Courses within the Education Leadership Master’s/Certificate of Advanced Study program lead to an administrative endorsement. With a Master’s degree, completion of the six required courses and K–12 experience, an educator can meet the requirements for various administrative positions, including principal, superintendent, director or supervisor. Many of these courses are offered in an intensive format over the summer, making them highly accessible to working educators. Completion of the administrative endorsement coursework is also a step in achieving the Master’s in Education, and thus a stepping stone to an advanced degree.
The program is designed to prepare leaders to think and act creatively, responsibly, and effectively in leadership roles.
- 33-36 credit hours distributed among courses, summer seminars, independent study, action research, and internships. Fifteen of the 33-36 credits comprise the core curriculum, with the remainder making up the students individual concentration. Students desiring the administrative licensure endorsement by the state of Vermont will take a majority of their electives in areas required through licensure standards.
- An action research project.
- A leadership portfolio, which marks the final requirement of the program.
- Portfolios are presented at each student’s culminating Master’s Oral Examination.
The MEd program for licensure require 33-36 credit hours of coursework including seminars, internships, and research experiences.
Core Courses (15 credits)
EDLP 334: Effecting and Managing Change, Spring, (3cr)
EDLP 353: Organizational Leadership, Fall (3cr)
EDLP 387: Collaborative Consultation, Spring, (3cr)
EDFS 209: Introduction to Research Methods, Spring, (3cr)
EDFS 322: Challenge of Multiculturalism, Fall (3cr)
Elective Courses (12-15 credits)
Courses are required for VT Administrator Licensure
EDLP 266: Education Finance, Spring, (3cr) OR
EDLP 280: School and Agency Business Management, Fall/Spring, (3cr) AND
EDLP 268: Education Law, Spring, (3cr) AND
EDLP 335: Staff Evaluation and Development, Fall/Spring, (3cr) AND
EDLP 336: Curriculum Leadership, Fall, (3cr) AND
EDLP 337: Political Processes, Fall/Spring, (3cr)
EDLP 372: Leadership and the Creative Imagination, Spring, (3cr)
EDLP 380: Data Analysis for Action Planning, Fall, (3cr)
EDLP 386: Organization and Human Resource Development, Spring, (3cr)
EDLP 319 Internship (3cr). Internship proposals are due the semester prior to starting. General guidelines for the proposal are listed in the handbook and should be discussed with your advisor.
Applications for the Master’s program can be downloaded from the Graduate College website, or directly from their offices at 330 Waterman (802-656-3160 802-656-3160). Application includes a statement of purpose, three letters of reference, and copies of all official transcripts.