MEd in Educational Leadership: To qualify as a candidate, you must:
- Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Present an official transcript showing at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA for your undergraduate studies.
- Have certification as a teacher and have completed at least two years of successful teaching experience in elementary, middle, or secondary schools (or have had other acceptable professional experience in education).
- Present recommendation forms [PDF] on forms provided by the department (one from the chief school administrator in the school where you are currently teaching or recently have taught, and one from another school administrator).
Candidates must complete an oral competency interview before completing the 33-credit program. See the Graduate Catalog for a complete list of courses and program requirements.
Post-master's K-12 Principal Certification: You must meet the following criteria:
- Show a copy of your teaching certificate and evidence of three years of successful teaching experience at any grade level from K though 12.
- If you earned your master's degree from an institution other than Shippensburg University, you must provide an official transcript of your graduate and undergraduate studies.
- Provide a statement of purpose for seeking principal's certification.
- Provide recommendation forms [PDF] (one from an administrator in the school where you currently teach or recently have taught, and one from the chief school administrator).
Post-Master's Certification Programs: These programs require a minimum of 15 credits at Shippensburg University. A candidate who has completed a master's degree other than the MEd in Educational Leadership at Shippensburg University will not be required to complete a second master's degree; however, additional courses will be necessary for attaining the specified competencies.
Requirements vary according to specialty area, with a minimum of 15 credits at Shippensburg University. For information on the requirements in specific areas of specialization, contact the Educational Leadership Program Chair, Dr. Phillip F. Diller, at (717) 477-1591.
Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility: Because of the diversity of applicant educational backgrounds and experiences, upon admission to the program, planned courses will be developed on an individual basis with your advisor from the department. A minimum of 15 credits at Shippensburg University is required. You'll also need to meet the following criteria:
- Present official undergraduate and graduate transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions (unless a master of education degree or certification has been earned from Shippensburg University).
- Possess a 3.0 average in all prior graduate work.
- Provide two recommendation forms [PDF].
- Submit a goal statement.
- Submit a mentor agreement.
Pennsylvania Department of Education requires a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment for K-12 principal and superintendent's letter of eligibility applicants. The test is typically taken during the final semester of study. Applicants for single-subject supervisory certification must receive a passing score on the Supervisory Praxis Exam.
A strength of the program is the required 360-hour field-based internship during which prospective administrators experience the relationship of theory to practice and attempt to answer this question: What are the things a school administrator does that contribute meaningfully to student learning?