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Study educational leadership abroad

An in-depth guide to studying educational leadership as an international student.

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Educational leadership degrees abroad

Educational leadership degree programs are designed for education professionals who want to develop their leadership and management skills. It will give you the knowledge you’ll need to respond to a variety of leadership challenges faced in contemporary schools and educational institutions.

As an educational leadership student, you’ll explore ways of leading, and examine the role that a leader plays in the school environment. You’ll learn how to nurture relationships in educational communities, address issues of equity and diversity, and be well prepared for a fulfilling career as an educational leader.

Studying educational leadership abroad means gaining access to some of the best programs and faculties in the world. It could be a great way to start a new career overseas or use the knowledge and skills you’ve learned to improve your job prospects at home.

Educational leadership program structure

Educational leadership programs are almost exclusively offered as postgraduate degrees. This is because they are aimed at current teachers and education professionals who are looking to expand their knowledge and tackle leadership roles.

You can take on a master’s in educational leadership as an MA or MEd, depending on where you choose to study. You can also study a postgraduate diploma (PGDip) or certificate (PGCert) programs, which are shorter than a master’s course and usually don’t include a dissertation.

Although not common, doctoral-level programs are also available in many countries. You can often choose between a PhD or an EdD (Doctor of Education) program, with both taking between three and six years, depending on the pace of your study. EdD programs are designed for professional educators, whereas PhDs are to prepare graduates for research or teaching roles.

Most programs will include a number of taught modules that will take place in lectures and seminars. You will also be expected to do a lot of private study, reading, and research, as well as produce a final dissertation.

The modules and subjects you will study tend to vary for each program, by some of the common areas include:

  • Leadership and management
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Early childhood education
  • Education and social justice
  • Critical concepts and issues in education
  • Dissertation

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Educational leadership graduate programs

Master's in educational leadership

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    Educational Leadership - MSEd Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    44,100 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Educational Leadership - MEd Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    15 months
    Tuition fees per year
    24,318 USD
    Start date
    May
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    Education (Educational Leadership) - MEd University of Dundee, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    30 months
    Tuition fees per year
    6,195 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    K-12 Educational Leadership - MA University of Wyoming, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,500 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Educational Leadership - MEdLeadership University of Waikato, New Zealand

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    30,095 NZD
    Start date
    February, July
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Doctorate in educational leadership

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    Educational Leadership - PhD Central Michigan University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,300 USD
    Start date
    May, August
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    Educational Leadership - EdD Duquesne University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    23,112 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Educational Leadership - EdD DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    20,960 USD
    Start date
    January, March, September
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    Educational Leadership - EdD New Jersey City University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    -
    Tuition fees per year
    21,000 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Educational Leadership - PhD Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    25,868 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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Diploma in educational leadership

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    Advanced Curriculum Design & Academic Leadership - PGDip Freedom Institute of Higher Education, New Zealand

    Program type
    Postgraduate diploma
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    22,500 USD
    Start date
    January, July
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Future educational leadership careers

As an educational leadership student, it’s likely you will already have a successful career as a teacher or educator. A degree in educational leadership will open up a number of opportunities for you to improve your career prospects and pursue roles like:

  • Department head
  • Senior teacher
  • Headteacher
  • Deputy headteacher
  • School administrator
  • Education manager

Use your time at university to improve your employability by taking on internships if available, or joining clubs and societies that allow you to develop your leadership skills.