Educational Leadership

Shippensburg University understands the importance of providing programs for school district, state level and organizational leaders. Ship's Department of Educational Leadership works in collaboration with the Office of Professional, Continuing and Distance Education (PCDE) to provide a variety of graduate certificate and post-master's programs.

Expert Faculty & Mentors

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing education professional with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to develop and implement programs that support the Commonwealth’s children in realizing their full academic potential in a variety of educational settings.

The program cohorts are smaller in size to encourage discussion and collaboration amongst students under the guidance of university faculty, leadership fellows who are practicing experts in the field, as well as district-level executive leaders who serve as mentors.

Flexible Coursework for Busy Professionals

These programs and cohorts are offered in convenient locations, with variety of online components, plus evening and/or weekend courses.

M.Ed. In Educational Leadership + Principal Certificate 

The College of Education and Human Services offers a Master's of Education in School Administration that includes certification as a principal and/or supervisor 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.

Blended Face-to-Face and Online

  • 33-credit cohort program allows students to earn both the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and the Principal Certificate at the same time  
  • Complete in 2½ years or less 
  • Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) approved 

Why Study Educational Leadership?

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.

Learn the core concepts of:

  • Data analysis
  • Instructional leadership
  • Organizational management
  • Providing equity for diverse learners

Program Requirements 

Visit the Master of Education in Educational Leadership page for program requirements.


The Supervisory / Principal Certificate

Post - M.Ed. Program

The Supervisory / Principal Certificate is a post-master's degree program that's ideal for individuals who have earned M.Ed. and want to expand their leadership skills.

Fields of Specialization 

The Supervisory Principal certificate program offers specializations in the following fields: 

  • Communication/English
  • Counseling
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Environmental Education
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Pupil Services
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Social Studies/Citizenship
  • Special Education   

Flexible Course Work for Busy Professionals

  • Complete program in 6-7 courses (depending on student background (5 courses and 2 practicums) 
  • 3 weekends a semester per course 
  • Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) approved

Program Requirements 

Visit the Master of Education in Educational Leadership page for program requirements.

Superintendent Letter of Eligibility 

Leadership Residency Program Option 

This program is designed for education professionals who are seeking alternative pathways to executive-level certification. With the Leadership Residency Program option, you can complete residencies for the Letter of Eligibility at your home school district.  

For more information about joining next cohort or attending program info session, please contact Department of Education Leadership & Special Education -

Program Requirements 

Visit the Master of Education in Educational Leadership page for program requirements.

Program Questions & Academic Advising

College of Education and Human Services
717.477.1373 |

Department of Educational Leadership & Special Education
717.477.1591 |

General Information 

Office of Professional, Continuing & Distance Education 
(717) 477-1502 |

The School of Graduate Studies
308 Old Main
(717) 477-4016  

National & Professional Education Associations