The Program in Educational Leadership leading to a Master of Education degree is designed to enhance the scholarly and professional development of classroom teachers who aspire to gain an administrative position. In our Educational Leadership program, students will find the knowledge and skills necessary to become leaders of school personnel.The Program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The program provides professional educators with a broad-based knowledge of leadership in the field of education, whether for an administrative position or for a classroom teacher serving in a leadership capacity (such as a department chair, committee head, or community leader).The curriculum includes both historical and current knowledge of legislation, laws and research findings, existing and emerging theory, and methods of assessment. Students learn to encourage respect and social responsibility through the mastery of  theory, fundamental techniques, and research-based best practices.

Academic Advisor

Sister Margaret Anne Dougherty, RSM, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Education



Admissions Staff

Kelly Burr, M.Ed.

Coordinator of Graduate Admissions & Student Services,School of Graduate and Adult Education

610-796-8296 (phone) 610-796-8367 (fax)


Cynthia Mensch

Director of Schuylkill Center

1544 Route 61 Hwy S. Suite 6190

Pottsville, PA 17901



Dana Baker

Director of Philadelphia Center

1355 West Cheltenham Avenue

Melrose Park, PA 19027



What educators say about us

“The M.Ed. and graduate certification programs at Alvernia University employ a values-centered approach to prepare highly-qualified, caring educators and school leaders. Through coursework and field work, students become ready to address many needs of diverse populations we now see in today’s schools.” ~ Ellen Engler, B.S., M.S.Ed., Associate Professor of Education


“The M.Ed. program at Alvernia University has provided an academically challenging experience which is relevant to my career as a teacher.” ~ Steph Snavely, M.Ed. ’10


“Alvernia University strives to integrate a variety of different teaching methods to ensure success.” ~ Michelle Salloum, Special Education Certification ’08

MED Educational Leadership Emphasis