Teaching Excellence - Principal Leadership - MS

Master of Science

Availability: online

The mission of Mercyhurst's Principal Certification concentration is to provide a selective, practical, and evidence-based principal preparation program for aspiring school leaders currently serving as teachers, counselors, instructional coaches, or chairs of their departments. The program functions to prepare selected candidates for PDE principal certification through PDE aligned coursework and engagement in a one-year mentored, career-embedded residency experience with their mentor principal and leadership supervisor. Through this program, candidates will develop into collaborative, data-informed, reflective practitioners who focus on equity and increasing achievement for all students.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the requirements for the master of science degree in Teaching Excellence - Principal Leadership, the graduate will possess knowledge, skills and abilities in the following competencies:

  • Think and plan strategically, creating an organizational vision around personalized student success
  • Understand standard-based systems, theory and design and use that knowledge to employ standards-based reform in the school
  • Access and use appropriate data to inform decision making at all levels of the system
  • Create a culture of teaching and learning with an emphasis on learning
  • Manage resources for effective results
  • Collaborate, communicate, engage and empower others inside and outside of the organization to pursue excellence in learning
  • Operate in a fair and equitable manner with personal and professional integrity
  • Advocate for children and public education in the larger political, social economics, legal and cultural context
  • Support professional growth of self and others through practice and inquiry