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Top Skills for Successful Education Leadership

The right skill set along with the right education degree can help you be a strong educational leader anywhere in the world.

All children in all nations deserve an education. Worldwide, 91% of primary-school-aged children are enrolled in school, but that still leaves 59 million primary-school-aged children out of school.* To close the gap—and ensure those who are in school receive a good education—the world needs a lot more educational leaders.

One of the best ways to become a leader in education anywhere in the world is to earn an MS in Education (MSEd). This education leadership degree can keep you on the forefront and better prepared for the challenges of education in the modern world. And, thanks to online learning, a master’s in education is more convenient to earn, and thus more attainable, than ever before. When you enroll in an online master’s in education program, you can complete coursework from wherever you live and on a schedule designed to let you continue working and taking care of other responsibilities.

Top Skills for Successful Education Leadership

For many people , enrolling in an online university is the best—and sometimes only—way to earn a master’s degree in education. It’s a great choice if you don’t live near a college, if you’re caring for children or family members full time, or if you’re currently working in the education field—or in any other field—and can’t take time off from your career. Plus, earning your master’s in education online can also save you time and money, and may allow you to start your leadership career faster and at a lower cost than what you might expect.

What exactly can you learn in an MSEd degree program? Through a top online university, you can develop some of the most important skills for strong education leadership, such as how to:

  • Create a shared strategic vision within the school community.
  • Recruit, hire, and inspire school personnel committed to improving student achievement.
  • Lead curriculum, assessment, and community-building initiatives to improve student outcomes and the learning environment.
  • Manage the complex educational, financial, human resource, and legal issues critical to effective school management.
  • Design and lead initiatives that evaluate and improve instructional programs.
  • Develop, implement, and manage ongoing evaluation and professional development in teaching and learning.
  • Create strategic plans using a visioning process to be shared and supported by stakeholders.
  • Use data to effectively manage the organization and resources for a safe, secure, and effective learning environment.
  • Communicate and collaborate with external publics to address community interests and diverse needs.
  • Articulate the school’s role within the broader political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context and respond effectively to changes that impact the school community.
  • Articulate democratic value systems, ethics, and moral leadership.

With these skills in hand, you can help improve education in your community—and the world—and help ensure all of our children receive the education they need to succeed.

Walden University is an accredited institution offering an online MS in Education degree program with an Educational Leadership and Administration (International Non-Licensure) specialization. Expand your career options and earn your degree in a convenient, flexible format that fits your busy life.

*UNICEF, Rapid Acceleration of Progress Is Needed to Achieve Universal Primary Education, UNICEF Data, on the Internet at

Walden offers both state-approved educator licensure programs as well as programs and courses that do not lead to licensure or endorsements. Prospective students must review their state licensure requirements prior to enrolling. For more information, please refer to

Prospective Alabama students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 1-334-242-9935 or to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits.

Note to all Washington residents: This program is not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission,