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2023-2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, M.Ed. Educational Leadership

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Advisement for the program is available from the Education Leadership  Department.

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership Program is a professional degree program designed to prepare educational leaders. The curriculum emphasizes both theory and practice in the preparation of administrators and supervisors.

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Program is an AAQEP and Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)-approved program. Candidates who complete the M.Ed. in educational leadership and who meet the requirement of 27 months of satisfactory teaching performance will be eligible for the Administrator I certificate (certification regulations may be changed by the State of Maryland). However, it is the responsibility of the candidate to understand and fulfill all state requirements and to make application to the state for certification. Candidates in states other than Maryland should consult with their state Department of Education to determine specific certification requirements.

Salisbury University’s program is based upon a carefully planned knowledge base and a well-defined philosophy. Graduates of this program should possess the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to promote excellence and high achievement in the schools. Graduates should be informed practitioners, possessing a full understanding of the theories that guide practice in school administration. Most importantly, they should demonstrate competence and skill as they apply knowledge to practice in educational organizations. Our graduates should respect the individual worth of all persons and appreciate the role of education in society.

Candidates in the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Program have the opportunity to read, study and discuss a wide range of theories and ideas related to school administration. They have many opportunities to explore ideas through research and study, as well as actual and simulated experiences in practicing the skills of school administration. They should be actively involved in acquiring an understanding of the theories and practice of educational administration through a variety of teaching and learning experiences.

The role of the University in preparing educational leaders extends beyond the boundaries of the campus. The University reaches out to the community to establish positive working relationships with other educational organizations. Cooperation between the University and the schools is essential as candidates are prepared as school administrators. Finally, an ongoing association between the University and its graduates is essential as we work to meet the present and future needs of education in our community.


Objectives of the program are as follows:

  • Provide educators opportunities for professional development and to extend their knowledge and skills into the realms of leadership in curriculum, instruction and decisionmaking as well as the management of resources.

  • Provide training for potential school administrators and supervisors that will emphasize the development of skillful professional performance.

  • Provide academic preparation for candidates who seek certification in school administration or supervision and/or career advancement.

  • Provide educational leaders with skills in the use of technology to make and implement informed decisions.

  • Provide an opportunity for candidates to learn within the environment of an educational cohort that will encourage collegiality and professional cooperation.


Admission to the Master of Education in Educational Leadership Program at SU requires an application for graduate program admission; the application fee; official transcript from all colleges and universities attended; if applying for in-state tuition, a Residency/Domicile Information Form; and the following additional application documents and requirements specified by the department:

  • Submit three letters of recommendation from qualified individuals who support the candidate’s ability for graduate study in educational administration and supervision.

  • Provide evidence of at least two years (18 months) of satisfactory teaching performance.

  • Possess an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.

  • Meet with a faculty member in the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Program to discuss professional goals and career objectives.

  • Must show evidence of 3 earned credits (at the undergraduate of graduate level) from an accredited institution of higher education in the inclusion of special needs student populations OR evidence of the completion of equivalent CPDs approved by the State of Maryland Department of Education.

Provisional Admission

  • Applicants who have a 2.50 to 2.99 cumulative undergraduate grade point average upon completion of the baccalaureate degree may be provisionally admitted to an M.Ed. program under the following circumstances:

    • The student has achieved a 3.0 cumulative GPA in the last two years of full-time undergraduate study, or

    • The student has completed nine credits of graduate study in a nationally accredited program with grades no lower than a B.

  • Applicants who have less than a 2.50 cumulative undergraduate grade point average upon completion of the baccalaureate degree may be provisionally admitted to an M.Ed. program under the following circumstances:

    • The student has completed nine credits of graduate study in a nationally accredited program with grades no lower than a B.

Once provisionally admitted, candidates must complete their first nine consecutive credit hours of graduate study at Salisbury University with no grade below B. Upon successful completion of nine credit hours, candidates are eligible for full admission to the M.Ed. program. Candidates who have not met the provisional admission requirement of achieving nine credit hours with grades of B or above are not eligible for admission.

Program of Policies

Following admission to the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Program, and prior to registration for classes, students are expected to become familiar with program requirements and to confer with the assigned faculty advisor to develop a plan of study.

  • Complete at least 33 semester hours of graduate credit with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (a minimum of 24 hours completed at SU)

  • Earn no grade lower than C, and no more than six credit hours of C or C+ in the program.

  • Prior to enrolling in EDLD 656 - Educational Leadership Internship /Issues Analysis , complete all prerequisite courses with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better and successfully earn a passing grade on each of the four questions on the Comprehensive Qualifying Exam. 

    • In the event that a candidate does not pass each individual question upon his or her first attempt at taking the Comprehensive Qualifying Exam, the candidate may re-take unsuccessful question areas a second time.

  • Take the School Leaders Licensure Assessment and report score to SU prior to program completion. It is recommended that candidates take the exam prior to the completion of EDLD 656 .

  • All work toward the Master of Education in educational leadership must be completed within seven calendar years from the end of the semester or summer tern in which such work began.


This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.

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