Master of Education in Educational Leadership

This M.Ed. program prepares graduate candidates to work as elementary and secondary school principals. 

The mission of the Educational Leadership program is to prepare future school leaders to be visionary and culturally astute educators, pedagogically skilled practitioners who can improve student achievement, efficient managers of their organization, community collaborators who advocate for all children, and consistently demonstrate high ethical standards in all aspects of the Principalship. Program specific knowledge and skills: proficiency in eight specific standards and indicators as determined by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA).

To learn more about the online program, visit our 100% Online Master of Education in Educational Leadership webpage.


Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Dennis Dotterer 

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    Broaden the understanding of your role as a leader as you prepare to work as elementary and secondary school principals. 

    Time to completion: 2 years

    Total Credits: 36

    Format: Campus-based

    Curriculum (M.Ed. in Educational Leadership)

    For space availability and application deadlines, please speak with program director, Dr. Sherry Hoyle.

    Application requirements for the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program include:

    • The online Graduate Studies application with the non-refundable application fee

    • Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework.

      • Note: Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate Studies office from the issuing institution(s). Transcripts can be sent to 211 Tillman Hall, Rock Hill, SC 29733 or

    • A statement of goals.

    • A copy of your current South Carolina State Department of Education Class III Professional Certificate or the equivalent from another state.

    • Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale OR Submit an official GRE score of 151 on the Verbal Reasoning section and 153 on the Quantitative Reasoning Section OR Submit an official score of 392 or above on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).

    • Present two recommendations to include a recommendation from the applicant's current principal and district level administrator. In the online application you will be required to enter the names and e-mail addresses for your current principal and district level administration. They will then receive an e-mail asking them to complete the online recommendation form.

    • Complete a pre-entrance assessment based on the 7 standards of the National Board for Educational Administration. (Interview, presentation and writing sample).

    Pre-entrance interviews will be conducted once the application materials are received. The admissions committee considers all the requirements previously listed when making the admissions decisions. Applicants will receive notification of the Admissions Committee's decision from the Graduate Studies Office. Admission to the Educational Leadership program is competitive. New admissions classes will not exceed 25 candidates. 

    The M.Ed. 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.


Beyond Graduation

"The Graduate Program at Winthrop has challenged and prepared me to be the best instructional leader possible. I have learned to identify qualities of effective leaders, apply best practices, and have acquired a greater knowledge base of school law. My participation in this program has taught me to examine my goals for the future and work really hard to make these dreams a reality."


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