Educational Leadership

Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership is for educators who wish to become leaders at the school (principal, assistance principal) and/or district level (supervisor, director, assistant superintendent and superintendent). The program of study will focus on both the theory and practice of contemporary school leadership. This program includes a six-credit internship, through which students have the opportunity to apply experience and further develop their leadership abilities in a real-life education setting.

Degree Requirements

The M.Ed. degree requires 39 credit hours.

Required (33 credits)
AD 650 Curriculum, Assessment, and Instructional Leadership 
AD 662 Leadership, Supervision, and Professional Development
AD 668 School Law 
AD 674 Human Relations and the Culturally Proficient School Leader
AD 681 Organizational Development in Education
AD 682 Technology for School Leaders
AD 683 Leadership Theories and Practices in Education* 
 AD 684 Resource Management 
AD 685 Reflective School Leadership 
AD 776 Theory and Research on Educational Leadership
ED 600 Foundations of Research in Education

Internship (6 credits)
AD 688 Internship in Educational Leadership I (fall only)
AD 689 Internship in Educational Leadership II (spring only)

Course Descriptions: Course descriptions can be found on Loyola University Maryland's Records Office website


The internship is the capstone experience for students in either the M.Ed. or the certificate program in Educational Leadership. The purpose of the internship is twofold: to provide an opportunity for students to apply and develop their conceptual knowledge and understanding of educational leaderships under the guidance of an experienced school leader; and to provide an opportunity to assess and evaluate the performance of the intern in a real administrative and leadership context. M.Ed. students must have 30 credits completed before being able to take the internship, while certificate students need to have completed 15 credits prior to the internship.

Completion Time

The educational leadership program may be taken full-time (to be completed in 18-24 months) or part-time (to be completed in 2-5 years).

Program Outcomes

Participants will obtain the Master of Education in Educational Leadership. Participation provides eligibility for certification as an Administrator I (Assistant in Administration, Supervisor in Instruction, or Supervisor in Central Administration). Students seeking Administrator II (Principal) certification are required to successfully complete the School Leaders Licensure Assessment exam.