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M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Principal Certification Preparation

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Principal Certification Preparation

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Complete your M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification Preparation in 18 Months 

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Program Information

The Graduate Program in Educational Leadership is designed for the working education professional who wishes to complete the program in an accelerated format. This 18-month program will provide educators with the skills and concepts necessary to function as principals, assistant principals and supervisors in K-12 settings. Establishing a positive school climate, developing school goals, a shared vision, supervision and evaluation of teaching and non-teaching staff members, and building community support for schools are some of the skills developed in this program. There is a focus on a changing society and the diverse issues that can affect a school, including the gaps of attitude, opportunity and achievement. Curriculum development and assessment as well as staff development will be addressed for all candidates. The courses will be experiential in nature with an emphasis on field studies.

Format and Class Schedules

Classes are designed and delivered in an accelerated format to allow candidates to complete the program in 18 months. Classes will meet in a hybrid, online and accelerated formats. A six-credit practicum is required. Students who begin in the program must stay enrolled in order to complete the required courses on schedule.


Total Credits: 33

Total Courses: 11

Sample Schedule


Fall 2020

Winter Intersession

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

Fall 2021

Spring 2022

EDLR 600

EDLR 630

EDLR 610

(weekend format)

EDLR 611

(weekend format)

EDLR 615

(weekend format)

EDLR 635

ELDR 701


EDLR 702

EDUC 520

EDLR 620

EDLR 640


Course Listing

EDUC 520 Educational Research and Evaluation (Required for M.Ed.) (3 credits)

EDLR 600 Conceptual Foundations for School Leadership (3 credits)

EDLR 610 Curriculum Theory, Development and Issues, Part 1 (3 credits)

EDLR 611 Curriculum Theory, Development and Issues, Part 2 (3 credits)

EDLR 615 The Improvement of Instruction, Staff Development, and Supervision (3 credits)

EDLR 620 The Principal as an Effective Agent of Change (3 credits)

EDLR 630 School and Community Relations (3 credits)

EDLR 635 School Law

EDLR 640 Personnel and Pupil Administration and Management (3 credits)

EDLR 701 Educational Leadership Internship I (3 credits)

EDLR 702 Educational Leadership Internship II (3 credits) 


The internship is a vital part of the educational leadership program. The candidate seeking specialization in leadership must complete a total of 360 hours, the majority of which includes a supervised internship in a school setting covering an entire school year. The candidate, with the internship supervisor, will define a program improvement and/or problem-solving project that will be carried out in the student’s school. The candidate’s Chestnut Hill College supervisor must approve the project. The candidate’s Principal/Mentor must agree in writing to allow the internship and project to take place in her/his school. The candidate’s Principal/Supervisor will be an integral part of the internship. 

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, two letters of recommendation and a professional goals essay articulating why the program is aligned with their professional and educational goals. Applicants are encouraged to apply by August 17, 2020

Tuition Rate for 2020-2021 Academic Year:

The program offers an average $7,000 savings compared to other colleges/universities.

The cost of your investment is shown below: 

Per credit cost

 $500  (standard rate is $625)

Total cost for 33 Credits

 $16,500  (standard total is  $20,625)


*No additional discounts applicable 

Financial Aid

Students may be eligible to receive up to $20,500 in financial aid/loans (per year), $6800 per term. For more information, you may visit Graduate Financial Aid or contact the office at 215.248.7182 or


The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants up to $4,000 to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. Learn more  

Contact Admissions

Office of Graduate Admissions
Chestnut Hill College
9601 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118

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