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Educational Leadership

Make a difference. Take the lead in educational innovation.

No Child Left Behind. Outcome-based education. Teacher merit pay. America’s educational landscape is one of perpetual scrutiny and change. And factors like shifting legislation and evolving student requirements only underscore the growing importance of skillful school leadership. Today’s educators must go beyond simply keeping up with major issues to rolling up their sleeves and getting involved. Only then can they truly promote and affect positive change.

Are you ready to take a more active role in the pursuit of educational excellence? You can by pursuing a program in Educational Leadership from Bridgewater State University. Our programs can provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to champion student achievement and educational enrichment.

Our Educational Leadership programs will introduce you to leadership theories and practices, focusing on the importance of team building, decision making, problem-solving and strategic planning. You will be prepared to support student learning and the continuous improvement of systems that make learning possible. Emphasis is placed on the relationships between curriculum and instructional development, supervision of instruction, professional development and organizational development. Our programs for Initial Licensure are designed to prepare students for the following positions in school administration:

  • School Principal/Assistant Principal: Grades PreK-6, 5-8, or 9-12
  • Supervisor/Director: all levels
  • School Business Administrator: all levels
  • Administrator of Special Education: all levels (Master's degree required for entry)
  • Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent: all levels (Master's degree required for entry)

LEAD Program

The Accelerated School Administrator Licensure Program in Educational Leadership, known as the LEAD Program, provides a "fast track" for students to be endorsed for an administrative license after completing 18 course credits and a practicum experience of 6 credits. Students will be introduced to leadership theories as they are applied to the educational setting, the nature of organizations, and key leadership skills such as decision-making, team building, empowering others and fostering collaboration in reforming schools. The LEAD Program is offered as a Postbaccalaureate Program, or for candidates already holding a Master's Degree, as a Postmaster's Program.

Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership (Initial Licensure)

The MEd in Educational Leadership is a professional degree program designed to prepare you as an educational leader. The 36-credit-hour curriculum emphasizes both theory and practice in the preparation of school administrators, supervisors and principals. One of only 42 nationally accredited programs by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), this program is comprised of a combination of coursework and practica that follows an integrated approach to understanding the forces of leadership necessary for effective schooling. This program is available on the main campus, as well as at select off-campus locations and via online.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Educational Leadership (Initial Licensure)

The CAGS in Educational Leadership is designed for educators holding a master's degree who are interested in promoting effective practice and managing change wisely in their educational communities and professional lives. A 39-credit curriculum balances content and pedagogical knowledge, focusing on building a basic understanding of the institutional, legal, fiscal and external political perspectives of education, as well as the technical and organizational systems that determine how those contexts affect teaching and learning. The program imparts the critical skills you need to lead educational initiatives, analyze and prioritize issues and build teams for continuous improvements in teaching and learning.

Bridgewater's Educational Leadership programs for Initial Licensure meet NCATE accreditation and are approved for certification by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, with reciprocity in signatory states under the Interstate Certification Compact.

Non-Licensure Programs

Students who are not seeking administrator licensure with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education may pursue either the MEd or the CAGS program as a non-licensure option. Our non-licensure programs are designed for students seeking further study in leadership for career growth. Students will be encouraged to take educational initiatives by encouraging innovation, will be trained to analyze and prioritize problems by acquiring and interpreting key information, and will be enabled to expand learning opportunities for all constituencies by having and advocating a need to be a lifelong learner.

Bridgewater State University's long history of close collaboration with regional school systems and its tradition of leadership in areas such as special education, literacy education, teacher mentoring and professional development contribute to the depth and strength of its educational leadership programs.

“Faculty members are committed to helping students achieve their goals. Bridgewater’s educational leadership program enrolls beginning teachers, career changers and aspiring school administrators. Students can work full-time and attend classes after 4 PM or online. Nine out of 10 faculty in the program have held positions in public schools. This is a major strength.”

Dr. Phyllis Gimbel
Assistant Professor, Secondary Education and Professional Programs
Educational Leadership Program

Program Highlights

Our Programs in Educational Leadership offer:

  • Diverse faculty with extensive teaching and administrative experience, as well as ongoing participation in educational research, scholarly publication and professional organizations
  • Accommodating schedules, including Friday evening and Saturday courses during the academic year, and two-week intensive courses during the summer
  • Prepractica and practica opportunities, enabling close collaboration with students from other programs within the College of Education and Allied Studies
  • Small classes facilitating a more personalized learning experience
  • Benefits of a state institution that has been training teachers for more than 170 years
  • Affordable tuition, whether you live in state or out of state


You’ve thought about it. You believe you can do it. And you’ve explored your options. Now you’re ready to advance your career – through the College of Graduate Studies at Bridgewater State University. Take the first step. Apply now. And get ready to transform your life!

Bridgewater State University College of Graduate Studies

Since 1937, the College of Graduate Studies at Bridgewater State University has offered an array of graduate degree, licensure and certificate programs to meet the needs of Southeastern Massachusetts and beyond. Led by scholars, researchers, teachers and practitioners from the graduate faculty, our offerings include a variety of nationally accredited master's degree programs in professional studies, education, arts and sciences and business. The College of Graduate Studies ensures high-quality, research-based, stimulating and intellectually challenging educational experiences to those who seek expertise and leadership in their professions and a commitment to lifelong learning and scholarship.

Bridgewater State University remains steadfast in its dual mission to educate citizens to be the best they can be and to use its intellectual, scientific and technological resources to advance the economic and cultural life of the region and beyond.


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To learn more about the Educational Leadership programs, please contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Maxwell Library

10 Shaw Road
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA 02325
Tel: 508.531.1300


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