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Educational Leadership Certificate Curriculum

Loyola’s Educational Leadership program offers rigorous, challenging, and relevant coursework to broaden and deepen one’s expertise. The program's four primary strands include:

  • 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

Program candidate may complete the state certification requirements by earning 21 semester hours of graduate coursework from the following six areas: School Administration/Clinical and/or Instructional Supervision, Curriculum Design, Group Dynamics, School Law, and Practicum/Internship.

Sample Program of Study
Fall 1  AD651 Leadership and Equity (3cr.)
  AD675 Leading Change: School Leadership and Management (3cr.)
Spring 1 AD650 Curriculum, Assessment, and Instructional Leadership (3cr.)
  AD662 Leadership, Supervision, and Professional Development (3cr.)
SU1  AD668 School Law, Policy, and Ethics (3cr.) 
FA2 AD688 Internship in Educational Leadership I (3cr.)
SP2 AD689 Internship in Educational Leadership II (3cr.)

The program requirements and course descriptions can be found in the Loyola University Maryland Academic Catalogue.


The internship is the capstone experience for students in either the M.Ed. or the Post-Master's Certificate in Educational Leadership. The purpose of the internship is twofold: to provide an opportunity for students to apply and develop their conceptual knowledge and understanding of educational leaderships under the guidance of an experienced school leader; and to provide an opportunity to assess and evaluate the performance of the intern in a real administrative and leadership context.

Completion Time

This program is designed to be completed in 2 years.

Program Outcomes

Loyola University Maryland's program is aligned to the code of regulations as identified by the 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 and the completion of a 3 credit special education course.

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply to obtain the Administrator I (assistant in administration, supervisor in instruction, or supervisor in central administration) endorsement.
  2. Be prepared for the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA).
  3. To become eligible for the Administrator II (school principal) endorsement, participants must obtain Administrator I and successfully complete the School Leaders Licensure Assessment. 

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