Educational Leadership

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

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership is for educators who wish to become leaders at the school (principal, assistant principal) and/or district level (supervisor, director, assistant superintendent and superintendent).

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.

Site-based Cohorts

This program is also offered through the site-based cohorts to employees of local school systems at various off-campus locations. Our cohorts are a lockstep format. Semesters consist of two 8-week classes and are held one night per week from 5-8:45 p.m. Participants benefit from a 15% tuition discount. Scholarships opportunities available up to $5,000 for completed applications. For more information about programs, locations, and upcoming information sessions, visit our cohort website.

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. 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).