Master of Education: Educational LeadershipProgram Description
The MED: Educational Leadership program is designed to prepare visionary leaders with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that enable effective development of student motivation, student achievement, teacher professional growth, curriculum development and implementation, school improvement, human resource leadership, and the capable management of the day-to-day operations within a school.
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree is appropriate for, but not limited to, the following:
- Future educational leaders who have an interest in seeking Principal Certification
- Individuals teaching in public and private settings as well as alternative, early education or intermediate unit programs
- Current educational leaders interested in increasing their skills and knowledge and enhancing their educational leadership skills
- Individuals interested in developing skills to become educational change agents
The program is designed to meet the Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) standards developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Students must meet the minimum requirements to be accepted into the Educational Leadership Program.The program has been approved by Lock Haven University, The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
Pennsylvania Teaching Certification
Minimum of three years classroom teaching experience
Desire to earn Principal Certification
New Student enrollment periods will be offered two times per year; fall and spring semesters.
Admissions and Application Process
To complete the admissions procedure, students must submit;
- An application,
- Three letters of recommendation,
- A writing sample,
- Official college transcripts,
- A statement regarding the candidate's interest in earning a principal certification,
- A copy of PA teaching certification.
Lock Haven University Graduates do not have to request transcripts; the Office of Graduate Admissions will do this for you.
Review a pertinent scholarly journal article or report published in a recent professional journal. The topic must be related to leadership in education. Include the problem or issue, the author's viewpoint and supporting ideas. Also include your professional opinion in the final paragraphs of the essay. Your essay should not exceed 300 words. (You must submit a copy of the full text of the article along with your essay.)
To complete the on-line application, please visit our website at: On-line Application
If it is more convenient, writing samples, letters of recommendation, statements of interest in principal certification and teaching certificate may be sent via email to email@example.com or faxed to 570-484-2981 Attn: Terry Wolfe
The mailing address is Terry Wolfe, Graduate Admissions, Lock Haven University, Lock Haven PA 17745
The Master of Educational Leadership program is designed to maximize the efficient use of technology for online teaching and learning, while maintaining a personal, one-to-one mentoring and supervision relationship with degree candidates. The utilization of web-based online delivery in many courses provides an opportunity for highly motivated graduate students to participate in a rigorous leadership program. Candidates participate in a field experience requirement of 425 hours. The requirement meets and exceeds standards established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
The web-based online format takes advantage of leading edge technology to deliver the curriculum. Streaming audio and video, threaded discussion, journaling, real-time chat discussions, document sharing and other instructional methods make it possible to create active and engaged learning communities. The opportunities for learners to explore areas of interest and bring findings back to classmates for discussion, input and feedback are highly valuable to the process. In addition to the individual work, group work is accomplished in the online environment through document sharing, e-mail, threaded discussion, and other capabilities.
The program's convenience and flexibility enables in-service educators to complete their graduate education at a pace and on a schedule that fits the needs of their busy lifestyles. Graduate students follow the standard university schedule 15 week fall and spring semesters, and two five-week condensed summer sessions. The modular format of online delivery does not require a student to be on the computer at specific times. Students have the luxury of studying at times that are most convenient to them.
The Lock Haven University course content and sequence reflects the University's focus upon:
- Empowering candidates to become curriculum leaders and developing the knowledge and competencies to promote higher student achievement;
- Developing visionary school leadership that effectively leads teachers and communities through education reform efforts;
- Creating a learning community that supports diversity and accounts for all learners, including the highest risk populations;
- Promoting systemic growth and effective utilization of all available resources to benefit students and community; and
- Optimizing the educator's ability to work in collaboration with students, parents, teachers, policy-makers, and other community stakeholders.
All of the overarching PIL standards are woven throughout the coursework with special attention given to including special education issues, developing visionary leadership suited to lead through reform, and promoting the strengths of diversity within schools while providing support to diverse populations are included across the curriculum. In addition the Field Experience requirement of PIL is exceeded by including field experience and job embedded assignments of 425 hours across four courses. These courses are sequenced to assure a yearlong field experience in the program.
The Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership requires the completion of 36 credit hours (12 courses). Full time completion of the degree will generally take 1 to 2 years. The University recognizes that many of the degree candidates will be fully employed education professionals and will choose to extend the degree through part-time attendance.
Coursework: Educational Leadership Course Descriptions
Introduction to Educational Leadership
Leadership Skills for Curriculum Development
Supervision: Curriculum Issues
Supervision: Child Development
Special Education Administration
Supervision: Leadership and Administrative Issues
Professional Development in Schools
Reflective Practice and the Design of Action Research
Advanced Field Experience
There are no elective course options in the Educational Leadership Program.
Transfer Credits will be accepted only from Pennsylvania Department of Education approved Educational Leadership/Educational Administration Programs.
A maximum of nine transfer credits will be accepted.
All transfer credits must be received for approval by the Program Coordinator.
Transfer Credit Approval Forms are available on the University website through the Registrar's Office.