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.

Program Information

International Society for Technology in Education
ISTE Standards for Administrators
ISTE-A Standards

Wisconsin Administrators License
WI Admin Standards

State of Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction
Licensure Program Content Guidelines

The Education Programs offered by the Marian University School of Education are approved by the:

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission .

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.

Student 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.

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 rigorous and taught by knowledgeable and experienced 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).

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.

Academic Advisor for Graduate Programs
Ms. Vicky Norton
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8920 or ext. 8542

Department Chairperson
Dr. Nancy Riley
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8095

Support Staff
Ms. Pamela Wendt, Support Specialist III
(920) 923-8095 or 1-800-262-7426 ext. 8095

Certification Officer
Ms. Joan Ferguson
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8778

, School of Education
Dr. Sue Stoddart
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8100

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 inspire students to achieve their very best. The educational leadership program offers flexible scheduling options for the working professional educator. Our learning centers are conveniently located in Appleton, Fond du Lac, Wausau and West Allis. Classes run in the fall, spring and summer semesters and meet in the evenings and on select weekends. The option of daytime classes is available during the summer. Additionally, some classes are offered in hybrid or fully-online format.

Admission with full standing
To be admitted in full standing to the MAE degree program, degree-seeking applicants must have the following:

  • A bachelor's degree in education or related area from a regionally or nationally accredited program;
  • A teaching license or evidence of eligibility to hold such a license; and
  • A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or a minimum GPA of 3.30 in the last 60 credits of their undergraduate program.

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.

Dr. David Boers
1-800-262-7426 ext. 7179

Dr. Sarah Chace
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8105

Dr. Donna Innes, C.S.A.
1-800-262-7426 ext. 7633

Dr. Deb Kneser
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8517

Dr. Nancy Riley
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8095

Dr. Patrick Saunders
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8556

Dr. Bradd Stucky
1-800-262-7426 ext. 7636

Dr. Deborah Watry
1-800-262-7426 ext. 8137

Pencil (UG and Grad students)

Fun Fact

Marian enrolls more than 1,600 undergraduate students and 500 graduate students (Source: Marian University Office of Institutional Research, June 2014).

Campus Info

Marian University
45 S. National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699


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