12 months
39248 USD/year
23082 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Educational Leadership program at Pennsylvania State University offers degree programs in residence at the University Park campus, and also offers the M.Ed. program along with Principal Certificate and Teacher Leadership Certificate programs online through World Campus.


Graduate work in the Educational Leadership program at Pennsylvania State University encompasses two major career paths. The first path focuses on those who want to engage in a wide variety of leadership roles within and directly affecting schools and districts. These roles include, but are not limited to: teacher leadership, instructional leadership, principal leadership, and district-level leadership. This path may also lead to certification through the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the principalship and/or a letter of endorsement in the superintendency.

The second path focuses on those who want to exercise leadership roles in educational policy arenas and/or engage in educational research. Possible roles include: intermediate unit officials, state and federal agency administrators and staff, professors of educational administration, and research and development personnel. The Principle Certificate is also available at Penn State Harrisburg.

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate mastery of the student’s specific program emphasis area, which includes knowledge of primary and secondary literature related to research methodologies, programmatic research priorities, and implications of that research for professional practice. Assessed through methods and theory coursework.
  • Students will design and carry out a research project that includes articulating an important and original question, analyzing appropriate literature, demonstrating conceptual and methodological creativity, and carrying out an original inquiry. Assessed through master’s paper.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking about selected recent research in the program emphasis area through the description of an emerging scholarly theme/area, identification of specific publications that reflect it, and assessment of its strengths and weaknesses. Assessed through coursework and master's paper.
  • Demonstrate standards of field in written and oral communication by requiring research presentations in several courses.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of research ethics issues including knowledge of ethical principles related to authorship, research reporting, data fabrication, plagiarism, conflicts of interest, peer review, data sharing and other areas of misconduct.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Technology Applications in Educational Leadership
  • School Improvement
  • Principles of Instructional Supervision
  • Curriculum Design: Theory and Practice
  • Teaching as Inquiry
  • Teacher Leadership
  • How Schools Work
  • Designing Staff Development Programs
  • The Teaching of Adults
  • Learning Processes in Relation to Educational Practices

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • three letters of recommendation, 
  • official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended,
  • a statement of purpose,
  • a writing sample that reviews and critiques an academic article related to education leadership or education policy that affects education leaders.
  • a current resume or curriculum vita.
  • applicants must present evidence of at least a 3.0 grade-point average in the last two years of undergraduate work

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    39248 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 39248 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    23082 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23082 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for University Park

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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