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Leadership Degrees for Working Teachers

Rooted in a tradition of excellence, East Central University Online’s Master of Education programs prepare students to become pedagogical leaders of the 21st century. We offer a host of online degree opportunities that offer working educators paths for earning advanced credentials, increasing their earning potential and gaining new skills to impact their students.

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. employers will have more than 900,000 job openings in the education, training and library fields from 2021 to 20311
  • Ranked among the top 60 public schools by U.S. News & World Report for 20232
  • Named one of the “15 Best Value Colleges and Universities in Oklahoma” by Best Value Schools in 20203

Online Education Degree and Certificate Programs

Discover online programs that are flexible, affordable and fit your life.

  • Prepares graduates to become certified principals, vice principals or other administrative roles in K-12 schools
  • You can finish the program in 18 months
  • Aligns with the National Educational Leadership Program Recognition Standards (NELP)
  • Readies working educators to sit for their librarian exam and become school library media specialists in grades PK-12
  • Offers 40 practicum hours that emphasize all areas of school librarianship, including technology
  • Specialized coursework in special education
  • Explores the unique learning abilities and psychological requirements of children with disabilities
  • Prepares professional educators for athletic leadership positions such as head coach or athletic director
  • Features a comprehensive curriculum with 100 hours of practical hands-on training
  • Aligns with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education standards and the North American Society for Sports Management standards
  • Prepares educational leaders with the required knowledge and skills to pass the Oklahoma certification test for school superintendents and qualify for career advancement
  • Complete this certificate program in as little as one year

In 1909, East Central University was established in eastern Oklahoma to provide teacher certification training. Since then, ECU has grown considerably and now offers many undergraduate and graduate degrees. As the alma mater of business leaders, elected officials, artists, scientists and astronauts, ECU continues to provide innovative learning experiences on campus and online.

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Continue Your Education in a Flexible Format

ECU’s online programs offer the ultimate flexibility. You will take classes in a format that allows you to advance your education and continue meeting your work and life commitments. In addition to convenience, you will benefit from rigorous academics and rewarding options for engaging classmates.

Gain Specialized Expertise to Thrive in Education

ECU designs education curricula that match a rich array of specialized areas. Our expert faculty members combine essential theory and hands-on training to strengthen the impact you make on students. Develop expertise for roles in the classroom and beyond with courses that offer paths to administrative, library media, special education and instructional design roles. You can also focus your education on sports administration to prepare for positions within colleges, universities and professional teams.

Succeed in the Classroom and Beyond

By pursuing your Master of Education degree online with ECU, you can gain the expertise and qualifications to take a leading role in education communities. It’s your opportunity to strengthen your impact on students and access rewarding careers matching your interests.

Careers for Aspiring Educators

  1. School Principal: $98,420 per year4
  2. Assistant Principal: $74,329 per year5
  3. Curriculum Director: $73,932 per year6
  4. Director of Special Education: $73,678 per year7
  5. Information Technology (IT) Trainer: $66,805 per year8
  6. Instructional Designer: $65,504 per year9
  7. Special Education Teacher: $61,820 per year10
  8. Athletic Director: $61,481 per year11
  9. Librarian or Library Media Specialist: $61,190 per year12
  10. Nonprofit Program Manager: $55,216 per year13

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  2. U.S. News & World Report. “East Central University Rankings.” Retrieved October 20, 2022, from
  3. Best Value Schools. “15 Best Value Colleges and Universities in Oklahoma.” Retrieved October 20, 2022, from
  4. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals.” Retrieved October 21, 2022, from
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  8. Payscale. “Average Information Technology (IT) Trainer Salary.” Retrieved October 21, 2022, from
  9. Payscale. “Average Instructional Designer Salary.” Retrieved October 21, 2022, from
  10. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Special Education Teachers.” Retrieved October 21, 2022, from
  11. Payscale. “Average Athletic Director Salary.” Retrieved October 21, 2022, from
  12. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Librarians and Library Media Specialists.” Retrieved October 21, 2022, from
  13. Payscale. “Average Program Manager, Non-Profit Organization Salary.” Retrieved October 21, 2022, from