Earn your Master of Education Initial Certification degree at Holy Family University

Educational Leadership with Principal Certification, M.Ed.

Specifically designed as a practitioner’s degree, for students who wish to acquire the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to work in a professional field and become eligible for a Principal K-12 certificate.

Program Overview

As a professional degree, the M.Ed. is intended for students who wish, upon graduation, to assume positions of leadership in a practical setting or positions requiring more advanced study than that available at the bachelor’s level (e.g., as an instructional technologist or as a district resource teacher). 

Program Details

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the cognitive, emotional, physical and social development of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and children in the primary grades
  • Design and implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum for all children
  • Analyze the classroom environment to determine how it can be adapted to meet diverse needs of children
  • Develop and implement appropriate formative and summative assessment strategies

The goal of the M.Ed. program is to develop professional educators who are:

  • Lifelong learners
  • Respectful of all individuals
  • Dedicated to social justice
  • Knowledgeable about current legal, social and political issues
  • Effective communicators
  • Skilled in understanding, interpreting and applying research findings.

In addition, graduates of the program will be able to demonstrate commitment to professional responsibilities by exhibiting:

  • Ethical and professional behavior
  • Respect for all individuals
  • Emotional maturity
  • Good judgment
  • Dependability

Career Paths

This certification program offers experienced teachers the opportunity to develop expertise in a particular area of education. In addition, many of the concentration areas offered through this program prepare students for additional certifications or endorsements.  

This program helps Level I certified teachers complete the requirements for obtaining Level II teacher certification in Pennsylvania.  Additional certifications that graduates of the program may be eligible to apply for include:

  • Special Education
  • Reading Specialist
  • Education Administration (Pennsylvania Principal certification)
  • ESL Program Specialist
  • Autism Endorsement

Students may also choose to pursue a more general concentration, with courses pulled from more than one certification area. This does not lead to additional certification but it does provide students with a master’s degree and additional expertise in several areas.

Internships & Employment

School districts working with our students and employing our graduates include:

  • Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Bensalem
  • Bristol Borough
  • Bristol Township
  • Centennial
  • Central Bucks
  • Cinnaminson
  • Council Rock
  • Mount Laurel
  • Neshaminy
  • New Hope-Solebury
  • Pennsauken
  • Pennsbury
  • Philadelphia


Program Information

Degree Awarded
  • Certification
  • Master of Education
Program Type
  • Certification
Program Location
  • Blended
  • Online

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