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Educational leadership is the process of enlisting and guiding the talents and energies of teachers, pupils, and parents toward achieving common educational aims

Educational Leadership

Educational leadership is a collaborate process that unites the talents and forces of teachers, students and parents.

The goal of educational leadership is to improve the quality of education and the education system itself.

Qualities of Educational Leadership

Educational leadership is centered on certain key principles. Educational leadership creates a vision of academic success for all students.

This is important because there has always been a historical gap between students on different socio-economical levels and high and low achieving students.

Graduates with a master's degree in educational leadership can choose from a wide variety of administrative positions in schools.

A master's degree in educational leadership can prepare graduates for teaching and executive positions at public and private schools. These include elementary, middle and high schools, as well as post-secondary schools, like colleges and universities.

Administrative positions that might be available to those with a master's degree in educational leadership include the following:

  • Principal
  • Assistant principal
  • District administrator
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Director or supervisor
  • Dean of students or faculty
  • College provost
  • University registrar

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The four major types of Educational Leadership are:

  • Servant Leadership

Servant Leadership takes the focus from the end goal to the people who are being led. There is no sense of self-interest on the part of the leader, who steps back and supports only the interests of the followers.





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  • Transactional Leardership

Transactional leadership or transactional management is the part of one style of leadership that focuses on supervision, organization, or performance; it is an integral part of the Full Range Leadership Model.

Transactional leadership focuses on results, conforms to the existing structure of an organization and measures success according to that organization's system of rewards and penalties.Transactional leadership depends on self-motivated people who work well in a structured, directed environment.  Information from:


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  • Emotional Leadership

Where transactional leadership was concerned primarily with the exchange of goods and services, emotional leadership is concerned with the feelings and motivations of followers.






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  • Transformational Leadership

While the other forms of leadership focus on one singular aspect or another, transformational leadership takes a broad view of the issues surrounding leadership and then uses those as a driving force for meeting the overall goals of the organization

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Lifelong Learning:

  • Educational Leadership is a personal commitment to lifelong learning is vital to succeeding in an educational or organizational leadership role.Educational.
  • Making lifelong learning a personal priority gives educational leaders the authenticity to share its value to others.

An Ecosystem of Experiences:

  • Educational leaders should practice critical thinking, empathy, collaboration, and flexibility in a variety of work environments—and with a variety of people—in order to engage, lead, and effect change in a meaningful way.
  • Experiential learning is a critical quality for leadership today,


This aspect of educational leadership is one that is becoming more prominent in classrooms and companies everywhere.

Elements of Educational Leadership

Study of Master in Educational Leadership

Program Goals

  • Lincoln University’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Educational Leadership/Principal Certification Program is designed to prepare qualified and effective K-12 school administrators and instructional leaders.
  • The program aims to produce effective K-12 school principals who can also serve as positive change agents in the community, and develop school leaders with the necessary skills and capacity to improve student learning based upon research, assessment and the implementation of best practices.
  • The Educational Leadership program was developed in accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s framework and guidelines for principal preparation programs. 

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  • (PDE CORE STANDARD ONE) the leader has knowledge and skills to think and plan strategically, creating an organizational vision around personalized student success
  • (PDE CORE STANDARD TWO) The leader is grounded in standards-based systems theory and design and is able to transfer knowledge to his/her job as an architect of standards-based reform in the school.
  • (PDE CORE STANDARD THREE) The leader knows how to access and use appropriate data to inform decision-making at all levels of the system.
  • (PDE COROLLARY STANDARD ONE) The leader creates a culture of teaching and learning with an emphasis on learning.
  • (PDE COROLLARY STANDARD TWO) The leader manages resources for effective results.
  • (PDE COROLLARY STANDARD THREE) The leader collaborates, communicates, engages, and empowers others inside and outside of the organization to pursue excellence in learning.
  • (PDE COROLLARY STANDARD FOUR) The leader operates in a fair and equitable manner with personal and professional integrity.
  • (PDE COROLLARY STANDARD FIVE) The leader advocates for children and public education in the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
  • (PDE COROLLARY STANDARD SIX) The leader supports professional growth of self and others through practice and inquiry.
  • (PDE SPECIAL EDUCATION COMPETENCIES FOR SCHOOL LEADERS) connect general education curriculum, compensatory and special education in providing high quality standards-based instruction/intervention that is matched to students’ academic, social, emotional and behavioral needs.

Please the University Catalog for program requirements.