• Master of Education
    in School Leadership and Administration

    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.  

  • Admissions Requirements

    In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants for admission to the Master of Education in School Leadership and Administration must have completed a baccalaureate degree program at an 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 leadership and administration license must demonstrate completion of at least 3 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
    • 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 2 years of teaching experience; at least 3 years of teaching experience is required to earn the license
    • Official transcripts of all college-level work, both undergraduate and graduate
    • Official GRE or MAT scores (waived with evidence of an existing advanced degree or passing of appropriate MTELs)
    • 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 (Download the M.Ed. in Leadership Letter of Recommendation Form.)

    Application Deadlines
    The Master of Education in School Leadership and Administration program will begin each fall semester. Completed applications received by June 15 will be reviewed for admissions decisions prior to the start of the fall semester in September.