May 29, 2024  
Fitchburg State University 2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership and Management, Online Education Administration Concentration, MEd, Non-licensure (Online)

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Graduate Program Chair

Phillip Saisa, EdD

Graduate Curriculum Committee

Nermin Bayazit, PhD
Lyndsey Benharris, PhD
Anne Howard, PhD
Laurie Link, EdD
Margaret O’Hearn-Curran, PhD
Phillip Saisa, EdD

Robert Shapiro, PhD, BCBA-D
Annette Sullivan, EdD

Program Description

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Management program prepares the student to meet the Massachusetts Professional Standards and Indicators for Administrative Leadership and allows for flexibility in the pursuit for certification. The program offers courses and experience that equip school administrators with the skills and competencies necessary for becoming effective educational leaders in the areas of principal/assistant principal, special education, curriculum leadership, and online learning. This program is an interdepartmental program. While this program does not result in administrative licensure endorsement, the university will provide information and assistance for any candidates wishing to pursue administrative licensure on their own.

Admissions Standards and Criteria

You must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission.

  • Submit graduate application and $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, with official transcripts
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of not less than 2.8
  • Official transcripts of graduate-level coursework from a regionally accredited institution (if applicable)*
  • Professional resume
  • Students with undergraduate GPAs of less than 2.8 may also be considered for admission based on their professional work experience and a letter of recommendation
  • No GMAT is required
  • An essay, no more than one page in length, in response to one of the following questions:
  • Tell us about a positive situation in which you helped a person and made a significant difference in that person’s life.
  • What are the most important factors in establishing a long-term working relationship with students, friends, etc.?
  • Tell us about a significant event that involved you in a teaching or helping mode.
    • Describe the situation as it occurred at the time.
    • What did you do in that particular situation?
    • How did you feel about the situation at the time you were experiencing it?
    • How do you feel about the situation now?
    • What would you change, if anything?

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