Master of Science in Education – School Administration & Supervision


This Master of Science (MS) in Education concentration is designed for certified teachers and other certified personnel pursuing leadership positions in kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) school settings and is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for certification in administration and supervision. Designed primarily for those pursuing principalship and supervisory positions, this 39-credit program is aligned with the nationally recognized Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL), as well as with the Maryland Instructional Leadership Framework outcomes. Program options are also appropriate for preparing department chairs, team leaders or curriculum coordinators. In addition to the standard School of Education admissions requirements, applicants are expected to:

  1.  Be certified teachers or other certified school personnel with at least 27 months of teaching experience,
  2.  Be currently employed by a public school district or an accredited independent school, and
  3. Identify a person who will serve as a mentor (during the final internship course).  The mentor must have either Administrator I or II certification and be currently working in an administrative or supervisory capacity.  Additionally, the mentor should be willing to coach the intern and to meet on a regular basis to provide assistance to the intern in experiencing the many facets of leadership.

A strong emphasis is placed on the provision of opportunities for students to develop the skills and competencies necessary for successful educational leadership. Students have the opportunity to combine their practical experience with current research regarding best practices in areas such as leadership; curriculum and instruction; school law; and technology, among others. The seminar is a capstone class in which students synthesize prior learning, as well as explore some current issues. The internship provides an opportunity for students to create a portfolio based on hands-on experiences in a school. The one-semester internship is completed in the school where the students are assigned to work and is completed under the careful supervision of an in-school mentor and a university supervisor.

Students must attend an organizational meeting or make arrangements to meet with the program coordinator in the semester prior to registering for the internship.


Number of credits required: 39 three-credit hours for each course.



Must be taken prior to second sequence.

851.601 Organization and Administration of Schools

Students examine the role of the school administrator, with emphasis on instructional improvement, pupil development and services, school and community relations, administration of facilities and finance, professional development and services for staff, and organizational relationships and responsibilities. Participants will explore best practices for fostering student achievement.

851.603 School Law

Participants explore the legal foundations and structure of education and consider contemporary issues based on legislation and court decisions. Students develop techniques of legal research and analyze a topic of interest.

852.602 Supervision and Professional Development

Students examine models of instructional supervision, including clinical supervision and various approaches to personalizing supervisory strategies. Emphasis is on supervision skills, including the assessment of teacher performance, effective conferring strategies, and working with teachers to construct instructional improvement plans. Students apply concepts developed to practical situations in laboratory sessions.

881.610 Curriculum Theory, Development, and Implementation

Students examine curriculum theory through philosophical, historical, and sociological perspectives and apply course content to contemporary curriculum issues. Topics include aligning instruction with state and school district curricula and modifying curricula to meet individual learner needs. Students also explore effective strategies for implementing curriculum changes.

851.708 Systemic Change Process for School Improvement

Students examine the literature on systemic change in schools, with an emphasis on the roles of the teacher leader. Topics include planning, implementing, and evaluating the change process for school improvement.

881.611 Action Research for School Improvement

Students explore the role of the educator as an action researcher, with special emphasis on formulating and refining research questions as well as on selecting appropriate methodologies for classroom or school-based research. Students review research as a tool for assessing and improving teaching/learning environments.

881.622 Advanced Instructional Strategies

Students review recent research on effective instruction and explore advanced classroom strategies and techniques designed to enhance their effectiveness in meeting the needs of diverse populations of learners. Examples include direct instruction, cooperative learning, dimensions of learning, creative problem solving, and applications of technology to thinking and learning. Students develop expert teaching skills and learn to diagnose and deliver instructional strategies that are most appropriate in specific circumstances.

851.705 Effective Leadership

Students review the principles and techniques required of principals, assistant principals, and teacher leaders. The course emphasizes diagnosis of the school climate, principles of distributed leadership, motivation of faculty teams, and the dynamics of working in and with groups to accomplish school improvement goals. Emphasis is placed on the leader’s role in creating a collaborative vision/mission for a school and in establishing meaningful working relationships with the larger community.


Take the following two courses for a total of 6 credits:

851.609 Administrative and Instructional Uses of Technology

Prospective and practicing school administrators examine the issues, ideas, and programs surrounding the use of technology as a tool for administration and instructional management. Through hands-on experience, participants explore practical uses for software that can be applied to their daily work.

851.616 Issues in K-12 Education Policy

This course provides an introduction to and an overview of several key and rapidly expanding areas of educational policy research, teacher effectiveness, teacher labor markets and teacher policy. The goals of this course are to familiarize students with some of the most current research in these areas, and to encourage and support students to develop skills as critical consumers of empirical work and policy debates in educational policy.


Choose one of the following 3-credit electives:

851.512 Politics of Education

Federal involvement in education has grown enormously in recent decades with calls for national standards and increasing reliance on standardized tests. While state legislatures and school boards traditionally provide funding and policy, mayors, parents and advocates of charter schools are seeking to redefine the nature of local control. Education leaders should understand the politics of education; the swiftly changing balance of power; and how education politics is practiced between and within the levels of government and the public. Students will study and analyze current issues and case studies that focus on the politics of education.

882.524 Education of Culturally Diverse Students

Participants analyze recent research related to the education of culturally diverse children and youth and explore case studies of successful minority education programs. The course focuses on understanding the interrelated roles of the school, the family, and the community in addressing the educational needs of culturally diverse children and youth.

851.630 School, Family, and Community Collaboration for School Improvement I

Participants examine the theory, research, and best practices on school, family, and community partnerships. Individuals explore different types of partnerships, challenges to developing school-based partnership programs, and the components of effective partnership programs that enhance student performance and success. Participants design an action plan for partnerships to address school improvement goals.



The following courses may be taken only after completing the first sequence of 24 credits:

851.809 Seminar in Educational Administration and Supervision

Students prepare and present a seminar paper on a problem in educational administration or supervision. The paper includes a comprehensive literature review, an assessment of implications for administrative and supervisory behavior, and an implementation plan for addressing the problem in an educational setting. Students engage in case study analyses, role playing, and assessment exercises.

851.810 Internship in Administration and Supervision

Students participate in a supervised practicum experience in an educational setting. Individual and group sessions of the interns are held. Students must attend an organizational meeting in the semester prior to the semester in which they wish to intern and obtain approval to register for the internship.

Note: Students will need to identify a person who will serve as a mentor.  The mentor must have either Administrator I or II certification and be currently working in an administrative or supervisory capacity.  Additionally, the mentor should be willing to coach the intern and to meet on a regular basis to provide assistance to the intern in experiencing the many facets of leadership.



Master of Science in Education: School Administration and Supervision
Pre-requisites to apply:

Certified; School district employed; 27 months experience
Start Terms:Fall, spring, summer
Application Deadline: Rolling
Application Requirements:
Online application form
$80.00 application fee
A 500-word essay discussing the reasons you wish to pursue a degree at Johns Hopkins University, focusing on your long-term goals and how your academic program will complement those goals. Discuss the strengths and weaknesses in your academic background, as well as any additional comments that will assist in evaluating your application materials. Essays should be submitted in a typed format on a separate sheet of paper.
Two Letters of Recommendation:
Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended

For more information on the application process, please view the SOE Admissions page.

Note: Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Education: School Administration and Supervision program may not simultaneously enroll in, nor are they eligible to earn, the Graduate Certificate in School Administration and Supervision.