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:
- Teaching Endorsement in Autism Spectrum Disorders
- PA Certification as an Instructional Technology Specialist
- Teaching Endorsement in Online Instruction
- Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification
- Principal Certification
Weekly night classes are available for the traditional program during the year and in the summer.
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).
- Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university or college with a 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA
- Two letters of recommendation
- 3.0 undergraduate GPA in the college coursework that will apply to your content certification
- Pennsylvania and FBI clearances
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.
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