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Educational Leadership (M.Ed.)

Two Paths to Principal Certification

Looking to earn an M.Ed. and certification to become a Principal? Or, do you already have a master’s and need certification? You can accomplish either at Keene State College. Our Educational Leadership programs meet New Hampshire certification competencies for Principal (grades K-12).

Become a Principal through two program options:

  • Master of Education degree: with endorsement for NH Department of Education Principal (K-12) certification credential
  • Post-Master’s Certification Program: NH-approved certification program with endorsement to the NH Department of Education to confer Principal (K-12) certification credential
A Hands-On Approach

The KSC Educational Leadership Programs are designed to encourage the development of school Principals who are actively involved in school transformation as catalysts for educational change and leaders in educational reform. The programs prepare future school Principals to work as advocates for all members of their school community and to create learning environments that focus on equity and success for all students.

The programs are field-based; many courses require students to directly apply theory and content to actual school settings. Many are also sequential in design, with each course providing a base for subsequent courses. Two semester-long internships for a total of 300 hours, include a weekly seminar and require students to demonstrate mastery level leadership in a school setting.

Become an Effective Leader

Acquire the knowledge, skills, and ethical understanding needed to promote human potential in terms of learning, performance, and citizenship. Examine and fully understand how to lead an effective organization through motivation, human development, a focus on learning and learning styles, and proficiency in mediation, conflict resolution, delegation, and oral and written communication.

Benefits of a Keene State M. Ed. or Post-Master’s program in Educational Leadership:
  • Convenient schedules for working classroom teachers. Late afternoon, evening, and weekend classes. Summer courses can be part of week-long intensive institutes or spread throughout the summer. Many courses have an on-line component.
  • Choose and design projects to meet your specific professional goals. The Educational Leadership programs offer flexibility and individualization for highly motivated teachers looking for a leadership role in an area of their choice. The final year of the M.Ed. focuses on action research connected to individual scholarly and professional choices. Students use the findings from their research to support school change initiatives in a chosen area – for instance, safe schools, budget and facility planning, protocols for crisis management, and others.
  • An M.Ed. in two years. Start in the summer term and complete your 36-credit Masters or a 27-credit Post-Masters Certification in two years, including two summers.
  • An exceptional tuition value. Tuition and fees competitive with and lower than surrounding schools, and a minimal premium for non-residents.
  • A highly regarded faculty holding classes in one of New Hampshire’s most comfortable, friendly, and exciting small cities.
  • Individual attention from admissions interview to graduation and beyond.
  • We want to hear your unique story. Every applicant receives an interview, setting the tone for an educational relationship with faculty mentors who take explicit interest in their students’ goals and their self-expression. These mentorships continue as graduates enter the field.
Where are the Educational Leadership Jobs?

Take a look at the employment picture for professionals with master’s degrees in Educational Leadership at the NH Department of Education. You can also review Critical Teacher Shortage Areas and alternative paths to certification.

Coursework Breakdown
Term   Coursework
Term 1 Summer School Law *
Term 2 Fall Contemporary Issues & Effective Schools *
Budget, Facility & Safe Schools *
Term 3 Spring Curriculum Theory & Development *
Staff Selection, Supervision & Evaluation *
Term 4 Summer Curriculum Management & Student Assessment *
School Leadership *
Term 5 Fall Educational Research Foundations
Internship I: School & Community Relations *
Term 6 Spring Educational Research Design
Internship II: Connections *
Term 7 Summer Capstone

* Indicates post-masters certification courses

Basic Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher with 2.50 GPA or GRE scores within 50th performance percentile
  • Two years of fulltime teaching experience (K-12)
  • Passing Praxis scores or current teacher certification
  • Three professional references
Tuition and Fees
2014-15 RatesIn-stateOut-of-stateFees
Part-Time Matriculated, Credit$480$530$98
Continuing Education, Credit$480$530$29

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