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 master's 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 master's program that is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education – NCATE.

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 technology and cultural awareness within the context of global education,  developmental 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 master's 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.

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 www.bls.gov/ooh/management/elementary-middle-and-high-school-principals.htm (U.S. Government Occupational Outlook Handbook -  Elementary, Middle, and High School Principals).

Other M.Ed. degree concentrations available at Frostburg State University and USM-Hagerstown:


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