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Educational Leadership, MEd

Preparing Leaders for Equity & Transformation

This program aims to prepare transformational school leaders through new understandings of 21st century leadership models and frameworks that support diverse, inclusive, equitable, safe and caring learning environments to promote positive school culture. Our program encourages academic and personal excellence through rigorous learning experiences in the areas of strategic leadership, ethical and reflective leadership, community leadership, and instructional leadership. Emerging leaders will be culturally competent to translate authentic research on school leadership and society into quality practice to serve in high need schools. This program adheres to the CAEP and NELP/ELCC standards.


caep logoThe Delaware State University’s M. Ed. Program has received National Accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for seven years. This accreditation is quality assurance that the program meets the standards set by organizations representing the academic community, professionals, and other stakeholders.

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This program offers courses in an accelerated format (eight-week sessions) that meet once a week (Monday through Thursday) evenings from 4:30 to 9:50 pm. In Fall 2020, a hybrid-synchronous instructional delivery format will be utilized across the program curriculum.

Our graduates are prepared to facilitate service, leadership and learning in all environments: urban, suburban, rural, undeveloped, and underserved.


In collaboration with the State of Delaware, the purpose of Delaware State University’s Master of Education (M. Ed.) in Educational Leadership program is to prepare educators for prominent leadership and service positions in schools and other educational institutions. Through a solid educational foundation and directed field experience, the students will emerge as viable candidates for leadership positions in high need schools. Since 2002, this program has been consistently adjusted to meet the current needs of K-12 education institutions. At Delaware State University, you will find a unique balance between rigorous research, serious academic studies, collegiality, and personal development. You will be prepared to make data driven decisions to serve authentically and lead with integrity. You will hone your personal leadership style, create a new career path and learn to meet the challenges in any situation. Our program will provide you the confidence, credibility and knowledge to pursue a career as a principal or assistant principal or in administrative posts related to education, empowering you to bring your school/institution to new levels of efficiency and productivity. Our program does not provide a licensure or a certification and will not certify you as a school teacher, principal, assistant principal, or Certified Central Office Personnel but will help you meet the eligibility criteria for these positions. However, most states require a Master of Education degree to gain licensure to become a principal or assistant principal. For more information about the requirements for principal/assistant principal certification, please visit the state of Delaware website available at: http://regulations.delaware.gov/AdminCode/title14/1500/1591.shtml


The primary goal of Delaware State University’s Master of Education (M. Ed.) in Educational Leadership program is to prepare leaders who can:

  • Articulate a new vision for public schools at the building levels; demonstrate technological awareness and competence and create a positive school culture that promotes student learning and development to ensure each student’s success.
  • Display competency in digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills to help the students thrive in today’s world.
  • Engage diverse stakeholders and community in data collection, strategic planning, evaluation, and implementation processes that benefit the academic growth and development of each student.
  • Demonstrate a deep commitment to diversity issues by recognizing and respecting a variety of ideas, values, and cultures to impact student learning.


Delaware State University commits itself to supporting your professional goals that will exemplify ethnical and authentic leadership qualities in public schools and other related educational institutions. Leadership abilities will be developed and refined through the integration of educational philosophies, theories, leadership constructs, and critical inquiry in the arenas of educational literacy, systematic and empirical research inquiries, socio-cultural perspective, professional development, and transformational leadership. This program also includes a substantial component of internship, through which the students will have an opportunity to apply experience and develop their leadership skills in a real-life educational setting.

DSU Graduates will be able to:

  • Exemplify educational literacy through applied knowledge, substantial research foundation and a global educational worldview.
  • Describe the nature and mission of the educational leadership process as revealed in the literatures and apply a dialectic approach that impact the school community.
  • Develop a framework for examining the matters of significance in education in order to clarify personal viewpoints and developing a successful model of a school to support the future success and well-being of each student.
  • Examine the contextual variables, value orientations, and philosophical and political assumptions that shape both the status quo and reform efforts.
  • Promote professional collaborations and demonstrate ethical and professional competence in their chosen disciplines.
  • Understand the special and complex educational needs of students in individualized and diverse ways and advocating equitable and culturally responsive instructional behavior support practices.
  • Develop the knowledge and application of human resource management and personnel administration and development, ensuring the maintenance of confidentiality and privacy of school records, and to support the attainment of school goals.
  • Demonstrate substantive knowledge of school finance, law, and contract.
  • Understand school as political system and develop relationship with constituent groups that effectively connect the community with the school to promote equity in educational resources and opportunities.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and application of information sources, data collection and data analysis strategies, and related technologies.
  • Be able to craft their individual professional development plan and cultivate ethical and professional norms.


