Educational Leadership

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 improvements in student achievement and teacher performance. Loyola’s program is ideal for experienced and successful teachers who want to make a difference on a larger scale and through the lens of social justice and serve the mission of improving the education and social emotional learning 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 contemporary context. Join us and become a Loyola Educational Leader—or compete with one. 

Program Overview

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  • Illustration of a stack of books Credits: 39
  • Illustration of a calendar Class Duration: 8 weeks
  • Illustration of a computer with charts and graphs on the screen Delivery: Online, Hybrid
  • Illustration of an analog clock Format: Full-time or Part-time
  • Illustration of a classical building with columns Next Admission Term: Fall 2022
  • Illustration of a graduation cap Time of Completion: 2-5 years
  • Illustration of a calendar Application Deadline: June 1

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Program Information

Program Offerings

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (Admin I)

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership provides students with the conceptual tools and professional preparation to become accomplished school leaders. This 39 credit hours program includes a six credit internship experience.

Learn more about the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program.

Post-Master's Certificate in Administration and Supervision (Admin I) 

The Certificate in Administration and Supervision  program provides a pathway for students who currently hold a master’s degree to earn a Certified Administrator Certificate (Admin I).  This twenty-one credit program includes a nine credit year-long internship in the student’s current school assignment.

Learn more about the Post-Master's Certificate in Administrative and Supervision.

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.  Our programs are state approved and nationally accredited. 

Loyola University Maryland's program is aligned to the code of regulations as identified by the Maryland State Department of Education. Participants must have 27 months of satisfactory teaching performance on a professional certificate or satisfactory performance as a certified specialist as defined in the COMAR regulations to receive the approved Administrator I program stamp.

Admission Requirements and Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Start Term Scholarship Deadline Priority Deadline
Fall Semester June 1 Aug. 2
Spring Semester Nov. 15 Dec. 15
Summer Semester
April 1

At the discretion of the department, applications will continue to be reviewed after the application deadline on a space-available basis.

Required Supplemental Materials

In addition to the application form, you must submit the following:

  • Nonrefundable $60 application fee.
  • Essay/personal statement. 
  • Official transcripts from all degree granting institutions attended.  The admission committee reserves the right to request official transcripts from universities where an applicant attended but did not complete a degree.  Please note that not submitting all transcripts where courses have been completed could impact course waivers.   
  • All foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an approved international academic record evaluation service. Visit the International Academic Records page for a list of approved services.    
  • Optional professional/academic letters of recommendation.
  • Optional Resume or curriculum vita.
  • Official English language examination scores are required for applicants who have not earned (or will not be earning) a bachelor's or higher degree from a college or university where English is the sole language of instruction. For additional details and a list of accepted English language exams, visit the English Language Examination Requirements page.
  • International Student Supplemental Forms (required only if a student visa is needed, and must be completed no later than 90 days prior to the start of the program).

Submitting Supplemental Materials

Please have your college(s) send your transcript(s) to one of the addresses below.

Mail to:
Loyola University Maryland
Office of Graduate Admission
2034 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD 21093

Or email to

Application Form

Online Application

Learn more about the admission requirements

Program Advantages

  • Students receive a master degree and administrator 1 certification.  
  • Our program is MSDE approved, aligned with the current Maryland Blueprint. 
  • Students who are already mastered are eligible for certification (admin I) only (19 credits). 
  • Students can individualize their learning experience with a built in, additional certificate, in education technology or anti-racism & social justice.   
  • Part-time and accelerated pathways to the degree are offered. 
  • Our program format offers a fully online option.  
  • Instructors in the program are all current or former school principals, associate superintendents, and superintendents who offer a balance of theory and practice.
  • Students complete a full year internship to apply organizational and instructional leadership skills within the social justice frameworks.

Internship Experience

The Program in Educational Leadership provides a full year internship that helps students to enhance and develop Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (PSEL).  In the internship, students are coached by two mentors, the University supervisor and school-based supervisor.  A variety of learning experiences, plus 1:1 and small group coaching, help students to think systemically, frame problems, as well as transform theory into action utilizing evidence-based decision making.  While working in the schools, students begin to implement best practices and theories from instructional, organizational, and social justice leadership frameworks. Through field experiences and year-long projects, the program is designed to provide authentic, on the job experiences which lead to a candidate positioned to take on an immediate leadership role in public and private school systems.   

Program Faculty

 Peter Litchka

Peter Litchka, Ed.D.
Co-Director, Educational Leadership

 Christine Mahady Christine Mahady, Ed.D.
Co-Director, Educational Leadership
 myra-smith Myra J. Smith, Ed.D.
Senior Lecturer
 Regina Massella Regina Massella, Ph.D.
 Fr. John Savard, S.J. Fr. John Savard, S.J.

Double Greyhound Alumni Discount

A 15% tuition discount is now available to Loyola alumni admitted to the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program beginning in the 2021-2022 academic year and beyond. Learn more about Double Greyhound >>