• Program Overview

    Program Overview

    Stevenson University Online’s master’s in Community-Based Education and Leadership program is designed to meet the growing demand for highly-qualified professionals to teach, lead, and manage in non-formal and informal education settings. Practicing professionals will gain the knowledge and skills to become effective educators and change leaders in their organizations. Upon completion of the master’s program, graduates will obtain the ability to meet the needs of diverse populations of learners, build transformative learning communities, and foster collaborative partnerships within the expanding non-formal educational sector.

    This online master’s for Community-Based Education and Leadership program provides leaders in areas including nonprofit, athletic coaching, youth development, and higher education with comprehensive skills-training that will prepare them to become leaders in their communities. Those interested in earning an online master’s in Community-Based Education & Leadership will complete a 36-credit hour program that will include coursework in areas such as the cognitive, emotional and social development of learners, action research and data-driven decision-making, and innovative teaching and learning for 21st century skills. Elective courses allow students the opportunity to hone their skills and expertise in areas such as STEM curriculum principles and practice, volunteer development, and conflict communication and leadership.

    Stevenson University Online’s master’s in Community-Based Education and Leadership program is offered online in 8-week sessions , providing flexibility for working professionals who want to enhance their existing skills within their field. Through online instruction from seasoned professionals as well as innovative educational tools, students will learn practical application of theory and complete the program with the skills they need to positively impact students.

    Education Certificate Options

    Stevenson also offers three distinct, fully-online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate programs for those interested in advancing their careers in either formal or non-formal education settings. Students can select from certificate options in:

  • Admissions / Tuition

    Admissions / Tuition

    • Completed online application. 
    • Completion of bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Official college transcript from your degree-granting institution; additional transcripts may be required to demonstrate satisfaction of program-specific prerequisites or at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
    • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work.
    • Resume of professional experience.
    • Personal statement.
    Tuition Per Credit $495.00 Cost Per Course
    (3-Credit Hours)
    • Stevenson University Online has simplified the cost of your education by eliminating all fees. 
    • Students are eligible to transfer up to 6-credit hours from a 4-year institution if applicable. 
  • Faculty


    Lisa A. Moyer (2016)
    Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor, Graduate Education
    B.A., Mary Washington College
    M.Ed., University of Mary Washington
    Ed.S, University of Virginia
    Ph.D., Virginia Tech

    Rebekah L. Carmichael (2019)
    Adjunct Professor, Graduate Education
    BA, Murray State University
    MA, Indiana State University

    Nia Fields (2019)
    Adjunct Professor, Graduate Education
    B.S., Morgan State University
    M.A., University of Delaware
    Ed.D., Morgan State University

    Edwin Green (2019)
    Adjunct Professor, Graduate Education
    BSW, Morgan State University
    MSW, Howard University

    D’Andrea Jacobs, NCSP (2014)
    Adjunct Professor, Graduate Education
    B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
    M.A., Michigan State University
    Ph.D., Michigan State University

    Amanda Klein (2018)
    Adjunct Professor, Graduate Education
    B.S., Johns Hopkins University
    MPP, Johns Hopkins University
    Ed.D., Vanderbilt University

    Randi Norris (2018)
    Adjunct Instructor, Graduate Education
    B.A., York College
    MAT, The Johns Hopkins University

    Tiveeda Stovall (2018)
    Adjunct Instructor, Graduate Education 
    B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder
    M.S.W., University of California, Berkeley

  • Courses


    The Master of Arts in Community-Based Education & Leadership program is an online 36-credit hour program.

    Theory and Research Courses

    • ED 604 Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development of Learners
    • ED 606 Socio-political and Cultural Influences on Families, Communities, and Organizations
    • ED 608 Action Research

    Community-Based Education & Leadership

    • CBEL 610 Foundations and Frameworks of Community-Based Education
    • CBEL 612 Innovative Teaching and Learning for 21st Century Skills
    • CBEL 614 Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
    • CBEL 616 Community Engagement and Leadership
    • CBEL 720 Capstone

    Community-Based Education & Leadership Electives

    Students will select four courses from at least two of the following content areas.

    Teaching and Learning Electives

    • CBEL 662 Youth Development
    • CBEL 664 Teaching & Learning for Specialized Populations
    • ED 605 STEM Curriculum Principles and Practice
    • ED 620 Literacy Strategies in the STEM Content Areas
    • ED 625 Advanced Literacy Strategies in the STEM Content Areas
    • ED 630 Principles of Special Education
    • ED 690 Issues in STEM Education

    Management/Leadership Electives

    • CBEL 670 Volunteer Management
    • CBEL 672 Advocacy in Community-Based Organizations
    • CBEL 674 Legal Issues and Risk Management in Community Organizations
    • BTM 644 Project Management
    • BTM 635 Innovative Leadership & Management

    Communication Courses

    • CM 600 Cultures and Communication
    • CM 605 Communication Ethics in the Public Sphere
    • CM 620 Conflict Communication and Leadership

    Due to the unique blend of coursework, this program benefits a variety of positions, including and not limited to the following:

    • Athletic Coaches
    • Community Education Leaders
    • Higher Education Professionals
    • Non-profit Leaders
    • Youth Development Specialists