School leadership is the process of enlisting and guiding the talents and energies of teachers, pupils, and parents toward achieving common educational aims. This term is often used synonymously with educational leadership in the United States and has supplanted educational management in the United Kingdom. Several universities in the United States offer graduate degrees in educational leadership. The educational program parallels the MBA for business professional.
The M.Ed | Education Leadership is an innovative model of school leader preparation, which will prepare a new breed of school leader to enact transformational change in public schools.
This program is designed to provide the business knowledge and leadership development that is missing from traditional master’s in education programs.
Program Features and Benefits
- A good program focuses on developing personal traits and characteristics of effective leaders with support for long-term professional development.
- Typically the program of study draws from best practices in business, leadership, and education including the areas of leadership, finance, human resources, instruction, systems thinking, technology, and organizational change.
- Usually a clinical practicum occurs as a series of course-based field projects, which are identified in a planning session with the student, school or district, and program leaders. Projects are designed to advance K-12 initiatives within the district, and provide an authentic leadership development experience.
- National and international business and education experts are usually involved to enhance program content through guest lectures on state-of-the-art topics.
- Throughout the standard programs, students have opportunities to hold positions in their respective schools or districts, with clinical practicum field projects completed as part of work assignments.