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Online Master of Education in
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Why Earn a Master of Education in Educational Leadership Online at Etown SGPS?

Earning a Master of Education in Educational Leadership offers a pathway for professionals aiming to elevate their careers within the educational sector. This advanced degree program is not only aligned with the current and future demands of the educational landscape but also equips educators with the leadership, administrative, and specialized skills necessary to navigate and influence this dynamic field effectively. The program's relevance is underscored by several key factors, including evidence-based practices, scholarly research and employer demand.

Program Outcomes:

  • Cultivate strategic leadership by establishing and reinforcing a clear mission, vision, goals, and core values, fostering a culture of shared commitment, and driving continuous improvement efforts to realize the established vision and goals.
  • Promote effective instructional leadership through the strategic enhancement of professional development, capacity building, implementing a rigorous curriculum, high-quality instruction, and establishing robust assessment and accountability measures.
  • Foster a climate and culture of inclusive excellence by nurturing a community of care and support, promoting equity, cultural responsiveness, and holistic development.
  • Develop a culture of ethical leadership by promoting both ethical and legal behavior while cultivating a strong foundation in ethical values and beliefs.
  • Achieve effective organizational leadership by proficiently managing operational systems, strategically aligning, securing fiscal and human resources, and ensuring stakeholder well-being and safety.
  • Enhance community engagement leadership by actively collaborating with families and diverse community stakeholders, addressing local interests and needs, and optimizing available community resources for mutual benefit.


Program Format


credits required

to graduate

Complete the Program in

One Year

or More if Needed

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Become a Leader in Education

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program at Elizabethtown College is designed to empower future leaders with the essential skills for excellence in leadership roles within K-12 education, higher education, training and development, and interdisciplinary industries. It offers a unique blend of challenges and opportunities, allowing you to make significant contributions to educational innovation, reform, and leadership. Whether your passion lies in direct student impact, technological advancement in education, or administrative excellence, this degree equips you with the knowledge, skills, and vision required to succeed and lead with impact.

Candidates may select one of five areas of specialization including Educational Leadership, Higher Education, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Trauma-Informed Leadership, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Educational Technology Leadership or Educational Leadership and Principal's Certification.

Required Courses:

  • MED 550 School Law and Ethics
  • MED 551 School Finance and Resource Management
  • MED 553 School Supervision
  • MED 554 Instructional Leadership and Coaching
  • MED 556 Diversity and Equitable Leadership

Required Courses:

  • HIP 500 Designing eLearning Environments
  • HIP 520 Teaching Online for Collaboration and Global Citizenship
  • MED 581 Adult Learning and Andragogy
  • MED 582 Ethical and Legal Issues in Higher Education
  • MED 583 Institutional Assessment

Required Courses:

  • TIC 500 Foundations of Trauma
  • TIC 510 Sustaining Trauma-Sensitive Systems
  • TIC 520 The Impact of Trauma on Brain Architecture and Child Development
  • TIC 530 Trauma Informed Practice
  • MCI 550 Social Emotional Learning

Required Courses:

  • HIP 520 Teaching Online for Collaboration and Global Citizenship
  • MED 584 Current Innovations in EdTech
  • MED 585 Contemporary Pedagogical Models
  • MED 586 Cybersecurity in Education
  • MED 587 Inspiring Learning through Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Required Courses:

  • MED 550 School Law and Ethics *
  • MED 551 School Finance and Resource Management *
  • MED 553 School Supervision *
  • MED 554 Instructional Leadership and Coaching *
  • MED 556 Diversity and Equitable Leadership *
  • MED 595 Principal Internship 1 and 2 (1 – 3 credits each)**

*Students electing to earn K-12 principal’s certificate must complete an additional 35 internship hours per course (175 hours total). Upon graduation, students must complete MED 595 Principal’s internship and an additional 185 internship hours.

**Students electing to take MED 595 are not required to take MED 590. MED 595 The Principal's Internship is a required seminar and supervised field experience under the supervision of an active building principal for those individuals seeking a principal's certification in Pennsylvania. Participants will complete an additional 185 internship hours for a total of 360 hours of experience. In addition, they must successfully complete the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) Praxis Exam.

