Educational Leadership (Principal Only)


Master of Education

About This Program

Experienced, licensed teacher leaders who are ready to pursue leadership roles beyond their classrooms need to qualify for additional licensure certifications. The Salem Master of Education in Educational Leadership is an accelerated degree program that prepares students for licensure as principals, district supervisors, and superintendents at all educational levels (Pre-K through Adult). The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program offers two paths to licensure.

  1. The Principal Track is a 30-hour program that consists of 11 months of coursework. Completion of the program leads to licensure as PreK-Adult Principal.
  2. The Full Certification Track is a 36-hour program that consists of 15 months of coursework. Completion of the program leads to licensure as PreK-Adult Principal, General Supervisor, and Superintendent.

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program prepares students with courses to develop the practical skills and knowledge necessary for school and school district leadership. Annual student pass rates on the required licensure exam consistently reach 100%. All coursework includes fieldwork or internship experiences that can be completed in your school or district. The program utilizes the unique relationship that exists between a leadership candidate, their employing school district, and the University.

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.