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Elementary & Secondary School Administration

The program in Elementary & Secondary School Administration is housed in the College of Education, which is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). It offers the Master of Education (MEd) degree, which leads to administrative certification in the state of Maryland. Candidates are required to complete a state-approved, 41-semester-hour program of graduate study, which is designed to prepare the candidate to function as a competent and caring administrator.

The program is structured on the premise that schools need effective leaders; that leadership is provided through the role of the principal, who is the instructional leader of the school; and that leadership can be taught. Effective administrators must be effective leaders and should have a sound theoretical knowledge base, with the specific skills necessary to identify problems and make appropriate decisions; and their decisions must be based upon a combination of research and practice.

The program fosters an academically rigorous and collaborative environment that nurtures quality in academics, encourages reflection, and supports the development of personal and interpersonal skills. Research on teaching and learning methodologies is emphasized to enable the expansion of teacher excellence. Computer applications in all courses are stressed and various forms of technology are embedded.  The seminar and practicum are the last phases of the program.  They validate the candidate's ability to to translate theory into practice.  In the practicum course, candidates are required to apply knowledge and skills in the major area of responsibility.

All courses are aligned to the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) Standards that were developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers in collaboration with the National Policy Board for Educational Administration. Download the PSEL Standards.

For inquiries and further information, please contact:

Director:  Dr. Edward Newsome
Phone: 301-860-3150


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