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Master of Education (M.Ed.) Educational Leadership

Master of Education

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) Educational Leadership degree prepares educators for leadership and licensure as school principals in Ohio. The program equips leaders with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to create school cultures supporting student learning, lead school reform initiatives, and establish learning communities that engage key stakeholders in promoting success for all students.

Admission Requirements


MED applications will be accepted until all seats are full. Apply early to secure your seat!

Candidates for this program must be sponsored by a school district administrator.

  • Apply for Admission:  Complete and submit the online application for graduate students here.
    • If you have previously applied but did not enroll in courses, please complete and submit a new application so all of your records can be updated.
  • Request Transcripts:  Order transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    • Have electronic copies sent to OR Have your institution send official hard copies to:

Lourdes University Graduate Admissions
6832 Convent Blvd.
Sylvania, OH  43560

  • Provide Recommender Information:  Provide name, organization, position/title, relationship, phone number & email address for one professional recommender.
  • Submit Current Resume
  • Provide Proof of Certifications and Licensure:  All copies of documents/licenses/certifications can be uploaded into your application.
  • Application Review:  The application review process takes approximately 48 hours once all documentation is received.
  • Interview:  Interviews will scheduled with the program director.  This may be a virtual, phone, or in person interview.
    • Candidates will receive a writing assignment that must be completed by the date set by the program director.
  • Admission Decision:  Admission decisions will be sent via email and a hard copy letter will be sent to your home address.
  • Return the Intent to Enroll – To complete the application process, please access the Intent to Enroll link (in your acceptance email), complete and submit the form.
  • Course Registration – The Graduate Office of Admissions will facilitate enrollment into your first semester courses.  You will self-register for subsequent semesters.

Curriculum & Learning Outcomes


Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 36 credit hours

Sample Curriculum Courses

EDU 660 Foundations of Effective Leadership

EDU 661 Leadership and School Culture

EDU 662 Using Data in Decision Making

EDU 663 Instructional Leadership to Support Student Learning

EDU 664 Transforming Schools Through Effective Leadership

EDU 665 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Educational Leadership

EDU 667 Educational Leadership to Support Special Ed. and Diversity

EDU 668 Community Engagement in the Educational Process

EDU 669 Resource Management to Support School Effectiveness

EDU 670 School Leadership Social, Political, and Legal Issues

EDU 671 Principal Internship and Capstone



  • Recognizing that all students are unique gifts of God, graduate candidates will demonstrate an understanding of contemporary curriculum teaching and learning theories and will be able to apply these to promote learning for all.
  • Grounded in the Franciscan values of learning, reverence, and service, graduate candidates will demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility, global diversity, and the standards of their discipline.
  • Promoting the use of research-based instructional practices, graduate candidates will incorporate the use of instructional technologies to support student learning and literacies as well as, their own professional development.
  • Grounded in 21st Century skills and dispositions, graduate candidates will demonstrate value and respect for global diversity in order to promote inclusive and responsive educational practices.
  • Demonstrating effective oral and written communication forms, graduate candidates will exhibit proficiency in the specific knowledge-bases and dispositions which form their areas of specialization.
  • Demonstrating proficiency in specific areas of specialization and research methodology, Masters of Education candidates will develop and present a capstone project.

Professional Development for Educators


Lourdes University offers educators quality professional development opportunities. Professional Development Courses (EDU 500 level) are graduate classes and can be used for re licensure (Ohio), certification renewal or upgrade (Michigan), and additional endorsements. These courses are scheduled throughout the year and are generally held on the Lourdes University campus in Sylvania or in schools.

Participants desiring graduate credit must possess a valid or expired teaching license or certificate and provide documentation of an appropriate baccalaureate degree. Participants interested in using 500-level courses for Lourdes University degree programs or transferring the credits to programs at other institutions should obtain approval from Lourdes University or the institution to which the credit will be transferred in advance of registration.


Lourdes University Education Department offers professional development to school districts, individual buildings, or departments to support district goals in the area of professional development. Our faculty and staff will design professional development to meet the needs of your faculty. Lourdes University believes that effective professional development should take place over a period of time to allow teachers the opportunity to apply their learning in the classroom and have time to assess and reflect on the effectiveness of the professional development in regards to student learning within the professional development experience. Education Department faculty and staff are currently working with the Sylvania, Perrysburg, and Swanton Public School districts and St. Joseph Catholic School in Sylvania on comprehensive initiatives in the areas of 1:1 mobile device integration into instructional practice and reciprocal teaching strategies in classrooms to support reading comprehension.


Lourdes University also offers Professional Development in conjunction with community partners such as WGTE, NWOCA, The Toledo Museum of Art and the Community Resources Workshop. These courses are scheduled throughout the year and are held on the Lourdes University campus in Sylvania and alternate locations.

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Lourdes University partners with Teaching Channel with Learners Edge in extending graduate credit in association with distance learning (print-based and online) courses. Designed to meet the needs of professional educators, these courses fulfill requirements for license renewal. These course credits will be part of your Lourdes University transcript and may be transferred to another institution.

Educators can choose from over 90 different offerings that are relevant for today’s classroom teachers that are offered in a self-paced format.

Certificate & Endorsement Programs

Educators in Toledo, northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan can choose to pursue one of two graduate certificate programs.


Graduate Certificate Program for Educators

Lourdes University offers an online nine-credit, three-course certificate program at the 600 level that qualifies educators who hold a State of Ohio Pre-K3 Early Childhood License to add the Primary Education Generalist Endorsement.

The certificate is offered in an online format at a reduced rate for educators.

Completers must earn a passing score on the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Assessments in order to add the Primary Education Generalist Grades 4-5 Endorsement to an Ohio License.

17 hours of field experience are required per course.

Applications are currently being accepted.
EDU 675 Pedagogy and Development: Young Adolescence
EDU 676 Content and Pedagogy: Mathematics and Science Grades 4 & 5
EDU 677 Concepts and Pedagogy: Social Studies and Language Arts Grades 4 & 5

  • $630 per course
  • $1,890 total for graduate certificate program

No additional fees applied


Graduate Certificate Program for Educators

Reading Endorsement applications will be accepted until all seats are full. Apply early to secure your seat!

Designed for teachers wishing to help prepare students for state reading exams and to become better readers in general. The program fits the needs of those candidates wanting to enhance their skills as or to become a reading teacher able to teach all grade levels.

Preparing teachers to sit for the OAE exam, the endorsement is offered as a 15 credit hour standalone endorsement or it can be combined with the Master of Education degree. Once the reading endorsement is completed, and the OAE exam is passed, the endorsement may be added to the teacher’s license. The full master’s degree is only 18 additional credit hours to completion.

Courses for the Reading Endorsement
EDU 640 Literacy Foundations and Strategies
EDU 641 Phonics and Applied Word Study
EDU 642 Reading and Writing in the P-12 Classroom
EDU 643 Literacy Assessment, Diagnosis and Intervention
EDU 644 Practicum: Professionalism in Clinical Literacy Practice

Learn more.

Contact Graduate Admissions to discuss your degree plans and explore Lourdes University’s program offerings.

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