Feb 26, 2024
This licensure program prepares educators for careers as Principals/Assistant Principals, Special Education Administrators, Superintendents/Assistant Superintendents, and School Business Administrators in the public schools, and prepares students for eligibility for the initial license in Administrative Leadership in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Leadership preparation candidates in Massachusetts need to meet the requirements established for the Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leaders (MA-PAL) in order to obtain your initial leadership license, in addition to completing the program. The MA-PAL assessment system is designed to provide clear evidence of a candidate’s readiness for initial school leadership work. Preparation for the tasks to be completed towards the Massachusetts Performance Assessment are integrated into coursework, but evidence of completion of the PAL is a separate requirement for licensure in Massachusetts.
Coursework includes two modules:
• Core Module - 24 credits of diverse coursework general to all roles in Administrative Leadership. This coursework carefully follows the Standards and Indicators for Administrative Leadership in Massachusetts, and will provide students with a thorough grounding and introduction to leadership roles and responsibilities in schools. The first four courses include at least 20 hours of structured pre-practicum hours in schools. These pre-practicum ‘activities’ are carefully matched to each applicable Standard and Indicator for Administrative Leadership.
• License-Specific Module - 12 to 15 credits of in-depth coursework in the specific licensure area:
- Principal/Assistant Principal [PreK-8, 5-12]
- Special Education Administrator
Each license-specific course also includes at least 20 hours of structured practicum hours in schools; these hours are carefully structured in the specific role and responsibility of the license sought.
• Baccalaureate degree for a regionally accredited college or university
• Passing score on Communications and Literacy (Reading and Writing) MTEL
• Completion of at least three years of school-based employment in which the candidates holds a license, or at least three years of equivalent employment in another educational-related setting
• Twenty out-of-class hours for each of the four first courses (total of 80 hours) -with the exception of EA510 for Sheltered English Immersion- is devoted to pre-practicum hours in the public schools. Satisfaction of this requirement is met through specified pre-practicum activities, completion of the out-of-class hours log sheet, and a detailed summary of the pre-practicum experiences for each course.
All candidates must apply online at: endicott.edu/admission/information-for-graduate-students/apply
Applicants should submit the following to Office of Admission for Graduate and Professional Stuides, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915
- Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
- Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);
- Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
- Essay of 250-500 words on career goals and motivation for graduate study;
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better;
- Interview with the program director (only required for some programs)
- All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.
- Resume and/or curriculum vitae indicating a minimum of three years of full time employment
- Evidence of passing score on the Communications and Literacy MTEL
- Copy of all Massachusetts Educator Licenses (if applicable)
International Applicants for Graduate Admission
Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.
International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.
At the completion of the program, the student will:
- Demonstrates knowledge of core administrator module standards, i.e., instructional leadership, management of operations, family and community engagement, and professional culture
- Demonstrates knowledge of license specific module standards, i.e., administration and supervision of special education programs and services and consultation and collaboration skills
Core Module Requirements - 24 credits
Licensure Module Requirements - 15 credits
Total Degree Requirements - 39 credits