Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program provides students with the conceptual tools and professional preparation to become accomplished school leaders. The content illustrates the actions and behaviors of effective leaders aligned to the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders, which are standards of which school leaders are evaluated. The educational leadership program’s scope and sequence ensures aspiring leaders’ attainment of concepts inclusive of leadership theories, supervision and professional development, management of school resources, culturally responsive proficient leadership, the importance of research in practice, school law, collaborative leadership coupled with a diverse and competent team, student achievement, and school and community relations. Loyola's educational leadership program has been continuously accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  

Explore the Curriculum

The M.Ed. degree requires 39 credit hours. The program of study will focus on both the theory and practice of contemporary school leadership. This program includes a six-credit internship, through which students have the opportunity to apply experience and further develop their leadership abilities in a real-life education setting.

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 certificate program 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. M.Ed. students must have 30 credits completed before being able to take the internship, while certificate students need to have completed 15 credits prior to the internship.

Completion Time

The educational leadership program may be taken full-time (to be completed in 2 years) or part-time (to be completed in 3-5 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 (MSDE). We prepare candidates for the School Leaders Licensure Assessment and the current MSDE eligibility requirements for certification after course completion. 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.

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

  1. Obtain a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.
  2. Receive an eligibility certification as an administrator I (assistant in administration, supervisor in instruction, or supervisor in central administration).
  3. Seek administrator II (principal) certification (students are required to successfully complete the School Leaders Licensure Assessment exam).