2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 20, 2024  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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The Master of Education degree program in Educational Leadership is designed to provide advanced professional studies in graduate-level coursework for applicants who are interested in becoming principals at various levels of K-12 schools, and are committed to excellence in student success. Graduates will become well-qualified professionals as they further their knowledge of the functions of a high achieving school in areas such as curriculum, instruction, management, personnel, finance, school law, public relations and the many facets of student achievement. They will be able to apply the theories and skills learned in the classroom to real situations. Numerous opportunities are provided to work with teachers, students and experienced principals in field experiences and to learn how to meet the demands of leadership as a building level administrator. The program will prepare these school leaders to be committed to continuous growth because they will understand that the body of knowledge needed to lead schools is growing and changing. Graduates of this program will be effective leaders who can create and maintain high quality schools. Applicants must have one-year minimum of teaching experience to be enrolled in the program.

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership requires completion of 36 semester hours of graduate work. A minimum of 27 semester hours must be completed in the major. The remaining nine (9) credit hours are taken from the education core for graduate studies in the Spadoni College of Education. Students become part of a cohort that takes courses together in a prescribed sequence. The program uses a hybrid approach of face-to-face and online courses and is designed to be completed in three years of ongoing coursework. At the completion of the degree requirements and passing the Praxis II exam in Educational Leadership and Supervision, graduates are eligible for certification as a school administrator in South Carolina.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the requirements for the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership will be able to:

  1. Apply content and pedagogical knowledge as educational leaders to teaching, learning, school and community processes in PreK-12 schools.
  2. Integrate leadership improving the use of technology to improve teaching, learning, and school operations for students in PreK-12 schools.
  3. Demonstrate their ability to work as educational leaders with diverse populations comprising a school’s learning community.
  4. Demonstrate professional behavior and dispositions as leaders in PreK-12 schools.
  5. Engage in reflective practice to improve all aspects of school-level functions with a primary focus on teaching and learning for students, teachers, and staff in Prek-12 schools.

Admission Requirements

The following are required for admission into the educational leadership program:

  1. A completed application for graduate study at the University and an official transcript from each school or college previously attended. (All prior undergraduate academic study must be represented as well as other graduate study if such study has been completed.)
  2. At least two letters of recommendation on the forms provided with the application.
  3. A minimum of one year of full-time teaching experience.
  4. Evidence of teacher certification at the grade level or in the subject area of the degree sought.
  5. Official transcripts reflecting an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 (overall) on a 4.0 scale on undergraduate work OR, a report of minimum score of 286 with no less than 146 on the verbal and 140 on the quantitative portions on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), OR, a report of a minimum score of (388) on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Scores must be no more than five (5) years old.
  6. Legal arrest/conviction statement.
  7. Approval of the Portal I Faculty Committee.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership in the Spadoni College of Education includes the following requirements:

  1. Successful completion of 36 semester hours in the approved program of study.
  2. Minimum overall 3.00 G.P.A in the program.
  3. Approval of the Portal III Faculty Committee.
  4. Successful completion of the Exit Portfolio.
  5. Successful completion of the Portfolio Presentation and written Comprehensive Examination.
  6. Passing score (145) on the PRAXIS II: Educational Leadership-Administration and Supervision.

Every graduate student will have a faculty adviser with whom to plan a program of study sufficiently intensive and sequential to assure professional competence and breadth of knowledge. Advisers are assigned by the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Coordinator. Though an adviser may be appointed, the appointment of an adviser is not intended as an assurance to the student that he/she has been officially admitted to the program.

No more than twelve (12) hours of study may be taken or applied to meet program requirements prior to full admission to the program.

Degree Requirements (36 Graduate Credit Hours)

Internship Requirements for Various Levels of Administrative Certification*

An internship in a middle school counts towards administrative certification at the level of the intern’s teaching certificate. Examples:

  1. If an intern is certified as an elementary teacher and does a semester long internship at a middle school, this internship partially qualifies the intern for Elementary Principal and Supervisor certification.
  2. If an intern is certified as a secondary teacher and does a semester long internship at a middle school, this internship partially qualifies the intern for Secondary Principal and Supervisor certification.
  3. If an intern is certified in a K-12 field and does a semester long internship at a middle school, this internship can be used to satisfy either the elementary or secondary internship requirement.

Teachers with either K-8 or 7-12 teaching certification will automatically qualify for middle school administrator and supervisor certification as South Carolina does not have a separate middle school certification category.


* For South Carolina certification as an elementary, middle, or high school administrator, students must pass the PRAXIS II - Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision.

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