M.A.Ed.&H.D. in the Field of Educational Leadership and Administration

The degree programs leading to the Master of Arts in Education and Human Development are designed to provide students with specialized knowledge and skills required for advanced professional competence in a variety of educational, human development, and service industry careers. Each specialty program of study involves a combination of classroom and field-based learning experiences tailored to a professional specialization and individual student needs. Students engage in a wide range of teaching and research approaches that reflect the School’s commitment to excellence in professional education.

The diversity of master’s programs in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development reflects its belief that education and human development comprise a multifaceted enterprise reaching persons of all ages in a variety of settings. These programs develop professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will enable graduates to foster learning, growth, and development in individuals in diverse contexts. Depending on the program specialty, students are prepared to pursue careers in schools, universities, community-based and human service organizations, cultural and leisure institutions, and business and government settings.

Educational Leadership and Administration

This program prepares students for various school-based and central office leadership positions, for supervisory positions, and for increased responsibility in teaching. The program is designed to prepare graduates for advanced levels of professional responsibility in diverse educational communities and to increase their technical, conceptual, political, and leadership skills. Emphasis is on leadership and management, change, communication, organizational learning, administrative and legal issues, human relations, human resource development, general supervisory principles and responsibilities, and supervision of instruction.

The 33-credit-hour program includes courses and field experiences designed to meet administrative certification requirements in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and other states that honor interstate compact agreements.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing is granted for approved courses taken at other regionally accredited institutions, but a minimum of 24 credit hours must be completed in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development as a master’s candidate. A maximum of 12 credit hours taken in nondegree status may be credited toward the master’s degree.

Advanced standing is not granted for work completed five or more years before application for admission or readmission to master’s candidacy. All work accepted for advanced standing must have been earned with a grade of B or better and must be approved for acceptance by both the advisor and the dean. Credit, Satisfactory, Audit, or other nonletter grades are not acceptable.

Plan of Study

The plan of study leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Education and Human Development varies by degree, but requires a minimum of 33 hours of graduate credit. All programs include EDUC 6114 Introduction to Quantitative Research or EDUC 6116 Introduction to Educational Statistics to satisfy the research requirements. Several programs have additional credit hour requirements. Plans of study are initially reviewed in conference with a student services advisor in the School and subsequently finalized with a designated advisor in the candidate’s area of specialization. Plans are based on a candidate’s interests and background; those related to teaching in public schools are designed around certification requirements of the state and locality in which the candidate plans to teach.

All degree requirements must be completed within six years, whether study is full time or part time. An additional (or seventh) year is allowed in the case of a student who breaks enrollment and is subsequently readmitted.

Master’s Comprehensive Examination

A comprehensive examination is required for some programs. Candidates who plan to take the examination must file a written application in the Office of Student Life of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development by the announced deadline. 

Second Master’s Degree

Persons seeking a second master’s degree in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development must complete all core and specialization requirements and a minimum residency requirement of 24 credit hours.