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International School Leadership

Breiseth • 800-WILKES U, x4671 (T) • 570-408-4905 (F) • Email

The Master of Science degree in International School Leadership is for educators who want to assume leadership positions in international schools. It was designed in partnership with the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) and PLS 3rd Learning. Our program develops the leadership, instructional and management skills needed to advance and excel in such a career.

The degree includes 12 required courses (36 credit hours), all offered in a convenient, online format. Students will benefit from one-on-one guidance and a high-level of personalized attention. You will be paired up with a program mentor, an experienced education professional who has worked extensively in international schools.

In the program you will learn how to:

  • manage school operations and monitor resources for a safe and effective learning environment;
  • comply with the various global, cultural, political and legal contexts;
  • develop rigorous and relevant course content using proven strategies and the latest technology trends;
  • foster a culture of integrity by committing to ethical leadership practices, principled personal beliefs, values, and behaviors;
  • develop a vision and mission that’s shared and supported by school stakeholders;
  • cultivate a meaningful partnership with a board that supports the school’s mission and vision;
  • collaborate with community members and effectively utilizing community resources.


Wilkes Courses (12 credits)
Required: 6 credits
ED 508 Intercultural Communication
ED 525 Introduction to Educational Research

Electives: 6 credits (Choose two courses)
ED 510 Psychological Foundations of Education
ED 513 Comparative Foundations of Education
ED 515 Cognition
ED 585 Integrating Technology in the Curriculum
ED 587 Technology Leadership

PLS 3rd Learning/ AAIE Courses (24 credits)
EDIL 5001   Vision and Mission to Guide International Schools
EDIL 5002   Leading for Staff and Student Learning in International Schools
EDIL 5003   Governance in International Schools
EDIL 5004   International School Management and Leadership
EDIL 5005   Building and Sustaining a Healthy International School Culture
EDIL 5006   Ethical Leadership in International Schools
EDIL 5007   Situational Awareness and Diplomacy in International Schools
EDIL 5008   Continuous Professional Growth for International School Leaders

Admissions requirements
For admission to this graduate program, the applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with an appropriate major, preferably in an educational field.

In addition, please submit:

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