The skills necessary for effective administration of a school are learned, not intuitive. Each year a number of teachers take the first step to secure certification as a school administrator. A knowledge base for administrators for the twenty-first century must include inductive methods of analysis, reflection on teaching and learning, examination of exemplary programs in schools, and an understanding of emerging problems and the complexity of organizations.
The M.Ed. degree program in Educational Leadership includes certification as a principal and/or supervisor. Post-master’s programs are also available leading to the certification of K-12 principals and supervisors and the superintendent’s letter of eligibility. To qualify as a candidate for the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, you must complete 33 semester hour credits.
Post-master’s degree programs leading to the supervisory certificate in 12 fields of specialization are as follows: Communication/English; Counseling; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Environmental Education; Foreign Languages; Mathematics; Pupil Services; Reading; Science; Social Studies/Citizenship; and Special Education. The post-master’s certification programs require a minimum of 15 semester hour credits.
Over the years, Shippensburg University has built and maintains excellent relationships with the schools and school districts of central Pennsylvania. In consultation with a faculty advisor, you will determine which school and school district will best, and most conveniently, provide you with the practical experience in leadership in schools. Through this practicum, you will be directly involved in administrative experiences that help you to bridge the gap between theory and practice. PDE requires a minimum of 360 hours of site-based study. There are standards that must be met.
Shippensburg University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, AACSB International, ABET Inc., American Chemical Society, Council on Social Work Education, Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, International Association of Counseling Services, Council for Exceptional Children and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
To be eligible for admission to the M.Ed. program in educational leadership you must: Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university; present an official transcript showing at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average for your undergraduate studies; have certification as a teacher and have completed at least two years of successful teaching experience in elementary, middle, or secondary schools (or have had other acceptable professional experience in education); present two letters of recommendation, one from the chief school administrator in the school where you are currently teaching or recently have taught, and one from another school administrator.
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Tuition & Financial Aid
Cost Per Credit Hour:
$429/PA resident; $644/non-resident; $438/online USD
Financial Aid Offered: No
Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities I
Institution Sector: Public
Locale: Distant Town
Size & Settings: 5,000 - 9,999