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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).

Program Core Courses

Assists students in the development of an administrative licensure portfolio to demonstrate proficiency of the required competencies for licensure by the State of Wisconsin (PI34.03).

This course provides an introduction to leadership research and theory as it is distinguished from management and administration theory. An overview of the educational enterprise, this course also introduces concepts and issues related to the mission, organization, management, and leadership of the school.

While Special Education law at the State and Federal levels provides guarantees of appropriate academic and developmental programming for those qualifying, there are numerous students in every school in the nation, who have unique needs which have no such educational assurances. The course will draw on relevant research, contemporary models of practice that will help prepare those aspiring to school leadership positions to better understand and address the challenge of designing and effectively implementing a range of Special School Programs and Student Support Services which will be more effectively responsive to success for greater numbers of the children who come to today’s schools.

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

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

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Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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

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

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

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


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Dean, School of Education
Dr. Kelly Chaney
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 Wisconsin 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.

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 Wisconsin teaching license or evidence of eligibility to hold such a license
  • 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.

  1. Degree candidates must meet the following requirements:
  2. 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;
  3. Successful completion of the online professional portfolio
  4. Successful completion of the master’s comprehensive exam
  5. Submission of application for degree completion
  6. Eligibility to hold a Wisconsin license to teach
  7. Submission of evidence of three years of successful classroom teaching
  8. Candidates for the degree and/or license may need to meet additional state and University requirements, as determined at the time of admission.