The Master's (M.S.) in Instructional Leadership degree program is offered in the School of Education and Social Sciences.


The Instructional Leadership master's degree is designed for K-12 teachers to advance their careers. This program allows them to build on what they have already learned and advance professionally, demonstrating instructional and leadership skills that are a cut above the rest.  There is also a fully online option

The degree can be combined with a certification program or the certificate in online teaching program.

Specifics of the program include how to demonstrate effective leadership skills, allocate resources to instruction, manage curricula, understand current trends in education, integrate technology into teaching and learning, and evaluate educational programs. The program includes a practicum that provides you with the opportunity to conduct a field-based project. You will work with teachers, managers, administrators or other decisionmakers and policy-makers in an educational setting to perform this on-site, guided practical experience. You may choose to focus your practicum in your specialization area.

The 30-credit program can be completed in a traditional classroom or as a combination of traditional and online courses, and can be completed while you work.  Students enjoy one-on-one advising, small classes, and close relationships with faculty that have been a hallmark at RMU since it launched its first education master's program 30 years ago.

The program can be combined with a number of other certifications and endorsements: 

Weekly night classes are available for the traditional program during the year and in the summer.


Teacher Certification

In addition to the course requirements, there are other program and certification requirements that each education student must fulfill, in order for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to grant you a Pennsylvania Instructional I Teaching Certificate. The steps are outlined in the post-baccalaureate Teacher Education Progress Process (TEPP).


Moon Township
This traditional-format master's degree in Instructional Leadership Program is offered at Moon Township Campus. Students can apply for admission at any time throughout the year, and begin taking classes as soon as admitted.
If you have teacher certification and you prefer to take most or all of your classes in an online format, consider applying to the Onground/Online Program that leads to a master's degree in Instructional Leadership with an Education concentration.


For students interested in the Master's without certification, the admissions requirements include:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university or college with a 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
If you wish to pursue secondary teaching certification concurrently with this degree program, please notify the Graduate Admissions Office of your intention to do so upon application.  The additional admissions requirements for students also seeking certification include:

Click to visit the RMU Office of Graduate Admissions website to find out about tuition and fees, financial aid, and how to apply for the program; or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions directly at or 800-762-0097.

To apply, go to You can complete the application online with no application fee. Alternatively, you can download the graduate application PDF form, and then mail in the completed form with required documentation and $35 application fee.