School Leadership

Master of Education

Program Requirements

Program Design

Candidates are expected to satisfactorily complete all requirements associated with the School Leadership program. A total of 33-35 credit hours are required for program completion. Field-based components are embedded in every course. Practicum/Internship experience/hours are aligned with certification requirements in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The program is normally completed in two to three years, although accelerated options make it possible to complete the program in one year or less by combining regular courses, summer week-long courses, weekend courses, online learning courses, and/or hybrid courses.

Content and Performance Assessment Requirements

This is a state-approved degree program which contributes to eligibility for licensure/certification as an educator in Delaware public schools. As such, all candidates must meet the content and performance assessment requirements described in DE Administrative Code, Title 14, Regulation 290. The regulation states, in part:

Content Assessment (This subparagraph shall take effect January 1, 2015).

“Where a content readiness exam is applicable and available in area, subject, or category of specialization sought, the Candidate shall achieve a passing score on an examination as established by the Professional Standards Board, in consultation with the Department and with concurrence of the State Board.”

Performance Assessment (This subparagraph shall take effect July 1, 2016.)

“Where a performance assessment is applicable and available in an area appropriate to the Program in which a Candidate is enrolled, the Candidate shall achieve a passing score as a requirement to Exit the Program. The performance assessment may not be scored by any employees of the Educator Preparation Program or Unit, and shall be scored by Certified Reviewers.”

The instrument selected by Wilmington University as a required exit assessment for the M.Ed. in School Leadership is the SLLA (School Leader Licensure Assessment), administered and scored by ETS. Candidates must consult with program advisors and/or program chairs to obtain the most current information about how to fulfill this graduation requirement.

Required Courses

With the exception of MED 6102, courses may be taken in any order. It is recommended that candidates take MED 7590 Available Online and MED 7503 Available Online very early in the program.

MED 6102 E-Folio (0 credits)
MED 6102 is required for all candidates listing a major of MED School Leadership. MED 6102 is also required for all non-degree candidates taking coursework for administrative certification. E-Folio is an electronic portfolio system used for documenting and tracking student mastery of program competencies.

MED 6490 Available Online Education, Ethics, and the Law

MED 7201 Available Online Fiscal Operations and Resources

MED 7503 Available Online School and Community: Building a Shared Vision

MED 7590 Available Online School Leadership: Theory and Practice

MED 7701 Available Online Supervisory Leadership: Staff Selection, Appraisal, and Renewal

MED 7705 Available Online Measurement, Accountability, and Student Learning

Choose either:
MED 7706 Available Online The Principalship, preK-8
MED 7707 Available Online The Principalship, 9-12

MED 7708 Available Online Curriculum Leadership

MED 8900 Practicum in School Leadership (Includes Content Area Assessment)

MED 8903, 8904, 8905 and 8906 Administrative Internship (3-6 credits)

Elective Courses (choose one)

MED 7702 Available Online Classroom and School Culture: Creating Environments for Learning

MED 7703 Available Online Curriculum and Teaching: Research, Theory, and Design

MED 7704 Available Online Education for Equity and Social Justice

MED 7709 Personnel Administration

MED 7710 Available Online Technology and the School Environment

MED 7712 Available Online Curriculum Development**

MED 7799 Available Online Supervision and Curriculum Improvement**


Qualification for Degree

To qualify for the Master of Education in School Leadership degree, a student must successfully complete all required courses plus one of the above elective courses for a minimum of 33 credit hours (35 credit hours for New Jersey candidates), with a GPA of at least 3.0. The program must be completed within five years. Program completion and graduation are also contingent on achieving a satisfactory grade (“S”) for the School Leadership Content Area Assessment (CAA). In addition, beginning July 1, 2016, candidates are required to take the School Leader Licensure Assessment (SLLA) and achieve a score deemed passing by the College of Education. Candidates NOT passing these tests may not receive a degree that leads to certification in that area.

Graduation Planning Conference

Prior to registering for either the Practicum in School Leadership or the Administrative Internship, candidates will schedule a graduation planning conference with the Program Chair or a University Program Advisor.

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2015-2016 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2015 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.