Educational Leadership (Master of Education)
The Master’s degree in Educational Leadership is a nationally recognized program by the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE). The program is designed to cultivate leaders who can apply knowledge toward leading and building learning communities designed to make a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, families, adults, and communities. The program prepares public and private school leaders, curriculum leaders, teacher leaders, leaders of educational and social service agencies, and leaders for other educational organizations. The program is designed to prepare leaders to think and act creatively, responsibly, and effectively in leadership roles.
The master's degree Program in Educational Leadership is guided by its Conceptual Framework which is grounded in respect for diversity, social justice, and democratic community. The program is committed to the preparation of leaders who are reflective practitioners, instructional leaders, and change agents who can collaborate with other professionals to make a positive difference in schools, human service agencies, communities and in the lives of all learners. The program is directed toward preparing competent and caring professionals who:
- have the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions to promote the success of all students and/or members of their educational and human service organizations
- understand alternative perspectives on leadership that support the development of more just, humane, and diverse organizations.
- construct effective ways to demonstrate caring and collaborative leadership and understand how to partner with families and other community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and assets
- create networks which support leadership and change and cultures of learning
- advance educational and human environments that advance social justice, equity, and democracy
The program’s Conceptual Framework is guided by several principles which are aligned with the Vermont Standards for Professional Educators and the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) created by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration and the Educational Leadership Constituents Council (ELCC) Standards for Advanced Programs in Educational Leadership. The program is grounded in:
Knowledge is socially constructed through dialogue and community-based practice (constructivism).
Teachers and other school professionals work collaboratively to problem-solve with stakeholders (collaboration, interprofessional practice, reflective practice, excellence).
Human Development and Empowerment
Education facilitates development of human potential (developmentally appropriate practice, strengths perspective, empowerment).
All students can learn and have value in their communities (inclusion).
Multiculturalism/Culturally Responsible Pedagogy
Learning communities demonstrate respect for and honor diversity; pursue knowledge and affirmation of our diverse cultures (multiculturalism, culturally responsive pedagogy, equity).
Equity and Justice
Education should advance social justice and democracy (equity).
Program Areas of Concentration
While the program is designed within the broad concept of leadership, two major strands of concentration are available. The areas of concentration are:
- STRAND I: School Leader with Administrative Endorsement
- Educational Administration
- Curriculum Leadership
- Teacher Leadership
- STRAND II: Human Service, Organizational and Community Leadership
- Leadership in Private or Nonprofit Educational Organizations
- Leadership in human service agencies and other community/public agencies
The program requirements include:
- Thirty to thirty-six credits distributed among courses, summer seminars, independent study, action research, clinical field experiences, and internships.
- Fifteen of which comprise the core curriculum, with the remainder making up the students individual concentration. Students desiring the Vermont Administrative Licensure will take a majority of their electives in areas required through licensure standards as defined by Vermont Competencies for Administrative Endorsement and Vermont Standards for Professional Educators.
- A leadership portfolio which marks the final requirement of the program. Portfolios are presented as part of the Master’s Comprehensive Orals at the completion of each student’s degree program.
The M.Ed. program for administrative licensure requires thirty to thirty-six credits of courses including seminars, clinical field work, internships, and research experiences.
For students who already have a master’s degree there is a Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) available. The program requirements are identical to the master’s degree program and require thirty credits of course work, leading to Vermont Administrative Endorsement.
Courses with an administration/planning focus include: EDLP 264, EDLP 266, EDLP 268, EDLP 280, EDLP 291, EDLP 295, EDLP 319, EDLP 332, EDLP 334, EDLP 335, EDLP 336, EDLP 337, EDLP 352, EDLP 353, EDLP 354, EDLP 355, EDLP 356, EDLP 358 and EDLP 387.
Transfer of Credit
A maximum of nine (9) credits may be accepted in transfer into the program. Transfer credit may be completed prior to admission to the Masters of Education Program provided that the credit is approved by the student's Studies Committee and that the credit conforms to all other Graduate College requirements.
There are two application deadlines. Applications are due November 15th for admission the following spring and April 1st for admission the following summer and fall. The process for application is as follows:
- Students apply to the Graduate College through electronic submission of the application materials. Materials are available on the website for the University of Vermont, Graduate College.
- Applicants will be required to interview with the Masters Program Coordinator or program faculty member.
- Applicants will receive written notification of the status of their application from the Graduate College. Applicants are responsible for making sure all application materials have been submitted to the Graduate College.
- Once accepted, applicants will receive a letter of acceptance from the Program Coordinator and will be assigned an advisor.