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Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Cleveland State University's educational leadership and supervision program is based on a conceptual framework of the Administrator/Supervisor as a Visionary Practitioner. Graduates achieve outcomes reflecting the five knowledge bases that compose this model: organizational change, relational, developmental, contextual, and ethical. These knowledge bases are applied to the programs within the environments of urban and suburban schools, which are culturally diverse and include students with disabilities.

Key areas explored in the program are curriculum, supervision, guidance, personnel administration, community relations, school management, and school law.

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Admission Requirements

  • Application Form
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Undergraduate Transcripts
  • For all college M.Ed. programs that do not lead to a teaching license through the Ohio Department of Education, candidates must satisfy one of the following:
    • Undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.75 (3.0 if the baccalaureate degree is more than six years old at the time of application)OR
    • Completion of twelve or more semester credits of Cleveland State graduate coursework (including EDB 601 or HPR 601) AND received a grade of B- or better in EDB 601 or HPR 601 with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 and grades of B or better in the other courses OR
    • A score at the 50th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test or on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of Graduate Record Examination


-International students are required to have met at least one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based): 78 (including at least 20 in reading, 21 in listening, 17 in writing, and 20 in speaking)
  • TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based): 550
  • IELTS: 6.0 and at least 5.0 in each section
  • PTE (Pearson’s Test of English): 50 iTEP: 5.0

Admission Deadlines

All applications must be submitted and complete on the following application deadline dates:

  • Domestic Students
    • Rolling
  • International Students
    • Fall Semester - July 21st
    • Spring Semester - December 10th
    • Summer Semester - April 14th

Program Requirements

  • EDB 601 - Educational Research
  • ADM 613 - School Law
  • ADM 614 - Administration Principles and Practices
  • ADM 615 - Instructional Leadership & Pupil Personnel Administration
  • ADM 642 - Human Resources and Community Engagement
  • ADM 643 - School Financial and Facilities Management
  • ADM 674 - Special Education Law
  • ADM 676 - Clinical Supervision and Professional Development
  • Two of the following classes:
    • ADM 681 - Administration Practicum I School Principal
    • ADM 682 - Administration Practicum II School Principal
    • ADM 683 - Administration Practicum III School Principal

Select one of the three options:

  • Comprehensive examination
  • Project
  • Thesis
Did You Know?

The mean annual wage for Education Administrators in elementary and secondary schools was $97,440 in 2018. 

Bureau of Labor Statistics


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Career Outcomes

  • The program enables participants to gain the conceptual, technical, and theoretical knowledge in the human resources area needed to assume principalship or other entry-level administrative positions.
  • These are some of the local institutions that are hiring CSU grads: Cleveland Heights School District, Cleveland Metro Schools, Summit Academy Schools, Constellation Schools, and Cleveland Metropolitan School District.