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Master of Education MEd Educational Leadership at Frostburg State University


Master of Education - Educational Leadership


Gain the knowledge and experience needed to take a leadership role in schools

Frostburg State University’s Master of Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership prepares active educators to take an entry-level administrative or supervisory role in a school or district educational environment. The program gives masters students a broad view that encompasses every aspect of the school administrator’s role, from managing human resources and school-community relations to understanding curricular trends, public school financing, facilities operations and legal considerations. The program is intended to lead to advanced certification.

  • Attend courses in Frostburg or Hagerstown.
  • Take courses in the evening to accommodate your busy, working-professional lifestyle.
  • Enjoy blended or online options for nearly all courses.
  • Benefit from advisement services at both locations.
  • Complete a Master of Education program that requires only 33 credit hours.
  • Obtain licensure for the school building-level principal position by coupling your studies with courses prescribed by the Maryland State Department of Education.
  • Enroll in a Masters program that is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education – NCATE.

Other MEd degree concentrations available at Frostburg State University and USM Hagerstown:

Master of Education – Educational Leadership Highlights:

  • Complete two semester-long practicums working in an administrative and supervisory capacity within a school and build a portfolio reflective of the experience.
  • Take the professional education core classes that equip you with knowledge of curriculum development, leadership theory and research techniques and design.
  • Learn about public school finance, human resources, curriculum development, school law and other subjects vital to a career in educational leadership through required program courses.
  • Undertake an action research project to define a need within a school, research and arrive at a planned course of action, implement your plan and analyze results. Or, you may also choose to write a master’s thesis or substitute six additional credits of graduate course work.

About Our Master of Education – Educational Leadership Faculty:

  • Learn from educators who have served as school superintendents, teachers and principals in public schools; accomplished professionals who understand the unique challenges you will face as an educational leader.
  • Develop a study plan for your masters program in collaboration with an advisor who invests the time to understand your career goals and aspirations.
  • Attend classes taught by faculty members who stay abreast of the latest developments in education, including technology and curriculum trends.

Sample Master of Education – Educational Leadership Courses:

Educational Organization and Leadership – Responsibilities, philosophies and techniques of the principal; student activities and supporting services; necessary technical skills; reading in the field; professional organizations; research literature and ethics in administration.   Theories and concepts; societal forces that affect educational administration; administrative process and division of responsibility; organizational variables; the administrator as an individual and leader; and professional organizations.

School Law – Study the legal bases of education, including hiring and dismissal of personnel, tenure, contractual rights and relationships, staff liability and rights of staff and clients.

Supervision and Human Resources – Nature and scope of educational supervision, including human relations skills, technical skills, social systems as they relate to educational supervision, and, the intersection of evaluation and human resources, professional organizations, literature and ethics, evaluation case studies, compensation and collective bargaining and the ways in which strategic planning impacts the conduct of the human resources functions at the building level.

Find out more about Frostburg State University’s Master of Education - Educational Leadership program requirements (PDF).

Also see: FSU’s Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership - Ed.D.

Career Outlook for Principals and Educational Supervisors:

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates career growth of 6 percent for school administrators through 2022. If school enrollments increase, this job projection will increase accordingly. Between 2012 and 2022, the 6 percent increase represents approximately 13,100 new leadership positions that will be available throughout the United States. For more information on career growth, pay and work environment, visit (U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook -  Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals).

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