Educational Leadership

The Edgewood College graduate program in Educational Leadership is designed for educators interested in acquiring certification for licensure in the following areas of school leadership:

  • Director of Instruction  (DPI #10)
  • Director of Special Education and Pupil Services  (DPI #80)
  • Principalship  (DPI #51)
  • School Business Administrator  (DPI #08)

Licensure coursework meets the goals and standards of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and can be completed in as few as 21 months. Students may also earn a Master of Arts in Education degree through the completion of three additional regularly offered courses.

Courses in the Educational Leadership program are offered in convenient 8-week sessions held in evenings during the school year. Summer school courses are also available.

You’ll work with experienced educational leaders who offer responsive and supportive advising and are dedicated to helping you meet your individual and professional goals. Advisors routinely stay in contact with students as they seek administrative positions. Program graduates have been hired as administrators in many area schools. 

Program Highlights

  • Start any semester: fall, spring or summer
  • Courses meet in the evening or weekends to accommodate working adults
  • Options to add additional certificates to existing licenses
  • School-based practicums with opportunities to work with experienced educational leaders
  • Flexible program completion plans developed for all students
  • Contemporary, up-to-date course content
  • Transcripts reviewed for previously completed, transferrable graduate courses
  • Record of significant job placements
  • Responsive and supportive advising
  • Logistical assistance in course registration
  • Edgewood College has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best National University,” among “America’s Best Colleges” by Forbes, and a “Best in the Midwest College” by Princeton Review.

License and Degree Requirements

All Educational Leadership license programs require at least a master's degree (which can be completed concurrently while in the program), three years' successful teaching experience (with the exception of School Business Coordinator), and a 150-hour practicum. Students complete portfolio requirements and courses for certification in licensing areas.

Licensure Certification Coursework

Principal

ED 602 Curriculum Planning
ED 620 Leadership and Organization
ED 621 Business Administration
ED 622 The Principalship
ED 625 Inclusive School Law
ED 631 Supervision of Instruction
ED 662 Schools as Political Systems
ED 696 Supervised Field Experience: Educational Leadership

Director of Instruction

ED 602 Curriculum Planning
ED 620 Leadership and Organization
ED 621 Business Administration
ED 622 The Principalship
ED 625 Inclusive School Law
ED 631 Supervision of Instruction
ED 637 District Administration of Program Planning, Evaluation, and Staff Development
ED 662 Schools as Political Systems
ED 696 Supervised Field Experience: Educational Leadership

Director of Special Education and Pupil Services

ED 602 Curriculum Planning
ED 620 Leadership and Organization
ED 621 Business Administration
ED 622 The Principalship
ED 625 Inclusive School Law
ED 631 Supervision of Instruction
ED 636 District Administration of Exceptional Education and Pupil Services
ED 637 District Administration of Program Planning, Evaluation, and Staff Development
ED 662 Schools as Political Systems
ED 696 Supervised Field Experience: Educational Leadership

School Business Administrator

ED 602 Curriculum Planning
ED 620 Leadership and Organization
ED 621 Business Administration
ED 622 The Principalship
ED 625 Inclusive School Law
ED 662 Schools as Political Systems
ED 696 Supervised Field Experience: Educational Leadership
One additional approved elective

School District Administrator/Superintendent

Please request information for the Doctor of Educational Leadership Degree

Master of Arts in Education Degree Requirements

Students who wish to pursue the Master of Arts in Education complete the following three additional courses:

ED 603 Introduction to Educational Research
ED 692 Research Capstone Project (ED 603 is a prerequisite for Ed 692)
ED 631 Supervision of Instruction (fulfills ethics requirement)

Tuition and Financial Aid

Edgewood College is committed to making a life-changing education more affordable and accessible to more people than ever before. As part of the Graduate Affordability Promise, courses in the Educational Leadership licensure program are now $569 per credit.

With tuition at $569/credit for licensure courses, attending graduate school is one of the best investments you will ever make in yourself and your future. Obtaining an additional license certification enhances your marketability as an educator and improves job security. Completing your Master’s degree demonstrates your commitment to life-long learning and your dedication to the profession. As a graduate student in the School of Education at Edgewood College you’ll join a unique community of learners and leaders who are advocates for students. You’ll be equipped to apply reformative expertise at a school, community or district level.

The number of credits needed to meet the license requirements is as follows:

  • Principalship - 25       
  • Director of Instruction - 28          
  • Director of Special Education and Pupil Services - 31             
  • School Business Administrator - 24              

The total number of additional credits needed to complete the Educational Leadership Master's degree and projected total cost is as follows (courses offered at $997/credit):

  • Principalship - 6      
  • Director of Instruction - 6      
  • Director of Special Education and Pupil Services - 6      
  • School Business Administrator - 9    

*$569/$997 per credit is the 2019-20 graduate rate (beginning Summer 2019). Costs are expected to increase each year.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of Federal Stafford Loans. Learn more about Stafford Loans, including eligibility requirements and application instructions.

Graduate Student Financial Aid

Our admissions and financial aid counselors have worked with thousands of students who have questioned how they could afford to complete their graduate education. They will use their experience to suggest creative solutions for financing your education. We work with students and organizations to manage tuition reimbursement plans, extend tuition discounts to various corporate partners in the region, offer third party billing and monthly payment plans, and work with veterans to maximize their available aid.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for any of the student classifications except non-degree must meet all of the requirements for admission to the graduate programs.

  1. Provide evidence of a baccalaureate or more advanced degree from a United States regionally accredited or equivalent post-secondary institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission status. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application to the Edgewood College graduate program.
  2. Complete and submit graduate application (including $30 fee). This application is for graduate students who want to pursue a Master’s degree, license or certificate, or take courses as a non-degree student.
  3. Request that official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received from each post-secondary institution you attended be sent directly to Edgewood College Graduate and Professional Studies.
  4. Provide two letters of recommendation from college or university professors, supervisors, and/or professional colleagues who can focus on the probability of your success in graduate school. Letter of Recommendation Guidelines
  5. Submit a written statement listing the reasons why you think you will be successful in graduate school; cite how specific background experiences will aid in your success as a student.
  6. Provide evidence of three years full-time relevant professional work experience.

Priority application deadlines for the Educational Leadership program are:

August 10 for admission in Fall semester
December 10 for admission in Spring semester.
May 10 for admission in the Summer session.

All required application materials should be submitted by deadlines. Applications received after deadlines will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

International Students may have additional admission requirements. Learn more.

Transfer Credits

You may submit up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit for consideration of transfer to Edgewood College for application to a degree program. Approval of the respective department is required. To be considered for application to a degree program, a course must have been taken within the past five years. For more information about transfer credits, please contact your admissions counselor.

A Matter of Principals (Podcast)

  • Amy_Hutson
    My coursework at Edgewood College fully prepared me to lead a school. I have taken courses at other institutions and can honestly say that Edgewood's program was extremely rigorous and very applicable to the education world. I worked the hardest I've ever worked and learned the most from my Edgewood College courses. The professors in the Educational Leadership classes really know the material they are teaching and really care about the students. I have made life long connections from my Edgewood classes and know that I have a vast network of resources that I can always turn to. I am very excited in my new role as a principal and can proudly say that I am an Edgewood College Alumni.
    Amy Hutson, MA-Education '14, Principal, Our Lady of Assumption School, Beloit, WI