School Leadership

MS

  • Develop administrative and interpersonal skills
  • Become a principal, vice principal, superintendent, program director, school district administrator
  • Individualized internships

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The purpose of this program is to provide opportunities for the development of the administrative and interpersonal skills needed by practicing and future leaders in education. The program is built on the assumption that the public and non-public school environments are unique. For this reason, courses and other learning experiences are deeply grounded in those principles of public and non-public thought and practice. Internships are individualized, based on needs and interests of school districts and student participants. The Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards support the courses and internship.

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Full Time Faculty - Education Department

Patricia Arter, Ed.D, Chairperson

Tammy Brown, Ph.D.

Kathryn Clauss, IHM, Ph.D.

Christine Fryer, M.S.

Michelle Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Bernice Lukus, M.S.

Joseph Polizzi, Ph.D.

Frances Russell, IHM, Ph.D.

Kathleen Ruthkosky, Ph.D.

Tonya Saddler, Ph.D.

Mary Salvaterra, Ph.D., C.S.J.

Kerri Tobin, Ph.D.

Amy Wincek, M.S.

The McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies includes a broad range of teaching, clinical and research equipment in support of its graduate training mission. The facility includes multimedia classrooms and a curriculum lab with excellent resources for students, including an Ellison machine, a laminator, and computer facilities.

Lisa

The Student Activities Office is my home away from home!

Year: Junior

Major: Special Education and Early Childhood Education

Hometown: Hawthorne, New Jersey

Activities on campus: Admissions Ambassador, Education Club, Tutor, SAC Squad, Student Activities Intern, Service Chair for Zeta Phi Delta, & Team Leader for Campus Ministry Alternative Breaks

Favorite Marywood moment: My favorite Marywood moment is a tie between winning Homecoming Court last year, joining Zeta Phi Delta, and presenting at the National Association for Campus Activities Conference.

Favorite place on campus: My favorite place on campus is Nazareth Hall. Our dining hall is there as well as the Fireplace Lounge and Latour Room, where I get to put on amazing Student Activities events. The SAC office is in Nazareth Hall as well, and that's become my home away from home.

Favorite thing about being an Ambassador: My favorite thing about being an ambassador is getting to share all of my favorite things about Marywood with prospective families and students.

Fun fact: I swam with sea turtles.


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Graduate Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • “B” average during undergraduate study or demonstrated potential for graduate work
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official, sealed transcripts
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

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Master of Science in School Leadership

36 semester hours

The program in School Leadership consists of 36 hours of graduate work. The courses are divided into three categories: nine semester hours in core courses, which are intended to give the student an understanding of research, organizational dynamics, and multicultural issues in schools; 24 semester hours in concentration courses, which provide an understanding of administration, current issues in education, curriculum planning, supervision and evaluation of instruction, law, finances, personnel leadership, and an internship in a school setting, and three semester hours in elective courses.

The purpose of this program is to provide opportunities for the development of the administrative and interpersonal skills needed by practicing and future leaders in education. The program is built on the assumption that the public and non-public school environments are unique. For this reason, courses and other learning experiences are deeply grounded in those principles of public and non-public thought and practice. Internships are individualized, based on needs and interests of school districts and student participants. The Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) building level standards support the courses and internship.

In addition to an initial interview with the chair of the Education Department or designated faculty member and the successful completion of coursework, the degree candidate is required to complete a Professional Contribution under the guidance of a faculty mentor and give a public presentation of the Professional Contribution. To be eligible for Pennsylvania certification, the candidate must complete state testing requirements and provide a chief school administrator's verification of the completion of three (3) years of relevant professional experience defined as "professional experience in an educational setting that is related to the instructional process."

I. PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION AND CORE COURSES

9 semester hours

EDUC 501 Research Theory
3
COUN 532 Multicultural Issues In Counseling
3
EDUC 605 Theories of Educational Organizations
3
EDUC 555 Professional Contribution
0

II. CONCENTRATION

24 semester hours

*EDUC 545 Administrative Theory for School Leaders
3
*EDUC 546 Seminar: Problems and Issues in Education
3
*EDUC 547 Curriculum Planning for Schools
3
*EDUC 548 Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction
3
*EDUC 549 Law and the School
3
*EDUC 551 School Finances
3
*EDUC 552 Personnel Leadership in Schools
3
*EDUC 593 Administrative Internship
3

III. ELECTIVES

3 semester hours

This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for awarding certification as a K-12 principal.

*Certification Program in School Leadership - Persons seeking a K-12 principal certificate in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, who do not wish to receive the Master of Science degree, may do so by taking only courses marked with an asterisk listed under the degree program. An initial interview is also required.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires that certain criteria be met prior to acceptance into certification or degree programs. To be eligible to apply for certification, candidates must pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment test (use Praxis SLS Bulletin to register) and have 3 years of certificated experience in a school setting.

NOTE: The Program requirements discussed in this section are subject to change based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.