Understand Tuition Costs and Explore Scholarship Opportunities

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership is priced at $525 per credit. Scholarships and financial aid are available to make your Etown SGPS education even more affordable. Below are just a few of the scholarships and programs available to students:

  • Alumni Scholarship: 15% tuition discount, available to Elizabethtown College alumni.
  • Affinity Partner Scholarship: 15% discount, offered to employees of organizations partnered with Etown SGPS.
  • Jay Fellowship Referral Program: This is a referral program that benefits both current students/alumni and prospective students. When a student or alum refers a new student, both the referrer and the referred student receive a complimentary credit for their program of interest.

Tuition and fees are reviewed and subject to change annually.

Tuition & Aid 

Online Master of Education in Educational Leadership Degree Requirements

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Elizabethtown College requires 33-credit hours of academic work. 

Academic Calendar   

Required Courses

This introductory course provides a foundation for the study of leadership through a comprehensive examination of the history, theories, and processes of leadership.  Opportunities will be provided for learners to explore the application of specific leadership strategies and techniques within the context of challenges leaders face.  Learners will be engaged in self-reflection and feedback activities geared toward assessing current strengths and formulating plans for building their own leadership skills.

This course will focus on applying curriculum theory, methods, and current trends in curriculum development towards constructing curricula relevant to a diversity of educational settings. Special attention will be placed on the infusion of technology and online learning in planning and implementing curricula.

This course will trace the history of Educational Accountability with an aim at contextualizing reform efforts born from the landmark treatise, “A Nation at Risk”, and evaluating subsequent policy implementation. An analysis of accountability systems from various industries will be discussed and a new model for educational accountability will be proposed.

The fundamental basis of any organizational accountability system is the articulation of the benefit that a stakeholder can expect by engaging with your organization. Participants in this course will engage in an ongoing workshop process with their peers to develop the concept of "student benefit" and articulate specific benefits that students and parents receive through an interaction with their school district. Each benefit will be developed and a system for collecting evidence for each benefit will be described.

Universal Design for Learning explores the principles and strategies for creating adaptable and accessible learning environments. This course is designed for those who wish to make education more equitable by accommodating the diverse needs and preferences of all learners, including those with disabilities. Participants will delve into UDL's three guiding principles and learn how to apply these concepts to create flexible and effective instructional materials and practices, ensuring that education is accessible to everyone.

The Educational Leadership Capstone is the culminating course designed to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the educational leadership program. Students will engage in comprehensive research, strategic planning, and the execution of an educational leadership project that addresses a real-world challenge or opportunity within an educational organization. This capstone experience aims to prepare future educational leaders for effective decision-making, problem-solving, and transformational leadership in the field of education.

Application Requirements & Process

To enter our M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program you will need to:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Successfully complete an undergraduate-level math course in probability and statistics.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • GRE or GMAT scores are optional.
  • Hold a teaching license in Pennsylvania and currently be working as a teacher in Pennsylvania.*

*Only applies to the Educational Leadership and Principal's Certificate Concentration.

  •  Contact or meet with our admissions staff for guidance and to find out more information.
  •  Complete the graduate application via the online portal which includes the submission of a $50 nonrefundable application fee, waived for Elizabethtown College graduates.
    • You will need to request official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions you have attended and upload your current resume.
    • Additionally, prepare a writing sample that demonstrates higher-order thinking, writing, and communication skills.
    • Applicants should also supply two letters of recommendation in support of your academic and professional abilities for success in the program.
    • As an optional step, you can upload GRE/MAT scores.
  •  After submitting your application, the SGPS Team will review it and make an admissions decision.
  •  If accepted, you will receive an initial offer letter via the applicant portal, which you must accept to proceed with matriculation.
  •  If there are any questions or concerns, the admissions team will contact you for further discussion.

Etown seniors, alumni, and employees may be able to take advantage of our two-step, fast-tracked application process.

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