Become a highly qualified educational leader

Carlow’s Master of Education in Educational Leadership will prepare you for advanced leadership positions in public, private or nonprofit educational institutions. You’ll be prepared to become a leader with the knowledge, skills and disposition needed to respond to educational challenges with an equity lens. 

Carlow’s collaboration with area schools gives students access to meaningful internship experiences alongside mentor principals as they lead schools, design strategic plans, use data to make informed decisions and engage with stakeholders to implement initiatives that best serve a diverse student body.

Students work on their assignment during class. All are seated at desks of 2-3 people.
Credits required:

30 credits

Cost per credit:


Time to degree:

As few as 12 months


On campus or online

MEd in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification curriculum

The curriculum uses project-based applications of skills and competencies and includes specialized coursework in improvement science, systems thinking and building networked communities.

Quick facts

  • Experience a yearlong internship with a mentor principal
  • Pursue extensive professional development opportunities 
  • Continue to work while completing your degree 
  • Take advantage of discounted tuition available for Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh & Greensburg employees

Certificate option

Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification Prep

If you have already earned an MEd and are looking to add a principal certification we offer an add-on certificate.

Career opportunities for Master’s in Education Leadership 

Leadership skills are always in demand, making the career outlook for education management bright. A Carlow master’s degree will help you achieve your goals as a principal, program director or administrator.

Employment of training and development specialists is projected to grow 9% from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects are best for those with experience developing online and mobile training programs. BLS projects employment of elementary, middle and high school principals to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029.

Admission requirements and application process 

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work.


Start terms:

Fall & Spring

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success. You’ll also need to have three years of successful classroom or educational experience prior to program admission

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A certificate to fit your schedule

Director of Pupil Services at Bentworth School District Bob Niziol is thankful a mentor suggested Carlow’s Principal Certification Program. “The hybrid model is a unique program aspect I thoroughly appreciated; it capitalized on many learning models and gave me options of face-to-face and virtual instruction. All of the instructors are very familiar with current educational research and have a vast amount of varied experience.”

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