Created with practicing educators in mind, the educational leadership program blends sound educational theory, authentic learning experiences and attention to the needs of our students delivered by a faculty of practicing educational leaders. Future school leaders participate in a variety of classroom learning opportunities that include:

  • Tasks designed to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of standards-based systems theory and design through the application of analysis, critical thinking and problem solving for school based reform
  • Reviews of case studies and legal briefs to further their understanding of management, leadership, and problem solving situations, including the values of integrity, reliability and honesty
  • Advanced skills acquisition projects in research, using internet sources, applicable databases, and appropriate software to master essential concepts, knowledge, and methods concerning accessing and using appropriate data to inform decision-making at all levels of the system
  • Demonstrations of the ways in which an educational leader collaborates, communicates, engages, and empowers others in order to pursue excellence in education
  • Group discussions on how to apply knowledge and skills to think and plan strategically, in order to create an organizational vision around student success, which includes managing resources, and creating a culture of teaching and learning

Students select within the master’s program either the school administration or supervisor of curriculum specialization tracks, or have the option to complete the coursework for both. A shorter, more focused curriculum is available for advanced degree-holders, completing just the courses and advanced fieldwork required for Pennsylvania certification in those school leadership areas. View the post-master’s certification curriculums.

THE CURRICULUM

M.S. in Educational Leadership

Required courses (27 credits)
GE-6015 Introduction to Statistical Data and Research
GE-6030 Theory and Application of Educational Administration
GE-6035 Teaching and Supervising Diverse Student Populations
GE-6055 Human Development, Communication and Learning
GE-6070 Instructional Leadership and Supervision
GE-6130 School and Community Relations
GE-6140 School Personnel Administration
GE-6220 School Law
GE-6240 School Finance and Accounting

Additionally, students must complete one specialization to earn the degree:

Specialization courses for school administration (select six credits)
GE-6115 Principles, Methods, Development and Assessment of Curriculum
GE-6155 Design, Development and Assessment of Instruction
GE-6211 Building Exemplary School Curriculum by Design
GE-6212 Curriculum Management for School Leaders

or

Specialization courses for supervisor of curriculum and instruction (select six credits)
GE-6115 Principles, Methods, Development and Assessment of Curriculum
GE-6155 Design, Development and Assessment of Instruction
GE-6211 Building Exemplary School Curriculum by Design
GE-6212 Curriculum Management for School Leader

Students seeking PA state certification also complete four one-credit sections of advanced fieldwork (GE-7020, 7021, 7022, 7023) to achieve the 360 required practicum hours.

-- Total degree requirements: 11 courses/33 credits
-- Additional certification requirements: advanced fieldwork for four credits
-- Degree plus certification requirements: 37 credits

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