Educational Leadership

  • Credits for Licensure: 39
  • Credits: 32
  • Degree:
    Master of Education
  • Program Approved:
    Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary & Secondary Education

Program Description

The Educational Leadership master's program is based on the standards of the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and follows the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) Guidelines for the Preparation of Administrative Leaders. The program prepares administrators who have demonstrable skills in instructional leadership, management and operations, family and community engagement, and fostering of a professional culture. The ultimate goal is to create competent, caring and qualified educators, based on the principles of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. 

Licensing is available in the following areas:

  • MEd Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent License (all levels)
  • MEd Principal/Assistant Principal License (PreK-6)
  • MEd Principal/Assistant Principal License (5-8)
  • MEd Principal/Assistant Principal License (9-12)
  • MEd Supervisor/Director License (at level of prerequisite license)

Please note: At Cambridge College locations outside of Massachusetts, this program is currently non-licensure only.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates demonstrate a realistic understanding of the expectations and responsibilities of site-based administrators. They shall be able to promote the learning and growth of all students and the success of all staff by cultivating a shared vision that makes effective teaching and learning the central focus of schooling. They are able to effectively, safely, and efficiently use resources to implement appropriate curriculum, staffing, and scheduling; establish effective partnerships with families, community organizations, and other stakeholders to support the mission of the school and district; and nurture and sustain a school culture of reflective practice, high expectations, and continuous learning for staff.

Careers

Graduates who qualify to seek one of the site administrator licenses can enter into the full range of school leadership positions as well as enter into the policy arena. Most commonly, graduates assume teacher-leader roles, and assistant principal and principal positions. Some move into management of corporate education. Those graduating in the non-licensure track are able to pursue positions in private and charter schools; in workforce development, training, or policy. Some graduates enter the Cambridge College CAGS program in educational leadership and move into the same positions as above with the addition of central office positions.

 

For more information, please contact Admissions at 1-800-829-4723.

Curriculum

Please note: At Cambridge College locations outside of Massachusetts, this program is currently non-licensure only.


Professional Seminar and Project
11
Credits
Professional Seminar I: School Administration (Initial)
EAD 691N 2 credit(s)
This seminar focuses on the development of leadership and human relationships within the school and community. Attention is paid to personal aspects of leadership such as style, dealing with stress, time management and the moral responsibility of school administrators. Students also discuss educational topics and issues of current interest. (This theme continues through all four terms.) Students are introduced to basic research skills such as use of on-line and professional libraries and the conventions of APA style for writing papers and the Independent Learning Project (ILP). Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Professional Seminar II: School Administration (Initial)
EAD 692N 2 credit(s)
Prerequisite: EAD691N. Pre-practicum: Fifteen hours directed field-based training required. This second seminar emphasizes the development and functioning of organizations and the study of organizational behavior. Attention is paid to the leader's role in culture and climate. Students examine the culture and climate of their own work setting within frameworks reviewed in the seminar. Students learn how to prepare and write the literature review for the ILP.
Professional Seminar III: School Administration (Initial)
EAD 693N 2 credit(s)
Prerequisite: EAD692N. This third seminar emphasizes the study of introducing and supporting change efforts in schools. Topics include managing change, dealing with varying attitudes toward change and institutionalizing change. Supporting topics include the use of vision, goal setting, identifying priorities, allocating resources and collecting data on learning. Students learn principles of basic research design and should develop the initial draft of their ILP this term. Those students completing a practicum in this term will present it to the students in the seminar, providing a basis for the discussion of the relationship of action research to the reality of school reform. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Professional Seminar IV: School Administration (Initial)
EAD 694N 2 credit(s)
Prerequisite: EAD693N. The final seminar emphasizes linking practice and theory. Particular attention is paid to processing the issues and questions that arise during the practicum experience. Interpersonal aspects of leadership are revisited in the context of the field experience. Students discuss issues connected with obtaining a leadership position including resumes, the interview process and contracts. The ILP is completed and presented to the members of the seminar, providing a basis for the discussion of the relationship of action research to the reality of school reform. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Independent Learning Project: School Administration
EAD 800 3 credit(s)
Prerequisites: EAD691-693. The Independent Learning Project (ILP) is a culminating learning experience that helps school administrators integrate their personal and formal learning and their professional experiences into a meaningful whole. It reflects the general guidelines for school administrators and articulates the individual’s educational and administrative philosophy. The project is research and action based on a focused topic chosen by the student within the area and level of licensure sought. It engages students in sustained research into school administration. Parts of the project may be implemented during the practicum.
School Administration Courses
21
Credits

EAD720 required for Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent licensure. Other students take an elective (see program sheet).

