Graduate Catalog 2015-16 
    Oct 21, 2019  
Graduate Catalog 2015-16 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Leadership (School Principal licensure) (MA)

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The Masters in Educational Leadership is a 37-credit, field-based program in which candidates earn an MA in Education as well as school principal licensure.

The program combines convenient on-line coursework, exceptional readings, and face-to-face residencies rich with dialogues about transformative leadership.  In addition, candidates conduct a closely supervised, two-year project to effect change in their school.  The goal is to become exceptional principals who will work in concert with their school's faculty to create schools that allow students to realize their potential as citizens in a complex and changing world.

Students become fellows of the Castleton Institute for School Leaders. The Institute's philosophy is based on the notion that respected leaders engage in a constant process of self-examination and transformation.  Leaders transform themselves by questioning their assumptions, acquiring skills and knowledge, enriching their understanding, developing their compassion and realizing their dreams.  While doing so, they encourage their staff and students to develop their potential.  Simultaneously, their schools undergo transformation as they realize and revisit their School Improvement Plans.

This program is approved for licensure by the Vermont Agency of Education's Program Review Team and is framed by both the Core Leadership Standards for Vermont Educators and the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards for School Leaders.  In addition, through the Mediated Achievement Plan (see EDU 6815), prospective candidates will be assured of meeting the 300-hour internship required by the state.

For more information, please contact Dr. Ric Reardon, Director of Education, at 802-468-1234 or

Course Requirements

The courses were developed using the Interstate School Leadership Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Policy Standards (which were originally designed for leadership preparation programs and have now been updated and are used for programs emphasizing effective leadership practice). In addition, the courses were designed considering the Vermont Core Leadership Standards. Finally, the courses are specifically designed to meet the rigorous requirements of the Principal endorsement (5440-91) as set forth by the Vermont Agency of Education.

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