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Educational Administration and Leadership program is for Pre K-12 Principals, Superintendents, and Special Education Directors

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.

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. 

Applying for your Administrative License:

Here’s the link for BOSA on what is needed for licensure:

Complete the SMSU Application for Teaching License

Complete the PELSB Administrative Licensure Application found here:

Then send the following to the Licensing Officer at SMSU:

  • Completed SMSU Application Form
  • Completed PELSB Application 
  • Check/money order payable to "PELSB" for the amount listed on the application

Send to:

Southwest Minnesota State University
Director of Placement & Licensure, IL 152
Attn:  Licensure Officer
1501 State St.
Marshall, MN 56258

You will be notified by email when your license application has been sent to PELSB.

Administrative Licensure renewal information:

Licensed MN School Administrators need to complete 125 CEUs in a five year period. Approved CEU options are located at the Board of School Administrators website:

Approved CEU Events:

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