Are you ready to become 
a leader in your school?

Earn an advanced education degree at William Woods University and enjoy the opportunity to prepare for leadership in administration, curriculum design, teaching and specialty education.

William Woods University employs the "cohort instructional format,” as well as online delivery to provide program choices that cater to educators, administrators and education leaders.



Cohort Formats and Benefits

  • Progress through a program with up to 10 peers
  • Six convenient starts per year: August, October, January, March, May and June
  • Eight weeks in length
  • Designed for working professionals
  • Many convenient locations throughout Missouri
  • Professional and personal networking opportunities

Online Delivery Benefits

  • Six convenient starts per year: August, October, January, March, May and June 
  • Eight weeks in length
  • Designed for working professionals
  • Taught by seasoned faculty
  • Supportive environment that ensures you aren't left behind


Available Programs

advanced education programs

Masters Programs

Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership (Online/Evening)


Day-to-day administration of an elementary, middle or secondary school presents unique challenges in organizational management and curriculum supervision. As a teacher or administrator with leadership as a career goal, you will get the skills you need to meet these challenges through the combination of coursework, preparation for certification, and hands-on field experience that comprise the William Woods University Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree.

Master of Education (MEd) in Athletics/Activities Administration (Online)


Leading a high-profile athletics/activities program in today’s educational system is a demanding job that requires skills in facilities management, recruiting, publicity, law and much more. The William Woods Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Athletics/Activities Administration is one of a handful of programs in the nation that trains you in these skills at all levels, from middle school through high school and collegiate.

Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum and Instruction (Online)


Education today is a dynamic process that must respond quickly to changes in cultural, demographic, technological and other forces. The William Woods Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum & Instruction prepares you to respond to these challenges by designing and developing curriculum for your classroom and assessing its effectiveness. You’ll learn about educational trends, assessment procedures, and how to use advanced learning theories and educative design to adjust curriculum in response to current research. This degree will also help you prepare for the national board certification.

Master of Education (MEd) in Teaching and Technology (Online)


Technology and media are driving a revolution in learning, teaching and training in both the traditional classroom and the corporate learning center. Technology encourages a new way of learning that fosters cooperation, collaboration, problem solving and higher order thinking skills that are valuable throughout life. The William Woods University Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Teaching and Technology degree will prepare you to stay at the leading edge of this trend and use your learning to enhance the learning of others, wherever you choose to apply it.

Master of Education (MEd) in Equestrian Education (Online)


Enter the new and growing equestrian education market by earning the online Master of Education in Equestrian Education degree from William Woods University. This degree will help you gain the field pedagogy skills you need to make the transition from equestrian professional to equestrian educator.

While earning this degree, you will improve your instructional techniques and learn to construct effective curriculum by applying instructional theories and strategies. The curriculum and supporting coursework provide insights into instructional subjects, pedagogy methods, and classroom management, including instructional resource planning, curriculum development, and outcome assessments. The degree also provides you with a focused education in the equestrian field to match your needs.

Master of Education (MEd) in STEM (Online)


Students of every age must prepare to think deeply about solving the world’s most pressing problems — those at hand, and those of the future. They are tomorrow’s researchers, leaders, innovators and educators. Unfortunately, too few teachers are prepared to teach the specific nuances of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

The Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in STEM at William Woods is an interdisciplinary approach to teaching these concepts, with the purpose of removing barriers that separate these four disciplines, integrating them into real-world, rigorous and relevant learning experiences.

Master of Education (MEd) in Reading Instruction (Online)


The William Woods University Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading Instruction program is designed especially for current K-12 teachers who desire to develop extensive skills in the area of effective reading instruction. Students enrolled in this innovative online Master of Education program will develop a deep understanding of the acquisition of language, current issues in reading and writing, theoretical models of literacy, analysis and correction of reading disabilities, curriculum development, assessment and effective intervention.

Students earning the Online Master of Education in Reading Instruction degree will be literacy experts equipped to support literacy instruction in grades K-12 as Reading/Literacy Specialists, Coaches and Interventionists.


Education Specialist Programs

Education Specialist (EdS) in Educational Leadership (Online/Evening)


To operate as a leader at the school district level, you must be adept at educational policies, management, finance, facilities, human resources, assessment, law and other advanced skills. The William Woods Online Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership degree is designed to develop these skills and prepares you to be recommended for certification for superintendency, provided all other DESE requirements are met. Through an extensive field experience, you will broaden your understanding of how a school district operates and be prepared to take your place in its leadership.

Education Specialist (EdS) in Curriculum Leadership (Online)


Not quite ready for your doctorate? Our 100% online EdS program is the perfect answer. The William Woods Online Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Curriculum Leadership will prepare you to respond to the ever-changing cultural, demographic and technological processes characteristic of the field. This convenient, affordable and 100% online graduate degree program provides the tools needed to make a positive, sustainable impact on student learning and achievement – and you can easily transition into our online EDD program without having to start over (saves both time and money). This degree is designed to fit the schedules of working PreK-12 teachers and can be completed in two years or less through 100% online courses taught in convenient 8-week increments.


Doctorate Programs

Doctorate in Educational Leadership (EdD) (Online/Evening)


The William Woods Online Doctorate in Educational Leadership (EdD) will provide you with advanced professional training and develop your abilities in the scholarly study of the issues that challenge education. You will study curricular and instructional issues and develop leadership and organizational skills that you can apply within your own educational setting. The doctorate program will also reinforce the research skills you need to reach a leadership position in the field.


Missouri Certification Programs

Education Specialist (EdS) in Educational Leadership (formerly EdS in Administration) Superintendent Certification (Online/Evening)


To operate as a leader at the school district level, you must be adept at educational policies, management, finance, facilities, human resources, assessment, law and other advanced skills. The William Woods Online Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership degree is designed to develop these skills and prepares you to be recommended for certification for superintendency, provided all other DESE requirements are met. Through an extensive field experience, you will broaden your understanding of how a school district operates and be prepared to take your place in its leadership.

Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership (formerly MEd in Elementary or Secondary Administration) K-12 Principal Certification (Online/Evening)


Day-to-day administration of an elementary, middle or secondary school presents unique challenges in organizational management and curriculum supervision. As a teacher or administrator with leadership as a career goal, you will get the skills you need to meet these challenges through the combination of coursework, preparation for certification and hands-on field experience. Successful completion of the William Woods University Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree along with a qualifying score on the DESE assessments will enable you to apply for a principal’s certificate within the state of Missouri.

Missouri Special Reading, K-12 teaching certificate (Online)


The William Woods University Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading Instruction program is designed especially for current K-12 teachers who desire to develop extensive skills in the area of effective reading instruction. This innovative online Master of Education program has earned DESE course approval for the Missouri Special Reading, K-12 teaching certificate. You will develop a deep understanding of the acquisition of language, current issues in reading and writing, theoretical models of literacy, analysis and correction of reading disabilities, curriculum development, assessment and effective intervention.

Students earning the Online Master of Education in Reading Instruction degree will be literacy experts equipped to support literacy instruction in grades K-12 as Reading/Literacy Specialists, Coaches and Interventionists.


Graduate Successes

You will find our alumni serving in school district throughout Missouri and the U.S.

575
# of our graduates who are now principals and assistant principals.
123
# of our graduates who are now school district administrators.
81
# of our graduates who are now school superintendents.




Application deadline

Classes start in August, October, January, March, April and June.
Next session starts on March 8th.
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