Educational Leadership

Master of Education

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The MEd 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 three options for our master’s level programs in Educational Leadership:

  • MEd in Educational Leadership, non-certification
  • MEd in Educational Leadership, K-12 School Principal Certification
  • K-12 School Principal Certification Only

Admissions Note: Students pursuing the K-12 School Principal Certification must have at least five years of K–12 teaching experience by the time they have completed the program.

Curriculum Requirements

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

Admission Requirements
The master’s level Educational Leadership programs require the following materials to be submitted through our online application

  • 3.0 or better GPA in undergraduate coursework
  • Official transcripts from any/all college level work
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of interest
  • NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only)
  • $75 application fee
Admission Deadlines

Students pursuing Educational Leadership can apply for admission to any of the upcoming semesters. Here are the deadlines for 2019-20:

  • Spring 2020 – December 1, 2019
  • Summer 2020 – April 15, 2020
  • Fall 2020 – August 1, 2020

*We suggest submitting your documentation at least two weeks prior to the posted date to ensure your application is complete and can be reviewed by the deadline. 

Spring 2020 Registration Begins October 28

Did you know PSU allows you to take up to 12 credits of graduate coursework before applying to most programs? So whether you are admitted to a program or just want to try a class, you can get started today!

Search for classes – the Office of the Registrar handles the course registration process – more information is available by visiting their website where you can check out the current course schedule by clicking on the “Browse and Schedule Courses” option on the left side. Simply select the current term from the drop down menu which will then allow you to search for classes in a variety of ways.

Register Online – Registration can be completed online through the myPlymouth portal if you are a current/active student or have been admitted to a graduate program. Be sure to have your user name, password, and the course number and title handy. At the end of the registration process you will be notified of your billing due date. Specific instructions for completing the online registration can be found on the Registrar’s website under the “How to Register” tab.

New to PSU? If you are taking your first graduate class at PSU and have not been admitted to a graduate program, you will need to complete the paper registration form which can be found under the “Registration Forms” tab. Completed forms should be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar via email to psu-registration@plymouth.edu or faxed to 603-535-2724.

Graduate Tuition Rates – Tuition for graduate coursework is calculated on a per credit rate based on residency status. Click here to see the current tuition costs.

“How much will my graduate program cost?” and “How will I pay for it?” are two of the most common questions asked when considering continuing your education. Here is some basic information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships and Graduate Assistant opportunities. We encourage you to click the links on this page for additional information and resources.

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Tuition for graduate level courses is assessed on a per credit basis, and differs slightly for NH residents and non-residents. Please note, the per credit rate varies depending on the level of the program to which you are admitted.

2019-20 ESTIMATED Rates for New Hampshire Residents

Program Level Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s $535 $40 $575
CAGS $565 $40 $605
EdD $625 $40 $665

2019-20 ESTIMATED Rates for Non-Residents

Program Level Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s $760 $40 $800
CAGS $670 $40 $710
EdD $750 $40 $790

More information is available through the Student Account Services Office.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of student loans only. You will need to complete the FAFSA at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester you wish to begin taking classes. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid – please review our international admission requirements to learn more.

More information can be found on the Financial Aid webpages.

Scholarships

Each year, Plymouth State offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to admitted graduate students. Selection criteria include academic and professional achievements, commitment to graduate study, and achievement or pursuit of personal or professional goals. Visit the PSU Scholarship Opportunities webpage for additional information.

Graduate Assistant positions

Graduate assistants are an important part of Plymouth State’s collaborative learning community. They work alongside faculty, staff, and students to help achieve the University’s goals, while gaining valuable experience as assistants, researchers, and teachers.

Graduate Assistant positions are available on a limited basis to highly qualified graduate students who’ve been fully accepted into a graduate program at Plymouth State. Applications for assistantships should be returned to the Office of Academic Affairs by April 1 for the upcoming year.

We would be happy to provide you with more information about our graduate programs – here are a few ways to learn more!

INQUIREComplete a brief inquiry form and we will connect you with the program coordinator and provide you with additional information about the curriculum, admission requirements, faculty information, and more.

VISIT We hold information sessions and campus visits throughout the year, or we can schedule an in-person advising appointment – come check out our beautiful campus in Plymouth, NH

EMAIL Have a quick question about our wide array of graduate programs and certificates? Send us an email at forgrad@plymouth.edu

CHATWe would be happy to chat with you – just submit a question to one of our admissions advisors.

Want an answer right away? Give us a call – the Admissions Office is open Mon-Fri from 8:00am-4:30pm at 603-535-2237 or 800-FOR-GRAD.

Graduate Admission Team – Whether you are just graduating with your bachelor’s degree or have been out of school for a while, we are here to help guide you through the application process, assist in getting you registered for your first semester of classes, and provide you with “next steps, information, and resources on campus.

Program Coordinator/Advisor – Once you have been admitted into a graduate program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will be your go-to person for class scheduling, program and/or curriculum questions, and academic guidance.

Office of the Registrar – can assist with course registration, transcript requests and degree conferral information

Student Account Services – please contact them with questions regarding your bill, employer reimbursement, or financial holds on your account.

Financial Aid Office – is here to assist financial aid, student loans, or other financial related questions.

  • Demonstrate an ability to collaboratively facilitate the development of a shared vision of learning in order to promote continual and sustainable school improvement.
  • Use data to drive decision making, identify educational goals and assess organizational effectiveness.
  • Develop a school culture and instructional program characterized by high expectations for students.
  • Create and evaluate a comprehensive, rigorous and coherent curricular and instructional school program.
  • Develop and supervise the instructional practice and leadership potential of school staff.
  • Support teaching and learning within a school environment to promote effective and appropriate technologies.
  • Manage the school organization, operation and resources through monitoring and evaluating the appropriate systems.
  • Efficiently use human, fiscal and technological resources through monitoring and evaluating the appropriate systems.
  • Collaborating with faculty and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources on behalf of the school by collecting and analyzing information pertinent to improvement of the school’s educational environment.
  • Promote an understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultural, social and intellectual resources within the school community.
  • Build and sustain positive school relationships with families, caregivers and community partners to facilitate a dynamic, high-achieving learning environment for all students.
  • Act with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner to ensure a school system of accountability for every student’s academic and social success.
  • Model principles of self-awareness, reflective practice and transparency.
  • Uphold the values of democracy, equity and diversity within the school to ensure that individual student needs inform all aspects of schooling.
  • Evaluate the potential moral and legal consequences of decision making.
  • Advocate within the community and educational environment for students, families and caregivers.
  • Act to influence local, district, state and national decisions that affect student learning.
  • Anticipate and assess emerging trends and initiatives in order to adapt school-based leadership strategies.

AD and EP Course Offerings 2019
This course planning matrix shows a tentative schedule of when Educational Leadership classes will be offered. Please note this is subject to change.