This 30-credit master's degree prepares candidates for leadership and management positions in a variety of educational settings. The program emphasizes an understanding of the complexities of change in schools, communities, and organizations. Participants are expected to develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to create and maintain learning environments that value diversity, continual knowledge acquisition, instructional leadership, innovative and ethical decision making, reflective practice, and successful achievement of all school-aged youth.

Admissions

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions.

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Banner Code: E1-MED-EDLE

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30

Core Requirements

EDLE 610Leading Schools and Communities3
EDLE 616Curriculum Development and Evaluation3
EDLE 618Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction3
EDLE 620Organizational Theory and Leadership3
EDLE 636Adult Motivation and Conflict Management in Education Settings: A Case Study Approach3
EDLE 690Using Research to Lead School Improvement3
Total Credits18

MEd without Concentration

Grades of B- or better are required for licensure.

EDLE 612Education Law3
EDLE 614Managing Financial and Human Resources3
EDLE 634Contemporary Issues in Education Leadership3
EDLE 791Internship in Educational Leadership 13
Total Credits12

MEd with Concentration in Independent School Leadership (non-licensure) (ISL)

This concentration is a non-licensure path within the Education Leadership program with a focus on the unique leadership and instructional needs of directors, heads of schools, and other professionals responsible for the growth and management of independent and private schools. Like other candidates in the Education Leadership program, students will develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to create and maintain learning environments that value diversity, instructional leadership, innovative and ethical decision-making, reflective practice, and the successful achievement of all students, with an emphasis on the independent school context.

Coursework

EDLE 613Education Law for Independent and Nonpublic Schools3
EDLE 615Managing Financial and Human Resources for Independent Schools3
EDLE 635Governance and the Independent School Boardroom3
EDLE 792Internship in Independent School Leadership3
Total Credits12

 MEd with Concentration in International School Leadership Research (ISLR)

The 30 credit International School Leadership Research (MEd Concentration in Education Leadership) option is a non-licensure path within the Education Leadership program with a focus on the unique leadership and instructional needs of directors, heads of schools, and other professionals responsible for the growth and management of international schools, including IB schools. Students will develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to create and maintain learning environments that value diversity, instructional leadership, innovative and ethical decision-making, reflective practice, and the successful achievement of all students, with an emphasis on the international school context and the leadership requirements of International Baccalaureate schools and communities. This concentration within the MEd in Education Leadership meets the International Baccalaureate Organization’s standards for both the International Baccalaureate Educator Certificate in Leadership Practice and the International Baccalaureate Educator Certificate in Leadership Research. 

Coursework

EDLE 615Managing Financial and Human Resources for Independent Schools3
EDLE 792Internship in Independent School Leadership3
EDUC 606Education and Culture3
EDUC 628Curriculum for IB Leadership3
Total Credits12