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The University of Vermont's Master's Degree (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership cultivates innovative leaders who can build and strengthen communities in a variety of educational and social service settings. Through research-informed coursework and practical experiences, you will learn to think and act creatively, responsibly, and effectively in leadership roles that make a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, adults, families, and communities.

Our program is unique in that it caters to individuals who are engaged in schools, colleges and other organizational settings, such as health and human service organizations, law enforcement, or other fields. In particular, the program for professionals seeking to broaden and deepen professional knowledge as a way to improve or expand contributions in the field. We strive to improve practices through the generation of new knowledge and service to educational institutions, policy arenas, and human services.

Below the video carousel, you will find about the two program pathways or strands (School Leadership or Community and Organizational Leadership) designed to match your specific goals.

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Choose Your Pathway (Strand)

School Leadership Pathway

This strand is for educators interested in serving as school leaders (principals, curriculum leaders, supervisors, teacher leaders) in PK-12 schools. Many of the state competency requirements for administrative licensure in Vermont are met through our core courses and electives.

Community and Organizational Leadership Pathway

This pathway is for those who are or are seeking to become leaders in human resource agencies, higher education, and community organizations. Enrolled students and graduates serve in a wide array of organizations in social services, private schools, camps, police services, and various roles in higher education. There are five core courses, and the remaining courses are chosen in consultation with an advisor to support your focus and interests.

Major Themes

Major themes in the Educational Leadership M.Ed.

  • Leadership theory and practice
  • Social justice
  • Teaching and learning
  • Organizational renewal and change
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Social institutions, diversity and equity
  • Systems context and management
  • Inquiry, reflection and action
  • Policy, law and finance

Learning Outcomes

Major learning outcomes

  • Understanding alternative perspectives on leadership that support the development of more just, humane, and diverse organizations
  • Constructing effective ways to demonstrate caring and collaborative leadership
  • Creation of networks that support transformative leadership and change

Contact Us

If you are interested or have questions, please email us at:

Application Components

With your application, you will need to include the following:

  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of reference
  • Copies of all official transcripts

The application deadline is May 15 for the Fall semester, and November 15 for the Spring semester.

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