M.Ed. Educational Leadership

Different by Design

Pathways to Leadership

The Educational Leadership program at William Paterson University has been conceived to be Different by Design by providing student choice allowing: a) flexible pacing from two to six years, b) an 18 graduate credit coursework core cohort experience, c) an authentic 300 hour internship in educational leadership, d) weekend classes, and e) hybrid and online learning platforms. This flexible design is responsive to student needs to balance the demands of personal and professional time, finances, and family.

Module 1 - Leadership: An 18 credit coursework, two-year cohort experience.  The program begins with an orientation in June followed by a Leadership Foundations course held in a face-to-face format during the first three weeks in July (T & R, 9:00-4:00 PM). Subsequent fall and spring semesters comprised of hybrid courses consisting of four Saturdays face-to-face (one per month 9:00-4:00 PM) and 15 online asynchronous class hours per semester. This pattern (Summer, Fall, Spring) is repeated throughout the two-year cohort experience focused on: a) leadership, b) research, c) organizational theory, d) the principalship, and e) finance and school law.

Module 2Curriculum & Supervision: A 12 credit coursework flexible schedule experience. Courses are offered in varied scheduling platforms including: a) hybrid weekend courses as described in Module 1, b) face-to-face evening courses (5-7:30 PM), and c) online courses. Courses focus on: a) curriculum design, development and implementation, and b) supervision and evaluation of staff and programs. This second module can be taken simultaneously with Module 1 or taken separately over one to four years following the completion of Module 1. Students who already hold a master's degree can request to have their transcripts evaluated to determine if any of these course requirements can be satisfied with courses previously taken. Note: courses taken as part of one master's degree cannot be "double counted" toward a second degree but can be used for completion of the certification programs.

Module 3 - Internship: Complete a 300-hour internship in educational leadership aligned to the professional standards for school leaders in N.J.A.C. 6A:9-3.4 in accordance with the roles and responsibilities as a principal, independent of other course requirements. Students are required to complete four, one-credit courses each requiring 75 hours of internship experiences per fall and spring semesters during Module 1.

Candidates must complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits, either within the master’s program or in addition to it, following the quality components of preparation to promote student learning as set forth in N.J.A.C. 6A:9-3.4(a)1-6, the Professional Standards for School Leaders (PSEL).

Upon successful completion of the 30 graduate credits of coursework (Module 1 and Module 2), the 300 hour internship in educational leadership (Module 3, 4 credits), and passing the School Leadership Licensure Assessment (SLLA) Praxis, candidates will earn an M.Ed. degree in Educational Leadership and/or a Principal Certificate of Eligibility (Endorsement Code: 0200). Additionally, students will receive their supervisory endorsement (Endorsement Code: 0106).


Program Director:  Dr. Kevin Walsh
Phone:   973-720-3136
Email:   walshk@wpunj.edu

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Admission Requirements

Each applicant must clearly demonstrate that s/he can fulfill the requirements of the program and have the capacity to complete graduate level work.  Documentation of all these requirements must be submitted online or sent to the Office of Graduate Services, 300 Pompton road, Morrison Hall 102, Wayne, NJ 07470.

A.  Transcripts and Certifications

  1. Official transcripts required from all institutions of higher education previously attended.
  2. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a GPA of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. An applicant who has a graduate degree from an accredited college or university must have a GPA of not less than 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Please send in a copy of a valid provisional or standard New Jersey or equivalent out-of state instructional, educational services or administrative certificate

B.  Admission Testing

  1. Applicants must achieve a minimum verbal score of 450 (older scale: prior to August 1, 2011) or 150 (current scale) on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or a scale score of at least 388 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  2. Official copy of the results of MAT or GRE.
  3. MAT/GRE admission testing requirement is waived for applicants holding a master's degree and GPA 3.5 or higher.

C.  Experience

  1. Please submit the Record of Professional Experience form which must be filled out by your employer documenting five years of successful educational experience under a valid provisional or standard New Jersey or equivalent out-of-state certificate.
  2. Applicant with fewer than five may be considered for admission based on a full review of the applicant's portfolio which strongly supports leadership potential.
  3. A signed memorandum of agreement will be required if the experience requirement is waived. This is completed during the required interview.

D. Letters of Recommendation

  1. Two letters of professional recommendation. One letter should be from your school principal who agrees to serve as your mentor during your two-year internship in educational leadership.
  2. All letters must be on official letterhead with original signatures.

E. Interview

  1. A personal interview will be required before being accepted for matriculation.
  2. Applicants who do not meet the grade point average or minimum admissions test requirements may supplement the portfolio with additional materials that support their academic and leadership potential for successful completion of this graduate program.
  3. At the interview, you will be requested to complete a short writing sample demonstrating your ability to respond to a leadership prompt in a coherent well articulated manner.  
  4. The interview and completion of the writing task will take approximately one hour.

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Transfer credit is considered but limited to not more than six (6) credits for courses that closely match course descriptions of those offered in the educational leadership program. Courses must have been taken within the past six years and consistent with the university graduate course transfer policy. Final decisions are made by the program director after careful review of all submitted materials.