Master of Arts Concentration in Educational Leadership

The Master of Arts with a concentration in Educational Leadership is designed to provide qualified and experienced educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to assume leadership positions in schools. The program emphasizes the role of school leader as collaborator and creator of a supportive and stimulating environment for children and teachers. Courses are provided in an intensive format and require prior readings, pre-course, and post-course assignments. Although this program has no formal practicum experience, all courses in the program will contain field-based experiences related to that subject area. This program has no attachments such as licensure.


Program Requirements

The program consists of 10 courses and includes three (3) core courses and eight (8) concentration courses.

Core Courses (3)

  • EDUC 991 Philosophy of Education and Teaching Practice
  • EDUC 998 Language Development and Communication
  • EDUC 999 Research and Development

Concentration Courses (7)

  • EDLE 927 Advanced Teaching Strategies
  • EDLE 938 Technology Applications for School Leaders
  • EDLE 947 A Systems Approach to Educational Finance
  • EDLE 948 Legal Issues and Concerns in Education
  • EDLE 970 Curriculum Design, Practice and Assessment
  • EDLE 986 Collaborative Leadership and Organizational Change
  • EDLE 987 Supervision and Staff Development

Portfolio Requirement for a Master’s Degree in the International Education Programs

As a culminating experience, each matriculated student, in the International Education Program (IEP) and Framingham State University is required to complete a portfolio to be submitted at the end of the final course and sent to the IEP office at Framingham State University. 

The portfolio includes an introductory page plus ten typed pages one for each course and an overall summary composed of the following parts:

  1. An introductory page of one or two paragraphs that gives a brief biographical sketch about you as a student and professional educator.
  2. For each course, a summary of an assignment, project or course experience that was especially meaningful to you.  A self-reflective statement that discusses how each course contributes to your ability to become a more effective educator and lifelong learner.  This part should also discuss how you plan to apply what you learned from this course.
  3. At the conclusion of all course work, the student should prepare a summary statement that describes how the overall program has contributed to you professionally as an educator and a lifelong learner.

The portfolio is reviewed by a faculty committee of The International Education Program to determine if it has met the requirements stated above and will receive a Pass/Fail grade. It will be filed in the C. Louis Cedrone International Education Center at Framingham State University.  Students should submit the portfolio within thirty days after their final course.  The degree will not be granted until the portfolio has been graded and approved. 


Admission Requirements

  1. The applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. An applicant with a foreign degree must submit official transcripts to an accredited evaluation agency. Names of the accredited agencies are available upon request.
  2. The applicant must have a minimum undergraduate minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  3. The applicant must have a minimum of three full years of employment as a teacher.


Effective as of the 2023-2024 Graduate Catalog