The purpose of the M.Ed. Educational Leadership program is to improve teaching and learning in schools by developing educators who think clearly and act wisely in crucial leadership roles. The program, which leads to a master’s degree from the Graduate School, also prepares students to apply for licensure as principal/assistant principal and/or supervisor/director.
Additional Admissions Requirements
Copy of a Massachusetts teaching license
Documentation of three years of school-based employment in the role in which candidate holds a license
Upon acceptance into the program, you will complete a tentative Plan of Study in consultation with the program coordinator. You must request that any transfer credits be considered at this time. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO MORE THAN THREE COURSES TAKEN AT SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY BEFORE ADMISSION CAN BE COUNTED TOWARDS THIS PROGRAM. You should meet regularly with the program coordinator to discuss your progress and revise your plan of study, as needed.
All candidates for this degree must complete 1) a minimum of 39 credit hours of graduate course work, as described below, 2) a comprehensive exam that is taken after most of the course work is completed, and 3) a field experience. Students may then choose one of two options. Those who seek licensure in the field from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts may take a “Clinical Experience” course. All other students may replace this course with three elective courses.
The program requires a practicum which may be taken after the successful completion of the courses listed above and the comprehensive exam. You must pass the Communication & Literacy Portion of the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure before you can apply for the practicum.
These are restricted admissions courses which require pre-registration with the program coordinator. The initial course sequence must be completed prior to registration.