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Master of Science in Instructional Leadership

The Instructional Leadership master's degree is designed for K-12 teachers to advance their careers. This program allows them to build on what they have already learned and advance professionally, demonstrating instructional and leadership skills that are a cut above the rest. There is also a fully online option.

The degree can be combined with a certification program.

Specifics of the program include how to demonstrate effective leadership skills, allocate resources to instruction, manage curricula, understand current trends in education, integrate technology into teaching and learning, and evaluate educational programs. The program includes a practicum that provides you with the opportunity to conduct a field-based project. You will work with teachers, managers, administrators or other decisionmakers and policy-makers in an educational setting to perform this on-site, guided practical experience. You may choose to focus your practicum in your specialization area.

The 30-credit program can be completed in a traditional classroom or as a combination of traditional and online courses, and can be completed while you work. Students enjoy one-on-one advising, small classes, and close relationships with faculty that have been a hallmark at RMU since it launched its first education master's program 30 years ago.

The program can be combined with a number of other certifications and endorsements:

Weekly night classes are available for the traditional program during the year and in the summer.

Teacher Certification

In addition to the course requirements, there are other program and certification requirements that each education student must fulfill, in order for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to grant you a Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate. The steps are outlined in the post-baccalaureate Teacher Education Progress Process (TEPP).

Admission Requirements

For students interested in the Master's without certification, the admissions requirements include:
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university or college with a 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
If you wish to pursue secondary teaching certification concurrently with this degree program, please notify the Graduate Admissions Office of your intention to do so upon application.  The additional admissions requirements for students also seeking certification include:

To apply, go to rmu.edu/gradapply. You can complete the application online with no application fee. Alternatively, you can download the graduate application PDF form, and then mail in the completed form with required documentation and $35 application fee.

Click to visit the RMU Office of Graduate Admissions website to find out about tuition and fees, financial aid, and how to apply for the program; or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions directly at graduateadmissions@rmu.edu or 800-762-0097.

Initial certification education students follow the Teacher Education Progress Process for undergraduatespost-baccalaureate students, and transfer students


For More Information, Contact:

Dr. Richard Fuller, D.Ed. 

Department Head, Education
Professor of Education
School of Education & Social Sciences

412-397-6029 Phone
412-397-6044 Fax
Nicholson Center 458
Moon Campus
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