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The principal purpose of the Educational Leadership Program is to provide professional/academic education for individuals preparing for leadership in licensed administrative positions (i.e., elementary school principal, secondary school principal, community education director, special education director, school superintendent), and staff administrative positions (i.e., school district business managers, technology coordinators, curriculum coordinators, athletic directors).
Candidates who complete the Master of Science or Specialist in Educational Leadership program are educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by:
The items listed below are required for admission to this program; only complete files are reviewed. Send all materials to:Graduate Studies OfficeMSU Moorhead1104 7th Ave. S.Moorhead, MN 56563
Application Priority Deadlines: November 15 and April 15
The degree is completed under Plan A or Plan B.
Core Requirements (18 Credits)The core must be completed by all students majoring in any of the Educational Leadership concentrations: Generalist Emphasis, K-12 Administration Emphasis, Technology Emphasis or Higher Education Emphasis. The courses for each of the three program options are listed at the bottom. Total credits will vary depending on selected emphasis; however total core coursework alone are 18 credits.ED 630 Leadership, Planning, and Organizational Behavior in Education (3)ED 631 Educational Law & Organizational Structure of Education (3)ED 633 Technology and Information Systems (2)ED 632 Curriculum, Instruction & Learning Theory (4)ED 635 Personnel, Supervision & Staff Development (4)ED 636 Policy and Educational Finance (2)
Generalist Emphasis (19-20 Credits)ED 601 Psychological Foundations of Education (2)ED 603 Methods of Research (2)ED 608 Educational Research (2)ED 613 Social, Cultural, Political, and Community Dimensions of Education (4)ED 694 Internship (2)ED 697 Paper/Individual Study (2)CNSA 610 Foundations of Counseling (2)
K-12 Administration Emphasis (16-18 Credits)ED 603 Methods of Research (2)ED 613 Social, Cultural, Political, and Community Dimensions of Education (4)ED 634 Personal Communications and Ethics (3)ED 638 Administration of the Elementary School (2)ED 639 Administration of the Secondary School (2)EECE 642 Elementary School Curriculum (2)ED 643 Secondary School Curriculum (2)ED 794 Practicum (2)CNSA 610 Foundations of Counseling (2)CNSA 612 Individual Appraisal (3)
Technology Emphasis (18-10 Credits)ED 519 Creating Web-Based Curriculum Materials (2)ED 522 Electronic Resources: Issues and Practice (2)ED 525 Methods of Computer-Mediated Communication in Education (2)ED 528 Effective Use of Multimedia (2)ED 534 Assessment Strategies for Technology-Enhanced Curricula (2)ED 535 Infusing Technology into Mathematics (2)ED 539 Infusing Technology into Literacy Instruction (2)ED 542 Infusing Technology into the Science Curriculum (2)ED 590 Topics in Education (1-4)ED 601 Psychological Foundations of Education (2)ED 602 Statistics in Educational Research (2)ED 603 Methods of Research (2)ED 697 Paper/Individual Study (2)CNSA 612 Individual Appraisal (3)
Higher Education Administration Emphasis (17-18 Credits)ED 603 Methods of Research (2)ED 634 Personal Communications and Ethics (3)ED 717 Adult Learning (2)ED 727 Higher Education Law (3)ED 740 Financing Higher Education (3)ED 767 Organization & Administration of Higher Education (3)ED 780 Instructional Models (2)ED 782 Supervisory and Administrative Theory (4)ED 794 Practicum: Budget and Business Management (2)ED 794 Practicum: Community Education Leadership (2 credits)ED 794 Practicum: Elementary School Principalship (2)ED 794 Practicum: General Leadership (2)ED 794 Practicum: Secondary School Principalship (2)ED 794 Practicum: Superintendency (2)ED 794 Practicum: Supervision (2)CNSA 610 Foundations of Counseling (2)CNSA 612 Individual Appraisal (3)CNSA 661 Higher Education in the U.S. (1)
Application Priority Deadlines: November 15 and April 15
Specialist degree students are required to have completed all of the coursework prescribed for the TCU master's degree in the same specialty option area. Students may complete deficiency work while enrolled in the specialist degree, but credit earned in coursework taken to remove deficiencies may not count in the minimum number of credits required for the specialist degree.
Students pursuing a TCU specialist degree in educational leadership have six role specialty options to choose from, depending on their ultimate career goals: general administration, elementary principal, secondary principal, k-12 principal, special education director, and superintendent. Students entering the specialist program are required to conduct a needs assessment of their current competence in six performance dimensions to determine a profile of their current knowledge, skill, and dispositions. When this has been established, a Plan of Study in developed to fit the individual’s needs and course requirements for the degree and/or license. Modifications in course requirements may occur as a result of a student competence in a specific block of area only with the approval of the student’s adviser and the program chair.
