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Master of Science in Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Charter School Leadership Online

Prepare to become an impactful charter school leader. This innovative, 100% online program at St. Thomas University is designed for current education leaders including teachers, coaches and administrators as well as non-educators seeking a leadership position at an independent or charter school.


Program Overview

Sharpen your leadership abilities, learn to analyze and manage finances, and gain insights and critical knowledge to successfully manage a charter school with your Master of Science in Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Charter School Leadership Online from St. Thomas University.

$14,990* Total Tuition

as few as 12 months Program Duration

36 Credit Hours

This affordable, 100% online program will prepare you to face the unique challenges of leading a charter or independent school. You will gain a functional knowledge of the statutory provisions and variations that define charter schools. The innovative curriculum addresses real issues that charter school administrators face and offers unparalleled attention to operational detail, giving you a detailed analysis of the legal and ethical issues facing charter schools.

Coursework includes a review of leadership concepts and the impact of organizational and environmental factors, as well as the role of technology in instructional leadership and administration. You will learn how to develop and improve curriculum, as well as survey the variety of research designs in educational settings.

Specifically designed for charter school administrators, coursework in this program explores and analyzes all facets of financing education and current and emerging finance plans. Also examined: the economics of education, recent 50-state court decisions, the Common Core State Standards, and the ongoing debate about school vouchers, tax credits, and charter schools.

Embedded within the program is a guided field experience/project-based internship in a K-12 setting. The final product for the course includes a portfolio, implementation timeline, final evaluation of the plan, and reflection on your leadership and administrative strengths and opportunities for future professional growth. No education background or teaching experience is necessary to begin the program.

Program Focus

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a school vision of learning supported by the school and the community it serves
  • Analyze and synthesize the success of all students by promoting a positive school culture, providing an effective instructional program, applying best practices to student learning, and designing comprehensive professional growth plans for staff
  • Evaluate the success of all students by managing the organization, operations, and resources in a way that promotes a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment
  • Evaluate all students by collaborating with families and other community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources
  • Promote the success of all students by acting with integrity, fairly, and in an ethical manner
  • Analyze the success of all students while understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context

Career Opportunities

  • Charter School Principal
  • Charter School Assistant principal,
  • Charter School Board Member
  • Charter School Operations Administrator
  • Charter School Management Corporation employee
  • CEO of Charter School System
  • Charter School Counselor
  • Supervisors, or directors of various departments, including admissions and student services
  • Instructional Coach
  • Teacher Leader
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Tuition

St. Thomas University prides itself on offering a quality private school education at public university prices. Our pay-by-the course tuition for the Master of Science in Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Charter School Leadership online degree program is affordable and priced with the working student in mind. Financial aid may also be available for students who qualify. The e-tuition is the same for both in-state and out-of-state online students.

Per Credit Hour Per Three-Credit Course Program Tuition
Tuition* $444.17 $1,332.51 $15,990
Tuition after scholarship** $416.39 $1,249.17 $14,990*

*Tuition rates apply to new students starting on or after the 2018 Summer II term.

**Scholarship: All students new to the program qualify for a $1,000 scholarship, reducing tuition to $14,990.

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Calendar

The School of Leadership, Education & Communication offers multiple start dates each year for the convenience of our Master of Science in Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Charter School Leadership online students. Students should consider application date deadlines, turn in all the required documents, and register for classes and pay tuition for their desired program start date.

Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
Spring I 2019 01/12/19 12/31/18 01/07/19 01/11/19 01/11/19
Spring II 2019 03/16/19 03/04/19 03/11/19 03/15/19 03/15/19
Summer I 2019 05/11/19 04/29/19 05/06/19 05/10/19 05/10/19
Summer 2 2019 07/06/19 06/24/19 07/01/19 07/05/19 07/05/19
Fall 1 2019 08/31/19 08/19/19 08/26/19 08/30/19 08/30/19
Fall 2 2019 10/26/19 10/14/19 10/21/19 10/25/19 10/25/19
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Admissions

The School of Leadership, Education & Communication admission process has specific requirements that students must meet to enroll in the Master of Science in Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Charter School Leadership online program. The following are the admission requirements, including information on required materials and where to send them:

  • Completed application for admission
  • Minimum 2.6 GPA
  • Official college and/or university transcripts from the institution where the bachelor's degree was conferred. All applicants are required to submit transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.

