Search Google Appliance

Bridgewater State University - logo

Educational Leadership (Initial Licensure), MEd

Graduate Admissions
Bridgewater State University
Maxwell Library, Room 019
10 Shaw Road
Bridgewater, MA 02325
gradadmissions@bridgew.edu
508-531-1300

Request Information

Attend an Event

Apply Today

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.

Program Highlights
 
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, principals and superintendents. One of only 42 nationally accredited programs by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), this cohort-based 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.
 
Throughout the program, you will be introduced to leadership theories and practices, focusing on the importance of team building, decision making, problem-solving and strategic planning. The program prepares you 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. This program is available on the main campus, as well as at select off-campus locations and via online. 
 
The MEd in Educational Leadership program offers you:
  • 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 four-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 175 years
  • Affordable tuition, whether you live in state or out of state

Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. T.C. Mattocks

Program email: eduleadership@bridgew.edu

 View our Facebook page

 Admissions Requirements

  • Online application - A completed and $50 application fee
  • Resume - A resumé which demonstrates the applicant’s potential for leadership and academic achievement as evidenced by activities during his or her professional career or undergraduate studies
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Letters of Recommendation - Three letters of recommendation (one from a supervisor)
  • GPA - A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8
  • MTEL - A qualifying score on the Communications and Literacy Skills Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Personal Statement - Prepare a brief, but careful statement on the candidate's philosophy of educational leadership
  • Initial licensure in other area dependent upon administrative licensure sought in addition to all Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education administrative licensure requirements (exceptions are granted on a case by case basis)
  • Prerequisite Experience:
    • Completion of at least three full years of employment in an executive management/leadership role or in a supervisory, teaching, or administrative role in a public school, private school, higher education, or other educational setting accepted by the Educational Leadership program coordinator
    • Additional requirements for directors, department heads and curriculum specialists in the core academic subjects at the secondary level (5-12):
      • A master’s degree in the arts or sciences in one of the core academic subjects the candidate will supervise 
        or
      • At least 18 credits of advanced graduate studies in one of the core academic subjects (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, History, Reading, Foreign Language, Arts) the candidate will supervise
    • Additional requirement for School Business Administrator: a minimum of two years experience in financial planning and/or accounting systems 

Application Deadlines

Fall: April 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: February 1
 
Applications should be complete by the priority deadlines to ensure an admissions decision for the semester in which the applicant wishes to enroll. Late applications will be accepted, however, applications received without adequate time for processing before the start of the semester (usually six to eight weeks prior to the beginning of classes) will be processed for admission in the following semester.
 

 Apply Today

Ian Barkon is a music educator with a passion not just for music but for teaching and learning. Prior to starting the Educational Leadership program, he looked at several programs, and Bridgewater had the courses hew was looking for.

“I entered the program looking to become a department head in my school, but my advisor told me that I could do an internship and take some advanced classes and earn my certificate as a principal or assistant principal. She did a great job steering me onto a path and encouraging me to take it to the next level.”
 
-Ian Barkon, Music Teacher, Hull High School
 
 
 

Phyllis Gimbel joined the faculty of the Department of Educational Leadership as an educational leader herself. A former teacher and principal, she respects the future academic leaders she trains just as she once did her students in French and Spanish: “I learn as much from my graduate students as I have learned anywhere else.”

“The small classes allow for deep dialogue – real conversations, with healthy tensions and different perspectives. With their different experiences, students have such different responses to readings and other material; it’s like a work of art – everyone interprets differently, based on what they are bringing to the discussion. Each of us learns from all of the others.” 
 
-Phyllis Gimbel, Ed.D, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Secondary Education and Professional Programs
 
 
 

Funding Opportunities

The College of Graduate Studies provides various opportunities for graduate students to receive funding while working towards their degrees. Appointments are competitive and are determined by undergraduate and/or graduate grade point averages, pertinent experience, educational preparation and interviews.  For information on assistantships, fellowships and conference funding awards, please visit our Graduate Funding Opportunities page

 

See our Viewbook

Interested in learning more about Bridgewater? View an online copy of our viewbook!

Graduate Events

View our graduate events page to RSVP to information sessions, workshops and seminars.

Cost of Attending

Bridgewater offers competitive tuition and fees for graduate students both in and out of state.

Apply Now

Create an account to start you application to a graduate program today!