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Earn your Masters in Educational Leadership at Southern Nazarene University

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MAEL) Program

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MAEL) Program is designed for educators - teachers, counselors, coaches - who want the knowledge and degree necessary to become principals and superintendents.  Learn from instructors who are currently working and leading in public education in Oklahoma.  Courses such as School Law, School Finance, Community & Culture and Leadership will give you the knowledge and practical experience you need to prepare for your certification tests and to become a school administrator.

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Educational Leadership Program Overview

  • 62 Wednesday nights of class on a set, pre-determined cohort calendar, 6-10pm
  • All-inclusive administration 36 credit hour program; Elementary, Mid-level, Secondary and Superintendent included
  • Optional technology package with training, includes some or all: iPad, Macbook Air, external hard drive, DSLR Camera, Printer, Bose Speakers, Apple TV, Hotspot
  • Qualifies for Stafford Loan Forgiveness program for Teachers up to $17,500.  Your degree could be "free" based on your current assignment
  • SNU Scholarships Available

View MAEL Course Descriptions and Sequence
Download MAEL Brochure 

MAEL Student Handbook

Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission to the MAEL program are as follows:

1. MAEL Program Requirements

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Two (2) years of teaching experience or approval from the MAEL Director based on experience in an education field or plans for your professional future in an educational field
  • Recommendations from three sources
  • Completion of the student profile form (including essay)
  • If your undergraduate cumulative GPA is below 3.0, you may receive provisional admittance or be required to take Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

2. Graduate College Requirements

  • Completed application form along with a one-time, non-refundable APPLICATION AND ENROLLMENT FEE of $185.  This fee is waived for SNU Alumni.
  • Transcript from the university where your previous Bachelor's degree was earned. SNU graduates need not request the SNU transcript.

"The Educational Leadership program is much more than a Master’s degree. The experiences a student has in the program, reflects research, daily practices, relationships, and an understanding of public school administration that are not found in other programs."

-Dr. Kent Shellenberger
Superintendent of Bethany Public Schools, SNU MAEL Instructor,
and 2014 Oklahoma Education Hall of Fame Inductee

Para Professionals Or Other Certifications

If you are a Para Professional, alternatively certified teacher, or emergency certified teacher and are ready to take the necessary courses to finish your standard certification, SNU now has a group of courses that you can complete in seven months.  Financial aid is available.  

Click here to obtain more information.

Contact MAEL Office

Patti Milford

Program Coordinator
Southern Nazarene University
School of Education/MAEL
6729 NW 39th Expressway
Bethany, OK 73008
Office:  405.491.6346
Fax:  405.491.6622

Our Nazarene Heritage

Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to training people for service to God and their fellow man. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read More