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

All About M.Ed. in Professional Education at ESU

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.

Innovative Faculty

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!

Career Opportunities

This program prepares students to be school principals. Other roles that you may be able to perform based on this certification include assistant principals, curriculum supervisors, and some director positions depending on the job requirements.

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

Contact Information

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