Learn to lead schools effectively
The Master of Education in Leadership and Administration program at Worcester State University provides you with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience to be an effective leader in today’s diverse public school systems. Our part-time, on-campus program is designed for working professionals like you and leads to a master’s degree in leadership and administration and an initial administrator license as an assistant principal, principal, or supervisor/director.
The program features a District-Based Cohort Track, which is offered through the Center for Effective Instruction at WSU. The center partners with school districts to provide professional development to Massachusetts teachers and administrators.
In classes taught by our expert faculty—and conveniently offered in the evenings and online—you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the 4 state-mandated standards for school administrators: instructional leadership, family and community engagement, professional culture, and management and operations. You’ll then translate theory into practice through hands-on practicum experiences, under the personalized guidance of an experienced school administrator in one of the region’s public schools. Your studies culminate in a semester-long, 200-hour practicum that ties together all 4 standards and includes a site-based research project, for which you’ll identify and address a need relevant to your assigned school.
As you progress through our program, you’ll record your accomplishments in a portfolio of work that not only demonstrates your successful completion of all program competencies, but also helps you to advance your career. Graduates of WSU’s leadership and administration program go on to rewarding careers in public school systems across the state. wed for admissions decisions prior to the September start.
Applicants for admission to the Master of Education in School Leadership and Administration must have completed a baccalaureate degree program at a regionally accredited institution. To be considered for admission, applicants must possess an initial or professional teaching license in an area other than administration and have been teaching for at least two years.
As an alternate route, students who are not currently teaching but who wish to apply for the school leadership and administration license must demonstrate completion of at least three full years of employment in an executive management/leadership role. This option can only be used with the approval of the program coordinator (documentation required).
To apply for consideration, applicants must provide the following:
- Graduate School application (www.worcester.edu/apply)
- Essay explaining why the applicant is interested in becoming a school administrator, addressing the four professional standards for administrative leadership
- Copy of a Massachusetts initial or professional teaching license
- Minimum of at least two years of teaching experience; at least three years of teaching experience is required to earn the license
- Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts of all college-level work
- Evidence of passing scores on the Communication and Literacy MTEL exam
- Three letters of reference from professionals who can speak to the applicant’s promise of becoming an effective school administrator, including a letter of support from a school district administrator. Please see MEd in Leadership Letter of Recommendation form online at www.worcester.edu/ME-School-Leadership-and-Administration/ under Admissions Requirements.
Candidates for the fully online, non-licensure track must possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or its equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Applicants must possess a minimum of two years of instructional or related work experience in a PreK-12 educational setting, and provide two professional references.
- Official undergraduate transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- Official graduate transcripts, if applicable, from all universities attended
- Career Essay (addressing work experience)
- Two professional references from a PreK-12 educational setting
The Master of Education in School Leadership and Administration on-campus program will begin every other fall semester. Completed applications received by June 15 will be reviewed for admissions decisions prior to the September start.