Educational Leadership, M.A.
Graduate Studies

Immaculata University’s Educational Leadership Program is committed to excellence in preparing educational leaders.

Immaculata’s Educational Leadership Program will empower you to contribute to your school’s effectiveness in its ethical practices and conduct by enabling you to collaborate with other professionals and parents, to use community resources, and to work as an advocate to improve opportunities for student learning.

  • Understand the role of a school leader from theoretical, research, and pedagogical bases
  • Place the needs of students as a first priority in the complex, fluid school setting
  • Enhance your skills in collaborative and focused interactions with other professionals
  • Become skilled in systematic inquiry
  • Use deliberate reflection in decision-making and problem-solving

Program Highlights

  • Accessible: cohorts on campus in Malvern, PA and at various off-campus locations.
  • Flexible: classes offered face-to-face, online, and in hybrid and accelerated formats, during evenings and weekends, year round
  • Experience: Immaculata University’s faculty members have been practitioners in the K-12 arena and have vast experience in research on policy and practice.

Each of the tracks in the program will support you in your efforts to think systematically about practice, learn from experience, seek the advice of others, draw upon educational research and scholarship, and grow professionally.

Flexible Program Delivery

Accelerated, seven-week classes allow you to start the M.A. in fall, spring, or summer and complete the program in as little as one year. You may pursue your studies full time or part time, and courses are available online, hybrid, or face-to-face. Face-to-face classes are offered in the late afternoon or evening at our campus in Malvern, PA as well as at several off-campus locations. If you are interested in starting a cohort at a location near you, please contact us at gradadmission@immaculata.edu or call 484-323-3005.

Course Preview

Instructional Needs of English Language Learners

Course participants are introduced to the socio-cultural, second language acquisition, and academic needs of English language learners.

Technology in Education

A focus on the application of technology to the local school setting. Students will become knowledgeable of the latest innovations in computer and multi-media technology as they apply to classroom and administrative tasks.

School Law and the Legal Practice

The purpose of the course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the legal system and the fundamental principles of law as they apply to education, as well as the social and political influences between state and local governments, organizations, and their influences on public education.

Instructional Accommodations

This course includes introductory level instructional adaptations and accommodations for all school-age students who are academically and functionally at risk for learning and/or for students identified as needing special education.

Required Common Courses for All M.A. in Educational Leadership Tracks (18 credits)

Course Name Credits
GEN 501 Human Development 3
GEN 502 Methods of Research 3
GEN 503 Interpersonal Relations 3
EDL 599 Comprehensive Exam in Educational Leadership and Administration 0
EDL 614 Instructional Needs of ELL or PSYCH 640 Div. Counseling 3
EDL 615 Contemporary Professional Ethics 3
EDL 622 Curriculum and Instruction 3

Administrative Track

In addition to the 18 credits of required common courses, you will take the following courses in the administration track concentration (12 credits):

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDL 621 Administration 3
EDL 623 Supervision 3
EDL 625 School Law 3
EDL 626 School Community Relations 3

Learning Outcomes

  • Express a clear, detailed vision and an explicitly stated philosophy in shaping a coherent curriculum and in fostering an effective school
  • Demonstrate instructional leadership, which provides purpose and direction for student achievement
  • Demonstrate organizational skills to implement school plans of action efficiently and effectively
  • Make systematic use of information to access the needs and accomplishments of students, faculty, and staff

Instructional Track

In addition to the 18 credits of required common courses, you will take the following courses in the instructional track concentration (12 credits):

Course Name Credits
EDL 629 Introduction to Special Education 3
EDL 634 or EDL 641 Content Area Reading or Language Arts Methods 3
EDL 613 or EDL 637 Testing and Assessment or Technology in Education 3
EDL Elective Elective (Master’s Level EDL course) 3

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structure of the specific discipline to be taught
  • Understand how students learn and develop learning opportunities to support their development through good instructional planning, effective learning environments, a variety of teaching strategies, and appropriate assessment tools
  • Create opportunities that foster the achievement of diverse learners in an inclusive classroom by encouraging positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation

Instructional Coaching Endorsement Track

In addition to the 18 credits of required common courses, you will take the following courses in the instructional coaching endorsement track (12 credits):

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDL 660 Instructional Strategies for Standards Aligned Curriculum in Literacy 3
EDL 661 Literacy in Education 3
EDL 664 Literacy Assessment and Intervention 3
EDL 665 Teacher Leaders: Coaching Principles 3

Learning Outcomes

  • Know and understand deeply the literacy content across PK-12 and acquire habits of the mind as they relate to concepts and skill development.
  • Identify and assist teachers with implementing evidence-based practices that effectively meet the unique academic and behavioral needs of students.
  • Develop and implement instructional strategies to improve academic literacy in specific content areas.
  • Be well-versed in characteristics of adult learners and processes for successful coaching.

Mathematics Coaching Endorsement

In addition to the 18 credits of required common courses, you will take the following courses in the mathematics coaching endorsement track (12 credits):

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDL 662 Instructional Strategies for Standards Aligned Curriculum in Mathematics 3
EDL 663 Literacy in Mathematics Education 3
EDL 664 Literacy Assessment and Intervention 3
EDL 665 Teacher Leaders: Coaching Principles 3

Learning Outcomes

  • Know and understand deeply the mathematics content across PK-12 and acquire habits of the mind as they relate to concepts and skill development.
  • Identify and assist teachers with implementing evidence-based practices that effectively meet the unique academic and behavioral needs of students.
  • Develop and implement instructional strategies to improve mathematical literacy.
  • Be well-versed in characteristics of adult learners and processes for successful coaching.

STEM Education Endorsement Track

Curriculum

In addition to the 18 credits of required common courses, you will take the following courses (12 credits):

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDL 654 Foundations of Integrative STEM Education PK-12 3
EDL 655 Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in STEM Education PK-12 3

EDL 656 or EDL 657

Engineering and Technology Design (ETD) and Project-Based Learning for Early Childhood and Elementary Teachers (PBL) or ETD and PBL for Secondary Teachers

3
EDL 658 STEM Integration and Application in the Classroom 3

Learning Outcomes

  1. Knowledge of standards, design processes, and the important role of STEM in workforce preparation.
  2. Implementation of best practices in Integrative STEM education.
  3. Assessment of Integrative STEM learning in the classroom.
  4. Application of STEM skills and the ability to demonstrate them.

 

Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness PK-12 Endorsement Track

Curriculum

In addition to the 21 credits of required common courses (18 credits of required common courses along with a 3 credits Master’s Level elective), you will be required to take the following courses in the Social, Emotional and Behavioral Wellness PK-12 Endorsement track (10 credits):

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDL 674 Prevention and Intervention for At-Risk Youth PK-12 3
EDL 675 Mental Health Literacy to Promote Positive Behaviors PK-12 3
EDL 676 Integrated Application of Wellness Education 4
EDL Elective Elective (Master’s Level EDL course) 3

Learning Outcomes

As a candidate for this endorsement, you will develop your understanding and demonstrate competency related to the following areas:

  • Social and emotional wellness Learning and youth development
  • Characteristics and impact of adverse childhood experiences, trauma, and mental illness on PK-12 students
  • Behavioral and mental health literacy
  • Prevention and intervention to support social, emotional and behavioral wellness across PK-12 educational environment
  • Collaboration with families, agencies, and the community

You will also complete 45 hours of on-site clinical experiences closely integrated with coursework, assessment practices and program goals.

 

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