Who Should Pursue This Degree
If you want to become an elementary or secondary school principal, this program is for you. The degree prepares students for principal certification. To be eligible for entry into the MEd in Educational Leadership with the intention of earning a Principal Certificate, you must be a certificated teacher or certificated Educational Staff Associate (ESA) with a minimum of one year of successful teaching or related experience.
The MEd in Educational Leadership also prepares individuals who want to earn a Program Administrator Certificate in order to serve as an administrator in a school district central office, resource center, or other administrative center. If this is your goal, you are not required to hold a teaching or ESA certificate for entry into the program, but you must have at least one year of successful experience in a P–12 school system at the building or district level.
Designed for working adults, the MEd in Educational Leadership is offered in a hybrid model both on the SPU campus and in select sites across the Puget Sound, including Olympia and Stanwood. Courses during the academic year are offered either fully online or one evening a week (usually 4:30–7:05 p.m.) with some blended online activities. Summer Session courses are offered either fully online or during the day on campus. All students will complete some face-to-face courses and some online courses.
As a student in the MEd in Educational Leadership degree program at SPU, you will:
learn from distinguished faculty with experience and expertise in school and district leadership;
enjoy the flexibility of courses taught on campus or on sites around the Puget Sound;
learn current research and best practices to enable you to become an effective leader for the broad populations with whom principals and district administrators interact: students, teachers, parents, and the community;
participate in an integrative internship that allows you to perform leadership and administrative activities under the supervision of a mentor in a school or district office;
qualify for a P–12 Principal Certificate or a Program Administrator Certificate in Washington state with reciprocity in other states;
increase your skills and potentially increase your options for professional growth and higher pay.
The program outline includes a description of program components. The official degree requirements for this graduate program are stated in the SPU Graduate Catalog in effect when you are accepted into this program.
What is required for admission to the MEd in Educational Leadership? Find information about admission requirements and procedures. The official admission requirements for this graduate program are stated in the SPU Graduate Catalog in effect when you apply to this program.