The master's program in Educational Leadership prepares professionals for leadership positions in the direction and management of K-12 schools and higher education. The program offers preparation for the roles of principal, business administrator, and other administrative positions in schools, school districts, colleges, and universities. This degree, considered the initial preparation for an administrative career, offers three strands: General Administration, Higher Education Administration, and School Business Management.

Program Requirements

The program requires successful completion of 36 credit hours and a comprehensive examination (students who maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher may apply for a waiver from the examination). Approved electives are selected with the guidance of your faculty advisor. All requirements must be completed within four years of admission. As many as nine credits may be earned at Temple prior to acceptance and applied to the MEd program; up to six credits may be transferred from another institution, provided they were completed with a grade of B or better and within three years of admission.

Required Courses

  • EDUC 5101: Critical Understanding of Social Science Research (3 cr.)
  • EDUC 5212: Curriculum, Instruction and Technology in Education (3 cr.)
  • EDAD 5063: Educational Reform (3 cr.)
  • EDAD 5300: Introduction to Issues in School Leadership (3 cr.)
  • EDAD 5301: Leadership for Learning (3 cr.)
  • EDAD 5302: Contexts for School Reform (3 cr.)
  • EDAD 5303: Leadership in Diverse Context
  • EDAD 5304: School Operations, Management, and Technology (3 cr.)
  • EDAD 5305: Knowledge Use for School Improvement (3 cr.)
  • EDAD 5307:  Clinical Experience in School Leadership (3 cr.)
  • EDAD 5742: Professional Seminar in Education Policy (3 cr.)
  • EDAD 5895: School Violence: Risk Prevention (3 cr.)

Admission Requirements

For admissions consideration, applicants should submit:

  • Graduate School Application
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all accredited institutions attended.
  • Statement of Goals that outlines your reason for seeking a master's degree with a specific focus on the career to which you aspire; your interests; and your academic and job-related experiences that are relevant to the program.
  • Two Letters of Reference submitted by standard mail [pdf]. Letters of Reference should be obtained from those who can provide insight into the applicant's academic competence such as college/university faculty.
  • Professional resume

The above documents should be mailed to the following address:

Temple University College of Education
Office of Enrollment Management
Ritter Annex 150
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091

In addition, international applicants should submit:

  • Official document that validates completion and conferral of a degree, diploma, and/or certificate. While not required, applicants are encouraged to submit transcript(s) to the World Education Services (WES) for evaluation.
  • Official TOEFL exam scores if a non-native speaker of English.

Have Questions?

For more information on how to apply for admission, contact the Office of Enrollment Management at 215-204-0999 or