Master of Education in Educational Leadership
The Dr. Edna May Merson Scholarship
The Council of Educational
Administrative and Supervisory Organizations of Maryland
presents the “The Dr. Edna May Merson Scholarship”. The goal of
the scholarship Fund of the Council of Educational
Administrative and Supervisory Organizations of Maryland is to
encourage and provide support for individuals working toward an
Administrator I Certificate. This year a scholarship in the
amount of $1,000 will be awarded to an educator pursuing this
certificate at an institution of higher education.
For more information, please
Edna May Merson Scholarship Application (PDF)
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership
Program is a professional degree program designed to prepare
educational leaders. The curriculum emphasizes both theory and
practice in the preparation of administrators and supervisors.
Salisbury University’s program is based upon a carefully planned
knowledge base and a well-defined philosophy. Graduates of this
program should possess the vision, knowledge and skills
necessary to promote excellence and high achievement in the
schools. Graduates should be informed practitioners, possessing
a full understanding of the theories that guide practice in
school administration. Most importantly, they should demonstrate
competence and skill as they apply knowledge to practice in
educational organizations. Our graduates should respect the
individual worth of all persons and appreciate the role of
education in society.
Candidates in the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Program have
the opportunity to read, study and discuss a wide range of
theories and ideas related to school administration. They have
many opportunities to explore ideas through research and study,
as well as actual and simulated experiences in practicing the
skills of school administration. They should be actively
involved in acquiring an understanding of the theories and
practice of educational administration through a variety of
teaching and learning experiences. The role of the University in
preparing educational leaders extends beyond the boundaries of
the campus. The University reaches out to the community to
establish positive working relationships with other educational
organizations. Cooperation between the University and the
schools is essential as candidates are prepared as school
administrators. Finally, an ongoing association between the
University and its graduates is essential as we work to meet the
present and future needs of education in our community.
Objectives of the program are as follows:
educators opportunities for professional development and to
extend their knowledge and skills into the realms of
leadership in curriculum, instruction and decision making as
well as the management of resources.
training for potential school administrators and supervisors
that will emphasize the development of skillful professional
academic preparation for candidates who seek certification
in school administration or supervision and/or career
educational leaders with skills in the use of technology to
make and implement informed decisions.
an opportunity for candidates to learn within the
environment of an educational cohort that will encourage
collegiality and professional cooperation.
Admission to the Master of Education in Educational Leadership
Program at SU requires an application for graduate program
admission; the application fee; official transcript from all
colleges and universities attended; if applying for in-state
tuition, a Residency/Domicile Information Form; and the
following additional application documents and requirements
specified by the Education Specialties Department:
- Submit two letters of recommendation from qualified
individuals who support the candidate’s ability for graduate
study in educational administration and supervision.
- Provide evidence of at least two years (18 months) of
satisfactory teaching performance.
- Possess an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
- Meet with a faculty member in the M.Ed. in Educational
Leadership Program to discuss professional goals and career
Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements may be
admitted on a provisional basis as space is available.
Program of Study
Following admission to the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
Program, and prior to registration for classes, students are
expected to become familiar with program requirements and to
confer with the assigned faculty advisor to develop a plan of
Candidates in the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Program
complete an approved program of study including at least 33
semester hours of graduate credit (a minimum of 24 hours
completed at SU) with a cumulative average of 3.0 or higher,
with no grade lower than C, and no more than six credit hours of
C or C+ in the program.
The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Program is an NCATE and
Maryland State Department of Education approved program leading
to the Administrator I certificate. Candidates who complete the
M.Ed. in educational leadership and who meet the requirement of
27 months of satisfactory teaching performance will be eligible
for the Administrator I certificate. However, it is the
responsibility of the candidate to understand and fulfill all
state requirements and to make application to the state for
certification. Candidates in states other than Maryland should
consult with their state Department of Education to determine
specific certification requirements.
Candidates in the M.Ed. in educational leadership cohort take
courses in the following sequence:
EDLD 510 Educational Leadership
EDLD 512 Educational Research and Educational Leadership
EDLD 514 Aligning Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
EDLD 516 P-12 School Administration
EDLD 517 Supervision to Improve Instruction
EDLD 550 Leadership and Change
EDLD 552 Diversity and Group Dynamics in Educational Leadership
EDLD 555 Public School Fiscal and Human Resource Management
EDLD 656 Educational Leadership Internship/Issues Analysis
EDUC 619 The Law and Public Education
Educational Leadership Internship
Prior to enrolling in EDLD 656: Educational Leadership/Issues
Analysis each candidate must complete all prerequisite courses
with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better and
successfully earn a passing grade on each of the four questions
on the Comprehensive Qualifying Exam. In the event that a
candidate does not pass each individual question upon his or her
first attempt at taking the Comprehensive Qualifying Exam, the
candidate may re-take unsuccessful question areas a second time.
Each candidate must take the
School Leaders Licensure Assessment and report his or her score
to Salisbury University prior to program completion. It is
recommended that candidates take the exam prior to the
completion of EDLD 656. All work toward the Master of Education
in educational leadership must be completed within seven
calendar years from the end of the semester or summer tern in
which such work began. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0.
Reporting of the School Leaders Licensure Assessment is required
prior to the completion of the Master of Education Program.
Satisfactory completion of this program and 27 months of
satisfactory teaching experience are required for eligibility
for Maryland Administrator I certification. Certification
regulations may be changed by the State of Maryland.
Register for the
through Educational Testing Services' website.