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Advanced study in educational leadership and medical education through a dual degree and certificate program sponsored by the Department of Educational Leadership in the School of Education.

The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with a concentration in leadership studies and Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Medical Education dual program allows students to concurrently earn a degree and a certificate with a minimum of 30 credits rather than the 42 credits necessary if the two programs were pursued separately. This efficiency lowers the overall cost of tuition while also reducing time to completing both programs.

The combination of the foundational courses in this dual program are ideal for medical and health professions faculty seeking to advance in their academic roles.

Program goals

The objectives of this dual degree and certificate program are to:

  • Prepare graduates for entry-level academic leadership roles as they explore contemporary topics in key areas of effective leadership
  • Prepare graduates to become academic leaders who can model best practices teaching in undergraduate, clinical and graduate programs

Among the many benefits offered by participation in the dual degree and certificate program are the following:

  • Students who complete both of these programs will be competitive for entry-level academic leadership roles due to their developed expertise in adult learning, curriculum development, and educational leadership

The diplomas for this dual degree and certificate program may be awarded simultaneously or sequentially with the certificate awarded first.

Student learning outcomes

See the individual program pages for student learning outcomes.


Other information


The student is assigned an adviser from each program to develop a plan of study. Advisers from each program will provide guidance on course requirements for their respective programs.