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Masters of Educational Leadership


​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Overview

The Master of Educational Leadership Program at Dar Al-Hekma University seeks to meet the needs of the educational sector by qualifying its students to take the lead in educational institutions and to be the front-runners in the teaching and learning processes for the development of the local community. For that purpose, the program provides students with advanced knowledge and skills, with a high focus on critical, analytical, and creative thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. The program is the first in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that provides fresh and advanced leading-edge courses and materials under the umbrella of educational leadership, in line with the rapid progress that the Kingdom is witnessing in achieving the Saudi Vision 2030. ​Other master’s degrees tracks offered are a master’s degree in educational policies, a master’s degree in school leadership, and a master’s degree in applied behaviour analysis. Coupled to this, the University offers graduate scholarships as well.

Program Tracks

  • Educational Policies and Evaluation: This track aims to enable graduates to contribute to the growth and the strengthening of educational institutions by developing educational policies and practices. Moreover, through this track, students will be able to carry out the process of educational assessment and evaluation that depends on collecting and analyzing data, developing strategic goals and objectives, and evaluating the effectiveness of academic programs. Students are provided with all the necessary tools to qualify them to contribute to the development of the entire learning - teaching process.

  • School Leadership: The school leadership track aims to enable students to acquire advanced knowledge and skills to lead schools in order to achieve institutional excellence.​

  • Teaching and Learning​: This track aims to enable students to acquire advanced knowledge and skills related to all the components of the teaching and learning processes, namely, teaching strategies, classroom management, student counseling, and partnerships between schools and the local community in order to achieve excellence in teaching and learning.​

Program Mission

Preparing qualified educational leaders to create a learning-teaching environment with a clear vision to support scientific research, analytical, critical, and creative thinking skills, and employ modern technologies to develop the local community.

Program Goa​ls

  • Enhancing awareness of the vision, mission, and educational goals in educational institutions.
  • Supporting academic, professional, ethical practices, integrity, and responsible trustworthy citizens in educational institutions.
  • Creating partnerships among all stakeholders in educational institutions to develop the local community and find solutions to relevant issues.
  • Providing students with opportunities to acquire educational leadership skills and modern technologies based on theories and recent developments in the field.
  • Stimulating the skills of analytical thinking, critical thinking, planning, creativity, problem solving, decision-making, and effective communication in educational institutions.
  • Providing modern digital technologies to support educational leadership practices and the learning-teaching process.
  • Providing learning resources and databases to promote scientific research in the field of educational leadership, learning, and teaching.
  • Providing an advanced infrastructure that is compatible with the latest developments in the field.
  • Strengthening educational assessment,  evaluation processes, and related policies in the field of educational leadership, and in learning and teaching.

Why choose the Master of Educational Leadership ​program at Dar Al-Hekma University?

  • The Master's Program in Educational Leadership is the first of its kind in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to introduce different tracks under educational leadership.
  • ​​It is also the first of its kind to introduce new material under educational leadership to keep pace with the rapid progress in all educational institutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and to contribute to Vision 2030.
  • The plan of study of the program is characterized by the integration of educational leadership courses with the new courses by focusing on all components of educational institutions in order to develop and strengthen them.
  • The plan of study of the program is also distinguished for keeping a balance between the theoretical and the practical aspects, in terms of depth and comprehensiveness.
  • The program provides a rich learning environment based on promoting creative and critical thinking.
  • The educational strategies and classroom activities adopted by the program are distinguished by being student-centered to meet students' needs and aspirations.

Admission Requirements ​​​​​​​​​​

​​​​​ Programs​
​​T​OEFL Score​​
Required ​Bachelor
Pre-Requisite Program
​Othe Admission Requirement
Master of Educational
Not Required
A Bachelor Degree in
Any Field
Pass Interview
Proficient in Arabic Language

​For further details about admissions,click here 

Learing Outcomes

    ​On successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:


    • Relates theories, principles and concepts of educational leadership, curricula, learning and teaching to field practices and recent developments.


