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Educational Leadership, M.S.

Program Director: Roger Stenersen stenersen@hood.edu;  301-696-3766

The Educational Leadership program provides students with a comprehensive foundation in the principles and practices of school administration and supervision. The Educational Leadership program offers two options: a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership and an Educational Leadership Certification program for those who hold a master’s degree in a related field. This program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for both Administrator I and Administrator II certification. Students who complete either option of the program will receive their certification through MSDE and not Hood College. The program is designed for:

  • Certified teachers who wish to have a master’s degree and be certified in administration and supervision.
  • Persons holding a bachelor’s degree in education who seek a graduate degree to enhance their opportunity to work in the fields of administration and supervision.
  • Teachers who want a graduate degree with a broad background in the fields of administration and supervision
  • Teachers who have a master's degree and who seek certification in administration and supervision

Requirements for the Program

The Educational Leadership Program allows graduate students to complete their Administrator I and II certifications by selecting one of the following two options:

1. M.S. in Educational Leadership Degree Program

Students enrolled in this track must complete 36 credit hours of required courses and pass a comprehensive examination from the Educational Testing Service (ETS), The School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA).

2. Educational Leadership Certification Program

Students enrolled in this track who have a master’s degree in a related education field must complete 18 credit hours in six required courses and successfully pass the SLLA. Students enrolled in this program are not eligible to transfer in any credits. Although not required, students enrolled in this program are strongly encouraged to take EDUC 502 Technology for Literacy, Leadership and Learning as the first course prior to taking any of the 18 credit hours in the six required courses.

In order to obtain the Administrator I Certificate endorsement in Maryland, the student must qualify for a Maryland State Advanced Professional Certificate in an educationally related field and have completed three years of successful teaching or related experience in a school setting in addition to the Educational Leadership program. The M.S. in Educational Leadership and the Educational Leadership Certification program lead to both the Administrator I and Administrator II Certificate endorsement because of the SLLA requirement.

Chalk and Wire Requirement

Graduate students enrolled in the Educational Leadership program are required to purchase a subscription to Chalk and Wire where they submit their required performance activities as e-portfolio products. Each course in the program will require at least one Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) performance activity. Graduate students taking courses on a nondegree/nonprogram completer basis and not enrolled in either the M.S. degree program or the Educational Leadership Certification program are also required to purchase the Chalk and Wire e-Portfolio packet.

Required Courses

  • EDUC 502 Technology for Literacy, Leadership and Learning
  • EDUC 513 School Law*
  • EDUC 514 Administration of Student Services
  • EDUC 577 Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDUC 578 Educational Leadership and Group Dynamics
  • EDUC 581 Research-based Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • EDUC 582 Educational Philosophy in a Diverse Society
  • EDUC 583 Principles of Curriculum Development and Appraisal*
  • EDUC 584 Systemic Change Process for School Improvement*
  • EDUC 586 Principles of Educational Supervision*
  • EDUC 587 Elementary School Administration*+ or
  • EDUC 588 Secondary School Administration*+
  • EDUC 589 School Business and Personnel Administration*

*Educators who already have a master’s degree in a related educational field can take 18 credit hours of courses, noted by an asterisk (*), from this program to qualify for a Maryland Administrator I and Administrator II Certificate through the Educational Leadership Certification program.

Students enrolled in the M.S. in Educational Leadership degree program are required to complete the following four courses in the first 12 credits in preparation for full advancement to candidacy:

  • EDUC 502 Technology for Literacy, Leadership and Learning must be
    taken as the first course in the M.S. in Educational Leadership degree program) Educational
    Leadership Certificate program students are highly encouraged to take EDUC 502 as their
    first course. This will ensure that students develop the technology competencies necessary
    for school administrators and that they possess the technology skills necessary for the
    completion of other required courses.
  • EDUC 577 Introduction to Educational Research
  • EDUC 581 Research-based Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • EDUC 582 Educational Philosophy in a Diverse Society

Students in the Educational Leadership Certification program are not required to take EDUC 577 as a prerequisite for EDUC 583.

+The Graduate School will re-register students for EDUC 587 or EDUC 588, a yearlong course, in the spring as “IP” (In Progress) until a final grade is submitted. Students are responsible for paying the Graduate School comprehensive fee each fall and spring semester until the course is completed.

Unit Assessment Organization

In compliance with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) requirements, both programs are organized into three phases for the purpose of uniform performance data collection for Unit Assessment and the eventual improvement of both programs.

For admission information, see Graduate Admission and Program Specific Application Requirements.

Phase I - Advancement to Full Candidacy

Candidates enrolled in the M.S. in Educational Leadership degree program will be advanced to full candidacy based on the successful completion of the following:

1. Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the following first four required courses: EDUC 502 (first required course in which the candidate profile is completed); EDUC 577; EDUC 581; and EDUC 582.

2. Submit acceptable performance activities at a proficient or advanced level in all Phase I courses.

3. Submit to the Graduate School office a completed Degree Candidacy Form signed by academic adviser and program director.

Based on the successful completion of the above requirements, candidates in the M.S. in Educational Leadership degree program are advanced to full candidacy and may continue to Phase II after receiving the following decisions: advance to candidacy; or advance to candidacy on a conditional basis pending Alert Forms review, if applicable, and an overall review by the Educational Leadership Advisory Council. Candidates not meeting Phase I requirements are denied advancement to candidacy based on review by the Educational Leadership Advisory Council and program director.

Candidates enrolled in the Educational Leadership Certification program are exempted from this phase based on the possession of their earned master’s degree in a related education field.

Phase II - Midpoint Transition

Candidates enrolled in the M.S. in Educational Leadership degree program will be advanced to Phase III (Intensive Clinical Practice) based on the successful completion of the following Phase II requirements:

1. Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on the following six courses in this midpoint transition phase: EDUC 513; EDUC 514; EDUC 578; EDUC 583; EDUC 584 and EDUC 586. EDUC 586 must be the final course in Phase II.

2. Submit acceptable performance activities at a proficient or advanced level for all courses in Phase II.

3. Submit an acceptable Developmental Folio.

Candidates enrolled in the Educational Leadership Certification program will be advanced to Phase III (Intensive Clinical Practice) based on the successful completion of the following Phase II requirements:

1. Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on the following four courses: EDUC 513; EDUC 583; EDUC 584 and EDUC 586.

2. Members of the Educational Leadership Advisory Council will review the above requirements in Phase II and any Alert Forms and advance the candidate to Phase III with one of the following decisions: Advancement to Phase III, Conditional Advancement to Phase III or Denial of Advancement to Phase III.

Phase III - Intensive Collaborative Practice

Interns in both programs in Phase III must successfully meet the following requirements:

1. Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in the internship course: EDUC 587(Elementary) or EDUC 588 (Secondary) and EDUC 589 (the candidate’s professional development plan is completed in this course).

2. Submit acceptable performance activities at a proficient or advanced level in the internship and in EDUC 589. Interns in the Educational Leadership program must also submit at an acceptable level, proficient or advanced, a résumé and updated professional development plan.

3. Successful evaluation (at a proficient or advanced level) from the mentor.

4 Successful evaluation (at a proficient or advanced level) from the College supervisor.

Program Completion

Interns in both programs are required to pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) in order to complete the requirements for the M.S. in Educational Leadership degree program or the Educational Leadership Certification program.

Program Follow Up

Program completers in both programs will complete the following activities:

1. Assessment of Dispositions and Program Exit Survey at the end of the yearlong internship.

2. Program survey one year after program completion.

3. Program survey five years after program completion.