Educational Leadership

Master of Education

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership prepares candidates for a variety of leadership roles (e.g. teacher leader, department chair, principal) at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels in both public and private school settings.

The program provides educators with the knowledge, skills, and understanding they need to successfully practice effective leadership in their learning organizations.

Courses of study are based on the realization that specific methods of shaping and operating educational organizations change, but sound theory related to management, decision making, human relations, and participatory leadership remains constant.

In general terms, the program provides candidates with an expanded awareness of the roles of school leaders; an ability to identify and prioritize steps that lead an educational institution toward continuous improvement; a wide variety of approaches to school leadership that reflect flexibility in methodology and outlook; opportunities to learn from, and share ideas with, colleagues and other practitioners; opportunities to build leadership experience; knowledge of current research concerning school reform and innovation; and support in developing the self-confidence necessary for providing leadership to others.

There are two options for those interested in completing the MEd in Educational Leadership:

  • Non-certification program (see program of study below)
  • School Principal K-12 Certification concentration

Program of Study

Master’s Core Component – 9 credits

Leadership Component – 9 credits

Individual Elective Component – 12-18 credits

With your advisor, you’ll choose 12-18 credits of electives appropriate for your program of study.

Capstone Experience – 3-6 credits

ED 6900 Graduate Capstone Project 3
– OR –
ED 5580 Individual Research in Education 3
– OR –
ED 5950 Graduate Thesis 6

Minimum for MEd in Educational Leadership – 33 credits

Looking to advance your education beyond a master’s? Earn your Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Educational Leadership.

With rolling admission, you may start your program during any term and can take up to 12 graduate credits before being admitted to Plymouth State. Financial aid is available to qualified students.