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Educational Administration and Leadership

The Educational Administration and Leadership program is for Pre K-12 Principals, Superintendents, and Special Education Directors. The course layout is rigorous, experimental and focused on developing transformational leadership through projects, research, case studies, scenarios, simulations, in-box activities, and field experiences. Skill development will be focused on reflective leadership, data-driven decision-making, quality assessments, and research-based strategies to improve student learning. Program participants will also develop a professional portfolio based on national and state standards.This program has received approval from the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA).

The courses will be offered in a learning community format.  It is an off-campus graduate studies program that offers educators the opportunity to gain their degree or licensure close to home. Each Learning Community studies together for two academic years, meeting an equivalent of twenty times, or ten-weekend meetings each year. The program utilizes group participation and exchanges between students and administration professionals.

The Educational Administration and Leadership program is designed as a five-semester program. Each semester ranges between a one and ten credit course load to accommodate teachers’ busy schedules. The program will begin with  one weekend per month to earn it in under two years. Here is the following course layout:

Fall Semester- Year One
ED 670 Intro to Leadership & Ed. Issues - 3cr.
ED 671 Portfolio Development - 1cr.
ED 674 Ed. Systems & Organizations - 3cr.
ED 675 Legal Issues & Special Ed. Laws - 3cr.
Spring Semester- Year One
ED 676 Data-Driven Decision - 3cr.
ED 678 Instructional Leadership for All Learners - 3cr.
ED 695 Supervision & School Relationships - 3cr.
ED 684 Research Seminar & Field Experience I: Principal  1cr.
Summer Semester- Year One
ED 672 Portfolio Implementation - 1cr.
ED 685 Research Seminar & Field Experience II:Principal  1cr.
Fall Semester- Year Two
ED 679 Financial & Resource Management - 3cr.
ED 681 Transforming Principal Perspectives - 3cr.
ED 686 Research Seminar & Field Experience III: Principal  1cr.
Spring Semester- Year Two
ED 691 Change Agents in the 21st Century - 3cr.
ED 673 Portfolio Capstone- 1cr.
ED 687 Educational Specialist Research (optional for students) 3cr.
Total Credits 33-36

You also have the option to earn: 
ED 682 Transforming Superintendent Perspectives  3cr. (Summer)
ED 684 Research Seminar & Field Experience I  1cr. (Summer)
ED 685 Research Seminar & Field Experience II  1cr. (Fall- Year Two)
ED 686 Research Seminar & Field Experience III  1cr. (Spring- Year Two)

ED 683 Transforming Special Ed. Director Perspectives & SPED Law  3cr. (Summer)
ED 684 Research Seminar & Field Experience I  1 cr. (Summer)
ED 685 Research Seminar & Field Experience II  1cr. (Fall-Year Two)
ED 686 Research Seminar & Field Experience III  1cr. (Spring-Year Two)
1.  Education Specialist Degree
ED 687 Education Specialist Research  3 cr.

For more information on the curriculum please check out the course descriptions located in the academic catalog.

To learn more about the application and financial aid process visit frequently asked questions. 

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