Educational Leadership (M.Ed.)
Department of Educational Leadership and Professional Studies
The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program, designed for teachers who aspire to leadership positions in schools, values democratic collaboration, diversity, equity, theory, critical inquiry, reflective practice, continuous improvement, student success, and ethical practice. The program strikes a balance between the competing tensions of management and leadership. Courses focus on the development of skills that enable aspiring principals to understand how to manage schools successfully.
The Educational Leadership program consists of 39 credits and accepts students once a year in cohorts. These micro-groups meet throughout each course to engage in discussions on specific questions related to the central focus of study. Candidates are given opportunities to become facilitators for micro-groups and lead other participants in reflective inquiry and problem-based learning activities. Field experiences and technology competencies are integrated into each course. Upon successful completion of this two-year cohort program and passing the New Jersey state required School Leaders Licensure Assessment, candidates will receive a certificate of eligibility for principal. In addition, graduates will also receive supervisory endorsement.