A minimum of 15 semester hour credits is required as outlined below. A candidate who has completed a master's degree other than the Master of Education degree in educational leadership at Shippensburg University will not be required to complete a second master's degree; however, his or her program may need to include additional courses identified as necessary to attain the required competencies.
The program course work is organized into three tiers. Tier 1 represents work appropriate for the beginning or introductory phase of a student's program. Tier 2 indicates courses that are appropriate for students who are midway in their programs. Tier 3 courses are for more advanced work and come with the expectation that students have a strong background from Tier 1 and Tier 2 work in order to be successful.
Courses do not follow a strict prerequisite model but must be scheduled using Approved Individual Student Program Plans as follows:
Beginning Level (Tier 1) students should schedule Tier 1 courses but may elect a Tier 2 course if no Tier 1 courses are available. Tier 1 students are not eligible to take Tier 3 courses.
Tier 2 Level students may schedule courses from Tier 1 and Tier 3.
Tier 3 Level students may schedule courses from all levels.
A student is considered a Tier 1 Level student when he/she enters the program. A student advances to the subsequent Tier when he/she completes all of the required courses in the preceding Tier. Tier 1 students who, because of scheduling difficulty need to select a course from Tier 2, must seek advice from their advisors.