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Education Leadership, M.S.


The Hood College Graduate School's Educational Leadership programs apply principles and theory directly to today's K-12 school settings. Classes, offered at the school's Frederick, Maryland campus, are taught by proven public school administrators who speak the language of 21st century education. They know how to motivate staff and students and connect with families through a shared vision. The result is instruction that is firmly grounded in sound, practical knowledge.


Hood’s unique school-based internship offers an authentic, real-world leadership opportunity before graduation. Under the mentorship of a working principal, students participate in scheduling and staffing decisions, conduct action research, mentor a teacher and generally immerse themselves in the culture and challenges of the school year.

Two tracks, top results

The program offers two pathways to certification as an assistant principal, principal or supervisor: a 36-credit curriculum for certified teachers without a master’s degree or an 18-credit program for those who hold a master’s degree in a related field. Both meet the Maryland State Department of Education requirements for Administrator I and II, and both produce remarkable results, with 97 percent of recent candidates reporting they passed Maryland’s required School Leaders Licensure Assessment the first time they took it.

NCATE/CAEP accredited

The Education Department is recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is aligned with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


The Graduate School at Hood College provides excellent and innovative instruction to our students as well as experiential learning opportunities beyond the classroom. Learn about faculty, student and alumni accomplishments and success stories, and see what lectures, workshops and other Graduate School events are happening on campus and in the community. View highlights here.

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Program Director:
Daniel Shea



Graduate School Assistant Director:
Jan Steven Marcus