K - 12 Educational Leadership

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K-12 Educational Leadership

Dr. Brenda Gilio discusses Widener's graduate program in K-12 Educational Leadership.

The Master's in Educational Leadership/Principalship is one of the most respected programs of its kind in the tri-state area.

It is designed specifically for people who want to focus their professional development on the foundations and theories of leadership in public education. One can also earn the principal certification through this program. Graduate students concentrate their education on the complexities and subtleties of leadership in the ever changing world of education. Widener’s Educational Leadership/Principalship program offers professionals the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to become an effective, understanding, and compassionate leader in their schools.

Educational Leadership/Principalship graduate students at Widener develop educational and leadership skills grounded in scholarship, educational research, and best practices. The program is guided by its conceptual framework which emphasizes academic excellence, collaboration, diversity, life long learning with a commitment to technology and best practices. This flexible program can be attended either part of full-time. Most of our students are working educators who can easily fit this program into their professional schedules because classes are held once a week in the evening. The Educational Leadership/Principalship masters program prepares educators for greater success in their profession by preparing them for the challenges and changes found in education.

At Widener students can build on their undergraduate education and professional experiences through their course work. Most of our students report that they find they can apply their studies immediately to their daily professional activities.

Graduate students in the Educational Leadership/Principalship program find a supportive environment and respected faculty who help the student construct a foundation for career enrichment and success in the field of education. Widener faculty members work closely with degree candidates to facilitate student success. Students quickly become effective and efficient leaders in this program because they are supported by faculty who act as mentors and offer a high level of personal attention.

Who enrolls?

Most students have typically worked in education for at least three years and have established themselves in the profession. Students seeking the principal certification are required to complete 48 hours of post baccalaureate work and have five years of appropriate professional experience. Students enroll because they want to advance in their career and to enrich their professional growth through a master’s degree.

The Educational Leadership/Principalship masters program allows one to focus on developing the skills and dispositions needed for success in the field. This program allows students to specialize in an area congruent with one’s career goals.