Master’s Degree & Certification

K–12 Educational Leadership (MEd)

Our K–12 educational leadership/principalship master’s program puts you on the fast track to a school administration and leadership career through flexible, part-time coursework that’s ideal for busy professionals.

Program Overview

Our K–12 educational leadership master of education program puts you on the fast track to a career in educational administration and leadership. We offer a flexible, part-time program ideal for working professionals.

While pursuing your degree, you can also earn certification as a principal, supervisor, director, or superintendent.

Build your professional reputation and skills while earning your degree at your own pace through a mix of online and on-campus coursework that balances your professional and personal lifestyle with your educational goals.

Widener's Center for Education is proud of its 2016 NCATE accreditation and is prepared to meet the renewed rigor and relevance of excellence by seeking accreditation based on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) 2023 standards. Eligible programs take steps to maintain gapless national accreditation for educator preparation. See CAEP standards and annual impact and outcome measures. 

Program Options

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We combine evening, hybrid, and online classes—perfect for you as a busy professional. You can complete the master’s program full or part time, enabling you to earn your degree on your own timetable.

If your career goal is to become a principal, supervisor, director, or school superintendent, our master’s program can provide the appropriate professional certification with or without the degree.

Earning the Loading... enables you to be hired for numerous school leadership positions because the administrative nature of this certification extends beyond principalship.

Admissions Information

  • Complete the application form.
  • Copy of your Resume.
  • Personal Statement.
  • Have an official transcript sent from all previous graduate and undergraduate programs.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from colleagues, supervisors, or college professors.
  • Complete a writing sample. Contact the Writing Center at 610-499-4332 to schedule an appointment.

You will have an admissions interview with a faculty advisor.

  • MEd full-time summer or fall start term - May 1
  • MEd part-time fall start term - July 1

As an incoming MEd student, you are eligible to receive a program-specific scholarship upon acceptance. Scholarship amounts are awarded based on program-specific criteria.

No need to fill out a scholarship application—you are automatically considered and if you have been chosen for a scholarship, it will appear in your acceptance letter.

Program Highlights

Our master’s program will build your reputation and leadership skills and enable you to take charge of K–12 schools and districts as a principal, superintendent, or director.

You Set the Pace

Our flexible program lets you set your pace to work around your busy lifestyle. Most students choose to take two courses per semester and finish in 3 to 4 years.

Expert Faculty

All of our full- and part-time faculty members have earned doctoral degrees and have extensive administrative, leadership, and teaching experience in education. These engaging instructors build vibrant professional learning communities so you can learn and contribute to the knowledge of your fellow students who are also working professionals.


Our professors' leadership and research are shaping the education field. We use the same highly qualified instructors for both our online and on-campus classes.

Ning Wang

"My goal in teaching is to enable and motivate my students to understand and make sense of the craft of applying research methods and to become critical and rigorous learners."

Zora M. Wolfe
Associate Professor

"My philosophy for teaching graduate courses in educational leadership revolves around the importance of integrating theory and practice. I believe my courses need to be grounded in research and theory related to students' particular areas of study, and also provide opportunities for students to apply that research and theory to practice."

Brenda R. Gilio
Associate Professor

"In the educational leadership programs at Widener University, we take your education personally by working with you to achieve your professional goals through a flexible, career-oriented program that meets your professional and personal needs."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

With a degree in K–12 educational leadership, you will have the inside track to a rewarding career at the helm of school districts and educational institutions. You will lead the way for the education and growth of future generations.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • School districts
  • Charter schools
  • Private schools
  • State and federal education agencies
  • Universities and colleges

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Superintendent
  • Central office supervisor
  • Principal or director of curriculum
  • Teacher leader or coach
  • Intermediate unit administrator

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