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Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management Online

Prepare for a broad range of administrative and leadership roles, both inside and outside the classroom, by enhancing essential skills and competencies in this non-licensure program.

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3/15/21 Start classes

Overview

The non-licensure Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management online program expands your skillset as an educator and administrator while delivering curriculum in an accelerated online format to meet your needs as a working professional. No teaching license is required to enter the program.

$12,276 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
33 Credit Hours

This 100% online M.Ed. online program combines online accessibility and convenience with a stellar Fitchburg State reputation for education programs dating back more than a century. The curriculum is designed to expand your leadership competencies, with courses delivered in an accelerated and flexible format ideal for working educators.

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As a graduate of this online program, you will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate competencies in managerial skills related to political arenas, personnel, fiscal affairs, acquisition of material resources, diverse publics, pupil populations, and organizational change
  • Apply an expanded knowledge base in the field of leadership and management in order to anticipate and to solve current and future problems inherent in the educational system
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are required to collaboratively lead and manage an educational enterprise effectively and efficiently to improve teaching and learning
  • Demonstrate competencies in managerial skills related to political arenas, personnel, fiscal affairs, acquisition of material resources, diverse publics, pupil populations, and organizational change
  • Apply an expanded knowledge base in the field of leadership and management in order to anticipate and to solve current and future problems inherent in the educational system
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are required to collaboratively lead and manage an educational enterprise effectively and efficiently to improve teaching and learning

Tuition and Fees

Our M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Management online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition, which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

$372 Per Credit Hour
$12,276 Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Management $372 $1,116 $12,276
  • Application fee: $50
  • Visit the student accounts website for a breakdown of tuition and fees
  • If you are applying for financial aid, please use School Code 002184. For further information, please contact Financial Aid at (978) 665-3302 or finaid@fitchburgstate.edu.
 

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Calendar

Fitchburg State online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

2/12/21 Apply by
3/15/21 Start classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Intent to Enroll Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Drop For Non Pay Last class day
Spring A 2021 01/19/21 12/18/20 12/28/20 01/04/21 01/11/21 01/12/21 01/13/21 03/07/21
Spring B 2021 03/15/21 02/12/21 02/22/21 03/01/21 03/08/21 03/09/21 03/10/21 05/02/21
Summer A 2021 05/17/21 04/20/21 04/30/21 05/03/21 05/10/21 05/11/21 05/12/21 07/05/21
Summer B 2021 07/12/21 06/11/21 06/21/21 06/28/21 07/05/21 07/06/21 07/07/21 08/29/21
Fall A 2021 09/02/21 07/30/21 08/09/21 08/16/21 08/23/21 08/24/21 08/25/21 10/20/21
Fall B 2021 10/28/21 09/20/21 10/01/21 10/08/21 10/18/21 10/19/21 10/20/21 12/16/21

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Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Management online program, along with information on required documentation. This program does not lead to initial teacher licensure. No teaching license is required to enter this program. The requirements include:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
Minimum 2.8 GPA on prior coursework
Resume detailing professional experience
PreK-12 classroom access e.g., full-time or part-time classroom teachers, assistant teachers, substitute teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators

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You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission.

  • Submit graduate application and pay $50 application fee
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended*
  • Applicants must have access to a PreK-12 classroom (full-time or part-time teachers)
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8 in prior coursework (a letter of recommendation is required for students with a GPA below 2.8)
  • No GRE, MTEL or teaching license is required to enter the program
  • Professional resume
  • Essay (no more than one page in length) on one of the following topics:
    • Tell us about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person's life
    • What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
    • Tell us about a significant event that involved you in a teaching or helping mode

To submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Fitchburg State University
Admissions Office
160 Pearl Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420

International Students:

  • TOEFL or IELTS scores required for natives of non-English speaking countries
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended*
  • General Foreign Credit Evaluation
  • GPA of not less than 2.5
  • Application fee ($50)
  • Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose (300 word minimum)

*All foreign transcripts must be formally evaluated before we are able to make an admissions decision. Graduate applicants are required to submit a "general" evaluation.

Following are suggested organizations which provide foreign credential evaluation services:

You are encouraged to contact the Fitchburg State International Admissions department if additional information is needed at 978-665-4399 or intladmissions@fitchburgstate.edu.

