Strong Leadership Improves Schools! Get the Skills You Need to Become an Effective Leader!

Students interested in the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification usually have teacher certification, and are interested in earning a principal certificate, or holding other supervisor/leadership positions in an educational environment.

To be eligible for this program you must:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university
  • Satisfy the requirements set forth in section 24 P.S. § 12-1209 relating to good moral character
  • Provide verification of three years of professional experience in an educational setting that is directly related to the educational process.

All About M.Ed. in Professional Education at ESU

Why ESU for Educational Leadership?
  • Professors who have been working with and leading innovative instructional design and technologies since 2000 as instructors and educational leaders - including online education.
  • Educational Leadership Value: This program has been approved by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the national organization for administration and leadership, received national recognition and commendation through Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approval!
  • Experienced Leaders: The complement of full time and part-time faculty, with deep school experience and many of whom are still active in schools, provide a solid foundation for your leadership growth.
  • Clearly articulated standard.
  • Leadership goals clearly focused on student achievement.
  • A focus on school improvement and the role of the principal as the agent of school reform.
  • An emphasis on the principal's role as an instructional leader.
  • Problem-based approach to learning connecting theory and practice.
  • Rolling admissions. Start anytime.
  • Highly qualified faculty who have both academic and professional experience. Many of our faculty are former K-12 educational leaders.
  • Flexible pacing. Complete the program from 2-6 years.
  • Job-Embedded Assignments. An authentic 360-hour internship in educational leadership.
  • Partnerships with local districts.
  • A strong reputation and alumnae network in the Poconos and the Lehigh Valley which can help you to get a job.
What do students learn to do?

Principal Candidates in our program will develop:

  • the knowledge and skills to think and plan strategically creating an organizational vision around personalized student success.
  • an understanding of standards-based systems theory and design and the ability to transfer that knowledge to the leader’s job as an architect of standards-based reform in the school.
  • the ability to access and use appropriate data to inform decision-making at all levels of the system.

Principal candidates will also learn how to:

  • Create a culture of teaching and learning with an emphasis on learning.
  • Manage resources for effective results.
  • Collaborate, communicate, engage, and empower others inside and outside the organization to pursue excellence in learning.
  • Operate in a fair and equitable manner with personal and professional integrity.
  • Advocate for children and public education in the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
  • Support and promote the professional growth of self and others through practice and inquiry.
Career Opportunities
ESU professors have real-world educational leadership experience as school superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, and curriculum supervisors, and most administrative roles. Learn from the best!

All About M.Ed. in Professional Education at ESU

Why ESU for Educational Leadership?
  • Professors who have been working with and leading innovative instructional design and technologies since 2000 as instructors and educational leaders - including online education.
  • Educational Leadership Value: This program has been approved by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the national organization for administration and leadership, received national recognition and commendation through Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) approval!
  • Experienced Leaders: The complement of full time and part-time faculty, with deep school experience and many of whom are still active in schools, provide a solid foundation for your leadership growth.
  • Clearly articulated standard.
  • Leadership goals clearly focused on student achievement.
  • A focus on school improvement and the role of the principal as the agent of school reform.
  • An emphasis on the principal's role as an instructional leader.
  • Problem-based approach to learning connecting theory and practice.
  • Rolling admissions. Start anytime.
  • Highly qualified faculty who have both academic and professional experience. Many of our faculty are former K-12 educational leaders.
  • Flexible pacing. Complete the program from 2-6 years.
  • Job-Embedded Assignments. An authentic 360-hour internship in educational leadership.
  • Partnerships with local districts.
  • A strong reputation and alumnae network in the Poconos and the Lehigh Valley which can help you to get a job.
What do students learn to do?

Principal Candidates in our program will develop:

  • the knowledge and skills to think and plan strategically creating an organizational vision around personalized student success.
  • an understanding of standards-based systems theory and design and the ability to transfer that knowledge to the leader’s job as an architect of standards-based reform in the school.
  • the ability to access and use appropriate data to inform decision-making at all levels of the system.

Principal candidates will also learn how to:

  • Create a culture of teaching and learning with an emphasis on learning.
  • Manage resources for effective results.
  • Collaborate, communicate, engage, and empower others inside and outside the organization to pursue excellence in learning.
  • Operate in a fair and equitable manner with personal and professional integrity.
  • Advocate for children and public education in the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
  • Support and promote the professional growth of self and others through practice and inquiry.
Career Opportunities
ESU professors have real-world educational leadership experience as school superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, and curriculum supervisors, and most administrative roles. Learn from the best!



Learn more about the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.

Professional Licensure Disclosures and Distance Learning State Authorization: Applicants who are applying to programs that may lead to licensure in states other than Pennsylvania must be aware of the various state professional licensure requirements. Please see ESU's professional licensure disclosures, Evaluation of Conduct Record, and check licensure requirements by occupation and state at CareerOneStop.

Contact Us

For additional information regarding the programs offered in the Professional & Secondary Education department, please contact the secretary at ccooper12@esu.edu.

Contact Information

Campus Address
Stroud Hall 209 P
Phone:
(570) 422-3363
Title of Department Leader
Graduate Coordinator
Name
Mary (Liz) Azukas
Phone:
(570) 422-3352