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Educational Leadership

The Educational Leadership Studies Program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who want to develop professional competence as leaders in PK-12 schools. Successful completion of the program leads to a Wisconsin administrative license: school principal, director of instruction, director of special education/pupil services, or school business administrator. All coursework in this program is aligned with the Wisconsin PI34 Standards for Administrators and the ISLLC (Interstate School Leader Licensure Consortium) Standards.

The Educational Leadership program provides students opportunities for enrichment and growth in a collegial environment. Relevant coursework motivates growth in personal and professional competence in leadership roles. As students develop critical thinking skills and an attitude of self-reflection, they are encouraged to define the valuing process, its foundations, and its applications. Throughout the coursework, students explore the interface of current theory with practical applications.

Leadership Studies Department

Educational Leadership MAE Programs

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.

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.

32 credits as follows:

19 credits:Common Core Courses

EDL 705 Educational Leadership, 3 cr.

EDL 735 Research Application to Practice, 3 cr.

EDL 745 Student Support Services for Diverse Student Populations, 3 cr.

EDL 765 Communications, School-Community Relations, and Strategic Planning, 3 cr.

EDL 775 School Finance, 3 cr.

EDL 785 Law and Politics of Education, 3 cr.

EDL 790 Values Development for Educational Leaders, 1 cr.

Complete one of the following:

Principal, Director of Instruction, and Director of Special Education and Pupil Services licenses

13 credits as follows:

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, 2 cr.

School Business Administrator license

13 credits as follows:

EDL 762 Advanced School Business Administration, 2 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.


Fun Fact

83% of adult students at Marian self-report that faculty are available outside of the classroom (Source: Noel-Levitz Adult Student Priorities Survey, April 2014).

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