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 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 program that is ideal for working professionals. 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.

While pursuing your degree, you can also earn certification to fill the roles of principal, supervisor, or director.

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, or director, our master’s program can provide the appropriate professional certification with or without the degree.

  1. Earning the Loading... enables you to be hired for numerous school leadership positions because the administrative nature of this certification extends beyond principalship.
  2. If you are new to educational leadership, the Loading... may be a pathway for you to strengthen your professional knowledge and skills to work with other teachers in a peer coaching framework for PreK-12 classrooms. This program is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

Through our partnership with American Community Schools of Athens, you can earn an MEd in K-12 Educational Leadership with a focus on International and Independent Schools Leadership.

In year one, you’ll travel to Athens for a 3-week summer residency. In year two, you’ll travel to the United States for a 3-week summer residency that includes educational experiences in Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, D.C.

During the school year, you’ll complete your coursework online.

Interested in bringing your children and family to your residency in Athens? A discounted summer camp program will enable them to experience one of the world’s most historic cities while you work toward your master’s degree.

Each state/jurisdiction has requirements that candidates must meet in order to obtain licensure and/or certification to teach. It is the student’s responsibility to seek appropriate guidance before beginning any academic program. If you intend to seek certification outside of Pennsylvania, the University recommends that you contact the appropriate state licensing agency to obtain specific licensure/certification requirements per state and the most up-to-date information.
To view Widener’s licensure eligibility by state/jurisdiction, please visit the Center for Education: Program Licensure page.

Admissions Information

  • Complete the application form.
  • Submit a copy of your resume.
  • Have an official transcript sent from all previous graduate and undergraduate programs.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from colleagues, supervisors, or college professors.
  • Submit a personal statement addressing the following prompt: Please describe your experiences in education and how they have informed your current understanding of leadership. 

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

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 1 to 2 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.

Zora M. Wolfe
Director of K-12 Educational Leadership and Instructional Technology Programs

"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
Director of Center for Education

"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

Pride Perspectives

Hear from our students about their experience in the K-12 Educational Leadership program.

Jose-Luis Vasquez stands on platform in front of high school graduates in caps and gowns

What I’ve learned through the MEd program is the skills to succeed, whether it is organizational administration, coaching and developing leaders, or even the vernacular to know what is going on in the world of higher education.

Jose-Luis Vasquez

Jose-Luis's Story

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