UVGSE Master of Education in School Leadership

Master of Education in School Leadership

The Master of Education in School Leadership is a one-year intensive program for educators to assist in their professional and personal journey to enhance their professional skills and help transform their schools. It is a unique immersive and competency-based program driven by outcome and performance standards, rather than courses or exams. Participation in sessions can be done in a number of ways:  online, in person, or a combination of the two.

The program is designed for UVEI Principal Intern Program candidates and graduates to advance their leadership knowledge and practice through using research-based frameworks to understand their roles in distributing leadership, developing a strong school culture, inspiring and leading change, guiding teacher learning and fostering teacher community, and establishing and sustaining their roles as instructional leaders. 


Admissions Process and Requirements

Applicants to UVGSE fall into the following categories:

  1. 2015–2016 UVEI Teacher Interns and Principal Interns Who Seek Both Certification and an MAT or MEd: These candidates are pursuing certification as a teacher or principal in the UVEI internship programs at the same time as they will be pursuing the MAT or MEd degree.  UVGSE requires candidates to demonstrate advanced level competency in similar areas to which typical interns are seeking to demonstrate foundational level competency.

  2. 2009–2015 UVEI Graduates: These teachers have already created an electronic portfolio based on recent UVEI certification competencies, and wish to pursue a Master’s degree to enhance their skills and knowledge for professional advancement.

  3. 1999–2008 Upper Valley Teacher Institute Graduates: These individuals enrolled in UVTI after we were accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), but without having an opportunity to develop an electronic portfolio.

  4. Pre-1999 Graduates of UVTTP: These individuals received their training for certification with UVTTP before the organization became NEASC accredited. We will examine their background (e.g., what you did with your teaching license after graduating, further training and experience) to determine what, if any, updating they need to accomplish prior to enrolling in our MAT.

  5. Experienced Educators who did not attend UVEI or its predecessors.  These individuals have worked for one or more years as an effective teacher and wish to further their skills. They will need to demonstrate foundation level skill in the national teaching or leadership competencies. We start from the assumption that experienced educators who are attracted to this program already have most of these competencies, and ours is a process of developing the evidence to confirm these competencies, and to provide opportunities to update their skills in areas that have changed since their certification.


UVGSE program have a "rolling admissions" procedure where we consider each candidate as they apply and make admissions decisions accordingly.

For more information about the Upper Valley Teacher Internship Program and Principal Internship Program, click here.