Master of Education—School Leadership and Administration

Coordinator of District-Based Off-Campus Leadership Programs: Director of the Center for Effective Instruction
Phone: 508-929-8873
Email: dedwards@worcester.edu

The Master of Education in Leadership and Administration is designed to prepare future school administrators for the complexities of the position within the dynamics of a rapidly changing society. The program is designed to meet Massachusetts Department of Education Initial Licensure requirements for Principals/Assistant Principals or Supervisors/Directors.

Admission

Applicants for admission to the Master of Education in Leadership and Administration must have completed a baccalaureate degree program at an accredited institution. To be considered for admission, applicants must possess an initial or professional teaching license in an area other than administration and have been teaching for at least two years.

As an alternate route, students who are not currently teaching but who wish to apply for the leadership and administration license must demonstrate completion of at least three full years of employment in an executive management/leadership role. This option can only be used with the approval of the program coordinator (documentation required).

To apply for consideration, applicants must provide the following:

  • Graduate School application  (www.worcester.edu/apply)
  • Essay explaining why the applicant is interested in becoming a school administrator, addressing the four professional standards for administrative leadership
  • Copy of a Massachusetts initial or professional teaching license
  • Minimum of at least two years of teaching experience; at least three years of teaching experience is required to earn the license
  • Official transcripts of all college-level work, both undergraduate and graduate
  • Evidence of passing scores on the Communication and Literacy MTEL exam
  • Three letters of reference from professionals who can speak to the applicant’s promise of becoming an effective school administrator, including a letter of support from a school district administrator (See MEd in Leadership Letter of Recommendation form online at www.worcester.edu/ME-School-Leadership-and-Administration/ under Admissions Requirements)

Application Deadlines

The Master of Education in Leadership and Administration on-campus program will begin each fall semester. Completed applications received by June 15 will be reviewed for admissions decisions prior to the September start.

 

Program of Study

EA-912Introduction to Educational Leadership2
EA-913Action Research for School Administrators2
EA-918Family and Community Engagement3
Select one of the following: 11
Family and Community Practicum- Elementary
Family and Community Practicum- Middle School
Family and Community Practicum- Secondary School
Family and Community Practicum- Supervisor/Director
EA-970Professional Culture3
Select one of the following: 11
Professional Culture Practicum- Elementary Standard 4
Professional Culture Practicum Middle School Standard 4
Professional Culture Practicum Secondary School Standard 4
Professional Culture Practicum Supervisor/Director Standard 4
ES-931Leading an Effective English Learner Education Program (Approved course as part of ELL program) 23
EA-924Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment for Aspiring Leaders3
EA-972Enhancing Teacher and Student Performance3
EA-973Building the Capacity for Educational Change3
Select one of the following: 11
Instructional Leadership Practicum Elementary Standard I
Instructional Leadership Practicum Middle School Standard I
Instructiona Leadership Practicum High School Standard I
Instructional Leadership Practicum -Supervisor/Director Standard I
EA-915Economic and Operational Dimensions of Education3
EA-923Governance, Ethics, & Law in Education3
Select one of the following: 11
Management and Operations Practicum Elementary Standard 2
Management and Operations Practicum Middle School Standard 2
Management and Operations Practicum Secondary School Standard 2
Management and Operations Practicum Supervisor/Director Standard 2
Select one of the following: 3,43
Educational Leadership Capstone Practicum & Seminar Elementary School
Educational Leadership Capstone Practicum and Culminating Seminar Middle School
Educational Leadership Capstone Practicum & Seminar High School
Educationa Leadership Capstone Practicum Supervisor/Director 2
EA-929Educational Leadership Capstone Assessment/Evaluation1
Total Credits36