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Educational Leadership (Non-Licensure), MEd

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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 30-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. Chris Mattocks

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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 2.75 based upon four years of coursework or 3.0 based upon work completed during the junior and senior years
  • MTEL - A qualifying score on the Communications and Literacy Skills Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure® (MTEL) 
  • Personal Statement - Prepare a brief, but careful statement on the candidate's philosophy of educational leadership

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission for Fall, Spring and Summer enrollment.
Applications that are not completed prior to the start of the semester will need to be moved to the next applicable semester.

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Core Courses
EDLE 501 - Intro to Ed Leadership and School Reform
EDLE 511 - Educational Leadership and Managerial Effectiveness
EDLE 530 - Research Applications
EDLE 541 - Managing Human & Financial Resources
EDLE 547 - Designing the School/District Professional Learning Community
EDLE 569 - Legal Aspects of School Administration
EDLE 572 - Technology for School Administrators
EDLE 578 - Curriculum Improvement
EDLE 579 - Education of Diverse Populations: SEI

Additional Courses
One course (three credits) in electives from any 500-level graduate course offered in the College of Education and Allied Studies, as approved by the program advisor

Total Minimum Credits: 30

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 *Please see the Graduate Academic Policies section of the Graduate Academic Catalog for additional information regarding comprehensive examinations.

***For the most up-to-date information regarding course descriptions, please visit our University Catalog.

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.

Ian Barkon
“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.”

Phyllis Gimbel
“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.

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