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George Mason University - Education Leadership, Independent School Leadership Concentration (M.Ed.)

The M.Ed. in education leadership with a concentration in independent school leadership is a 30-credit hour program offered entirely online. The independent school leadership concentration is a non-licensure path within the education leadership program with a focus on the unique leadership and instructional needs of directors, heads of schools, and other professionals responsible for the growth and management of independent and private schools. Like other candidates in the education leadership program, students will develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to create and maintain learning environments that value diversity, instructional leadership, innovative and ethical decision-making, reflective practice, and the successful achievement of all students, with an emphasis on the independent school context.

Program type: online master's program

Typical program length: two years

Program contact: edleprog@gmu.edu | 703-993-3633

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Johns Hopkins - Educational Leadership for Independent Schools 

This graduate certificate program serves the needs of directors, heads of schools, principals, and other professionals responsible for the management of independent schools. The certificate program comprises 15 graduate credits with the option of applying them to the 33-39 credit master of science in education degree with a concentration in educational studies.

Program type: certificate program

Typical program length: 15 graduate credits

Program contact: Annette Anderson | annette.anderson@jhu.edu | 410-516-2012

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Kennesaw State University - Independent and Charter School Leadership Certificate

This program will prepare students for the numerous roles and responsibilities of school administration at independent and charter schools. The independent and charter school certificate provides an opportunity for students to engage in field-based experiential learning activities related to independent and charter school leadership. Courses focus on financial management, strategic planning, institutional advancement, governance, operations, and infrastructures. The program concludes with a capstone project based on real-world, job-embedded field-based needs of independent and charter schools. This is a 12-hour certificate program and can be completed in as few as two semesters.

Program type: certificate program

Typical program length: two semesters

Program contact: Susan Banke | sbanke@kennesaw.edu | 470-578-2498

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Klingenstein Center at Columbia University 

Master's Degree Program
This three-program portfolio includes options to earn a master's degree in private school leadership over a year of full-time study or two intensive summers, as well as an option to add on an M.B.A. in partnership with Columbia Business School or INSEAD. Graduate with the knowledge, skills, perspective, and renewed passion to make an impact on your students, your colleagues, and the field of education.

Program type: master's program

Typical program length: one year or two summers

Program director: Nicole Brittingham Furlonge | klingenstein@tc.columbia.edu | 212-678-3156

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Institute for Early Career Teachers
This fully-funded, two-week fellowship for teachers with two - five years of experience focuses on improving practice and making teachers more effective leaders in the classroom and throughout the school. Learn from master teachers and top Columbia University professors with a cohort of highly motivated peers while establishing an exceptional foundation for an impactful career in education.

Program type: fellowship

Typical program length: two weeks

Program director: Nicole Brittingham Furlonge | klingenstein@tc.columbia.edu | 212-678-3156

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Heads of Schools Program
This two-week, fully-funded fellowship for heads of independent and international schools offers a unique opportunity to renew vision, passion, and energy for school leadership. Focus on educational issues of importance in your school and throughout the world with a cohort of thoughtful, dedicated fellow heads while completing engaging coursework and solutions-focused research projects. 

Program type: fellowship

Typical program length: two weeks

Program director: Nicole Brittingham Furlonge | klingenstein@tc.columbia.edu | 212-678-3156

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Mercer University - M.Ed. in Independent and Charter School Leadership

The M.Ed. in independent and charter school leadership provides a tailored opportunity for potential leaders to prepare themselves specifically to lead in the unique environments of independent and charter schools. The program is designed for current leaders or for those seeking advancement to a leadership position and for those who are seeking a career in the independent or charter school setting. This program does not lead to certification or certification upgrade.

The program prepares students to enter leadership positions in the independent and charter school environments, including principal, assistant principal, head of school, or directors of various departments, including admissions and student services. Further, the program can serve as professional development for those individuals who are currently employed in leadership positions at an independent or charter school who may have a background in areas other than education and have a need to understand the unique challenges of education to build upon their experience in the business or nonprofit sectors.

Program type: master's program, in-person & online

Typical program length: one year

Contact: mercereducation@mercer.edu | 800-762-5404 or 678-547-6084

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University of Hawai'i - M.Ed. Educational Foundations: Private School Leadership

This program is a collaboration of the Department of Educational Foundations and the Hawai'i Association of Independent Schools (HAIS). It is designed for administrators, teachers, and other educators. Instruction blends research-based knowledge with the wisdom of experienced private school leaders to prepare professionals for positions of leadership. The PSL program is cohort-based and runs for a period of two consecutive summers, each of six weeks of face-to-face instruction, and the intervening fall and spring semesters.

Program type: master's program, in-person & online

Typical program length: 15 months

Department chair: David Ericson | ericson@hawaii.edu | 808-956-4243

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University of Pennsylvania - School Leadership Program: Independent School Track

The independent school track prepares administrators and educators for the challenges of working in private and parochial schools. Culminating in a master of school leadership, this track provides a 240-hour internship, focused class topics, and practitioner assignments relevant to the independent school environment. Special to the independent school track is the ability for those in admissions or development roles at private schools to participate without having had prior classroom experience.

Program type: master's program, in-person & online

Typical program length: one year

Program directorEarl Ball | eball@gse.upenn.edu | 215-573-7499

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Vanderbilt University - M.Ed. in Independent School Leadership

Unlock your potential as an innovator and leader. Explore and master the skills needed to effectively lead an independent school community with a master’s degree in independent school leadership from Vanderbilt University. You’ll partner with current and aspiring independent school leaders who bring an incredible depth of experience and expertise. Together, you’ll work to navigate the complex educational, political, social, fiscal, and moral dimensions that independent schools face today. In the end, you’ll be prepared to reach higher levels of achievement for your career and the independent schools you seek to serve.

Program type: master's program, in-person & online

Typical program length: 14 months

Program director: Patrick Schuermann | patrick.schuermann@vanderbilt.edu | 615-322-8295

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