Educational Leadership

The Educational Leadership program at Bowling Green State University prepares educators to meet the most challenging issues facing school districts today. Our graduates lead in a variety of educational roles from classroom teachers and building principals to district consultants and administrators.

The goal of the Educational Leadership program is to develop educational leaders who can lead so that students learn, regardless of their role. So, whether you desire to lead as teacher or to lead as an administrator, our leadership program will give you the tools to “lead where you are” and to lead so that students learn.

Experienced, Knowledgeable Faculty

Our program is comprised of faculty who are leaders in the field of education. They have extensive experience as principals, superintendents, curriculum directors, directors of regional education centers, special education directors, guidance counselors, school psychologists, legal consultants, board of education members and teachers. They continue to serve the education profession through their teaching, service and research as well as through leadership roles in educational organizations.

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Classes are offered in an online, blended format. Most classes will meet 3 or 4 times face-to-face (first week, midterm week, finals week) with 12 or 13 online sessions. Typically, the online sessions are asynchronous in their presentation, meaning that students are not expected to be at the computer at the same time from their homes or other work place. Face-to-face classes provide an opportunity for dialogue and reflection, and the online component offers a significant amount of flexibility and personalization.

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The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program at BGSU is NCATE-accredited and nationally recognized as a member of the University Council for Educational Administration, a consortium of higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children.

In 2014, Bowling Green State University’s programs in educational leadership were nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) for effectively integrating the following leadership skills, practices and dispositions into our coursework:

  • Visionary leadership
  • School culture and instructional leadership
  • School management and organizational leadership
  • Community collaboration and leadership
  • Ethical leadership
  • Political and legal leadership

Our Commitment

Our leadership program is committed to enhancing students’ understanding of leadership as a shared endeavor. This collaborative effort is essential to transforming education organizations into authentic learning communities where the guiding leadership principle is grounded in the belief that the purpose of leadership is the improvement of classroom instruction and student learning.


An Important Message for Classroom Teachers

While many of our students desire to become educational administrators sooner rather than later, others desire to become effective classroom teachers who occupy important leadership roles in their buildings, districts, and communities. Our leadership programs will give you the leadership knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be an effective leader regardless of your role.

Even if you do not pursue administration immediately, should an opportunity arise in your future that leads you to a position in administration, you will not only be licensed but will also be well-prepared to lead.

If you want more information, please consult one of the links at the top of the page. If you have specific questions and would like to get in touch with a member of the faculty at BGSU, fill out the form below!

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