Master's Degrees

Educational Policy Studies & Practice

Educational Leadership M.Ed.

The Educational Leadership M.Ed. program is designed for aspiring educational leaders who are seeking administrative certification. This cohort-based, 36-unit program leads to principal certification in the state of Arizona and can be completed within two years. The cohort concept has been used successfully by the University of Arizona Educational Leadership Program for several years. In this model, students develop formal and informal relationships with other students that support their journey to successful completion of an advanced degree. It also provides a solid foundation for leaders considering doctoral work at the elementary and secondary levels. In fact, some of the core courses may be applied toward the doctoral program in educational leadership.

Two courses per fall semester and two courses per spring semester will be offered at an off-campus site on Monday evenings from 4:00 to 9:30 p.m. Four courses will be offered off-campus in the summer as well. Off-campus site locations include settings within Tucson Unified School District, Amphitheater School District, Flowing Wells School District, and Marana School District. This offers program students the opportunity to connect

Study theory and research to inform and guide inquiry and practice
Gain experience and practice cultivating interpersonal relationships and strengthening political diplomacy skills
Graduate with experience working in a Tucson-area school district setting

Sample Courses

Courses in the program are delivered in a variety of formats, including completely online, hybrid (meaning a combination of in-person and online classes), and in-person. Core coursework of the program includes classes like EDL 560 (Foundations of Educational Leadership: Theory, Research & Practice), EDL 561 (The Principalship), and EDL 562 (Arizona Education Law).


Graduates from the program hold positions in urban, rural, and suburban districts. They work as principals, superintendents, and other district office professionals. Many graduates serve in leadership roles in professional organizations at the state and national levels.

Contact Us

For inquiries about the program, please contact Assistant Professor of Practice Meg Cota, Ph.D.