All documents should be sent to:

St. Thomas University, Office of Admissions
16401 NW 37th Ave., Mimi Dooner Hall
Miami Gardens, FL 33054-6459

Transcripts delivered via digital transcript services EScrip and Parchment should be emailed to admissions@stu.edu.

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Courses

To complete the Master of Science in Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Charter School Leadership online program, students must complete the following 12 courses for a total of 36 credit hours.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is an introductory course that surveys the variety of research designs used in educational settings with an application of evaluation research. This course is intended to make the student an informed consumer of research.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will give charter leaders an understanding of the social, political, and economic context in which charter schools were conceived. It also examines the principles of leadership that would support efforts at addressing the issues and challenges facing those schools. It explores the processes, procedures, and curricula that would support a diverse community of learners.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces teachers and educational leaders to elements of assessment that are essential to good teaching. It provides students with an understanding of the role of assessment in the instructional process. Students will learn how to construct effective test questions that are aligned with learning objectives. They will also study how to evaluate published tests, properly interpret the scores of standardized tests and make appropriate modifications for ESOL students.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to encourage students to consider the challenges of leadership in both independent and parochial schools as part of the broader discussion of educational leadership in elementary and secondary education. The course will analyze the gap between the promise and performance of charter schools and the politics and economics driving the movement and implications for independent, parochial, and public.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This intermediate course is designed to apply psychological theories and principles of learning and development to teaching and student learning in career areas related to education. Challenges of diversity and teacher effectiveness are emphasized.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will review, analyze and apply concepts and theories of leadership with an emphasis on the importance of instructional and ethical leadership within a school. The impact of organizational and environmental factors, group dynamics, and change processes on school-site administration are explored.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a study of curriculum development and planning with an emphasis on meeting the needs of special-need and limited-English students. Educational programs at all levels are reviewed in light of new federal and state accountability standards. The development of assessment skills related to curriculum evaluation is emphasized, and strategies for curriculum improvement are explored.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students in this course will analyze the authority and responsibilities of the principalship through a guided field experience/project-based practicum in a K-12 or alternative setting. In addition, current topics on the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for school leadership will be explored in a seminar format. The final product for the course includes the portfolio, implementation timeline, final evaluation of the plan, and reflection on the individual’s leadership and administrative strengths and opportunities for future professional growth.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will gain a functional knowledge of the statutory provisions and variations that define charter schools. This course will also enable them to apply their legal knowledge to identify and respond appropriately to legal issues raised or embedded in real-world situations. Finally, students will get an appreciation of the importance of monitoring and keeping themselves well-informed and up-to-date about state and federal laws, regulations, policies, and proposed legislation relating to education and charter school operations.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will explore and analyze of all facets of financing education and current and emerging finance plans, focusing on charter schools. It will also examine the economics of education, recent 50-state court decisions, the Common Core State Standards, and the ongoing debate about school vouchers, tax credits, and charter schools. The influence of courts and federal and state legislation on school finance planning; the application of a specific state’s education finance plan; and the fiscal responsibilities of the school principal will be discussed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The primary goal of this course is to provide candidates the critical knowledge and skills in school management and administration to effectively operate a successful charter school. Topics include leadership, management, accountability, systems, growth, sustainability, facilities, and ensuring high quality faculty and staff.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This graduate course is designed for Education Administration students. It provides students with a knowledge base on issues and concerns regarding computer use in education with an emphasis on technology planning and evaluation in K-12 settings. The course exposes students to a variety of computer applications for administrative and instructional uses and provides the opportunity for hands-on activities.

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