The skills necessary for effective administration of a school are learned, not intuitive. Each year a number of teachers take the first step to secure certification as a school administrator. A knowledge base for administrators for 21st century school leaders includes data analysis, instructional leadership, organizational management, and providing equity for diverse learners. At Shippensburg University, we prepare students to successfully serve as school administrators. Faculty with real-world experience and insights provide a well-rounded educational leadership master’s program for our students. Faculty help prepare graduate students for diverse administrative responsibilities upon completion of our PA master’s program.
The MEd in School Administration Program The College of Education and Human Services offers a Master’s of Education in School Administration that includes certification as a principal and/or supervisor for teachers who wish to move into educational leadership and policy, and/or who wish to prepare for a doctoral program in educational leadership and policy. Post-master's programs are also available for certification of K-12 principals and the superintendent's letter of eligibility. Post-master's degree programs for the supervisory certificate in 12 fields of specialization are as follows: - Communication/English - Counseling - Early Childhood Education - Elementary Education - Environmental Education - Mathematics - Modern Languages - Pupil Services - Reading - Science - Social Studies/Citizenship - Special Education
MEd in School Administration Admission Requirements MEd in School Administration: Educational Leadership - Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. - Present an official transcript showing at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA for your undergraduate studies. - Have certification as a teacher and have completed at least two years of successful teaching experience in elementary, middle, or secondary schools (or have had other acceptable professional experience in education). - Present recommendation forms on forms provided by the department (one from the chief school administrator in the school where you are currently teaching or recently have taught, and one from another school administrator).
Licensure Exams Pennsylvania Department of Education requires a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment for K-12 principal and superintendent’s letter of eligibility applicants. The test is typically taken during the final semester of study. Applicants for single-subject supervisory certification must receive a passing score on the Supervisory Praxis Exam.
Practicum Experience A strength of the program is the required 360-hour field-based internship during which prospective administrators experience the relationship of theory to practice and attempt to answer this question: What are the things a school administrator does that contribute meaningfully to student learning? Over the years, Shippensburg University has built and maintains excellent relationships with the schools and school districts of Central Pennsylvania. In consultation with a faculty advisor, students determine which school, school leader, and school district will provide the best hands-on practical experience in school leadership. Through this practicum, students are directly involved in administrative experiences. Typically, the practicum experiences are spread across two semesters, with the specific goal of participating in school leadership across the entire scholastic calendar. Students who are interested in pursuing a PA educational leadership master's degree will develop individual experiences during their practicum placement that can help mold their future career.
MEd in School Administration Special Resources While enrolled at Shippensburg University, students find their professors to be a highly supportive group who respect personal educational goals and treat students as fellow scholars. Students also enjoy sharing common interests and ambitions among their fellow classmates. Both of these factors provide for a pleasant, challenging learning environment. The Ezra Lehman Memorial Library’s education database collection is excellent. Within the library, there are resources with a high degree of relevance to your studies because many of them were provided by practicing school administrators in central Pennsylvania, such as: dissertations, collective bargaining agreements, policy manuals, annual reports, newsletters, and other materials related to the administration of schools.
Have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. (See course description for additional information)