educational leadership

Educational Leadership (M.S., C)

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. Most courses are offered in the hybrid model.

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 completion of the courses in both the Master’s program and the certificate program permits students to earn the State of Maryland Administrator I license that enables a student to apply for school-based assistant principal and central office supervisor positions. When students earn their Master’s degree or their certificate, and then take and pass the Educational Testing Service (ETS) School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA), they then qualify for the State of Maryland Administrator II license that enables a candidate to apply for school-based principal positions and central office director and above positions.

* Please note the Educational Leadership master's and certificate programs are not open to F1 students.

Program Contact

Daniel Shea

Program Director

Phone
301-696-3766
Tanith Fowler Corsi

Director of Graduate Admission

Phone
301-696-3603

Degrees Offered

  • MS
Frank Vetter and Shabana Sayed

Graduate Faculty and Student Focus | Frank Vetter and Shabana Sayed

Frank Vetter, Adjunct professor of Educational Leadership and Shabana Sayed, M.S. Educational Leadership Faculty Graduate School Graduate Student

"Attending Hood College has helped me to connect and collaborate with other FCPS educators across the county. I believe that my time at Hood will help me in my career because of the connections I have been able to make with FCPS leaders and administrators."

  • Academics
  • Experiential Learning
  • Education
Theresa Alban and Jamie Cannon

Graduate Faculty Focus | Theresa Alban and Jamie Cannon

Theresa Alban, Ph.D. and Jamie Cannon, Esquire Faculty Graduate School Graduate Student

“I enjoy teaching for Hood because of the high standards set for students and faculty alike and the natural and long standing partnership between Hood College and FCPS to prepare the best school leaders that have a well rounded focus encompassing all stakeholders.”

  • Academics
  • Education
Rachel Turner

Graduate Student Spotlight | Rachel Turner

Rachel Turner, Educational Leadership Certificate Graduate School Graduate Student

"All of my professors in the Educational Leadership program have been current and past MCPS leaders and administrators. Time spent talking with the instructors, hearing their real-life stories, and getting a fresh and truthful look at the role of a school administrator has been invaluable."

  • Academics
  • Education

Program Requirements and Course Listings

To apply for the educational leadership master’s or certificate programs, a candidate must complete the online application that includes attaching:

  • One official transcript for the institution where the highest degree was conferred; and
  • A copy of the Maryland Educator’s Certificate issued by the Maryland State Department of Education; and
  • A letter of recommendation for the current principal or supervisor

Once the application is complete, the program director will contact the candidate to set up an interview. The interview step will take about one hour for a review of the program along with questions to the candidate about the program. In addition, the candidate will write, or word-process, a response to a prompt.

Note: Applicants for the partnership program with Montgomery County Public Schools are required to have completed five years of tenure with MCPS to be eligible for the in-county cohort program.

Candidates for the Master’s degree must complete the following 12 courses. Candidates should follow the sequence of the courses as listed as much as possible. The last two courses should be 589 and 587/8.

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

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 589School Business & Personnel Administration

3.0

EDUC 587Elementary School Administrative Internship

3.0

 or

 

EDUC 588Secondary School Administrative Internship

3.0

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. 

Program Completion

Students who complete the coursework for the Master’s degree and who maintain a 3.0 grade point average are eligible for the State of Maryland Administrator I license. Students who take and pass the ETS School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) are eligible for the State of Maryland Administrator II license.

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.

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. Completion of the coursework enables a student to qualify for the State of Maryland Administrator I license. Students who successfully complete the coursework and who take and pass the ETS School Leaders Licensure Assessment may qualify for the State of Maryland Administrator II license. 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
Daniel Shea

Daniel Shea

  • Visiting Instructor of Education
  • Program Director, Master's in Educational Leadership