Legal Aspects of School Administration
EAD 688 3 credit(s)
This course explores the legal principles which apply to current educational practice. It specifically deals with issues of students’ rights and teachers’ rights which impact and influence the operation of schools and the related tension created by multiple structures. Laws/ regulations and court decisions related to free speech, equal rights, and school discipline are studied. In addition, laws and policies dealing with IDEA (special education) and No Child Left Behind are examined in depth. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Finance and Business Administration for the School Administrator
EAD 690 3 credit(s)
This course prepares educators to understand and effectively manage the fiscal aspects of a school or school district. The work focuses on school finance as a matter of public policy and law, the different sources of school financing, and the funding mechanism at various levels of government. Proposition 2 1/2, the Massachusetts foundation budget process, financing procedures in other states, and the financing of charter, choice and voucher programs are examined. In addition, educators study school budgets, the role of the school’s community in developing and establishing the budget, and different approaches to the budgeting process. Finally, educators address the issues of plant management, custodial care, building maintenance, preventive maintenance, scheduling, energy management, collective bargaining and purchasing of materials for plant management. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Selection, Development, and Supervision of Educational Personnel
EAD 684 3 credit(s)
This course alerts students to the wide range of activities covered by the term “personnel management” and presents the best of current practices in the field. Students are prepared to select, develop and supervise teachers and other staff effectively. The school is presented as a learning organization - a place where all are supported in continuous growth and describes the administrator’s role in creating that culture. Formative and summative techniques for feedback about performance are emphasized. The course also includes the topics of the legal and ethical aspects of evaluation, hiring and dismissal. The importance of the administrator’s role as an instructional leader is emphasized. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Curriculum Development, Assessment & Improvement for the School Admin
EAD 712 3 credit(s)
Pre-practicum: Fifteen hours of directed field-based training is required. Development, assessment and improvement of curriculum to engage students in the learning process and prepare them to be active contributors in the information age is a challenge for school administrators nationwide. This course familiarizes students with proven practical techniques, methods and strategies for developing, implementing and evaluating curriculum. Current theories, research and practices related to effective teaching, curriculum designs and frameworks, and national state standards are explored. Internet resources and research sites are examined to aid students in understanding the complexities of curriculum development. Students also address different learning styles, cultural awareness, ethnic minorities, equity issues, and the use of community resources while designing and evaluating curriculum. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Contemporary Issues and Topics in Educational Administration
EAD 662 3 credit(s)
The effective educational administrator actively pursues further study in his/her field. By so doing, the administrator strives to acquire a knowledge base which will help deal with contemporary issues that will affect students, staff, community and the organization of the school. This course, therefore, features research and in-depth discussion of topics of immediate concern to the educational administrator. The topics may include, but will not necessarily be limited to strategic planning, organizational change, effective staff development, team building, outcomes based learning, the use of data for decision making, interpersonal skills necessary for site-based management, teacher evaluation, issues of equity, and community relationships. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Reconceptualization of Schools for School Administrators
EAD 782 3 credit(s)
Students examine the historical and metaphoric forces responsible for the shaping of our modern schools, changes in the dominant values, school culture and the culture of organizations in general. Attention is paid to changing roles and expectations of school administrators, pressures for school reforms, the role of school committees and boards and the use of data in change efforts. Emphasis is placed on considering change as a complex problem. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Advanced Systems Theory
ECA 720 3 credit(s)
It is essential that educational administrators in the central office understand systems theory and the dynamics of complex social entities such as schools and school systems. With knowledge of the system and subsystems that make up the total school organization, a school leader will be able to understand better the impact that decisions have on the entire school organization and therefore manage change more effectively. This course is required for all candidates for the Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent license. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Practicum
5
Credits

Practicum Prerequisites

  • Pass all teacher tests required by the state for this license. Massachusetts: Communication & Literacy (MTEL).
  • SEI705    Sheltered English Immersion for Administrators (2 additional credits) or MA DESE-endorsed course or SEI RETELL or SEI MTEL.
  • Pre-Practicum — 25 hours.
  • Pass all courses.

Except for the Supervisor/Director license*, the required practicum is 500 hours in role & level of sought. Enrollment in the practicum requires prior approval of the program chair with the placement finalized in consultation with the School of Education's pre-practicum/practicum coordinator. A licensed/certified leader employed by a school/district, working in the area of licensure sought, and a supervising faculty member in the School of Education are responsible for guiding and evaluating the practicum. Candidates seeking licensure must discuss practicum assignments with the program chair and have these finalized prior to enrollment and registration each term. Practicum hours are embedded within the required courses and conclude with EAD 790 for program completion.
 
