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Field Experiences

MS in Educational Administration

Drexel’s MS in Educational Administration is grounded in the concept of “learning by doing.” As future school leaders, students apply their newfound knowledge in a school setting during a year long intensive internship under the guidance of a mentoring principal/administrator.

Real School Mentorship Experience

Students pursue activities such as facilitating workshops for teachers, working with parents and community, observing in principal meetings, attending school board meetings, working on new curriculum or program initiatives, and directing school-wide activities. The result is a body of knowledge that incorporates the key functions of a successful administrator:

  • Finance and facilities
  • Instructional and curriculum leadership
  • Technology integration
  • School community relations and partnerships

Coursework builds towards the internship phase that begins once a student has identified a state-certified school principal or an assistant principal in their school district who agrees to participate as their mentoring administrator. The student accumulates 15 hours each week for a total of 600 hours over four terms and over the course of the internship, fulfilling the following outcomes:

  • Sets a goal each term focused on the internship theme
  • Receives an evaluation by the mentoring administrator each term
  • Develops a performance leadership portfolio over four terms
  • Takes the PA Principal Praxis toward the end of the program
  • Completes a program evaluation survey

Internship Reflective Log

Internship activities are divided across all leadership standards and include self-established Term Goal activities, maintenance of a reflective log, and weekly meetings with the student’s mentoring administrator.

The reflective log is framed by a critical thinking process to new action called D.I.R.E.C.T. (Describe, Identify, Reflect, Evaluate, and Connect To new action). This weekly reflection process develops the student’s ability to sustain effective leadership practices. It is shared with the student’s mentoring principal and submitted each week to an EDAM instructor. After four terms, the reflective log becomes part of student’s final leadership portfolio, which includes:

  • 14 artifacts of leadership application evidence
  • Log reflections for 600 hours of internship activities
  • Goal reflections
  • Four mentoring principal evaluations on standards and competencies