    • Applies scientific research techniques and analytical and critical thinking skills in data-driven decision-making.​
    • Employs diverse resources and methods in dealing with different viewpoints to generate innovative ideas and to disseminate and manage knowledge.
    • Utilizes a variety of advanced digital technologies to develop practices related to educational leadership and to the learning-teaching process
    • Designs academic and professional development programs to keep pace with the developments in the educational field.​


    • Presents innovative initiatives to find constructive solutions to current issues, produce responsible citizenship, and promote life-long learning in educational institutions.
    • Promotes academic and professional success, social health, ethical consistency, and integrity within educational institutions and the society.​
    • Plans to achieve the vision, mission. and objectives of educational institutions to ensure the continuity of learning and the development of education.​

Plan of Study

​​​Year One(1)
Semester – One Semester – Two

Course Code

Course Title


Course Code

Course Title


EDLS 6301Educational Leadership3EDLS 6302
Curriculum Deveolmpent and Evaluation
EDLS 6308
Educational Psychology:
Learning Theories
3EDLS 6305
Educational Technology
EDLS 6303Educational Ethics
and Laws
3EDLS 6307Educational Assessment
and Evaluation
EDLS 6304Organizational Behavior3EDLS 6308
Research Methodology 
Total Credit Hours 12 Total Credit Hours 12
Year Two(2)
Semester – One Semester – Two

Course Code

Course Title


Course Code

Course Title


EDLS 6306
Leadership and Teacher 
Professtional Development 
3Elective Course from
the Selected Cluster
EDLS 6313     
Research Seminar 
3EDLS 6310 Research Project3
Elective Course from
the Selected Cluster
Elective Course from
the Selected Cluster
Total Credit Hours 12 Total Credit Hours 6

Career Prospects

The program equips students with the necessary skills that qualify them for a variety of career paths/jobs in the market including, but not limited to:

  • Educational leader for schools, educational centers, and educational and community institutions.
  • Administrative leader of community centers and institutions. 
  • Educational supervisor in private schools and in educational supervisory departments in the Ministry of Education. .
  • Specialist in the field of planning and development for  institutions and centers in the field.
  • ​Director of educational development projects in civil, international, and community institutions and organizations.
  • Educational initiator who is able to put forward educational initiatives and lead them to achieve their goals.
  • Faculty member or administrator in institutes, colleges and universities, or a teacher in schools.
  • Quality manager in educational institutions, assessment and evaluation bodies, and at the Ministry of Education. ​​

Track Plan of Study


Track 1: Educational Policy and Evaluation​​​
​Course Code
Course Title Credit Hours
EDPE 6301 Educational Policy and Practices 3
EDPE 6302 Development and Evaluation of Academic Programs and Learning Outcomes3
EDPE 6303 Designing Creative Learning Environments and Experiences3​
EDPE 6304
Creating an Effective Technological Learning Envirnoment​
​EDPE 6305
Strategic Planning 
EDLS 6311
​Leading Innovation and Change​
​ ​
​​ Track 2: School Leadership
​​Course Code Course Title Credit Hours​
EDLD 6301
School Leadership3
EDLD 6302 Managing Resources: Human and Materials in Education 3
EDLD 6303 Fundamentals of Special Education and Inclusion 
EDLD 6304
Instructional Leadership
EDLS 6311 Leading Innovation and Change    
​EDLS 6312
School - Community Partnership
​ ​
​​ Track ​3: Teaching and Learning
​​Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
EDTL 6301 Instructional and Learning Strategies3
EDTL 6302 Managing Classroom and Student Behavior 
EDTL 6303
Psychology and Counselling 3​
EDLD 6303
Fundamentals of Special Education and Inclusion  
EDLS 6311
Leading Innovation and Change  
EDLS 6312School - Community Partnership​ 
​​​ ​ ​

Dr. Mona Hasan Saeed Alhaddad

Chair - Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Education, Health and Behavioral Sciences

Dr.Randa Hariri

Program Director - Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Education, Health and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Rabab Saleh Al Harbi

Visiting Assistant Professor

Hekma School of Education, Health and Behavioral Sciences

Key Facts

Program Name

Master of Educational Leadership

Academic Degree


Credit Hours


Program Length

2 Years

Mode of study

Full time / Part Time

Dr. Randah Ahmed Hariri

Director, Master of Educational Leadership Program; Supervisor, Program Accreditation Unit

PhD, Education, University of Sheffield, UK, 2016

MA, Education (Educational Administration & Policy Studies), American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 2008

Teaching Diploma in Psychology/ Education, Lebanese University, Lebanon, 2006

BSc, Medical Laboratory Technology, The American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 1988

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