Educational leadership

Educational Leadership

Transforming education through exceptional leadership.

As a dedicated teacher and educational leader, you know the impact you can have on your students. Because you’ve already seen it happen. Leading to a Master of Arts in Education (M.A.E.) degree, Marian's educational leadership program will position you to advance your career and inspire even more students and communities, in countless ways.

The Program
At Marian, we aim to develop leaders who make a positive impact in the field of education. Our educational leadership program is designed to motivate and meet the needs of individuals who want to develop or continue professional competence in leadership roles in PK–12 schools. The program is filled with rigor and taught by highly educated faculty members, providing you opportunities for enrichment and growth in a collegial environment. As a student in the program, you’ll develop critical thinking skills and an attitude of self-reflection. You’ll also define the valuing process, its foundations and its applications in today’s dynamic educational systems. The curriculum is specifically oriented to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Teacher Education Program Approval and Licenses: Chapter PI 34, and leads to licensure as a school principal (Wisconsin code 51), director of instruction (Wisconsin code 10), school business administrator (Wisconsin code 8) or director of special education and pupil services (Wisconsin code 80).

If you have already earned a master’s degree, we offer programs leading to initial licensure as a principal, director of special education and pupil services, director of instruction and school business administrator. For students holding a Wisconsin principal license, we offer the option to earn licensure as a superintendent.

The Convenience
The educational leadership program has been designed with the needs of working professionals in mind. We offer flexible scheduling options because we understand the importance of not sacrificing your current position and responsibilities. Our learning centers are conveniently located in Appleton, Fond du Lac, Wausau and West Allis. Classes run every 14 weeks in the fall, spring and summer and meet in the evenings and on select weekends.

The Marian Reputation
When it comes to developing talented teachers and educational leaders throughout Wisconsin, Marian is among the best. Schools and school districts across the state look to Marian because they know what they’ll get in our graduates—teachers and leaders who are passionate about education and inspiring students to achieve their very best. As a student pursuing your master’s degree, you’ll find the relevancy and quality that comes from a faculty comprised of leading education experts. And you'll be prepared to continue your lifelong journey of learning and spark the passion for excellence in your educational team.

Program Information

Educational Leadership Program Mission
The mission of the Educational Leadership MAE program is to prepare candidates for leadership positions in public and private settings by providing candidates with opportunities to study and apply theories, standards, and practices in educational leadership.

Program Learning Outcomes
After completion of this program, candidates will:

  1. Facilitate the development of a shared vision of learning.
  2. Promote a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
  3. Manage the learning organization, including operations and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  4. Collaborate and mobilize resources to meet the needs of a diverse learning community.
  5. Act with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
  6. Analyze and influence the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
  7. Demonstrate content knowledge and processes in the field of educational leadership necessary to promote effective teaching and learning.

Common core courses
18 credits:
EDL 600 Educational Leadership Program Orientation, 0 cr.
EDL 601 Educational Leadership Portfolio, 1 cr.
EDL 705 Educational Leadership, 3 cr.
EDL 745 Student Support Services for Diverse Student Populations, 3 cr.
EDL 765 School-Community Relations, 3 cr.
EDL 775 School Finance, 3 cr.
EDL 785 Law and Politics of Education, 3 cr.
EDL 792 Values and Ethical Leadership, 2 cr.

Complete one of the following:

Principal, Director of Instruction, and Director of Special Education and Pupil Services licenses
14 credits:
EDL 715 Educational Administration, 3 cr.
EDL 725 Curriculum and Assessment, 3 cr.
EDL 755 Supervision and Personnel Development, 3 cr.
EDL 796, or EDL 797, or EDL 798 (practicum related to licensure sought), 2 cr.
EDL Elective, 3 cr.

School Business Administrator license
14 credits:
EDL 762 Advanced School Business Administration, 3 cr.
EDL 764 Advanced Accounting and Computer Application in Educational Administration, 3 cr.
EDL 766 Human Resource Administration and Risk Management, 3 cr.
EDL 768 Auxiliary Services Management, 3 cr.
EDL 794 School Business Administrator Practicum, 2 cr.

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

Degree requirements
The Educational Leadership program requires a minimum of 32 credits (23 or more in educational leadership from Marian University). The student may earn certification in PK-12 administration after completing the degree program.

Degree candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of the required coursework or its equivalent with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Grades below C (2.00) are not counted toward meeting degree requirements;
  2. Successful completion of the online professional portfolio;
  3. Successful completion of the master's comprehensive exam;
  4. Submission of application for degree completion;
  5. Eligibility to hold a Wisconsin license to teach; and
  6. Submission of evidence of three years of successful classroom teaching.

Candidates for the degree and/or license may need to meet additional state and University requirements, as determined at the time of admission.

Leading in Singapore

Darin Fahrney is a 2004 graduate of the educational leadership program and currently serves as a deputy principal at the Singapore American School. Click here to read about how his Marian experience has impacted his perspective on life and work in the field of education.


Fun Fact

83% of adult students at Marian self-report that the registration process is reasonable and convenient for adult students (Source: Noel-Levitz Adult Student Priorities Survey, April 2014).

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