M.S. in Educational Leadership

 Education Administration - Candid Phelps Bowman with student illustration


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.

M.S. in Educational Leadership Course Catalog »


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.

Why McDaniel

•  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.

Admissions Requirements

• Completed application for graduate study

• Submit the non-refundable application fee

• Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0

• Three official Letters of Recommendation

A signed Principal-Mentor form

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

Degree Requirements

• 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.

Licensure Requirements

Administrator I (Asst. Principal/Supervisor in Maryland) or Principal Licensure (Pennsylvania)

• Completion of the M.S. Degree in Educational Leadership (as outlined above).

• EDL 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).

• EDL 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, Al Moyer, at 410-386-4626, for information on this option before enrolling in the M.S. program.


Al Moyer, Ed.D., Program Coordinator

Al Moyer, Ed.D.,, Program Coordinator



Dr. Nick Urick, Internship 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.

Important Dates

Summer 2019 Application Deadline is April 30th

Fall 2019 Application Deadline is July 31st

Spring 2020 Application Deadline is December 15th

Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year but the College recommends that students submit their applications and official supporting materials well in advance of the start of the semester in which they plan to enroll. This allows for the application to be processed and reviewed, for account creation, and for registration into classes. The following dates reflect when registration opens for each term.

Summer Semester – April 1
Fall Semester – July 1
Spring Semester – December 1


**Please note, off-site education cohorts have until September 6th for entrance into the fall 2019 term to submit applications and supporting documents for consideration.

Students are assigned an advisor who will guide them as to which courses they will be taking each semester. Anyone admitted after the opening of registration may be placed on a wait list for certain desired courses.


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. Al Moyer.

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. 

Request info

Apply online


Spring Courses Found Here!

Summer Term 2019 course listing now available »

Register for the Spring Open House today!

Upcoming Information Sessions

Carroll County Cohort Info Session


• Offers two tracks leading to Maryland certification: Administrator I (assistant principal or supervisor) or Administrator II (principal in MD), as well as two certification options in PA

• Program is clearly aligned with Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards and the School Leaders’ Licensure Assessment (SLLA) required in MD and PA

• Flexible design may be modified for those wishing to pursue higher education administration