Master of Education in School Administration
The skills necessary for effective administration of a school are learned, not intuitive. Each year a number of teachers take the first step to secure certification as a school administrator.
A knowledge base for administrators for the twenty-first century must include inductive methods of analysis, reflection on teaching and learning, examination of exemplary programs in schools, and an understanding of emerging problems and the complexity of organizations.
To provide for teachers who wish to move into educational leadership and policy, and/or who wish to prepare for a doctoral program in educational leadership and policy, the College of Education and Human Services offers a master of education degree program in educational leadership that includes certification as a principal and/or supervisor. Post-master's programs are also available leading to the certification of K-12 principals and the superintendent's letter of eligibility. Post-master's degree programs leading to the supervisory certificate in 12 fields of specialization are as follows:
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- Environmental Education
- Foreign Languages
- Pupil Services
- Social Studies/Citizenship
- Special Education
To be eligible for admission to the following programs, you must:
M.Ed. program in educational leadership:
- Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
- Present an official transcript showing at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average 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 two letters of recommendation 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.
Post-master's degree program leading to certification as a K-12 principal:
- 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, and
- Provide two letters of recommendation (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 degree program leading to supervisory I certification in: communication/English, counseling, early childhood education, elementary education, environmental education, foreign languages, mathematics, pupil services, reading, science, social studies, and special education:
- Fulfill the same requirements listed immediately above, plus your master's degree must have an emphasis in a subject matter field or education specialist area.
Superintendent's letter of eligibility program:
- 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.
- Successfully complete an oral review after 6 credits if you have not received a master of education degree or certification in educational leadership from Shippensburg University.
- Complete a minimum of 15 credits with the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy.
- Provide two letters of reference on forms obtained from the department.
- Maintain "continuous enrollment," which shall be interpreted as a minimum of 6 graduate credits per year.
To qualify as a candidate for the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, you must complete 33 semester hour credits of graduate study distributed as follows:
- Required Courses ( 30 hours)
- Elective (3 hours)
A thesis option is available. Candidates must complete an oral candidacy interview after six hours of course work.
The post-master's certification programs require a minimum of 15 semester hour credits as outlined below. A candidate who has completed a master's degree other than the master of education degree in educational leadership at Shippensburg University will not be required to complete a second master's degree; however, his or her program will need to include additional courses identified as necessary for attaining the specified competencies.
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 credit hours is required.
In the supervisory certification programs, requirements vary according to specialty area, with a minimum of 15 semester hours required. For information concerning the requirements in your projected area of specialization, call or write to:
Dr. Gerald L. Fowler, Chair
Educational Leadership Program
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
A passing score on the PRAXIS test is required for principal and supervisory certification.
Over the years, Shippensburg University has built and maintains excellent relationships with the schools and school districts of central Pennsylvania. In consultation with a faculty advisor, you will determine which school and school district will best, and most conveniently, provide you with the practical experience in leadership in schools. Through this practicum, you will be directly involved in administrative experiences that help you to bridge the gap between theory and practice. PDE requires a minimum of 360 hours of site-based study. There are standards that must be met.
NASSP Principals Assessment Center
A center for NASSP's Selecting and Developing the 21st Century Principal is located in the Department of Educational Leadership & Special Education. This provides an opportunity for assessment for aspiring principals and for training as an assessor.
While enrolled at Shippensburg University, you will find your professors are a highly supportive group who respect your personal goals and treat you as a fellow scholar. You will also find that there are common interests and ambitions among your fellow classmates. The combination of these two factors provide for a pleasant, challenging learning environment.
Because of the nature of your studies, a great portion of your on-campus hours will be spent in the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library. The library's education collection, whether pertaining to elementary, middle, or secondary school, is excellent. Within the library, the department has established a resource area in which you'll find dissertations, collective bargaining agreements, policy manuals, annual reports, newsletters, and other materials related to the administration of schools. These resources have a high degree of relevance to your studies because many of them were provided by practicing school administrators in central Pennsylvania.
A strength of the program is a required field-based internship during which prospective administrators see 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?
Shippensburg University and Widener University participate in a cooperative doctoral program in educational leadership.
Each member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy holds an earned doctorate and holds (or has held) an administrative position in education.
James R. Johnson, Ed.D., Dean, College of Education and Human Services.
Gerald Fowler, Ph.D., Director, Educational Leadership Program, University of Maryland; leadership, technology, curriculum and superintendency.
William K. Cowden, Ed.D.,Temple University; supervision,the principalship, and superintendency
Phillip F. Diller, Ed.D., Duquesne University; administration, the principalship.
Corinne E. Eisenhart, Ph.D., University of Virginia;curriculum,diversity,the principalship