Educational Leadership Specialization

George Fox University

A Master of Education in Educational Leadership equips educators with the skills, knowledge and vision needed to be a school administrator.

Specialization courses are a blend of face-to-face classroom meetings, online classes, and face to face/online hybrid classes. Summer classes meet at our Newberg campus (affordable housing is available for long distance students); spring and fall classes are taught mostly online with a few evening/weekend classes.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Candidates who wish to be recommended for an Oregon Initial Administrator License must meet additional conditions that are not required in the Educational Leadership program:

  • Admission into the Initial Administrative Program (this requires a minimum of three years of verifiable full-time classroom teaching experience)
  • Administrative Practicum at both the elementary and secondary levels

Candidates may be concurrently admitted into both the Master of Education program and the Initial Administrative Program provided they have the three years of classroom teaching experience.

MEd with Educational Leadership Specialization Requirements

Foundations Core (7 hours - these courses must be taken at George Fox)

The foundations courses in the Master of Education program at George Fox University provide both breadth and depth of critical thinking skills, leading to transformation of a candidate’s professional practice. These courses are uniquely designed to build upon the School of Education conceptual framework: think critically, transform practice, and promote justice.

Research Core (8 hours - these courses must be taken at George Fox)

The research courses in the Master of Education program at George Fox University provide each candidate with the knowledge and skills to effectively use educational research and data leading to improvement in their practice.  For the final capstone of the research courses, each candidate designs a research project unique to their own professional situation, examining a specific educational problem or issue in either their classroom or school.

Educational Leadership Specialization (17 hours)

EDFL 500 Instructional Supervision (3 hrs)
EDFL 630 Advanced Developmental Psychology (2 hrs)
EDFL 640 Leadership in Education (3 hrs)
EDFL 646 Managing Instructional Budgets (1 hr)
EDFL 647 Portfolio Capstone (1 hr)
EDFL 648 Initial Administrative Practicum I** (2 hrs)
EDFL 649 Initial Administrative Practicum II** (2 hrs)
EDFL 682 Legal Perspectives on Educational Policy and Finance (3 hrs)
** These courses are optional for students who have been admitted into the Initial Administrator License program. Students who are not enrolled in this program should take 3-4 credit hours from the Restricted Electives category (see below) to complete their specialiation core requirement (total of 17 hrs).

Restricted Electives

Students who are not admitted to the Administrative Licensure program take 3-4 hrs from the following courses:
EDFL 626 Implementing Technology in Educational Organizations (2 hrs)
EDFL 642 Student Life: Issues, Policy and Planning (2 hrs)
EDFL 643 Enrollment Issues: Marketing and Retention (2 hrs)
EDFL 644 Advancing the Organization: Fund Raising (2 hrs)
EDFL 651 Strategic Planning (2 hrs)
EDFL 653 Organizational Change and Decision Making (2 hrs)
EDFL 654 Program Evaluation for Organizational Success (3 hrs) EDFL 661 Administration of Specialized Programs (3 hrs)

Electives (6 hours, if applicable)

For complete course listings and information, please see the GFU Graduate Catalog.

Marc SheltonProgram Information:
Marc Shelton, EdD
Director, Administrative Licensure Program

Telephone: 503-554-2869

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Admission Information:
Kipp Wilfong
Graduate Admissions Counselor
Telephone: 503-554-6027

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