You may be eligible to receive financial support for this program of study. 
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Guiding Principles

The MA (Phil) in Educational Leadership (MA-EL) is a graduate program rooted in the Christian faith and designed for K-12 teachers and school administrators seeking to build their capacity as educators and leaders within the context of their school. Combining ICS's rich history in integrally Christian scholarship with the commitment to inquiry-based learning, this program inspires and equips educators to create innovative, challenging, and just learning environments that contribute to God’s ongoing redemptive work in the world. 

Overall, this program is committed to being:
  • Biblically informed and focused on the love embodied by Christ 
  • Deeply contextualized and relevant for educators
  • Aligned with one's own professional passion and practice
  • Rooted in wisdom and a sound methodology

One Program, Multiple Possibilities

This program is a typical 42-credit hour course of study offered part-time and building on one's current work as an educational leader. Our program is delivered through mostly asynchronous online courses with one being offered as a synchronous online course. Each student receives individualized mentoring throughout their time in the program. Communication with instructors is facilitated primarily through discussion boards in Google Classroom and/or email.

Two specializations are possible in this program:



An instructional leadership 
specialization for K-12 teachers in the classroom



An organizational specialization for current and prospective school administrators

This program consists of 10 term courses that are offered once a year based on a two-year rotating schedule as noted on the Course Schedule page. The program can be completed in one of the following ways:


Take one course each term over a total of ten terms (3 years and 1 month)


 Take courses during summers only. Each course is offered every other summer on a two-year rotation during the month of August



Take courses at your own pace when it best suits your schedule

Program Details and Application

The cost of the full program is $21,000. More information about tuition and additional fees can be found on the tuition page. This program is open to current Christian educators who have a four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent with an overall average of B+ and proficiency in English. To apply, complete the application form, write a 500-1000 word purpose statement, provide official transcripts, provide two letters of academic or professional reference and one letter of personal reference, and an academic writing sample or a sample of professional work. Your purpose statement should explain how you see the MA-EL fitting in with your own educational/professional goals. The transcripts should be sent directly to ICS from the issuing school.

If you meet these requirements, please submit an application, or contact the Academic Registrar Elizabet Aras for more details about the program.

Are you a staff member at a Christian School Foundation (Canada) member school? You may be eligible to receive financial support for this program of study. Click here to learn more.

Please note that this year's regular deadline for Summer and Fall 2021 MA-EL applications is May 3, 2021.
The deadline for applications to start the MA-EL in Winter 2022 is November 1, 2021.