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Educational Leadership - Education, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, PA,
Elementary and secondary education administrators need effective leadership skills to deal with increasingly complex and demanding education environments. Current issues such as increased teacher accountability, student achievement gaps and budget shortfalls have challenged administrators in school environments to manage crisis and change while driving teacher and student success.


The M.S. in educational leadership degree at Saint Joseph’s prepares students to meet these administrative challenges.

The M.S. in educational leadership is designed to support the professional development of educators seeking administrative leadership positions in their institutions. The degree is offered both on-campus and online to accommodate the needs of working adult students. The online program offers two concentration areas: public/private school focus and Catholic school focus.

Experienced classroom teachers and professionals are encouraged to apply to the program and may choose between a master’s degree with or without blended administrative certification options in such high-demand areas as principal certification, curriculum supervisor and supervisor of special education. Additionally, any combination of certification options may be completed as part of a post-master’s certificate for continued professional development as part of the campus-based program. The curriculum for each certification option is designed to blend and build with the others so that adding certification options does not require extensive additional coursework and fieldwork. The online master’s option includes the required coursework leading to Pennsylvania principal certification (K-12) and curriculum supervisor certification (K-12). All three blended certifications are offered as part our on-campus program.

Students who graduate from this program may pursue a variety of professional career options working in administrative positions in basic K-12 education and higher education. Graduates have a distinct advantage for professional advancement by combining administrative leadership and curriculum supervision and coordination.

This program of study is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and leads to an administrative/supervisory certification in principal, curriculum supervisor and/or supervisor of special education. Candidates who complete all degree and certification requirements may apply to PDE for certification.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Psychology of Teaching: Developmental Perspectives 
  • Perspectives in Early Childhood Education
  • Reading/Literature I Perspectives
  • Language and Culture
  • Foundations and Current Issues in Education 
  • Inclusive Classroom Practices 
  • Diagnostic Assessment and Progress Monitoring
  •  Interdisciplinary Teaching: Math, Science & Technology
  •  Interdisciplinary Teaching: Social Studies & Creative Expressions
  • Reading Literature II Perspectives
  • Early Childhood/Elementary Student Teaching Elementary/Middle Education
  • Historical and Contemporary Perspectives in Education
  • Psychology of Teaching: Developmental Perspectives
  • Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum
  • Language and Culture 
  • Foundations and Current Issues in Education
  • Inclusive Classroom Practices 
  • Diagnostic Assessment and Progress Monitoring

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    42 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Completed Graduate Application Online Application Form.
  • Official sealed transcript(s) of undergraduate/graduate coursework.
  • Personal Statement: a letter of intention outlining one’s professional goals and educational objectives for attending the university.
  • GPA: Please check your program webpage for GPA requirement.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Resume.
  • Any additional documents as required by your program. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section on your program's website.
  • $35 application fee.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    765 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 765 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    765 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 765 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

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