The Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership is a 33-36 credit program designed to prepare educational and human service professionals for leadership positions in educational, policy, and non-profit settings. The program is unique in that it caters to individuals that are engaged in educational service delivery within schools, colleges and other organizational settings (such as law enforcement, health, human service organizations).

The master’s degree program cultivates leaders who can make a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, adults, families and communities. The program seeks domestic and international students, and those that seek to work with diverse groups at all levels. The program is designed for experienced professional practitioners who wish to broaden and deepen their professional knowledge, as well as to expand the contributions they can make to their professional areas. The program also strives to improve practices through the generation of new knowledge and service to educational institutions, policy arenas, and human services and is committed to developing leaders for social justice and equity for all.

There are two strands to the program:

Strand I:  School Leader with Administrative Endorsement

This strand is directed toward educators who are seeking Vermont Administrative Endorsement and who wish to serve as school leaders (principals, curriculum leaders, supervisors, teacher leaders) in PK-12 schools and/or school districts. Candidates who seek to enroll in this degree program should hold a teaching license and have three years of PK-12 classroom teaching experience. The program for this strand is comprised of five core courses, as well as a set of courses that meet licensure requirements in the State of Vermont.

Strand II:  Community and Organizational Leadership

This strand is directed toward individuals who are or are seeking to become leaders in human resource agencies, higher education and community organizations.  Enrolled students and graduates have served in a wide array of organizations from social services to private schools or camps to police services and various administrative roles in higher education.  The program for this strand is comprised of a core of five courses, after which the remaining courses are chosen, in consultation with an advisor, to address the student’s particular leadership focus and interests.

Major themes for the program are:

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