Loyola's graduate program in educational leadership is a unique blend of theory and practical application geared toward individuals with a passion for leading and facilitating student achievement and teacher performance. Focused on the National Standards for Educational Leadership and the Maryland Instructional Leadership Framework, Loyola's program is ideal for successful teachers who want to make a difference on a large scale and serve the mission of improving the education of all students, including those who have been traditionally underserved. With small class sizes, a dynamic instructional staff, and a curriculum that is comprehensive and innovative, the program successfully fuses theoretical principles with a pragmatic, real-world understanding of the educational system. This includes the development and understanding of leadership styles; a comprehensive look at organizational development, school culture, and perceptions of power; the blending of theory and practice; and an assessment of curriculum development and how people learn.
Teachers of all backgrounds and levels of experience are encouraged to apply to the program, and can choose between an M.Ed. and an M.A. in Educational Leadership. Additionally, Loyola offers two 18-credit post-master's certification programs in either Administration and Supervision or Advanced Study. Participation in either track provides eligibility for certification as an Administrator I (Assistant in Administration, Supervisor in Instruction, or Supervisor in Central Administration). Students seeking Administrator II (Principal) certification are required to successfully complete the School Leaders Licensure Assessment exam.