Principal Bridge to the EdD in Educational Leadership – Program Features

Project-Based Learning

Maryville’s nationally accredited program is recognized throughout the St. Louis region for being a leader in administrator preparation. You’ll enjoy small classes, innovative approaches and plenty of opportunities for professional growth. Personal mentoring through active approaches and an internship make this a master’s degree that truly creates sought-after leaders.

The program’s cohort plan, consisting of 12 to 20 students who advance through classes together, builds a network of trusted colleagues as you proceed through the program. This 18-credit program takes one year to complete (prior to the EdD) by meeting just one night a week.

A field-based internship required by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education takes place in both a summer semester as well as selected, planned experiences throughout the year. Maryville University partners with a number of school districts to arrange internship opportunities.

Professional Partnerships

Maryville is proud to work with numerous corporate and civic organizations in St. Louis and beyond through partnerships created in support of our academic programs and student opportunities. The list of the University's partners is long, impressive, and ever expanding: Rawlings, Mercy, St. Louis Public Schools, Parkway School District, Edward Jones, Northwestern Mutual, RGA, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, and Maritz, just to name a few.

Our partners provide students with opportunities to experience hands-on involvement in real-world projects, requiring them to hone market-ready skills even before they graduate. Students also experience a variety of work environments and develop a network of industry contacts through these partnerships, so Maryville graduates often have a competitive edge in the job market. In fact, many of our partners provide valuable internships—which can lead to full-time jobs with the firm or agency.