Master of Education
This degree program is approved by the State of Delaware for licensure/certification as a school principal or assistant principal. It is nationally recognized and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) using Educational Leadership Preparation Standards (NELP) approved by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration.
THIS IS A DELAWARE LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION PROGRAM WITH CONTENT KNOWLEDGE AND PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS. Students taking courses to satisfy certification requirements are personally responsible for verifying with the Delaware Department of Education (or the appropriate licensure/certification authority in another state) that such course work is applicable and acceptable. Students are also responsible for meeting all state-mandated testing requirements and/or teaching experience requirements, and for applying for credentials. This program has also been reviewed and approved for operation and licensure/certification in the state of New Jersey. Wilmington University has not made determinations for licensure in states outside of Delaware and New Jersey. For state-by-state contact information for inquiring about individual state licensure requirements, please visit NC-SARA's Professional Licensure Directory.
This is a state-approved degree program which contributes to eligibility for licensure/certification as an educator in Delaware public schools. As such, all candidates must meet the content and performance assessment requirements described in DE Administrative Code.
The regulation states, in part:
“Where a content readiness exam is applicable and available in area, subject, or category of specialization sought, the Candidate shall achieve a passing score on an examination as established by the Professional Standards Board, in consultation with the Department and with concurrence of the State Board.”
Please note that state-mandated licensure/certification exams and minimum score requirements are subject to change by the Delaware Department of Education. Any changes mandated by the Department of Education will be implemented as required by state regulation.
The instrument selected by Wilmington University as a required exit assessment for the M.Ed. in School Leadership is the SLLA (School Leader Licensure Assessment), administered and scored by ETS. Candidates must consult with the program chair to obtain the most current information about how to fulfill this graduation requirement.
The Master of Education in School Leadership program addresses research, theory, and practice related to effective schools, teaching and learning, and school reform. Translating theory into practice is a primary emphasis.
This 33-35 credit program is designed to (a) develop aspiring school leaders’ knowledge, dispositions, and skills related to effective and sustainable school and school system leadership and renewal; (b) prepare school leaders who are committed to the centrality of teaching and learning and to the removal of barriers to student learning; (c) prepare school leaders who will engage all school stakeholders in the development of a shared vision of teaching and learning; (d) prepare school leaders who will manage school operations and resources in an efficient, equitable, and ethical manner, maintaining a constant focus on the improvement of student learning; and (e) prepare school leaders who are committed to professional growth and renewal.
Program competencies for the M.Ed. in School Leadership are derived from current national standards for building-level educational leadership as adopted by the ELCC and the National Policy Board for Educational Administration. Those standards provide a framework for developing building–level leaders who can apply knowledge and promote the success of every student by …
Multiple assessments are used to determine candidate growth toward achievement of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions described in School Leadership program competencies and college-wide graduation competencies. Rubrics-based evaluations of fieldwork, projects, assignments, research papers, and final grades for courses represent the first level of assessment. Goals, learning outcomes and activities, external assignments, and assessment strategies are linked directly to program and graduation competencies and are clearly stated on each course syllabus. Other assessment strategies include individual progress and advising conferences, evaluations of candidate performance in authentic settings, and a capstone portfolio and internship journal completed as part of the leadership practicum and internship.
Candidates are expected to satisfactorily complete all requirements associated with the School Leadership program. A total of 33-35 credit hours are required for program completion and certification. Field-based components are embedded in every course. Practicum/Internship experience/hours are aligned with certification requirements in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The program is normally completed in two to three years, although accelerated options make it possible to complete the program in one year or less by combining regular courses, online learning courses, and/or hybrid courses.
With the exception of MED 6102, courses may be taken in any order. It is recommended that candidates take MED 7590 and MED 7503 very early in the program.
MED 6102 E-Folio
MED 6490 Education, Ethics, and the Law
MED 7201 Fiscal Operations and Resources
MED 7503 School and Community: Building a Shared Vision
MED 7590 School Leadership: Theory and Practice
MED 7700 The Evolving Role of a Principal: Innovative Leadership Prek-12
MED 7701 Supervisory Leadership: Staff Selection Appraisal, and Renewal
MED 7705 Measurement, Accountability, and Student Learning
MED 7708 Curriculum Leadership
MED 8900 Practicum in School Leadership
MED 8903 Administrative Internship 3 Credits
MED 8904 Administrative Internship 4 Credits
MED 8905 Administrative Internship 5 Credits
MED 8906 Administrative Internship 6 Credits
MED 8904 is required for those seeking licensure in Delaware. MED 8905 is required for those seeking licensure in New Jersey. Candidates seeking licensure in other states must check with the Program Chair to determine correct course. Normally, the states will follow the requirements of the Wilmington University Degree.
MED 7702 Classroom and School Culture: Creating Environments for Learning
MED 7703 Curriculum and Teaching: Research, Theory, and Practice
MED 7704 Education for Equity and Social Justice
MED 7709 Personnel Administration
MED 7710 Technology and the School Environment
MED 7712 Curriculum Development
MED 7799 Supervision and Curriculum Improvement
MED 7816 Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning
The M.Ed. in School Leadership certification degree meets the certification requirements in Delaware for the positions of assistant principal/principal. In addition, if not taken at the undergraduate level, a course in Child, Adolescent or Human Development is required.
Candidates taking courses to satisfy certification requirements are personally responsible for verifying, with the appropriate licensure/certification authority in another state, that such course work is applicable and acceptable. Candidates are personally responsible for meeting all state-mandated testing requirements for teachers and administrators (Praxis Core, PRAXIS II, SLLA, etc.), for fulfilling state-mandated degree and/or teaching experience requirements, and for applying for credentials. Students are requested to provide copies of scores on state-mandated examinations. These scores provide valuable data essential to maintaining CAEP accreditation status.
Delaware state regulations require a master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in educational leadership or administration. The program must be nationally accredited/recognized or state-approved using CAEP/NCATE standards; or the applicant must hold a degree from a regionally accredited college or university in any field and successfully complete one of the following: A School Principal Course of Study as defined by 14 DE Admin. Code 1595 or a School Principal Certification program pursuant to 14 DE Admin. Code 1595.
Delaware experience requirements for a School Assistant Principal and Principal certificate specify the following: “A minimum of 5 years of teaching experience as defined in 16 DE Reg 969 (03/01/13).”
Wilmington University reserves the right to change requirements to comply with any licensure/certification mandates of the Delaware Department of Education.
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2023-2024 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2022 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.