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Educational Leadership

Master of ARTS/Elementary & secondary Administrator certificate

Central Michigan University

The MA-EL program prepares you for leadership in all educational settings – public, private, charter, and virtual schools, educational service providers, authorizers, government programs, community education, preschools, day cares, corporate, and military.

You will learn the skills to effectively lead schools and meet the diverse needs of 21st Century learners. Through performance-based learning you will strengthen your knowledge base in management, community relations, law, curriculum supervision, instructional assessment, and action research.

Accredited by TEAC and ranked among the Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report, you will learn how to apply data-informed best practices to ensure institutional success.

The MA-EL program also qualifies you for the Michigan Administrator Certificate through the Michigan Department of Education, a requirement for state principals. Completion of the 21-credit MA-EL core meets certificate requirements if you already possess a master’s degree or higher.

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Phone: (231) 995-1756
Fax: (231) 995-1758
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Bachelor’s Program:

  • Elementary Education Certification
    – Integrated Science (DI) (major)
    – Reading (BT) (minor)
    – Early Child Development (ZS) (minor)

Master’s Programs:

  • Administration, concentrations in:
    – General
    – Health Services
    – Human Resources
    – Leadership
    – Public
  • Educational Leadership (MA-EL)
    – Elem. and Sec. Administrator Certif.
  • Public Administration, concentrations in:
    – Public Admin.
    – State & Local Gov't.
    – Nonprofit
    – General
  • Reading & Literacy (BR) (K-12) (cohort)

Post-Master's Program:

  • Specialist in Education (EdS) (Central Office Certificate)

Doctoral Program:

  • Doctor of Education (EdD)


  • General Administration
  • Health Services Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership
  • Public Administration


  • Central Office Certificate
  • Early Childhood (ZS)
  • Elem. & Sec. Administrator Certification
  • Integrated Science (DI)
  • Reading (BT)
  • Reading Specialist (BR)
  • Recertification/Endorsement/Educational Planned Program