Ed 780 Instructional Models (2)Ed 782 Supervisory and Administrative Theory (4)Ed 783 Computer Data Management and Decision Making (2)Ed 784 School Personnel Administration (2)Ed 786 School Facility Planning (2)Ed 788 School Finance and Business Management (4)Ed 789 School Community Relations (2)
ElectivesEd 640 Education and Society (2) Ed 748 Collective Bargaining (2) Ed 777 Tort Liability (2) Ed 769 Politics and Policy Analysis I Education (2) Ed 785 Organization & Administration of Vocational/Technical (2) Ed 715 Superintendency (2) Ed 790 Seminar in School Administration & Supervision (1-3)Ed 793 Individual Study/Tutorial (1-5) Ed 795 Field Experiences (1-15)
Ed 798s (4)Ed 794 Practica courses: Select three (3 credits) depending upon specialty role or position sought:
These programs are approved by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA).
Minnesota State University Moorhead offers a highly individualized program to prepare aspiring administrators for licensure as a Director of Community Education, Director of Special Education, K-12 principal, and Superintendent. The program is planned as a competency-based program to meet each licensure area. Competencies are demonstrated through the computation of exhibits/artifacts chosen by each candidate as a result of a pre-assessment of knowledge, skills, dispositions, coursework, and a final oral presentation and assessment. Most candidates complete the program in one to two years. This program is delivered in on-line format.
The following requirements fully implement the regulations set by the state of Minnesota legislation (M.S. 3512). Upon successful completion of the requirements, the university endorses the candidate to Minnesota Department of Education, which issues the license.
Candidates applying to the licensure program, must have a master's degree and fulfill the requirements for admission to the specialist degree program.
Upon acceptance into the program, students will be assigned an advisor to discuss pre-assessment requirements. All students must complete ED 645, Pre-Assessment Portfolio. The pre-assessment portion of this class is designed to conduct a peer assessment process and align previous coursework and work experiences with the competencies required for the licensure being sought. Once this pre-assessment is completed, a plan of study for licensure is designed for further coursework and experiences. Students are introduced to the Minnesota Administrative Core and specific licensure Competencies and do a self-evaluation with advisor oversight. Aspiring K-12 principals, superintendents, and directors of special education must attain a total of 60 semester credits, which must include a completed master's degree in any field. Four credit hours of ED 794 Practicum are required for each administrative licensure. Aspiring directors of community education must attain 20 semester graduate credits and hold a bachelor's degree prior to enrollment and participate in a minimum of 4 credits of Practica experiences.
All past and present coursework from an accredited university may count toward the total number of credits in each licensure area. Additional credits may be needed to attain program requirements and attain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for demonstration of competence.
All candidates must complete an electronic portfolio and present the attainment of knowledge, skills, and dispositions in all area identified in M.S. 3512 to a review panel made up of representatives from the university and licensed practitioners in the area of licensure.
Ed 630 Leadership, Planning, and Organizational Behavior in Education (3)Ed 631 Educational Law and Organizational Structure of Education (3)Ed 632 Curriculum, Instruction, and Learning Theory (4)Ed 635 Personnel, Supervision, and Staff Development (4)Ed 636 Policy and Educational Finance (2)Ed 645 Pre-Assessment Portfolio (1)Ed 646 Post-Assessment Portfolio (1)
K-12 Principal Ed 642 Elementary School Curriculum (2)Ed 638 Administration of the Elementary School (2)Ed 794 Practicum: Elementary School Principalship (2)Ed 639 Administration of the Secondary School (2)Ed 643 Secondary School Curriculum (2)Ed 794 Practicum: Secondary School Principalship (2)
Superintendent Ed 788 School Finance & Business Management (4)Ed 796 Seminar: The Superintendency (2)Ed 794 Practicum: Superintendency (2)Ed 794 Practicum: Budget and Finance (2)
Director of Community Education Ed 717 Adult Learning (2)Ed 789 School Community Relations (2)Ed 794 Practicum: Director of Community Education (2)Ed 794 Practicum: Budget and Finance (2)Ed 796 Seminar: Admin. of Community Education (2)
Director of Special Education Ed 594 Legal/Social Foundations of SPED (3)Ed 796 Seminar: Admin. of Special Education Programs (1-4)Ed 794 Practicum: Director of Special Education (2)Ed 794 Practicum: Budget and Finance (2)
Alternative Licensure Requirements
A route is open to aspiring principals and superintendents who have no teaching experience. These candidates must complete all licensure requirements and demonstrate the equivalency of one year of teaching experience. For specific information contact the licensure coordinator.
Admission to the specialist program is considered only after all required application materials have been received and reviewed. Incomplete files will not be reviewed. Required materials are:
Admission decisions are based upon the predicted success of the applicant as a student and professional administrator and are made only after considering all available data.
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