*A practicum of 300 hours is required for licensure as a Supervisor/Director.

Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leaders (PAL) is required of candidates for licensure as a principal or assistant principal.

Practicum (Supt/Asst Supt) (All Levels) 300 hours
EAD 790A 5 credit(s)
Superintendent License, all levels, 300 hours. Prerequisites: Pre-practicum, all initial licensure courses, pass all teacher tests required for this license by Massachusetts: Communication and Literacy Test-MTEL). Professional Seminar III or IV required concurrently: EAD693 or 694. Effective Fall 2003: 300 hours in the role and at the level of the license sought, under a cooperating practitioner with the appropriate license, with Cambridge College supervision. The College supervisor and the cooperating practitioner plan the practicum with the student to achieve the minimum 300 hours at the practicum site. At least 95% of these hours will include direct administrative responsibility. Some of the hours may be logged during the school vacation periods when students are not present, and other administrative tasks such as scheduling, budget preparation and similar tasks are being performed. No more than 80 hours of the 300 should be logged during vacation periods. This practicum experience provides field-based training for students pursuing licensure as district superintendents/ assistant superintendents. Students work with the guidance and support of an experienced school administrator and observe his/her administrative strategies in action. Students reflect on their own professional growth and examine theory through actual practice. During the practicum, the cohort group continues to meet in the Professional Seminar. This support system serves as a forum for discussion of administrative experiences, problems and solutions and provides opportunity to share ILP experiences. The student prepares an Exit Performance Portfolio to document the experiences. Evaluation is based on current standards for licensure. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Practicum (Principal/Asst Principal) (Pre K-6) 300 hours
EAD 790B 5 credit(s)
Principal License, levels PreK-6, 300 hours. Prerequisites: Pre-practicum, all initial licensure courses, pass all teacher tests required for this license by Massachusetts: Communication and Literacy Test-MTEL). Professional Seminar III or IV required concurrently: EAD693 or 694. Effective Fall 2003: 300 hours in the role and at the level of the license sought, under a cooperating practitioner with the appropriate license, with Cambridge College supervision. The College supervisor and the cooperating practitioner plan the practicum with the student to achieve the minimum 300 hours at the practicum site. At least 95% of these hours will include direct administrative responsibility. Some of the hours may be logged during the school vacation periods when students are not present, and other administrative tasks such as scheduling, budget preparation and similar tasks are being performed. No more than 80 hours of the 300 should be logged during vacation periods. This practicum experience provides field-based training for students pursuing licensure as principal/assistant principal(preK-6). Students work with the guidance and support of an experienced school administrator and observe his/her administrative strategies in action. Students reflect on their own professional growth and examine theory through actual practice. During the practicum, the cohort group continues to meet in the Professional Seminar. This support system serves as a forum for discussion of administrative experiences, problems and solutions; and provides opportunity to share ILP experiences. The student prepares an Exit Performance Portfolio to document the experiences. Evaluation is based on current standards for licensure. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Practicum (Principal/Asst Principal) (5-8) 300 hours
EAD 790C 5 credit(s)
Principal License, levels 5-8, 300 hours. Prerequisites: Pre-practicum, all initial licensure courses, pass all teacher tests required for this license by Massachusetts: Communication and Literacy Test-MTEL. Professional Seminar III or IV required concurrently: EAD693 or 694. Effective Fall 2003: 300 hours in the role and at the level of the license sought, under a cooperating practitioner with the appropriate license, with Cambridge College supervision. The College supervisor and the cooperating practitioner plan the practicum with the student to achieve the minimum 300 hours at the practicum site. At least 95% of these hours will include direct administrative responsibility. Some of the hours may be logged during the school vacation periods when students are not present, and other administrative tasks such as scheduling, budget preparation and similar tasks are being performed. No more than 80 hours of the 300 should be logged during vacation periods. This practicum experience provides field based training for students pursuing licensure as district principal (5-8). Students work with the guidance and support of an experienced school administrator and observe his/her administrative strategies in action. Students reflect on their own professional growth and examine theory through actual practice. During the practicum, the cohort group continues to meet in the Professional Seminar. This support system serves as a forum for discussion of administrative experiences, problems and solutions and provides opportunity to share ILP experiences. The student prepares an Exit Performance Portfolio to document the experiences. Evaluation is based on current standards for licensure. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Practicum (Principal/Asst Principal) (9-12) 300 hours
EAD 790D 5 credit(s)
Principal License, levels 9-12, 300 hours. Prerequisites: Pre-practicum, all initial licensure courses, pass all teacher tests required for this license by Massachusetts: Communication and Literacy Test-MTEL). Professional Seminar III or IV required concurrently: EAD693 or 694. Effective Fall 2003: 300 hours in the role and at the level of the license sought, under a cooperating practitioner with the appropriate license, with Cambridge College supervision. The College supervisor and the cooperating practitioner plan the practicum with the student to achieve the minimum 300 hours at the practicum site. At least 95% of these hours will include direct administrative responsibility. Some of the hours may be logged during the school vacation periods when students are not present, and other administrative tasks such as scheduling, budget preparation and similar tasks are being performed. No more than 80 hours of the 300 should be logged during vacation periods. This practicum experience provides field based training for students pursuing licensure for principal/assistant principal (9-12). Students work with the guidance and support of an experienced school administrator and observe his/her administrative strategies in action. Students reflect on their own professional growth and examine theory through actual practice. During the practicum, the cohort group continues to meet in the Professional Seminar. This support system serves as a forum for discussion of administrative experiences, problems and solutions and provides opportunity to share ILP experiences. The student prepares an Exit Performance Portfolio to document the experiences. Evaluation is based on current standards for licensure. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Practicum (Supervisor/Director) at level of prerequisite license
EAD 790E 5 credit(s)
Director License, all levels, 300 hours. Prerequisites: Pre-practicum, all initial licensure courses, pass all teacher tests required for this license by Massachusetts: Professional Seminar III or IV required concurrently: EAD693 or 694. Effective Fall 2003: 300 hours in the role and at the level of the license sought, under a cooperating practitioner with the appropriate license, with Cambridge College supervision. The College supervisor and the cooperating practitioner plan the practicum with the student to achieve the minimum 300 hours at the practicum site. At least 95% of these hours will include direct administrative responsibility and some of the hours may be logged during the school vacation periods when students are not present, and other administrative tasks such as scheduling, budget preparation and similar tasks are being performed. No more than 80 hours of the 300 should be logged during vacation periods. This practicum experience provides field based training for students pursuing licensure as supervisor/director. Students work with the guidance and support of an experienced school administrator and observe his/her administrative strategies in action. Students reflect on their own professional growth and examine theory through actual practice. During the practicum, the cohort group continues to meet in the Professional Seminar. This support system serves as a forum for discussion of administrative experiences, problems and solutions; and provides opportunity to share ILP experiences. The student prepares an Exit Performance Portfolio to document the experiences. Evaluation is based on current standards for licensure. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Supervision of Sheltered English Immersion Instruction for Administrators
SEI 705 2 credit(s)

