Educational Leadership (Principal Only)

Master of Education

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For those teachers and educators who are ready to take their careers to the next level, our Master of Education program in Educational Leadership is designed to help you hone your skills as a leader in order to step beyond the classroom. Our educational leadership degree is an accelerated program that will prepare you to become a principal, district supervisor, or superintendent at every educational level, from pre-kindergarten through adult.

Our Masters in Educational Leadership offers you two different paths to licensure:

  • Principal Track — This 30-hour program consists of 11 months of coursework. Upon completion, it leads to licensure as a principal for educational institutions that range from pre-kindergarten through adult.
  • Full Certification Track — This 36-hour program consists of 15 months of coursework. Upon completion, it leads to licensure as principal, general supervisor, and/or superintendent for educational institutions that range from pre-kindergarten through adult.

Our Master of Education in Educational Leadership program emphasizes the development of practical skills and knowledge, focusing on topics and issues that you will need to provide effective school and district leadership.  Salem University’s long history has a university with an international and multicultural emphasis means you will have a true global perspective to pull from as you tackle the problems and challenges of guiding a modern educational setting.


Salem University recognizes that most educators pursue the next step to their career while also still teaching in the classroom, which is why we offer our Master’s in Educational Leadership online. We choose to utilize the unique relationship between you and your employing school district as a benefit, not a detriment, to the program, and all educational leadership fieldwork or internship experiences during the degree track can be completed where you live.

The Salem School of Education is nationally accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP accreditation system The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program is approved by the West Virginia Department of Education and is nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC). This designation will facilitate a more effective path to licensure in your home state.

Master of Education Courses:

EDU 505 – Educational Research Methods

EDU 570 – Curriculum Development

EDU580 – Analysis and Evaluation of instruction

EDU 655 _ Professional Development Leadership

EDU 640 – Public School Finance

EDU 652 – School, District, and Community Leadership

EDU 670 – Instructional Leadership

EDU 680 – School Law

EDU 691 – Technology Competencies for Educational Leaders

EDU 664 – Professional Practices of the Principal Internship

EDU 674 – Professional Practices of the District Supervisor Internship (Full Track Only)

EDU 684 – Professional Practices of the Superintendent Internship (Full Track Only)


Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or you can apply now. It should be noted that the School of Education has an additional program-specific application. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University.

Professional Licensure Notification
CAEP Annual Reporting Measures

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