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Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership

Degree Options: Master of Science in Education or Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study; with preparation for licensure as an assistant principal or principal at the elementary, middle, or secondary school level.
Credits: 38-credit M.S.Ed. or C.A.G.S.
Start Date: Most students enter the program in August
Program Length: Approx. 21 months of part-time study (evening, weekends, and summer classes)
Program Advisor: Anne Whittredge

Whether you are pursuing a new vocation as a school leader, or building on a decades-long career, Simmons's Educational Leadership program will help you develop the skills, knowledge, and vision to positively impact the schools and communities you serve. Recognized for providing exceptional school administrator preparation, our innovative, cohort-based program incorporates the best practices of some of the state's most highly accomplished education leaders, including principals, superintendents, curriculum leaders, and consultants.

With an emphasis on applied theory, our hands-on curriculum encourages students to reflect on and improve their personal leadership style. Students work closely with faculty mentors who draw on their experience as professional educators and administrators. Seminars and projects allow students to develop their managerial and leadership strengths in areas such as decision making and problem solving, collaborative learning communities, conflict management and negotiation, school safety, budget planning, and teacher evaluation and supervision. Each student participates in a carefully designed, school-based, administrative practicum or internship that addresses his or her professional goals.

The Cohort Model

Most Educational Leadership students participate in a cohort of 15 to 20 educators during their studies. The cohort model allows students to exchange ideas, best practices, and diverse perspectives in a supportive community. Educational Leadership students are from urban and suburban school districts, including public, private, charter, and independent schools. Many are new teachers who have demonstrated leadership skills, while others bring more than 20 years of experience. All say the cohort helps them build a strong collegial network that continues to offer personal and professional support beyond graduation.

Degree Options

Participants complete a 36-credit course of study as a cohort, leading to a Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.), with preparation for licensing as a supervisor/director, assistant principal, or principal at the elementary, middle, or secondary school level. Those who already have a master's degree may pursue an additional master's degree or a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.). Most students enter the program in August and finish in 21 months. The course schedule accommodates working professionals, with classes offered during the summer, on weekdays in the late afternoon/evening during the school year, and on weekends.

M.S.Ed. candidates must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, prior teacher licensure, and successful teaching experience at a public, independent, charter, or parochial school. C.A.G.S. candidates must meet the same requirements and also have a master's degree.

Coursework

GEDUC 500 Leadership Development
GEDUC 502 The Law and Education Policy
GEDUC 503 Principal as Manager: Fiscal, Facilities, and Politics
GEDUC 505 Curriculum and Program Models, Development and Education
GEDUC 506 Classroom Supervision in Theory and Practice
GEDUC 529 Race, Culture, Identity and Achievement
GEDUC 508 Organizational Management
GEDUC 509 Foundations of Educational Leadership
GEDUC 510 Support Seminar
GEDUC 511 Practicum