Application Deadlines:

  • Fall enrollment - July 31
  • International Admission Deadlines: Fall enrollment – May 1

Students who wish to seek admission in our program are required to submit the following for consideration of unconditional admission:

  • An earned baccalaureate degree in education or an allied field with a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00.
  • An on-line application for admission.
  • Application fee of $50.00 made payable to Delaware State University
  • Official transcript(s) of all academic work completed.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores. Testing must be within 5 years of the application. Scores must be submitted prior to being admitted into the program. The acceptable cut-off scores: (i) GRE: 40 percentile (+ - 1) and a score of 3.0 or better on the Analytical Writing component; or (ii) MAT: 400 (+ - 10). OR Writing an essay (i.e. an on campus writing sample).
  • A current professional resume.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (two academic/ professional recommendations and one character recommendation) - via the online application process.
  • A statement of Purpose/Intent that needs to be content specific, focused on educational leadership. The candidate must specifically explain why he or she wants to be admitted in the M. Ed. in Educational Leadership program. Specifications: 1-2 pages, APA format, grammatical error free.
  • Applicant must hold a valid Delaware Initial, Continuing, or Advanced License; or a Limited Standard, Standard or Professional Status Certificate issued by the Department prior to August 31, 2003, OR a such or similar licensure from another state.
  • The applicants not holding the licensure may also be offered admission into the program but on a clear understanding that the doctoral degree will not lead to any licensure but will make them eligible for it and they will still have to follow the individualized plan to meet the licensure requirements.
  • The Director, Education Graduate Programs, along with the Education Graduate Admission Ad hoc Committee will review each application and make the recommendation for acceptance into the program to the Dean, School of Graduate, Adult and Extended Studies who will extend an offer of admission to the applicant.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

Please review application procedures for international students. In addition to the requirements noted above, if the earned baccalaureate degree is from a non-English speaking country, the international applicants must submit WES or ECE evaluation of all academic work completed as well as the results of the TOEFL or IELTS examination.

All international students must also meet the visa requirements of the Office of International Student Services (OISS) before a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant (F-1) Student Visa (I-20 A-B form) can be issued.


This program of study requires the completion of 36 graduate credit hours. Included as an integral component of the program is a six (6) credit hour Applied Educational Internship in a school setting.


Students are required to:

  1. Pass the Comprehensive Exam after completion of 24 credit hours. This capstone requirement is designed to provide students an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to conceptualize and critically analyze the content knowledge.
  2. Complete 240 hours of internship at the approved placement site and submit and present their internship portfolio comprising artifacts collected as a part of their internship activities and experience before a panel of the faculty. This internship experience represents a synthesis of key content and high impact field-based experiences extended over time that result in the intern’s demonstration of professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions articulated in the NELP/ELCC Building Level Standards and, most importantly, the intern’s success in improving student achievement within a school.


Applicants who have earned a grade of “B” or higher in master’s level courses taken at an accredited institution and are relatable to the program of study at DSU can request for transfer of credit. These courses will be evaluated by the Director, Education Graduate Programs on an individual basis. Applicants admitted to the M. Ed. program may transfer a maximum of nine (9) graduate credits from another accredited institution toward their master’s degree at DSU, provided these credits have not been used to meet the requirements of a degree, diploma or certificate previously earned.

Applicants must provide supporting documentation, as may be required by the Director, Education Graduate Programs, at the time of admission or in any case no later than the first semester of study. The Director, Education Graduate Programs will review all the submitted documentation and note the allowable course waivers in the program’s recommendation to the Dean, School of Graduate, Adult and Extended Studies, who will approve the hours allowed to be transferred.


Education department’s distinguished faculty members include nationally and internationally known authors, researchers, and academicians. The faculty members have achieved notable distinction in their respective fields. The faculty combines academic expertise with direct experiences in the field of education. Their knowledge, skills and experience enable them to offer practical guidance and mentorship, helping students adapt to the professional world and make wise career choices.

Program Faculty:
Dr. Joseph Falodun, Associate Professor
Dr. Richard Phillips, Professor
Dr. Nirmaljit K. Rathee, Professor
Dr. Chetanath Gautam, Associate Professor
Dr. Kim K Keun, Professor
Dr. SaeYeol Yoon, Associate Professor

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