Participants in the Cambridge College Administrator License program will be prepared to effectively serve English language learner students (ELLs). Participating students will be knowledgeable and able to administer, supervise and promote effective classroom strategies that maximize learning for ELLs. Participants in the Cambridge College Administrator License program will evidence an understanding of major trends in the twenty-first century language teaching and recognize the domains of listening, speaking, reading, writing and form focused instruction (grammar) for ELLs.

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Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required for admission into non-licensure programs.

  • Admissions Office:
    1-800-829-4723
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

Program Requirements

Licensure Programs

  • MTEL Communications and Literacy Test
  • GPA of 3.0
  • Program Chair consultation and approval

Students may enter the College without having met the MTEL and GPA requirements. Enroll in the non-licensure program aligned with the licensure desired. When the MTEL test is pased and a GPA of 3.0 earned, seek approval to transfer into the licensure program.

Learn more about School of Education and licensure program admission requirements.

Educational Leadership Program Requirements - licensure and non-licensure applicants

  • GPA of 3.0 - Applicants with lower grades may apply but must provide compelling evidence of potential to complete graduate level coursework.
  • Official letter on your employer's letterhead stating that you have met the employment requirement below. It must be signed by a school/district official (principal or human resources director). Three full years of employment are required in:

- Executive management/leadership role OR
- Supervisory, teaching, or administrative role in a public or private school, higher education OR
- District-wide, school-based, or other educational setting accepted by the dept.

See DESE website for exact requirements for the license you want.

Supervisor/Director: Initial or preliminary license in another educational role required; employment may be under this license.

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for School of Education

 

State Health Requirements

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form 

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.

 

Tuition

  • Credits for Licensure:
    39
  • Credits:
    32
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $515
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $1,995 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of September 2015, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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