General Requirements

  • 33-36 credit hours distributed among courses, summer seminars, independent study, action research, and internship
  • 15 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.

Specific Requirements

The MEd program for licensure require 33-36 credit hours of coursework including seminars, internships, and research experiences. 

Core Courses (15 credits)

EDLP 310: Effecting and Managing Change, Spring, (3cr)
EDLP 300: Leading Learning Organizations, Fall (3cr)
EDLP 320: Collaborative Consultation, Spring, (3cr)
EDFS 322: Challenge of Multiculturalism, Fall (3cr)
EDFS 209: Introduction to Research Methods, Spring, (3cr)
EDFS 340: Applied Data Analysis for Decision Making, Fall/Summer (3cr)


Elective Courses (12-15 credits) Courses are required for VT Administrator Licensure

EDLP 334: Education Finance and Policy, Fall, (3cr) OR
EDLP 280: School and Agency Business Management, Fall or Spring, (3cr) AND
EDLP 333: Education Law, Spring or Summer, (3cr) AND
EDLP 335: Staff Evaluation and Development, Fall or Spring, (3cr) AND
EDLP 336: Curriculum Leadership, Fall, (3cr) AND
EDLP 360: Policy to Practice, Fall/Spring, (3cr)
EDLP 372: Leadership and the Creative Imagination, Spring, (3cr)
EDLP 386: Organization and Human Resource Development, Spring, (3cr)


EDLP 390 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.

The internship is a field-study opportunity for Educational Leadership M.Ed. candidates to engage in the application of and reflection about theory to the “real world” of educational/human services leadership.  Through a process of supervised experiences in a professional setting, the intern is expected to engage in the practical application of theory and knowledge gained through the formal program.  The internship represents the culminating experience at the Master’s Degree level and enables each intern to demonstrate and document her/his application of leadership knowledge and skills to the changing nature of the school, educational, or human services environment.

In addition to the above, the internship is a carefully constructed and planned learning experience designed to enhance and expand upon competencies in several areas of study while offering the opportunity to integrate theory with practice. Opportunity to develop expertise in attaining academic, professional, and personal goals is integrated into the internship experience. Students are actively involved in the designing, participating, and reflecting upon internship experiences.   All intern candidates are expected to develop a portfolio that serves as a professional file for documenting one’s learning and growth during the internship.  Students who are pursuing administrative licensure will need to link their documented learning to the standards required for administrative licensure in Vermont.


Applications for the Master's program can be downloaded from the Graduate College website (follow links to "Admissions"), contact them directly for questions (802-656-3160).  Application includes a statement of purpose, three letters of reference, and copies of all official transcripts.  Deadline for Fall semester is April 1st, and November 15 for Spring semester.