerADM 676 Clinical Supervision & Professional Development

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