The Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership prepares individuals to play a leadership role in schools. Students may choose either the school administration program or the teacher leadership program in pursuit of the educational leadership degree.
Graduates will become educational leaders who:
- Promote the success of all students by enabling a collaborative vision of student success, by sustaining a positive school culture, and by effectively managing the school.
- Lead processes that collect and analyze information and that lead to decisions which effect change and improve the school.
- Embody educational values that are based on the Ignatian and Education Department charisms of cura personalis, magis, men and women for and with others, and contemplation in action.
- Communicate knowledge skillfully to specialized and non-specialized persons alike orally and in writing.
- Incorporate reflective practice and apply ethical principles such as integrity and fairness when making personal and professional decisions.
- Value diversity and respond to the interests and needs of a diverse community.
Specialization in School Administration
This 36-hour program is designed for the individual who desires to prepare for the position of elementary or secondary school principal. The program consists of 8-week online courses designed to provide both theoretical and practical knowledge of school administration.
The requirements for all Educational Leadership programs include a bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA, teaching certificate, and two years of teaching experience in a state-approved school.
Degree Requirements (36 credits)
|General Required Courses|
|EDL 607||School Improvement||3|
|EDL 609||Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Part I||3|
|EDL 610||Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Part II||3|
|EDL 619||School Culture||3|
|NCR 632||Effective Conflict Engagement for Educational Leaders||3|
|EDL 622||School Law *||3|
|EDL 624||Differentiated Supervision for Professional Growth||3|
|EDL 626||Strategic Resourcing *||3|
|EDL 639||Internship I in Elementary School Administration||3|
|or EDL 640||Internship I in Secondary School Administration|
|EDL 643||Internship II in Elementary School Administration||3|
|or EDL 644||Internship II Secondary School Administration|
|Choose required courses below for either Catholic School Educators or Public School Educators:||6|
|Required Courses for Catholic School Educators|
|Foundations of Catholic Education *|
|Strategic and Political Leadership in Catholic Schools *|
|Required Courses for Public School Educators|
|Special Education Leadership|
|Leading Professional Learning Communities|
Successful completion of the 4 specialized courses noted above (*) as part of the master's degree program will result in a Catholic School Leadership Certificate.