Educational Leadership (MEd)

Educational Leadership (MEd)

Degree Offered: Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Campus Location

1600 Valley Road Building

Application Deadline:

June 1 (Summer admission only)

Program Description:

The MEd 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. At the conclusion of their studies, graduates embrace shared leadership, diversity, equity, reflective inquiry, and ethical values that support relationships in caring, nurturing learning environments for all students. They also bring meaning, value, and focus to their school communities, leading them far beyond the ordinary.

This University graduate program prepares degree candidates to both lead and manage schools successfully. This is a two-year, 39-credit program. The course of study for the MEd in educational leadership incorporates:

  • extended, weekend classes that meet twice a month during each semester two one-week summer courses.
  • two years (300 hours) of field experience as candidates continue in their current job.
  • national technology competencies embedded in each of its courses.
  • opportunities to apply theory to practice through performance-based assessments in each course.

Successful candidates receive a master of education degree and a supervisory endorsement. Upon completing the program and passing the Praxis in educational leadership, candidates are eligible for principal licensure by the New Jersey Department of Education. This two-year cohort model program is intended for candidates who have completed a bachelor’s degree and will have completed five years of successful, full-time teaching or educational services experience by program completion.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • Cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.00 on 4.00 scale. Applicants who have a graduate degree from an accredited university must have a GPA of no less than 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Standard New Jersey instructional or educational services certificate, or its out-of-state equivalent.
  • Minimum verbal score of 150 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or minimum score of 388 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).*
    • GRE/MAT admission testing requirement for applicants holding a master's degree and GPA of 3.5 or higher is waived.
  • At least five years of successful, fulltime teaching or educational services experience is required. An original letter from a school official (principal or assistant principal or human services director), on the school’s official letterhead, must be submitted. Included should be dates of employment and the positions held during those specific dates.
  • Applicants with fewer than five but at least three years of successful educational experiences may be considered for admission contingent upon materials submitted in their portfolio that would strongly support their leadership potential. The five-year experience requirement should be met by program completion.
  • Two professional letters of reference, at least one from your school principal, who will serve as your mentor for your administrative internship.
  • Personal interview is required. A portfolio is required for the interview and must include the following:
    • Resume and copy of all teaching certifications.
    • One-page statement on why you would like to be in the program and what your career aspirations are in the next few years after completing the program. A copy of this essay should also be sent to the Graduate Admissions office.
    • One recommendation letter from your principal and one from another professional in a leadership position.
    • One or two artifacts that show your teaching competency.
    • One or two artifacts that support your leadership experiences either on the job or in your community.

Program Requirements:

  • The completion of a minimum of 39 credits of graduate study within the educational leadership program course offerings, including 6 credits assigned to ongoing field-based experiences and successful completion of the technology competencies listed in the syllabus of each course.
  • The completion of an exit portfolio (CD or web-based) that supports your competency both in technology and in each of the course’s required learning outcomes.
  • A collaborative action research project that will clearly support your competency in qualitative and quantitative design.
  • A successful exit interview.

Alternate 30-Credit Principal Licensure Program

Successful candidates will receive a New Jersey certificate of eligibility for principal. This two-year cohort program is intended for candidates who have:

  • Completed a master’s degree.
  • Will have completed five years of successful, full-time teaching or educational services experience by program completion.

The admission and completion requirements listed above apply to this program.

Successful candidates must complete a minimum of 30 credits for completion. The (*) courses below are not required for this program. Candidates who complete this program receive the certificate of eligibility for principal licensure once they pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) exam.

Alternate 21-Credit Principal Licensure Program

Successful candidates will receive a New Jersey certificate of eligibility for principal. This one-year cohort model program is intended for candidates who have:

  • Completed a master’s degree.
  • Completed five or more years of supervisory experience by program completion.

Applicants who have an earned master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and who have successfully completed five or more years as a supervisor may apply for the 21-credit, one-year principal licensure program.

The admission and completion requirements listed above apply to this program. Successful candidates must complete a minimum of 21 credits for completion: EDLP 6010, 6040, 6050, 6060, 6100, 6110, 6140 and a one-day seminar in the collaborative action research process. Candidates must have also successfully completed five or more years of experience as a supervisor at the time of completing this program. Candidates who complete this program receive the certificate of eligibility for principal licensure once they pass the SLLA exam.

Required Common Courses39 credits
EDLP 6010 Leadership in Learning Communities: From Theory to Practice 3
EDLP 6030 Educational Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Design 3
EDLP 6040 Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice 3
EDLP 6180* Curriculum Design: Developing, Writing, and Implementing Curriculum in the Classroom 3
EDLP 6050 Understanding Group Process and the Psychology of Organizations 3
EDLP 6060 The Principalship: The Person and the Profession 3
EDPL 6080* Clinical Projects in Educational Leadership 3
EDLP 6090 Supervision and Evaluation: Performance Appraisal 3
EDLP 6100 School Management Functions: Finance, Structures, Resources 3
EDLP 6110 Problems in Practice: Legal and School-Centered Issues 3
EDLP 6120* Supervision and Evaluation of Support Staff and Educational Programs 3
EDLP 6130 Field Experiences I 3
EDLP 6140 Field Experiences II 3