The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership is designed to enable graduates who are well-educated in the principles and practices of transformative learning, as applied to contexts such as expressive and movement arts education, developmental and health coaching, and transformative leadership.
"The result of the educative process is capacity for further education."
- To cultivate leadership capacities that further professional engagement in education.
- To develop creative inquiry practices and skills.
- To develop competencies required to facilitate transformative learning with an understanding of human development across multiple domains of practice and levels of human systems.
- To acquire competencies entailed in guiding human development in the context of cultural evolution and transformation.
- To acquire the competencies entailed in developing curricula that promote diversity and generative processes within learning communities.
- Students are expected to complete 64 credits (640 hours).
- Students are required to attend 3 residencies.
- Students are expected to complete a Creative Action Project (capstone).
- Students have a maximum of five years from their initial date of enrollment to complete this degree.
- A Bachelor's degree is required for admission to Meridian's graduate degree programs.
- Students submit an online application form along with documents such as official transcripts, a personal statement, and letters of recommendation. The Admissions Committee reviews all applications and invites select applicants to proceed to an interview. More information is available on the Application Process page.
- All students are expected to be proficient in the English language as all instruction at Meridian is offered in English.
Meridian’s academic structure gives students the flexibility to navigate the University’s curricular architecture in ways that match their passions, professional goals, and other life commitments.
The structure is designed to serve a diverse student body, who live around the globe, have varied cultural and clinical visions for their careers, and are at different stages in their professional journey.
Students enroll in a degree program, can elect a concentration, and register for one or multiple courses each quarter. In addition to core courses for the specific degree program and anchor courses that represent the Transformative Learning intent of Meridian’s curriculum, students select elective courses that align with their Meridian concentration, background, and career path.
Meridian’s hybrid learning format is designed to enable students to pursue their graduate education at a flexible pace, combining asynchronous coursework via the University’s custom social learning platform, Pivot, live course video calls with faculty, synchronous student community engagement, and onsite one-week residencies. By combining innovative online education methodologies with rich video calls and deep onsite residency connections, Meridian’s learning format enables students to contribute locally and perceive globally.
Each quarter, students take one or multiple seven-week online courses. This schedule provides students with time between quarters to rest, engage, and prepare. Additionally, students attend at least two weeklong residencies per academic year, until they complete their residency requirements. Residencies run Monday through Friday throughout the year, at Meridian’s Bay Area Center and other globally distributed locations. Students can select residency dates and locations based on their personal circumstances and professional aspirations.