Educational Leadership: Educational Studies

Educational Leadership: Educational Studies Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree

About Educational Leadership: Educational Studies

Play a pivotal role in the success of schools and child development.

Take on a leadership role in your school or district with a 100% online degree from PennWest California. Our rigorous educational leadership program will give you the skills and experience you need to create conditions in schools that foster creativity and lead to optimal learning experiences for all students.

 This degree completion program allows educators to use classes they started in other graduate education programs and complete a more customized program based on their interests and goals.

Deepen your expertise and expand your skill in areas including:

  • Online technologies in education.
  • Instructional design.
  • Inclusive classroom strategy.
  • Leadership training, educational administration and much more.

Program Highlights: Educational Studies

Top Faculty: PennWest California's distinguished M.Ed. faculty are committed to improving teaching and human development in a diverse, rapidly changing and increasingly technological society. They are among the best scholars and practitioners in the educational leadership field, cumulatively contributing to hundreds of scholarly books, magazines and journals.

Fully Online: Earn a high-quality master of education degree while continuing to work full time. Asynchronous online classes enable you to complete your coursework at any time and from anywhere.

Top Accreditation: This  degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits PennWest California. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.


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Degree Benefits

As an online M.Ed. student in educational leadership at PennWest California, you will benefit from:

  • The flexibility to choose courses in the focus and cognate areas that are most relevant to your career.
  • Meaningful course work that can be applied immediately to your educational practice.
  • Collaboration and communication with fellow students in the program
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Graduate Outcomes

Employment for educational leaders is projected to grow 6% from 2014 to 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. PennWest California prepares graduates for executive positions in both public and private schools in Pennsylvania and across the United States at many different educational levels. Alumni positions include:

  • Professional trainers for industry.
  • Department chairs.
  • Leadership of educational programs in public and private settings.
  • Teachers with specialized areas of interest.
  • Principal of private schools.
  • Dean of students.
  • School administrator.

Curriculum, Admission Requirements and Related Programs

Online Master's Degree Courses The 30-credit program, which is designed to be a master's degree completion program, includes field/research courses , 12 credits in a focus area, and 12 credits in a cognate area. All courses can be used to complete continuing education requirements under Act 48 - Pennsylvania.


Course Credits
ADP 664  Field Project/Leadership 3
ADP 673  Field Project/Research and Evaluation 3
Focus Area in Education 12
Cognate Courses 12
Total 30

Program Notes:

  • Program entry requirement: a grade of B or higher in at least 12 credits of prior graduate courses from a single graduate education program. 
  • Upon entry into the program, the student must identify their focus area, which includes at least 12 credits in a single graduate education program. The student will provide a philosophy statement and rationale to be approved by the coordinator.
  • Student prepares a portfolio in the focus area for faculty review related to accreditation and program review.
  • The cognate courses are graduate courses that may be in several different disciplines related to the student's interests or their chosen focus.
  • Students must seek permission of departments to take program-specific courses.
  • This program does not lead to teacher certification.


Admission Requirements


Regular Admission Requirements

  • 12 graduate credits completed with a GPA of  3.0 or better in a graduate education program
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution 
  • Goal Statement outlining why you are pursuing a degree in Educational Studies
  • Resume
  • International Global Online Applicants 

Provisional Admission:
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

How to Apply:

  • Complete the Graduate School Application
  • Complete the Curriculum Intent Form and identify Cognate & Focus Areas for review and approval by the program coordinator
  • Submit the nonrefundable $35 Application Fee
  • Mail official transcript to:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
PennWest California
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

For additional information:
Phone: 1.866.595.6348 

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Top Accreditation

PennWest California's teacher education programs  are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, PennWest California education programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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Personal Advising

Receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. As a student in PennWest California's educational leadership master's degree program, you'll be assigned to an academic adviser from the moment you're accepted into the program. Advisers will work with you to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to your education and career goals. 

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Research and Fieldwork

In this M.Ed. program you will conduct  field experiences on-site in your school or workplace that will help you develop your leadership, research and evaluation skills while making a positive impact on student success.

Educational Studies Faculty

Dr. Marcia Hoover
Professor; field coordinator, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

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Dr. Connie Monroe

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Dr. Susan Morris-Rutledge
Associate Professor and ESL Program Coordinator

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Dr. Michael Perrotti
Education Department Chair; University-Wide Curriculum Committee Chair; Associate Professor

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Michael Ulderich
Assistant Professor

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