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M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (Code: DLEL)


The Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership is a nationally recognized program requiring 36 semester hours to prepare school leaders to effect positive school change, improve student performance, and meet challenges posed by accountability requirements and a changing society.  The M.Ed in Educational Leadership is nationally accredited by the National council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS).


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This program is 100% online, on-campus attendance is not required.  Students take courses and exams online.  Observations and internships are set up by the student and approved by ULM, to suit best the needs of the student.  Professors are on campus if a student would ever like to schedule a meeting.


Strengths of Program


Credit Hours

Candidates take a total of 36 credit hours for the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, including 6 hours of internship, and must pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) exam to graduate as certified educational leaders in the state of Louisiana. 

Students already possessing a master’s degree may opt to pursue the Add-on Certification in Educational Leadership instead of a second master’s.  The Add-on Certification in Educational Leadershipis 30 credit hours, including 6 hours of internship, and requires passing of the SLLA to finish as a certified educational leader in the state.

The links below are the downloadable files for the Plan of Study and Internship Applications for each concentration:

Educational Leadership allows a maximum of 6 credit hours of graduate credit appropriate to the student’s degree program may be transferred from other institutions offering regionally accredited graduate programs and must be within six (6) years of date of graduation.


Course Rotation

The M.Ed in Educational Leadership program strives to provide future educational leaders with a balanced course offering throughout the year to fit student needs.  The following course rotation is a working guideline for students to plan by and may be subject to change at any time to best serve the needs of the program and students.



The M.Ed. faculty comprises prominent researchers in such areas as educational leadership, higher education, community college teaching, educational administration, research and statistics, multiculturalism, and K-12 and higher education policy.


Admission Requirements

For admission into the M.Ed in Educational Leadership or add-on certification, candidates must hold a valid Louisiana Type B or Level 2 teaching certificate or its equivalent

All applicants must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75.

The applicant must meet ONE of these program admission criteria:

Admission Procedures

Submit a complete application to ULM Graduate School, including all non-ULM transcripts, GRE scores/MAT scores, and application fee.  If applying via the online application system, please make sure to select the “5G Graduate Online” application.   

For international students seeking admission into this program, a TOEFL score of 61 or above is needed.


Application Deadlines

The application process is selective, so meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not necessarily guarantee admittance into the program. We accept applications year round, and if for some reason your application/enrollment does not make it in time for one term, you will automatically be enrolled in to the next available term.


If you have any questions about the program, contact Dr. Vaux directly.



  Nicole Vaux, Ph.D.
  Assistant Professor
  Program Director, M.Ed. Ed Leadership