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Master of Education in School Leadership, M.Ed. (Principal Licensure)

Program Overview

The School Leadership Program (SLP) leads to an M.Ed. degree and is designed for educators with a minimum of three years of K-12 teaching experience who wish to become school principals or administrators. The degree program's structure allows teachers to complete their masters and licensure requirements in two years of part-time enrollment while working full time. Most SLP courses are taught by full-time Miami faculty; some are taught by current school leaders, and some courses are offered in a hybrid format—a blend of traditional class sessions and online components.

A distinctive feature of the School Leadership program is the cohort system. Students are accepted in cohorts, reflecting the department’s vision of educational leadership as a collaborative process. Under the cohort system, a selected group of individuals who aspire to build leadership roles progress together through a designed program, creating networks and mutually supportive practices as they advance through their coursework.


This 33 credit hour program is designed for educators with a minimum of three years of K-12 teaching experience who wish to become school principals or administrators.

Course Requirements


A one-year internship is integral to the program. Each student identifies a school principal mentor to observe and test the application of theory to a field site. The internship provides professional networks as well as leadership mentors.

Admission Requirements

Admission is limited to no more than 20 students each year. The admissions process is competitive, resulting in a select group of highly motivated, capable students. This provides opportunities for close interaction between students and faculty and enhanced placement opportunities.

Candidates must apply and be accepted by both the Graduate School and the Department of Educational Leadership. The Graduate School requires an applicant to have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75.

Other minimum entrance requirements:

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree
  • Possession of a professional teacher licensure
  • Three years of teaching experience in early or middle childhood (for elementary/middle school principal) or young adult (for middle school/high school principal)
  • Written essay application

Steps to Apply

Whether you're pursuing licensure or a master's degree, Miami University's Graduate Special Education Program provides a path for you.

  1. Submit a Graduate School Application form online. 
    $50 non-refundable application fee. This includes sending transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  2. Submit two references from colleagues, teachers, or peers who can attest to your professional work, potential for successful graduate study, and potential for making a positive contribution as a school leader. The two recommendations along with a personal statement can be uploaded when you apply online through the Graduate School Admissions webpage.

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Additional Opportunities

TEAM Scholarship

The Teacher Education Access at Miami (TEAM) Scholarship provides a discount on graduate tuition and fees for Ohio PreK-12 Educators.

Contact Us

Email Kathy Mecoli, Ph.D., our School Leadership Program Coordinator, for more information.

Contact Us

Department of Educational Leadership
304 McGuffey Hall
Oxford, OH 45056