M.S. in Educational Leadership
McDaniel’s Master of Science program in Educational Leadership is for certified teachers who have the goal of becoming a school administrator. The M.S. program is specifically designed for those seeking a master’s degree and administrative certification. If you already have a master’s degree and are just seeking certification please visit our Administrator I Certification program.
Aligned with the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) Standards, which incorporate the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards, it is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. The program embraces the Maryland Instructional Leadership Framework and is designed to provide students/candidates with opportunities to study and apply theories, standards, and practices in educational leadership and to prepare them for leadership positions in public and private schools and schools for special populations.
The program in Educational Leadership instills the theories and practices of the discipline while providing multiple paths for certification and career change. In this program, students will interact with students preparing for positions in public schools, private schools, or schools for special populations, as well as with those progressing toward jobs in higher education leadership. Clearly aligned with state licensing recommendations and recommended highly by educators in the field, the McDaniel College program offers not just an M.S. degree, but a chance for the knowledge and preparation that are the hallmarks of an outstanding administrator.
Key Features of the Ed. Admin. program include:
• Maryland certification as an Administrator I (assistant principal or supervisor) and Pennsylvania certification as a K-12 principal require completion of an administrative internship in addition to the master’s degree. Maryland certification as an Administrator II (principal) requires the Administrator I Certificate and evidence of a qualifying score on the School Leader Licensure Assessment (SLLA #0611). Pennsylvania certification as a K-School Leader Licensure Assessment (SLLA #0611).
• Certification options available for candidates who already possess a Master’s Degree.
• Standards-based courses and portfolio clearly aligned with Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) Standards.
• Flexible design that may be modified for those wishing to pursue higher education leadership.
• Excellent reputation among graduates and their employers in the field.
• Schedule convenient for students employed full time. All courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer.
• Rigorous learning experience on a campus that, while quite diverse, is small enough to allow for close learning relationships.
• Highly applicable content—apply what you’re learning in our classroom in your school.
• Flexible scheduling and a variety of delivery methods to fit your busy life (face-to-face, hybrid, online offerings).
• Small class sizes ensure personal attention from faculty.
• Partnerships with local school systems and faculty who are school leaders in those systems make a program relevant and responsible to local concerns.
• Candidates are supported through ongoing and easily accessible advising.
• Highly competitive tuition rate.
• Completed application for graduate study
• Submit the non-refundable application fee
• Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
Additional Requirements After Acceptance
• Develop a program plan in consultation with the program coordinator
• Develop an Initial Portfolio with performance artifacts of ELCC Standards as assigned in the first three courses
• Completion of 34 credits, maintaining a GPA of 3.0 (B) or better throughout the program.
• Successful completion and presentation of developmental portfolio and final presentation.
Administrator I (Asst. Principal/Supervisor in Maryland) or Principal Licensure (Pennsylvania)
• Completion of the M.S. Degree in Educational Leadership (as outlined above).
• ADM 552 Internship in Educational Leadership.
*For candidates seeking licensure through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), see PDE's "Out-of-State Prepared" Web page for additional requirements.
Administrator II (Principal) Licensure in Maryland
• Completion of the M.S. Degree in Educational Leadership & Supervision (as outlined above).
• ADM 552 Internship in Educational Leadership.
• Qualifying score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.
*See the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Web page for "Teacher and Principal Certification Assessment" for additional requirements.
Higher Education Administration Licensure
Contact the Program Coordinator (link to contact info) for information on this option before enrolling in the M.S. program.
For the M.S. Degree in Educational Leadership, the following three-credit graduate courses are required:
*All other courses in this program are prerequisites to this course.
R. Daniel Cunningham, Program Coordinator
Dr. Nick Urick, Internship Coordinator
Career Opportunities for Graduates
The Educational Leadership program offers multiple paths to leadership in education. Prepare for careers such as:
• Assistant Principal (Maryland and Pennsylvania)
• Principal (Maryland and Pennsylvania)
• Supervisor (Maryland)
• Supervisor with five years experience on a valid subject matter certificate (Pennsylvania).
• Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction K – 12 (Pennsylvania).
• Higher Education Leader.
Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year but the College recommends that students submit their applications and supporting materials well in advance of the start of the semester in which they plan to enroll.
Recommended Application Filing Dates:
Fall Semester – by or before August 1
Spring Semester - by or before December 15
Summer Session - by or before May 1
These filing dates are after the opening of registration for those semesters so students wishing to have the greatest choice of courses should submit their applications earlier.
1. How do I apply?
Visit the How to Apply page for application procedures and forms.
2. Is there a GPA requirement?
Yes, a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA from an accredited institution.
3. Who can I contact for more information?
General questions about the program can be directed to Dr. Dan Cunningham.
4. Does this program lead toward licensure?
Yes, candidates successfully completing the program will be awarded an M.S. degree and are able to pursue Administrator I or II licensure in the states of Maryland or Pennsylvania.