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Online Master's in Educational Leadership Career Outlook

Lead the Way to Better Learning Outcomes

With a new set of educational leadership skills, you’ll be in demand for your ability to enhance student learning and success. Whether you’re becoming a school principal, department head, or education administrator, you need to know how today’s technology and sociopolitical landscape affect students and educators – That requires a whole new kind of leadership.1

But with your M.A. in Educational Leadership, your impact won’t be limited to educational institutions. Employees in every industry can benefit from training and development programs that build relevant skills. The overall employment of training and development specialists and managers is projected to grow as companies incorporate new media and technology into their training programs.2

Leadership Equals Opportunity

Within educational, non-profit, and private sector organizations, few skills are more in demand than leadership, making educational leadership career outlook broad and bright. With a master’s degree, you’ll be eligible for opportunities to transition into the next stage of an educational career in roles like program director, administrator, or school leader.*

“The networking opportunities that developed through collaboration with other students online [exceeded my expectations].”
– Kaela Gallup, Saint Mary’s MAEL online student

Jobs, Income, and Projected Employment Growth for 2020–2030

Opportunities for careers in educational leadership are diverse and robust, and salaries are well above the national standard. The following educational leadership careers include several positions well-suited for graduates of our online master’s in educational leadership program. (Career data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.)

Elementary, Middle, and High School Principal

  • A Master’s degree is typically required for entry.
  • This profession requires professional licensure. Check with your state for administrative licensure requirements, $98,4203,
  • Projected Growth Rate between 2020-2030 – 8%3


Instructional Coordinator

  • A master’s degree is typically required for entry, $63,7404, Projected Growth Rate between 2020-2030 – 10%4


Post-Secondary Education Administrator

  • A master’s degree is typically required for entry, $96,9105, Projected Growth Rate between 2020-2030 – 8%5


Social and Community Service Manager

  • Some jobs require a master’s degree, $74,0006, Projected Growth Rate between 2020-2030 – 15%6


Training and Development Manager

  • Some jobs require a master’s degree, $120,1307, Projected Growth Rate between 2020-2030 – 11%7


Where Saint Mary's M.A. in Educational Leadership Grads Work

You can put an M.A. in Educational Leadership degree to work in roles beyond schools. From business development to human resources, healthcare to information technology, graduates of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s master’s in educational leadership program currently work in a variety of industries, with titles like senior manager of education and training, career counselor, program manager, associate program director, and more.


  • Capella University
  • Concordia University, St. Paul
  • Dunwoody College of Technology
  • Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Mounds View Public Schools
  • Saint Paul Public Schools
  • University of Minnesota
  • Technology
  • Edmentum
  • Lockheed Martin



  • Allina Health
  • HealthPartners
  • Mayo ClinicUnitedHealth Group



  • Be The Match
  • CareProfiler
  • Education Minnesota
  • Minnesota Opera



  • Minnesota Department of Corrections

This information is based on self-reported student/alumni data from LinkedIn as of April 2018.

Program Outcomes

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Provide educational leadership through the use of leadership principles and techniques applicable to educational organizations.
  • Communicate effectively to facilitate professional learning communities.
  • Evaluate and design curriculum and instruction to ensure and enhance the growth of all learners, especially adults.
  • Foster cultural competency by leveraging diversity to assure the growth of the educational organization.
  • Manage safe and effective learning environments by utilizing creative supervisory principles and research-based management styles.
  • Embrace ethical values to act with responsibility and accountability.
  • Assess educational effectiveness by utilizing data-driven practices and technological strategies.
  • Examine ways to improve education through quality data collection and analysis.
  • Empower and nurture employees through effective staff development principles and adult learning theories.

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