Bellarmine offers new Master of Arts in Education Degree that leads to principal certification

February 7, 2022


This May, Bellarmine University will kick off a new Master of Arts in Education Degree in Instructional Leadership and School Administration program students may use to earn principal certification.

The MAEd is meant to prepare working educators who already have a bachelor’s degree to become inspiring, successful leaders in K-12 schools.

Elizabeth Dinkins, dean of the Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education at Bellarmine, said strong leadership in primary and secondary schools is needed now, especially. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing challenges within the country’s school districts, while also creating a host of new ones.

“We know that the complexities of today’s educational environments require exceptional school leaders—leaders who can create innovative and welcoming learning communities where all students experience a sense of belonging and learn at high levels,” said Dinkins. “We are proud that this program will prepare exceptional teachers to become principals with the knowledge, skills and courage to create positive change in their schools and communities.”  

The program will take only 14 months to complete and will feature four terms (summer, fall, spring and summer) with participants going through the curriculum in cohorts.

“The classes are small and there is a close relationship with the advisors and a high level of mentorship with the faculty as well as their existing principal,” Dinkins said.

The program requires eight credit hours designed to give the participant school leadership experiences only available in a school context. Students are required to spend time before and after their regularly scheduled assignments, completing a series of tasks and experiences in elementary, middle and secondary settings.

“We have a strong reputation in the state for producing the best teachers and administrators,” Dinkins said.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of elementary, middle and high school principals is projected to grow eight percent this decade and the medium pay is $98,490 per year.

The program is competitively priced at $435 per credit hour, including books. If students find a job opportunity before they have completed the program, they may also seek an alternative certification option.

Click here to apply and learn more about classes and admission requirements.


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