U.S. citizens with foreign education (from a non-English speaking country) will need to follow the international admission requirements (TOEFL excluded). Students with the following visa are not eligible for the program:

  • I-20
  • F1

TOEFL Code: 3518

IELTS Code: No code; please select Fitchburg State as a recipient.

To be successful in this program, applicants must have professional access to a PreK-12 instructional environment. This would include such roles as a full-time or part-time classroom teacher, assistant teacher, substitute teacher, paraprofessional, or administrator. The applicant must also be fluent in the language of the school. For questions about these requirements, please contact an admissions specialist at 844-351-9393 844-351-9393 .

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Courses

For the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Management online, the curriculum is comprised of 11 courses covering 33 credit hours.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to effectively consider school policy and structure for all students. To this end, this course will prepare leaders/administrators to effectively and comprehensively assess, evaluate and support best practices in instruction for learners who come from different cultural and/or linguistic backgrounds. There is a particular focus in this course on promoting academic success for English learners, students from homes in poverty and other students who may come from homes where standard English is not spoken.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Constitutional/statutory provisions governing a public school system are examined on local, state, and national levels. Particular attention is given to the legal and ethical parameters of compliance of federal and state guidelines, legislation, and judicial decisions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course lays the foundation for becoming an effective administrator. Students build the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of effective administrators through exploration of the many facets of administrator duties. Topics covered include: communicating effectively, developing vision and a positive culture for continuous improvement, data-driven decision-making, developing innovative action plans based on goals and vision, creating a support system that empowers others, and developing steps of program implementation within organization restrictions. Experiential (field-based) hours are embedded in this course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Through case studies, applied practice, and research-based practices, students investigate data sources for possible application in administrative decision-making to improve teacher effectiveness and student learning, as well as for school improvement. Methods for analyzing and interpreting federal, state, district and school-based data are covered with additional consideration of data credibility, relevance, reliability, and usability. Establishing a data culture, investing in an information management system, selecting the right data, and analyzing and acting on data to improve performance is emphasized. This course has embedded experiential (field-based) learning components.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course prepares future administrators with a solid base of knowledge, skills, and dispositions in regard to fostering and sustaining meaningful partnerships with families and community to positively influence the development of students—cognitively, socially, and emotionally. Students apply course content to develop comprehensive programs for effective school, family, and community partnerships. Strategies for developing and maintaining strong public relations are also covered. This course has embedded experiential learning components.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The focus of this course is two-fold: 1) establishing the rationale and organizational structure that support effective human resource management; and 2) addressing the fiscal and allocated functions of school administration. Topics include but are not limited to the selection of staff, budgeting, teacher induction, financing at the local, state, and federal level, tenure, promotion and dismissal, contracts, compensation and benefits administration, policy making, accounting and financing at the local, state and federal levels. This course has embedded experiential (field-based) learning components.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills essential to leadership roles in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. There are experiential (field-based) learning hours embedded in this course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on relevant topics that are currently shaping education today. In this course students will examine issues facing educators (i.e. curricular and instructional decisions, legislative mandates, diversity and special education). This course is designed to acquaint students with the current research in education and how to assess its effectiveness and pertinence to educational problems and their solutions. Students will identify and analyze the research literature, its effect on issues, stakeholders and on educational outcomes. In addition to taking a critical stance on research, students will examine their personal biases and perspectives on educational issues to develop knowledge, skills and professional empathy.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The role of the supervisor is examined and practiced as it has evolved from the traditional model to the instructional leadership model, a model that embraces collegiality and professional development in an era of accountability. This course has embedded experiential (field-based) learning components.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course includes a review and analysis of sociological and psychological factors inherent in the educational change process. Such topics as organizational behavior, intervention theory, inter-group relations, and management techniques, among others, are reviewed. The course schedule includes a series of multi-hour sessions mixing lecture, simulation, problem solving and discussion of the four major components of the course: Principles of Change, Preparation for Change, The Dynamic Change Process, and Continuous Improvement. Experiential (field-based) learning is embedded in this course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Completion of a comprehensive project utilizing educational technology in elementary, middle school, special, or secondary is required. Additional projects focus on associated school and school-district-based technology leadership. The course addresses competencies for developing and sustaining a comprehensive technology plan to improve teaching and learning.

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