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Educational Leadership, MEd

This program aims to prepare school leaders through new understandings related to 21st century leadership models and frameworks that support diverse, inclusive, equitable and safe 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 able to translate authentic research on school leadership and society into quality practice.

Distinguishing Features

  • This program aims to prepare school leaders through new understandings related to 21st century leadership models and frameworks that support diverse, inclusive, equitable and safe learning environments to promote positive school culture.
  • Our M. Ed. program prepares leaders who can articulate a 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.
  • Graduation Rate - 100% Every Year

Special Incentive for Delaware teachers: BUY ONE GET ONE FREE in Summer, i.e. for Summer Semester courses, you pay for one course and get the other one free!!!


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 rigorous educational foundation and directed field experience, students emerge as viable candidates for leadership positions. Since 2002 the Master’s 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 and 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. Most states require a Master of Education 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.


The primary goal of Delaware State University’s Master of Education (M. Ed.) in Educational Leadership program is to prepare leaders who are equipped with a repertoire of knowledge, skills, and dispositions to meet the challenges of school leadership. The additional goals are to prepare leaders who can:

  • Articulate a vision for public schools at the building levels as well as other educational institutions and involve all the stakeholders in strategic planning, implementing, and evaluating processes which benefit the academic growth and development of all students.
  • Demonstrate a deep commitment to diversity issues and are role models for the community.
  • Demonstrate technological awareness and competence.
  • Demonstrate substantive knowledge of school finance, law, and contract.
  • Create a positive school culture that promotes student learning and development.
  • Understand schools as political systems and develop relationships with constituent groups which effectively connect the community with the school.
  • Promote professional collaboration and the advancement of Institutional Research.


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 thought in the arenas of educational literacy, communication, systematic and empirical research inquiries, socio-cultural perspective, professional development, and transformational leadership. This program includes a six-credit internship, through which students will have an opportunity to apply experience and develop their leadership abilities in a real-life education settings.

DSU Graduates will be able to:

  • Exemplify educational literacy through applied leadership knowledge, a research foundation, and an educational leader worldview.
  • Describe the nature and mission of the educational leadership process as revealed in the literatures.
  • Apply a dialectic approach in the examination of educational issues that impact the school community, reflecting the conditions and dynamics of the diverse school community, enabling ongoing dialogue with representatives of diverse community groups, taking into account community resources, and recognizing the role of public education in developing and renewing a democratic society and the role of equity in a democratic society.
  • Develop a framework for use in examining matters of significance in education in order to clarify personal viewpoints and develop a successful model of a school.
  • Examine the contextual variables, value orientations, and philosophical and political assumptions that shape both the status quo and reform efforts.
  • Relate educational issues to focus on the success of all students by advocating that education is the key to opportunity and social mobility and recognizing and respecting a variety of ideas, values, and cultures.
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional competence in their chosen disciplines.
  • Develop the knowledge and application of human resource management and personnel administration and development, ensuring the maintenance of confidentiality and privacy of school records.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and application of information sources, data collection and data analysis strategies, and related technologies.
  • Acquire the ability to facilitate processes to ensure that the human resources functions support the attainment of school goals.
  • Be able to craft their individual professional development plan. 


Application Deadlines:

  • Fall enrollment - June 30
  • International Admission Deadlines: Fall enrollment – May 1

Applicants who wish to seek admission in our program must meet the following requirements for an unconditional admission:

  • An on-line application for admission.
  • Application fee of $50.00 made payable to Delaware State University
  • An earned baccalaureate degree in education or an allied field with a minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00.
  • Official transcript(s) of all academic work completed.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)/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: 40th percentile (+ - 1) and a score of 3.0 or better on the Analytical Writing component; and (ii) MAT: 400 (+ - 10)


         Writing an essay (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 masters’ degree will not fulfill the requirements of any licensure and they will still have to follow the individualized plan to meet the licensure requirements.

The Director, Education Program and the Education Graduate Admission Ad hoc Committee will review students’ application materials and make recommendation for acceptance into the program to the Dean, Graduate, Adult and Extended Studies who extends 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, international applicants must submit WES or ECE evaluation of all academic work completed as well and results from the TOEFL or IELTS examination if the earned baccalaureate degree is from a non-English speaking country.

  • 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.    Take and pass the Comprehensive Exam, after completing 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 in K-12 setting, and submit and present their internship portfolio comprising artifacts collected as a part of their internship activities and experience before a panel of 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 ELCC Building Level Standards, and, most importantly, intern’s success in improving student achievement within a school.


Applicants who have earned a grade of “B” or higher in graduate courses taken at an accredited institution and related to their proposed program of study can request consideration for transfer of credit. These courses will be evaluated on an individual basis by the respective Graduate Program. Applicants admitted to master’s degree graduate programs may transfer a maximum of nine (9) graduate credits from another accredited institution toward the master’s degree provided these credits have not been used to meet the requirements of a degree previously earned.

Applicants must provide supporting documentation (as requested by the Program). Program Directors will review all documentation and note the allowable course waivers in the program’s recommendation to the School of Graduate Studies and Research. The Dean of Graduate Studies and Research will note approval of hours in the admissions offer.


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 enables 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. Chandra Aleong, Associate Professor
Dr. Elaine Marker, Associate Professor
Dr. Richard Phillips, Associate Professor
Dr. Nirmaljit K. Rathee, Professor
Dr. Kim K Keun, Associate Professor
Dr. SaeYeol Yoon, Assistant Professor
Dr. Chetanath Gautam, Assistant Professor

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