Educational Leadership and Management, School Principal, MEd (initial licensure, online)

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In Short

Prepares you to meet the Massachusetts Professional Standards and Indicators for Administrative Leadership as a School Principal (P-6, 5-8, 9-12).

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  • Discover the skills and competencies necessary for becoming effective educational leaders

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Earn your M.Ed. In Educational Leadership and Management in as little as two years with a mix of online and hybrid courses. Learn more today.

Degree Overview

The MEd in educational leadership and management program 

To meet the new licensure levels established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the new levels offered are PreK-8 and 5-12.

This program is an interdepartmental program. Within this spirit, relationships between faculty members in education departments and other programs across the University have been allied.

Program Highlights

  • View PAL - Task 1 (video)
  • View PAL - Task 2 (video)
  • View PAL - Task 1 and 2 (PowerPoint)
  • Fitchburg State University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This program has been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through December 31, 2030. Accreditation acknowledges that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to maintain quality.

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Total Credits

42 credits

Time Frame

While you can complete the program in as few as 2 years, you have 6 years to complete the program.

Degrees and Other Information

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling admission basis. Admissions requirements are as follows:

  • An official transcript of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Copy of initial or professional teaching license
  • Passing scores for the Communications and Literacy subtest of the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
  • A minimum of three years teaching experience under an initial or professional license (for licensure candidates)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional resume
  • Official transcripts of graduate level course work from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)
  • Graduate application and fee
  • An essay, no more than one page in length, in response to one of the following questions:
    • Tell us about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person’s life.
    • What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
    • Tell us about a significant event that involved you in a teaching or helping mode.
      • Describe the situation as it occurred at the time.
      • What did you do in that particular situation?
      • How did you feel about the situation at the time you were experiencing it?
      • How do you feel about the situation now?
      • What would you change, if anything?

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