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Master of Education in Instructional Leadership

Leaders of learning

How does an instructional leader nurture a culture that is learning-focused? Why are principals leaders of learning? What is the relationship between leadership and the improvement of instructional practice? How does a leader effectively manage instruction in changing environments?

A master’s degree in instructional leadership can help educators answer these important questions.

School of Education

The Master of Education in instructional leadership program is part of the School of Education. Rigorous programs and close interaction with acclaimed faculty ensure that graduates leave the Mount ready to make a difference in a rapidly changing educational environment.

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Coursework & Format

The Mount's Master of Education in instructional leadership program is for education professionals who are seeking administrative certification. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to take on today's challenges in education and make a difference in the lives of students.

Courses will cover current trends in education, principles of school leadership and administration, and strategic planning and leadership to name just a few. In curriculum design, implementation and assessment, you'll explore how educational content is developed and evaluated in response to political, social, economic, legal and cultural contexts. Courses will also guide you through other topics such as managing school finances, educational policy and school law, and improving instruction through supervision.

Lastly, you'll complete a full-year leadership practicum, which focuses on the day-to-day needs that arise within a school, as well as build a portfolio that reflects your experience related to relevant national and state leadership standards.

Most classes are offered in an eight-week format so that you can balance your career with coursework. Upon program completion, you will be eligible for administrator I or administrator II certification from the Maryland State Department of Education.

Master of Education study tracks also include concentrations in reading and technology facilitation.

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Affordability & Financial Aid

Graduate level programs are designed to be taken one course at a time and program pricing is set by credit hours instead of by the year like traditional undergraduate programs.

  • $21,655 - Estimated total cost of the program, including tuition and fees*
  • Cost is based on 36 credits (twelve (12) classes) at $585 per credit, plus practicum I and II lab fees ($260 & 335 respectively.)*
  • No application fee.
  • Students may transfer in up to nine (9) graduate credits.
  • Students may seek financial assistance through federal and state-funded programs, private loan providers, employer tuition remission or reimbursement, or deferment of undergraduate loans.

*Tuition and fees represent 2021-22 rates, effective July 1, 2021. Subject to change without notice.

Financial Aid

Students enrolled on at least half-time basis (6-credits per semester) may qualify for financial aid. You may seek financial assistance through federal and state-funded programs, private loan providers, or deferment of undergraduate loans.

The Mount also has a variety of employer tuition remission or reimbursement agreements with local school systems, businesses and community colleges, so you may just get a discount from your employer or previous college. Visit ourGraduate Student Financial Aid webpage for more details.

Not sure if you qualify for financial aid? Learn more from our financial aid office.


Admissions & Application

Admission to the program is rolling, which means we accept applications at any time of the year. Classes for the certificate begin at various times of the year; submitting your application six weeks before your expected start date ensures a priority application decision. There is no application fee. 

  • Classes begin: Year-round

  • Admissions: Rolling

  • No application fee

A complete application includes:

  • Free online application

  • Official transcript(s) from all accredited institutions attended after high school

  • Copy of current valid teaching certificate

Admissions requirements

The Master of Education program is for certified educators. Admissions requirements include:

  • Bachelor's degree in education with a minimum 2.75 GPA

  • Current valid teaching certification

  • Prerequisite courses may be required

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