Master's Degree

Quality educational leadership is important to the overall success of an individual school or school system. Strong teacher leaders are key to high-performing schools; they help orchestrate school reforms, and serve as motivators to fellow teachers and students.

Educational Leadership offers both an online and residential 30-credit M.Ed. program. If you are a K-12 teacher who wants to broaden your leadership potential, expand your knowledge about schools, teachers, and student learning, and renew your passion to work on behalf of public education as you meet professional development goals, Penn State's educational leadership master's program is for you.

In addition to our General Educational Leadership program, we offer two areas of special emphasis:

School Leadership--this emphasis in our M.Ed. program is geared towards students who are interested in being school leaders. Embedded in this program is the Pennsylvania principal certification coursework.

Teacher Leadership--this emphasis in our M.Ed. program is geared towards students who are interested in being departmental level leaders and mentors. This emphasis does not lead to principal certification and is created and defined through the interaction of student and adviser.

The intent is to offer a range of distinctive options to students. Each emphasis will consist of a collection of courses (some more focused than others) from which the student can choose. Each emphasis contains 18 credits of Educational Leadership coursework.

Penn State is an Act 48-approved provider for Pennsylvania educators, so the courses for the master of education in educational leadership may count toward professional development hours.