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Master of Education, with a concentration in School Leadership and Administration

School Leadership and Administration Graduate Coordinator:
Dr. Audrey Wright
Tel: 508-929-8594
Leadership and Administration Courses

Leadership & Administration Letter of Recommendation Form

The Master of Education in Leadership and Administration is designed to prepare future school administrators for the complexities of the position within the dynamics of a rapidly changing society.  The program is designed to meet Massachusetts Department of Education Initial Licensure requirements for Principals/Assistant Principals or Supervisors/Directors.


Applicants for admission to the Master of Education in Leadership & Administration must have completed a baccalaureate degree program at an accredited institution. To be considered for admission, applicants must possess an initial or professional teaching license in an area other than administration and have been teaching for at least two years.

As an alternate route, students who are not currently teaching but who wish to apply for the leadership and administration license must demonstrate completion of at least three full years of employment in an executive management/leadership role. This option can only be used with the approval of the program coordinator (documentation required).

To apply for consideration, applicants must provide the following:

  • Graduate School application (
  • Essay explaining why the applicant is interested in becoming a school administrator, addressing the four professional standards for administrative leadership
  • Copy of a Massachusetts initial or professional teaching license
  • Minimum of at least two years of teaching experience; at least three years of teaching experience is required to earn the license
  • Official transcripts of all college-level work, both undergraduate and graduate
  • Official GRE or MAT scores (waived for students possessing a Master’s degree or above)
  • Evidence of passing scores on the Communication & Literacy MTEL exam
  • Three letters of reference from professionals who can speak to the applicant’s promise of becoming an effective school administrator, including a letter of support from a school district administrator (See MEd in Leadership Letter of Recommendation form online)

Application Deadlines
The Master of Education in Leadership and Administration program will begin each fall semester.  Completed applications received by June 15 will be reviewed for admissions decisions prior to the September start.

Program of Study
EA912 Introduction to Educational Leadership
2 credits

EA913 Action research for School Administrators 2 credits

EA918 Family and Community Engagement 3 credits

EA950 (EL), EA951 (MS), EA952 (HS), or EA953 (supervisor/director)
Family and Community Practicum Standard 3 75 clock hours = 1 credit

EA970 Professional Culture
3 credits

EA954 (EL), 955 (MS), 956 (HS), or 957 (Sup/dir.)
Professional Culture Practicum Standard 4 75 clock hours = 1 credit

ES931 Leading an Effective English Learner Education Program 3 credits **
**Approved course as part of ELL program

EA924 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for Aspiring Leaders 3 credits

EA972 Enhancing Teacher and Student Performance 3 credits

EA973 Building the Capacity for Educational Change 3 credits

EA 958(El), EA959 (MS), EA960(HS), or EA961 (Sup/dir.)
Instructional Leadership Practicum Standard 1 75 clock hours = 1 cr.

EA915 Economic and Operational Dimensions of Education 3 credits

EA923 Governance, Ethics, and Law in Education 3 credits

EA 962 (El), 963 (MS), 964 (HS), or 965 (Sup/dir.)
Management and Operations Practicum Standard 2 (75 clock hours =1 credit)

Educational Leadership Capstone Practicum and Culminating Seminar 200 clock hours and seminars = 3 credits

EA929 Educational Leadership Capstone Assessment/Evaluation 1 credit

Total program = 36 credits





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