Educational Leadership at Temple

Educational Leadership Master of Education (Ed.M.)

The Educational Leadership program prepares accomplished principal and superintendents for school and district leadership. Within a social justice framework the program focuses on ethical leadership in diverse, inclusive environments. Graduating leaders will have the knowledge and competencies to maximize learning opportunities and outcomes for all students and professional development for teachers and colleagues.

Degree Requirements

The Master's Program consist of thirty (30) semester hours of graduate course work or thirty-six (36) semester hours for both the masters's degree and principal certification. Students elect to specialize in one of two available program tracks:

Concentration in PreK-12

Concentration in Higher Education

Course work must be completed within four (4) years from the date of admission. The degree requirements for the Ed.M. can be completed fully online or in a blended format including campus-based and online courses.

Admissions Requirements

Admission is based on a combination of academic and personal factors. The applicant must provide evidence of successful academic performance and aptitude for graduate level study as documented by undergraduate and graduate grade point averages, Masters degree, scores on the Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test taken within five years, and performance in any applicable courses taken prior to admission. A goal statement and three letters of reference from instructors or supervisors familiar with the applicant's professional and academic work are also required.

Applicants must submit:

  • A completed Graduate School Online Application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and graduate schools attended.
  • Official score reports from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test Scores must be current within the last 5 years.
  • TOEFL score report for non-native speakers of English.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation [pdf]. Letters should be obtained from persons knowledgeable about the applicant's academic or professional work experience.
  • A goal statement that outlines professional interests. The Statement of Goals is typically 2-3 pages in length and contains the following:  your reason for seeking the degree, with a specific focus on the career to which you aspire; your research interests; and relevant academic and job-related experiences.
  • A resume

Submitting Your Materials

See the Application Checklist for complete details on how to submit your application materials. Required supplemental materials should be sent attention to:

Graduate Programs Office Attn. Application Processing Temple University - College of Education 150 Ritter Annex 1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091

Please allow delivery and processing time before your application will be reviewed. For faster service, the College of Education at Temple University also receives supporting application materials for graduate admissions electronically via the Interfolio service.

It is the student's responsibility to see that everything is completed by the deadline date.

Application deadlines

To be guaranteed consideration for admission, your complete application, including all required supplemental materials, must be post-marked no later than:

  • For Fall admission: May 1
  • For Spring admission: November 1

However, applications are accepted throughout the year for both the fall and spring terms and reviewed in the summer.  Completed applications received by May 1 for Fall and November 1 for Spring are guaranteed a decision for the upcoming term. Applications received after the stated deadlines will be reviewed on a space available basis. We will review applications as soon as they are complete and notify the applicant in as timely a manner as possible.Late applicants may be able to begin as a non-degree seeking student completing up to 9 credits before formal acceptance.

We strongly urge that applicants apply early and periodically check TUPortal ( as to the status of their materials.