Department of Instructional Leadership & Professional Development
Offering exceptional faculty support and field experiences, the Department of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development prepares leaders who can build capacity in P-12 schools and classrooms for responding to ever-changing student needs while ensuring their mastery of 21st-century skills and knowledge.
The instructional leadership and professional development curriculum provides practical, yet inspiring ways for you to be a dynamic, effective leader in the classroom or in an administrator’s office. The Department of Instructional Leadership and Professional Development (ILPD) plays a key role in the advanced training of educators who are making Maryland a national leader in education programs. Find out more about the advantages of studying instructional leadership and professional development at Towson University.
What We Offer
The department offers students:
- a statewide online program of master’s and Administrator I preparation designed for convenience and flexibility
- a curriculum that promotes active learning and prepares you to meet changes in the field of education
- supportive faculty with significant experience in school leadership who are recognized for their work with state and national grants
- highly individualized advising, with detailed completion planning, research and internship guidance, and career counseling
- cohort communities that provide you with opportunities for networking and support from students and faculty
- hands-on learning experiences focused in school systems instead of classrooms
- a statewide online program designed for convenience and flexibility
Education Leadership Constituent Council
ILPD programs are nationally recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP advances equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.
ILPD programs are aligned with the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Standards, the expectations for beginning building-level school leaders, and are consistent with the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), expectations for established leaders.
View the department’s Crosswalk of Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and ILPD Courses (PDF).