Jun 18, 2024  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership (EDL) MS


Contact: Dr. R. Daniel Cunningham

The program in Educational Leadership is approved by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC). The program is designed to provide students with opportunities to study and apply theories, standards, and practices in educational administration and to prepare them for leadership positions in public and private schools and schools for special populations. The degree/certification program requires a developmental portfolio containing ELCC Standards performance artifacts collected throughout the candidate’s coursework. The Capstone experience of the program is an oral and written presentation to members of the faculty. The Master of Science degree is a carefully designed program which may be modified for those interested in leadership at the higher education level.

Maryland certification as an Administrator I (assistant principal or supervisor) and Pennsylvania certification as a K-12 principal require completion of an administrative internship in addition to the master’s degree. Maryland certification as an Administrator II (principal) and Pennsylvania certification as a K-12 principal require evidence of a qualifying score on the School Leader Licensure Assessment (SLLA).

All programs in Educational Leadership are accredited by theNational Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. Pennsylvania State Department of Education has designated the Educational Administration program as a comparable out of state approved program.

Admissions Requirements

Candidates must submit:

  • application for graduate study with non-refundable fee;
  • official transcript conferring bachelor’s degree (minimum of 3.00 GPA*) from an accredited institution;
  • three completed reference forms;
  • a program plan in consultation with the academic advisor or coordinator;
  • signed Principal-Mentor Form 



For the M.S. Degree in Educational Administration, the following three-credit graduate courses are required:

Total Credits: 34

Administrator I Certification

Students pursuing the Administrator I certification must complete the internship post-degree.