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M.Ed. Instructional Leadership

Leaders of Learning

How does an instructional leader nurture a culture that is learning-focused? Why are principals leaders of learning? What is the relationship between leadership and the improvement of instructional practice? How does a leader effectively manage instruction in changing environments?

A master’s degree in instructional leadership can help educators answer these important questions.

What You'll Learn

Take your education career to the next level with the Mount’s Master of Education in Instructional Leadership. This evening program is designed for certified teachers who want to become instructional leaders in administration, and for non-educators seeking an advanced degree to lead within an organization (e.g., social work, human services, etc.)

Classes meet in the evening on a part-time basis so that you can balance your job and coursework. The majority of classes are offered in an 8-week format, allowing you to focus on one course at a time, with practicum experiences individually designed for working adults.

Coursework covers the following topics:

  • Current trends in education
  • Principles of school leadership and administration
  • Strategic planning and leadership
  • Curriculum, instruction and assessment
  • Improving instruction through supervision
  • Managing school finances
  • Educational policy and school law

Complete the inquiry form for more information or to connect with a program advisor.

Upon program completion, certified educators can seek administrator I or administrator II certification from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

M.Ed. study tracks also include concentrations in reading and technology facilitation.

Program Highlights

The Mount’s Master of Education in Instructional Leadership is designed for working adults.

Admissions and Application



Total cost of program tuition.* No additional fees.
  • Cost is based on 36 credits (12 classes) at $550 per credit, plus practicum I and II lab fees (I $250/II $350)*
  • No application fee
  • Students may transfer in up to 9 graduate credits
  • Students may seek financial assistance though federal and state funded programs, private loan providers, employer tuition remission or reimbursement, or deferment of undergraduate loans

Financial Aid

Students may seek financial assistance through federal and state funded programs, private loan providers, employer tuition remission or reimbursement, or deferment of undergraduate loans.
*Tuition represents 2019-20 rates which go into effect July 1, 2019. Tuition is subject to change without notice.

Admissions and Application

Classes begin: Year-round
Admissions: Rolling

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in education with a minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Current valid teaching certification

Application Materials

  • Free online application >
  • Official undergraduate transcript(s) from all accredited four-year institutions attended after high school
  • Copy of current valid teaching certificate

Send application materials to:

Graduate Education Programs
Mount St. Mary’s University - Division of Education
Archbishop Borders Hall
16300 Old Emmitsburg Road
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
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mary-newton-web.jpgIf you have any questions about the program or the Mount, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Mary Newton
Assistant to the Dean
Division of Education

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