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M.A. in Educational Leadership

The M.A. in Educational Leadership program is a 36-credit, cohort-based program that is completed over two years. Upon successful completion of the program and a passing score on the SLLA Praxis, students will be eligible for a standard certificate as a supervisor and a certificate of eligibility as an assistant principal, director, and principal.

Candidates for the principal's certification also must document at least three years of certificated teaching experience, as well as provide evidence that a fourth and fifth year will be completed during the course of studies. The work includes an administrative internship experience and an action research project.

This program is offered off-site in schools in or partner districts. Students must maintain a 3.25 GPA in order to continue in the program.

Program Goals

The goals of the M.A. in Educational Leadership degree are to:

  • Provide opportunities for candidates to acquire the knowledge, skill, and dispositions necessary for growth and development as school leaders based upon the Professional Standards for Education Leaders.
  • Provide future school leaders with the opportunities to demonstrate an understanding of how to develop a vision of purpose, use information to frame a problem, and exercise leadership processes to achieve common goals.
  • Prepare candidates to function as ethically and socially responsible school leaders within a caring community of learning dedicated to teaching and learning excellence.
  • Prepare school leaders who are humane, confident, and professionally involved.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Submit evidence indicating:
  • Possession of a standard teaching certificate
  • Evidence of three years of exemplary certified teaching experience
  • Writing sample
  • Two letters of recommendation from school(s) of employment
  • Evidence of academic accomplishment
  • Successfully complete a personal interview.

Course Sequence (36 credits)

Year One

Fall

EDAS601Leadership & Learning Communities

3

EDAS603Curriculum Theory & Practice

3

Spring

EDAS681Supervision of Instruction

3

PSY637Group Dynamics & Interpersonal Communication

3

Summer 1

EDAS685Field Internship I

3

Summer 3

EDAS688Leadership Development Institute

3

Year Two

Fall

EDAS609Managing the School Community I

3

EDAS612Leadership for Curriculum Change

3

EDAS687Field Internship II

3

Spring

EDAS610Managing the School Community II

3

EDAS611Action Research: Final Project

3

EDAS689Field Internship III

3