Contemporary Educational Leadership (Graduate)



Instructional Leadership and Professional Development

School of Education



The Master of Education in Contemporary Educational Leadership is a 33 credit hour MSDE approved program premised upon a set of standards and beliefs established by the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Leadership Development. The Master of Education in Contemporary Educational Leadership is an investment in preparing tomorrow’s educational leaders. School administrators must believe that “improving instructional practices is the essential skill” for all learning and that school leadership is the key to overall school improvement. MCEL participants examine the nuts and bolts of operating a school. Attention is given to special education; scheduling, facilities; budgeting and human resources; personal mastery/attributes and technology. MCEL participants are able to demonstrate competency in a variety of leadership approaches that promote building partnership, relationships, and the maintenance thereof. Participants in this course examine theory, research, best practices, challenges and barriers to, and the different types of school, family, and community partnerships. The participants develop leadership skills and devise effective communication strategies to build relationships that organize effort for the purpose of connecting schools, parents, and community organizations. Participants utilize learned knowledge to design partnership interventions to address one aspect of school improvement. . Leaders from a variety of organizations (local education agencies, academia, businesses, etc.) provide the MCEL participants the best skill development opportunities.


Entry Requirements

  • Interview
  • GPA of 2.5 or better
  • Bachelor's Degree/Certified Teacher
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Writing Sample at the time of the Interview
  • Resume/CV


Core Courses

Course
Crs.
Title
EDUC 646
3
Human Relations and Interpersonal Skills
EDUC 655
3
Supervision of Instruction
EDUC 701
3
School Law
EDUC 705
3
Strategies for Curriculum Development
EDUC 707
3
Administration of Education PRograms
EDUC 667
3
Practicum
EDUC 660
3
Seminar I - Critical Issues in Contemporary Educational Leadership
EDUC 681
3
Building Effective School-Family-Community Relations for Effective Schools
EDUC 661
3
Seminar II - Critical Issues in Contemporary Educational Leadership

Research Courses

Course
Crs.
Title
EDUC 583
3
Masters Degree Thesis I
EDUC 584
3
Masters Degree Thesis II