The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership is designed for professionals seeking to develop contemporary leadership skills for PreK-12 educational settings. Aspiring and current teachers, teacher leaders, department chairs, school counselors, school psychologists, special educators and others who may find themselves in positions which professional development or skills in collaborative leadership and the ability to enact effective systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment will benefit from this program. The Master’s degree in Educational Leadership is equivalent to two years of full-time study to prepare students with the knowledge competencies, skills, and ethics necessary to be effective school leaders in the 21st century. This 36-credit program offers flexible options for study and can be completed by most students in 2-3 years depending on the chosen course load.
EDUC 726: Introduction to School Leadership
EDUC 665: Organization for Curriculum Development
EDUC 646: Leadership for Curriculum and Instruction
EDUC 686: Making Sense of School Data
EDUC 618: Law for School Leaders
EDUC 638: Collaborative Leadership for Student Achievement
The final semester of the degree will consist of a personalized Inquiry Project (6 credits), which serves as a cumulative experience for the candidate’s master’s study. The candidate will have a choice in the format and content of the final project. The final project could consist of a traditional paper of substantial length (40-60 pp.) that links the candidate’s program of study with future professional work and provides an opportunity for the candidate to conduct an in-depth study on a topic of professional interest. This project may be an action-research project in which the candidate engages school personnel in determining key stakeholder questions of practice, collecting and analyzing data, interpreting the data, and making research-based suggestions for improvement, or it may be a professional development experience in which the candidate conducts a needs assessment, develops and delivers a PD experience for school personnel over time, and evaluates the impact of the program on participant knowledge and skills.
Individual programs of study are designed by the candidate and the faculty advisor. Below are examples of the areas from which elective courses may be taken:
Supervision and Evaluation
|Content/Discipline specific courses
Language Literacy and Culture
The program offers fall only admission. However, we accept applications for the M.Ed. program up until April 15th, which differs from the University of Massachusetts’ graduate school application deadline of January 15th. If applying after the graduate school’s official application deadline of January 15th, please contact the Educational Leadership Coordinator. Contact information below.
Follow the graduate school guidelines for admission. As part of your application materials, please provide two letters of recommendation. We prefer that one letter is from someone who can speak to your abilities as a student, and the other from someone knowledgeable about your experience in education and potential as a school leader.
EPRA Program Assistant:
Rachael B. Lawrence, (413) 545-6979, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon F. Rallis (Distinguished Professor), Jeffery W. Eiseman (Associate Professor), Kathryn A. McDermott (Associate Professor), Rebecca H. Woodland (Associate Professor), David Schimmel (Professor Emeritus)