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Admission: Lauryn Rosinski, (440) 826-2915,
Academic Advisor: Gail Habig, (440) 826-6534,
Coordinator of School Leadership: Dr. Michelle Kocar, (440) 826-8539,

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The MAEd in school leadership is designed for teachers who are seeking the principal's license. It is equally relevant for teachers who aspire to work within a school system on curriculum design, development and reform. Program curriculum is based upon principal standards established by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP).

  • Explore leadership theories and practices that promote the success of all students in today’s diverse school environments.
  • Learn the essential elements to develop a school vision, establish a culture of high standards of learning and implement and evaluate continuous improvement plans.
  • Apply best practices through effective instructional programs and comprehensive professional development plans at the building and district levels.
  • Examine curriculum design, development and reform as influenced and impacted by federal and state standards.
  • Understand the components of a professional code of ethics as they pertain to the legal rights and responsibilities of students, parents, faculty, staff, administration and community members.

MAED Academic Calendar

2022-23 Calendar

MAEd in School Leadership Program Features

  • 42 semester hours lead to the MAEd in school leadership and a building principal license that aligns with the candidate's licensed teaching grade levels.
  • Students who already hold a master's degree may complete just the principal curriculum to earn a license.
  • Complete an internship in your school district as you continue in your teaching role.
  • Enroll part time while you continue to teach and complete the master's program in just two years.

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Principal License Program

The principal license program takes two years to complete with a total of 30 semester hours. There are ten courses, including two semesters of internships. The courses must be taken in sequential order. A master’s degree is required to obtain a principal’s license (42 semester hours).

To earn a master's degree, complete EDU 511-Using Evidence, Research, and Data in Education and select three courses from the following MAEd specializations:

  • Educational Technology
  • Literacy
  • Mild/Moderate Educational Needs

Qualifications for the Principal License in Ohio

  • Must have a master's degree.
  • Must have a minimum of two years teaching experience or work experience under a professional pupil services license for the ages and grade levels for which the principal license is sought.
  • Successful completion of a principal licensure program.
  • Passage of state-approved assessment for school leadership.

Advanced Practice Minor

BW's K-12 MAEd programs provide students with concentrated expertise in a targeted area plus the breadth of knowledge in another area resulting in an advanced practice minor. Minors can be obtained in:

  • Literacy
  • Special education
  • Technology integration

School Partnership Program

Many students enrolled in BW's MAEd programs are employed by school districts that participate in the BW School Partnership Program, providing them with a simplified application process and other benefits.

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