Chatham University

Educational Leadership (M.Ed) Curriculum

The online MEd program is for both experienced (certified and uncertified) teachers, as well for higher education and other field-related professionals. The program goal is to prepare leaders within their chosen concentration to succeed in a classroom, higher education, or field-related setting. Teachers will learn to develop and deepen their conceptual understanding and will strengthen their instructional practices through curriculum design and staff development courses. Higher education leadership professionals will gain the background and skills to design and implement instruction, and leadership skills necessary in a higher education setting.

Program Structure
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership is a 30 credit degree program consisting of 12 core course credits 12 concentration credits, and 6 elective credits All classes are offered online and students can enroll in full-time or part-time studies.

Program Requirements

+ Required Courses

12 credits
HED605 Effective Leadership

A study of the knowledge, skills, and values that are necessary to identify organizational constructs, develop with others a vision and purpose for the organization, and exercise leadership processes in order to achieve the common goals for the organization.

HED601 Designing Staff Development Programs

The course will address developing professional and effective staff. Students will identify key components and strategies in designing staff development programs to fit the needs of a school, university, or business.

COM550 Organizational Communications

Course covers current theory and research in the area of organizational communications. Includes formal and informal organizations and public and private organizations. Topics include organizational culture, employee information needs, decision making, leadership and power. Emphasis will be placed on developing the analytical tools to analyze and improve organizational communications.

HED699 Capstone Experience

The course will allow students to demonstrate mastery of concepts and methods learned throughout the program, culminating with a major project, paper, or portfolio.


+ Elective Courses

Choose 6 credits from:
EDU671 Collaboration, Consultation, and Teamwork

This course focuses on developing effective collaboration skills with members of the school community, as well as the community at large, to provide a realistic and integrated program for all children. Students engage in a variety of group activities that call for the need to analyze group dynamics and implement effective communication strategies. Prerequisite(s): EDU 506 or 634

EDU618 Instructional Computer Integration

This course helps students develop competency integrating computer technology with the school curriculum. It provides a practical introduction to using computers to help students learn emerging instructional technologies. Special emphasis is on the process and products available through computer technology and educational media. Students prepare an instructional unit integrating a variety of technologies. Pre-requisites: EDU502, 580, 607

HED608 The Contemporary College Student

The course examines the characteristics, values, attitudes, concerns, and expectations of contemporary college students. Demographic profiles, societal influences, technology, and current issues will be discussed in relation to administrative offices such as student affairs, academic affairs, and enrollment management.

HED683 Special Topics in Higher Education

The course will address current topics and issues facing leaders in higher education.

PWR621 Use of New and Social Media

This course seeks to give students the skills and confidence to create interesting and informative digital presentations based on simple presentation design and delivery options.

PWR625 Business and Organizational Writing

This course teaches students the rhetorical principles and writing practices necessary for producing effective business letters, memos, reports, and collaborative projects in professional contexts. All sections are offered in networked computer classrooms to ensure that students taking the course are prepared for the writing environment of the 21st century workplace. The course teaches the rhetorical principles that help students shape their business writing ethically, for multiple audiences, in a variety of professional situations.


+ Educational Strategies Concentration

12 credits Required
HED607 Curriculum Development and Assessment

The course will provide students with the tools necessary to plan, design, and implement curicula in all education levels. The course will also examine current theories, methods, and technologies; assessment of outcomes and learning goals; and how to use assessment data to improve instruction and student achievement.

EDU607 Child Development and Learning Theory

Focusing on child development from the prenatal stage to age 12, this course emphasizes current research on physical, cognitive, and social development. Students examine the nature of adolescent development, implications of the cognitive and affective characteristics of adolescents in the selection of instructional methods and materials, and structural and organizational features of typical high schools.

EDU629 School Law

The focus of this course is to explore the interaction between law and educational practice and their continuing development under the press of changing societal demands. The course provides educators with information and insights to enable them to address potential legal problems using sound judgment.

EDU634 Inclusion: Issues and Strategies

This course surveys practices of inclusion in education. It encompasses the historical precendents, underlying philosophy, education theory, instructional strategies, and practical implications of it implementation. Students participate in a variety of of learning experiences throughout the course. Prequisites: EDU502, 580, 607 Co-requisites: EDU582


+ Higher Education Leadership Concentration

12 credits Required
HED602 Foundations of Higher Education

The course provides an introduction to the U.S. higher education system. The development of curriculum, faculty, governance, finance, outcomes, and the history of higher education will be examined.

HED603 Law and Higher Education

This course will introduce students to state and federal law as it applies to higher education and how the laws influence institutional policy and practices. Topics in clude legal governance og higher education, liability, academic freedom, student rights, private secctor, access, and civil rights.

HED604 Finance and Higher Education

The course will examine the different types of revenue, including tution, research grants, fundraising, and endowment. The course will also cover institutional expenditures, financial aid, budgeting, and accounting policies.

HED606 Human Resource Management in Higher Education

The course will examine college personnel, recruitment, selection, development, retention, appraisal, compensation, benefits, and labor relations. Topics will include diversity training, work place harrassment, and emerging issues in human resource management in higher education.