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Lynch School of Education

Master's of Education

Educational Leadership

The Master's of Education Program is intended for graduate level students who do not already hold a Master's Degree who wish to begin or advance a career in educational leadership in public or private elementary, middle, or secondary schools.

*Please note: Students pursuing careers in public education will also need to meet state teaching requirements if they wish to teach in public schools. 

Please visit the Programs of Study page to download program requirements and additional information on the Master's Degree in Education programs of study.


Requirements for the M.Ed.

All M.Ed. students take the same six core classes in educational leadership and one elective and sit for a comprehensive examination.

These core classes are aligned with the MA state standards for educational administration, as well as standards of the National Policy Board for Educational Administration.



  • Non-Licensure students take an additional three elective classes for a total program of study of 30 credits.


  • Licensure students take a seven credit practicum across three semesters and SEI endorsement for school leaders for a total program of study of 30 credits.  As part of this program, each student completes a 500-hour substantive practicum across 3 semesters, and prepares a portfolio aligned with the state leadership indicators.
  • To be licensed in this area, the student must possess an Initial License as a teacher in Massachusetts or in a state with which Massachusetts has a reciprocal agreement, and have taught for at least three years by the time they apply for licensure.
  • All students seeking licensure in Massachusetts must pass the Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leadership (MA-PAL). The University will advise unlicensed private school teachers who are seeking state licensure in administration of this requirement.