Transformational Educational Leadership (M.S.)

Towson University helps create the best schools in Maryland and the region by preparing the most-qualified teachers. 

TU students in class

The master’s degree in Transformational Educational Leadership (with embedded courses for Administrator I certification) prepares you to be a dynamic and effective leader in America’s schools. We promote an expanded view of leadership that includes leading from the classroom as well as the traditional school administrator pathway.

The 36-credit (12 course) master’s program is designed for educators with at least three years of experience who desire to be leaders in classroom or administrative roles. Students complete six required courses and six electives in leadership or instructional content areas. View degree requirements.

The master’s program is available on the main Towson University campus in suburban Baltimore, at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, and through school district cohorts.

Credits from the following certificates may be applied as electives toward the M.S. in Transformational Educational Leadership. These programs are available through school district and organizational cohorts. 


Why Study Educational Leadership?

The education field is constantly changing. There is a critical need for leaders who can thrive amidst these changes and create learning communities that support success for all students and faculty. If you are a certified teacher or licensed professional, the M.S. in Transformational Educational Leadership will support your career goals with advanced training in school and district leadership.

The M.S. in Human Resource Development Educational Leadership Track offers:

  • A real-world curriculum centered on meeting today’s and tomorrows educational challenges
  • A faculty with extensive school district and academic experience 
  • Internships personalized to your areas of professional interest
  • Flexible formats with online, hybrid, and face-to-face options
  • Faculty and student learning communities providing networking and support
  • Multiple opportunities to exercise leadership in your own school from the first course in the program

why towson university?

Program Advantages

  • Towson University’s history and reputation in preparing excellent educational leaders ready to future challenges
  • Approved by the Maryland State Department of Education for those seeking Administrator I certification 
  • Knowledgeable faculty mentors with significant administrative, leadership, and teaching experience
  • Convenient main campus and off-campus locations at TU in Northeastern Maryland (TUNE), the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, and at school locations throughout the state facilitated by the Towson Learning Network
  • Pre-internship school-based leadership experiences integrated into every
    course
  • Strong content focus on: 
    –Building collaborative school cultures
    –Ensuring safe school environments
    –Promoting social and emotional learning
    –Leading diverse and inclusive schools
    –Embedding an equity lens at the core of a school’s work
    –Using evidence to make instructional decisions
    –Engaging families and communities as partners in increasing student learning
    –Advocating effective and equitable policies to decision makers based on student learning needs