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.

Educational Leadership students can complete their Continuing Teaching License (6 hrs) if they hold the Initial Teaching License.

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 (5 hours - these courses must be taken at GFU)

EDFL 671 Ethical Perspectives on Educational Leadership (3 hrs)
EDFL 703 Bibliographic Research and Writing (2 hrs)

Research Core (8 hours)

Complete the following course:
EDFL 704 Survey of Qualitative and Quantitative Research (3 hrs)

Select one of the following:
EDFL 706 Experimental Research Designs (2 hrs)
EDFL 707 Survey Research Designs (2 hrs)
EDFL 708 Program Evaluation Designs (2 hrs)
EDFL 709 Ethnographic Research Designs (2 hrs)
EDFL 710 Historical Research Designs* (2 hrs)
EDFL 716 Action Research Designs (2 hrs)
* Prerequisites are required for this course. Please consult your advisor for more information.

Complete research hours with advisor and research project committee:
EDFL 711 Master's Project Proposal (1 hr)
EDFL 712 Master's Project Research (1 hr)
EDFL 713 Master's Project Presentation (1 hr)
EDFL 715 Master's Project Research II (1-4 hrs - optional: if project not completed while enrolled in EDFL 713)

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 648 Initial Administrative Practicum I** (2 hrs)
EDFL 649 Initial Administrative Practicum II** (2 hrs)
EDFL 655 Special topics courses in leading and managing (2-3 hrs, 2 courses required)
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)


(6 hours from the EDFL curriculum or from transfer hours)

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

Telephone: 503-554-2869

Admission Information:

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Inquiry & Application Coordinator
Telephone: 503-554-6078

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