Winthrop University: Graduate School - MEd in Educational Leadership Required Program
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Graduate School
211 Tillman Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
800/411-7041 (toll free)
803/323-2292 (fax)

Master of Education in Educational Leadership Required Program

The MEd in Educational Leadership is offered in a cohort fashion with sequenced specialty studies being offered six to nine hours per semester. A candidate who drops out of the program will have to wait a full year to re-enroll on a space available basis.

Required Program    Semester Hours 
Professional Core:
EDCI 640 Educational Research, Design & Analysis 3
Specialty Studies:
EDLD 601   Leadership 3
EDLD 602 Techniques of Supervision 3
EDLD 603 Curriculum Leadership in Schools 3
EDLD 604 Principalship for the 21st Century 3
EDLD 610 Fiscal and Business Management in Schools 3
EDLD 611 School Law 3
EDLD 613 Preparing Leaders to Serve Students with Special Needs 3
EDLD 616 School Personnel Development 3
EDLD 621 Internship I 3
EDLD 622 Internship II 3
EDLD 623 Internship III 3
Total Semester Hours   36

Visit the graduate course descriptions webpage to view course descriptions.

To be eligible to graduate, a graduate candidate must satisfactorily complete all courses, field experience requirements, and a cumulative assessment which demonstrates that the candidate has successfully demonstrated proficiency in standards recommended by the specialized professional association for those preparing to become principals. An Educational Leadership committee must certify that the candidate has passed the cumulative assessment.

To be recommended for certification, the candidate must receive the required score (as determined by the South Carolina State Department of Education) on the Educational Administration Specialty Test of the PRAXIS Examination.

Transition Points for Master of Education in Educational Leadership

I. Entrance to the Program 

  • Admission screening 
  • Professional dispositions self-assessment completed in first graduate course

II. Midpoint Assessment (12+ hours, prior to first internship) 

  • Program of Study filed 
  • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA 
  • Professional Dispositions review conference 
  • Minimum score on a key assessment as specified by EDLD faculty

III. Exit from the program (36 hours) 

  • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA 
  • Final review of Professional Dispositions 
  • Review of Internship I, II and III evaluations (B or higher) 
  • Satisfactory score on comprehensive evaluation 

Last Updated: 1/18/23