Ed Leadership Overview


The GSE M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program is designed for aspiring teacher leaders and school leaders passionate about reimagining education. With a focus on equity, deeper learning and shared leadership, candidates “learn by doing” through personalized projects that integrate theory and practice, providing authentic opportunities to practice and reflect on leadership in their settings. Through the Master’s Project, candidates use tools from design thinking and improvement science to guide change connected to a problem of practice in their school. The program is offered as a one-year, full-time program with an embedded leadership residency in one of the 16 HTH schools and apprenticeship to a school leader, or as a two-year, part-time program for working professionals.


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Ed Leadership Snapshot


One-year, full-time model

  • Embedded leadership residency in one of the 16 HTH clinical sites
  • Classes meet for three hours 2-3x/week
  • Core classes, master’s project and leadership fieldwork completed in one year
  • Optional focus on founding a school through the New School Creation Fellowship

Two-year, part-time model

  • Designed for working professionals
  • Classes meet for three hours 1x/week
  • Core classes in year one, master’s project in year two and leadership fieldwork in both years

Option to earn a Preliminary Administrative Credential through San Diego County Office of Education


Ed Leadership Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes:

Practice Thoughtful Inquiry & Reflection (IR)

  • Reflective Practice (IR1): Reflect on and critically analyze their own practice to guide future action.
  • Connection (IR2): Synthesize and connect relevant theory and scholarship to their own practice.
  • Scholarly Inquiry (IR3): Design, conduct and share inquiry that addresses essential questions from their practice.

Design Equitable Learning Environments for Deeper Learning (D)

  • Instructional Design (D1): Work with colleagues to design approaches to learning that emphasize personalization, connect to the world beyond school and offer access and challenge to all learners.
  • Program Design (D2): Demonstrate understanding of how the allocation of adult and student resources affects the creation of equitable learning environments in schools.

Engage in Leadership for School Change (L)

  • Facilitation (L1): Support and facilitate student and teacher dialogue focused on improving teaching and learning.
  • Collaboration (L2): Engage colleagues and students in sustained efforts to create equitable, engaging learning environments.


Course Sequence

Course Sequence Chart

Digital Portfolios:

Graduate students of the M.Ed in Educational Leadership program develop a digital portfolio to document their learning, reflections, and research. Each student’s digital portfolio includes work from the core courses, the Leadership Fieldwork Projects, and the Master’s Capstone Leadership Project. The purpose of the digital portfolio is for students to share and disseminate their graduate work and research with a broader audience of practitioners. GSE Digital Portfolio Page →

M.Ed. Program Testimonials


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