educational leadership

Educational Leadership (M.S.)

Graduate
  • Certificate
  • Master's

About this Program

The educational leadership programs apply principles and theory directly to today's K-12 school settings. Classes 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.

Program Overview

Internship

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).

Program Contact

Daniel Shea

Program Director

Phone
301-696-3766

Christian DiGregorio

Director of Graduate Admission

Phone
301-696-3604

Degrees Offered

  • MS

Program Requirements and Course Listings

To apply for the educational leadership master's or certificate program, a candidate must:

  • Complete the online application;
  • Submit one official transcript from the institution where the highest degree was conferred; and
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from the principal (or supervising administrator).

Once these three elements are received the applicant's application is complete, and he/she will be contacted for an intake interview which will include a review of program requirements, the course of study and the collection of a brief writing sample.

The educational leadership master's degree and certification courses of study are open to candidates who hold teacher certification. Applicants to the Certification course of study must hold a master's degree in a related field.

Applicants for the partnership program with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) are required by the school system to have completed five years of teaching before beginning classes in order to be eligible for the MCPS cohort program.

Phase I - Advancement to Full Candidacy

1. Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the following first four required courses:

EDUC 502Technology for Literacy,Leadership & Learning

3.0

EDUC 577Introduction to Educational Research

3.0

EDUC 581Research-Based Teaching,Learning & Assessment

3.0

EDUC 582Educational Philosophy in a Diverse Society

3.0

2. Submit acceptable performance activities at a proficient or advanced level in all Phase I courses.

Based on the successful completion of the above requirements, candidates in the M.S. in Educational Leadership degree program are advanced to full candidacy and may continue to Phase II after receiving the following decisions: advance to candidacy; or advance to candidacy on a conditional basis pending Alert Forms review, if applicable, and an overall review by the Educational Leadership Advisory Council. Candidates not meeting Phase I requirements are denied advancement to candidacy based on review by the Educational Leadership Advisory Council and program director.

Candidates enrolled in the Educational Leadership Certification program are exempted from this phase based on the possession of their earned master’s degree in a related education field.

Phase II - Midpoint Transition

Candidates enrolled in the M.S. in Educational Leadership degree program will be advanced to Phase III (Intensive Clinical Practice) based on the successful completion of the following Phase II requirements:

1. Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on the following six courses in this midpoint transition phase:

EDUC 513School Law

3.0

EDUC 514Administration of Student Services

3.0

EDUC 578Educational Leadership and Group Dynamics

3.0

EDUC 583Principles of Curriculum Development & Appraisal

3.0

EDUC 584Systemic Change Processes for School Improvement

3.0

EDUC 586Principles of Educational Supervision

3.0

EDUC 586: must be the final course in Phase II

2. Submit acceptable performance activities at a proficient or advanced level for all courses in Phase II.

Requirements to advance to Phase III:

Candidates enrolled in the Educational Leadership Certification program will be advanced to Phase III (Intensive Clinical Practice) based on the successful completion of the following Phase II requirements:

1. Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on the following four courses:

EDUC 513School Law

3.0

EDUC 583Principles of Curriculum Development & Appraisal

3.0

EDUC 584Systemic Change Processes for School Improvement

3.0

EDUC 586Principles of Educational Supervision

3.0

2. Members of the Educational Leadership Advisory Council will periodically review the above requirements.

They will also review all requirements in Phase II and any Alert Forms and advance the candidate to Phase III with one of the following decisions: Advancement to Phase III, Conditional Advancement to Phase III or Denial of Advancement to Phase III.

Phase III - Intensive Clinical Practice

Interns in both programs in Phase III must successfully meet the following requirements:

1. Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the internship course:

EDUC 589School Business & Personnel Administration

3.0

EDUC 587Elementary School Administrative Internship

3.0

 or

 

EDUC 588Secondary School Administrative Internship

3.0

EDUC 589: (the candidate’s professional development plan is completed in this course).

EDUC 587EDUC 588: The Registrar's office will re-register students for the course in the spring as “IP” (In Progress) until a final grade is submitted. 

2. Submit acceptable performance activities at a proficient or advanced level in the internship and in:

EDUC 589School Business & Personnel Administration

3.0

3. Successful evaluation (at a proficient or advanced level) from the mentor.

 

4. Successful evaluation (at a proficient or advanced level) from the College supervisor.

Program Completion

Interns in both programs are required to pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) in order to complete the requirements for the M.S. in Educational Leadership degree program or the Educational Leadership Certification program.

Program Follow Up

Program completers in both programs will complete the following activities:

  1. Assessment of Dispositions and Program Exit Survey at the end of the yearlong internship

  2. Program survey one year after program completion.

Candidates enrolled in the Educational Leadership Certification program are exempted from the surveys based on the possession of their earned master’s degree in a related education field.

Students enrolled in this certificate must have a master's degree in a related education field and must complete 18 credit hours in six required courses, and successfully pass the SLLA.  Students enrolled in this program are not eligible to transfer in any credits.

EDUC 513School Law

3.0

EDUC 583Principles of Curriculum Development & Appraisal

3.0

EDUC 584Systemic Change Processes for School Improvement

3.0

EDUC 586Principles of Educational Supervision

3.0

EDUC 589School Business & Personnel Administration

3.0

EDUC 587Elementary School Administrative Internship

3.0

 or

 

EDUC 588Secondary School Administrative Internship

3.0

Fast Fact

Educational leadership involves working with and guiding teachers toward improving educational processes.

All Faculty

Kathleen Bands

  • Professor of Education
  • Program Director, Doctorate of Organizational Leadership and Doctorate of Business Administration