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Ready to lead the change needed in education? The hybrid, online* M.Ed in Educational Leadership program cultivates aspiring school leaders equipped to courageously disrupt the status quo and reimagine schools as places of healing, transformation, and justice. With a focus on anti-racist and anti-bias leadership, candidates learn to lead for deeper learning and collective liberation through personalized projects that integrate theory and practice.
The embedded nature of the GSE within equity-focused, project-based K-12 schools provides a rich context for reimagining education, as well as practicing and reflecting on leadership.
Course Projects, Leadership Practicum, Master’s Capstone
The EDL program is offered through a 10-month and 18-month pathway. Both pathways launch with an in-person immersion week in San Diego that leverages the innovative and disruptive learning environment at High Tech High and cultivates belonging, relationships, and shared purpose. Students in the accelerated 10-month pathway connect through synchronous and asynchronous coursework twice a week, while students in the 18-month pathway connect once a week. Both pathways are designed for working professionals to grow and develop as leaders within their organizational context.
10 Month Pathway: Meets twice a week
18 Month Pathway: Meets once a week
Students in the 10-month pathway also have the option to pursue a full-time residency in one of the 16 diverse-by-design, project-based High Tech High schools in San Diego with an apprenticeship to a HTH school leader.
Admissions for the 2021/22 cohort is now open with a priority deadline of February 19th. Review the Application Instructions and apply today!
Applicants interested in the optional Preliminary Administrative Services Credential (PASC) offered through the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) should refer to the admissions process here. Please note the admissions process is separate from admissions to the GSE.
Program Tuition is $18,000
Diversity Fellowships are available to all students. For our purposes, diversity includes, but is not limited to, culture, socioeconomic background, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disabilities, religion, and life experience.
School Teams Scholarship
As part of our efforts to catalyze and sustain change in schools, we are excited to offer discounted tuition to teams comprised of at least two aspiring leaders from the same organizational context. Scholarships between $1,000-$3,000 will be awarded to each candidate.
Federal Student Aid:
M.Ed. EDL students are eligible to apply for federal financial aid. Aid consists primarily of William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans (Unsubsidized), Federal Graduate PLUS Loans, and Federal Work Study. Degree-seeking graduate students are eligible for federal financial aid if they:
Students in the 10-month pathway have the option to pursue a full-time residency in one of the 16 diverse-by-design, project-based High Tech High schools in San Diego with an apprenticeship to a HTH school leader.
Purposeful projects allow the real work of each student’s practice and context to become the text for their graduate studies. All coursework is project-based
Learn to lead change efforts in complex systems through the Master’s Leadership Improvement project, a Capstone project that blends tools of continuous improvement and design thinking.
The HTH GSE prepares graduates to courageously disrupt the status quo as they develop as leaders with a strong foundation in anti-racist and anti-bias leadership
The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership is a 30 semester unit hybrid, online degree program that includes both course-taking and the submission of a capstone Leadership Improvement Master’s Project. Students have historically taken the following coursework: Core Values and Design Principles, Leading for Diversity, Equity & Integration, Cultivating Conditions for Deeper Learning, Facilitating Adult Learning, Positive School Culture and School Law, Financial Resourcing for Equity, and Leading Innovative Schools. Students also take Inquiry into Practice, a year-long course that blends tools from Improvement Science and Design Thinking, supporting the development of the capstone project. Over the course of the program, students also complete a Leadership Practicum.
San Diego County Office of Education
Candidates can complete their Preliminary Administrative Services Credential through our partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education by adding an additional course of study (10 Saturdays) to the M.Ed program
Office of Admissions
High Tech High
Graduate School of Education
2150 Cushing Road
San Diego CA 92106
Contact us if you have questions about any of our programs.