Integrating online and residential master’s programs in education

Integración de programas de máster online y presenciales en educación

Gerald LeTendre and Tiffany Squires


Online Principal Certification and Advanced Teacher Degree programs have taken up an incresingly larger share of graduate enrollments in U.S. colleges of education. This paper discusses how a major educational leadership department expanded its residence programs to incorporate online leadership degrees. Having started in 2008, the program now has current enrollments of over 80 students including students from outside the U.S. The paper discusses overcoming obstacles such as faculty resistance, meeting state licensing and accreditation requirements, staffing online courses, funding and marketing. Leadership for the program came from the department and college where online learning was increasingly seen as a priority.



This is the English version of an article originally printed in Spanish in issue 275 of the revista española de pedagogía. For this reason, the abbreviation EV has been added to the page numbers. Please, cite this article as follows: LeTendre, G., & Squires, T. (2020). Integración de programas de máster online y presenciales en educación | Integrating online and residential master’s programs in education. Revista Española de Pedagogía, 78 (275), 53-72. doi:

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Gerald LeTendre is a Professor of Education and International Affairs and Head of the Department of Education Policy Studies for the College of Education
at the Pennsylvania State University. He has been named the Harry Lawrence Batschelet II Chair of Educational Administration, and is co-editor of The American Journal of Education. His current research focuses on how information and communication technology (ICT) is changing teacher work roles and teacher professional development around the world.

Tiffany Squires is an Assistant Professor in the Education Policy Studies department and serves as assistant di-rector of Online Programs for Educa-tion Leadership.
She served at Syracu-se University Squires as a specialist for research, evaluation, and assessment with Syracuse University Project Ad-vance (SUPA) and also directed online programs and course development for University College. Her research continues to focus on highly effective leadership practice and preparation program development for educational leaders.