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  • Master of Science and Specialist in Educational Leadership
  • Graduate Studies

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  • Educational Leadership

    (Including Master's and Specialist degrees Minnesota Administrative Licensure Programs, No Dak. Administrative credential program)

    Online and Personal!

     

    Approved by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA) and the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (DPI)


    Program Coordinator: Julie Swaggert
    Lommen 214, (218) 477-2898
    julie.swaggert@mnstate.edu 
      

    Program Description

    The principal purpose of the Educational Leadership Program is to provide professional/academic education for individuals preparing for leadership and administrative positions as an elementary school principal, secondary school principal, community education director, special education director, athletic director, school business manager, technology or curriculum coordinator, school superintendent, or a career in higher education administration.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    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:

    • Facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a school or district vision or learning, supported by the school community. 
    • Promoting a positive school culture, providing an effective instructional program, applying best practice to student learning, and designing comprehensive professional growth plans for staff. 
    • Managing the organization, operations, and resources in a way that promotes a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment. 
    • Collaborating with families and other community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources. 
    • Acting with integrity, fairly, and in an ethical manner. 
    • Understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.   

     

    Career Opportunities

    Minnesota State University Moorhead's (MSUM) Master's of Science in Educational leadership will prepare students for mid-management administrative positions, staff administrative positions, and upper-echlon administrative positions.  MSUM offers a highly individualized program to prepare aspiring administrator for licensure in Minnesota of North Dakota 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.

    Aspiring Minnesota K-12 principals, superintendents, and directors of special education must attain a minimum of 60 semester credits, which must include a completed master's degree in any field.  Four credit hours of ED 794 Practicum is required for each license (two separate practica).  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 two practica for licensure.  

    The Educational Leadership program also offers higher education, technology, general leadership, or special education emphasis for those professionals who have other specific career goals in educational leadership. 

    Benefits and Uniqueness of the Educational Leadership Program

    This program helps prepare students to obtain licensure in multiple areas.  One goal of the program is to provide graduates with professional experience to area schools, school districts, and practicing educational administrators and to state and national associations. 

    The Educational Leadership program is offered in an online course delivery format.  The faculty promise to deliver personalized advising and opportunities to collaborate while developing confidence in technology as an essential learning tool.

    Master's Degree

    Admission Requirements for Master's Degree

    The items listed below are required for admission to this program; only complete files are reviewed. Send all materials to:
    Graduate Studies Office
    MSU Moorhead
    1104 7th Ave. S.
    Moorhead, MN 56563

    1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. No specific major is required. 
    2. 3.0 grade point average, or at least 3.25 for the last 30 semester credits of graded coursework. 
    3. Completed "Application for Admission to Graduate Study" form. 
    4. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended. Transcript Policy.
    5. Non-refundable $20.00 fee for first-time applicants to Minnesota State University Moorhead. 
    6. 500 word essay on leadership philosophy and professional goals.  Essay Instructions.
    7. Two letters of recommendation.  Recommendation form.
        

    Students will be admitted as they complete the application process and meet the requirements.

    Degree Requirements for the Master's Degree

    The degree is completed under Plan B.

    1. Minimum of 32 credits. 
    2. Students wishing to transfer credits from other institutions or have taken courses before admission to the graduate program should refer to the Residence and Transfer of Credit section for further information. 
    3. 3.0 grade point average required for courses submitted for the degree. 
    4. Written Comprehensive Examination. 
    5. Individual study/portfolio option (Plan B) and subsequent oral examination.   

    Course Requirements for the Master's Degree 

    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 632 Curriculum, Instruction & Learning Theory (4)
    ED 635 Personnel, Supervision & Staff Development (4)
    ED 636 Policy and Educational Finance (2)
    ED 645 Pre-portfolio Introductory Course (1)

    Generalist Emphasis (16-18 Credits)
    ED 601 Psychological Foundations of Education (2)
    ED 603 Methods of Research (2)
    ED 608 Educational Research (3)
    ED 613 Social, Cultural, Political, and Community Dimensions of Education (4)
    ED 633 Technology and Information Systems (2)
    ED 634 Personal Communication and Ethics (3)
    ED 794 Practicum (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 633 Technology and Information Systems (2)
    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 717 Adult Learning (2)
    ED 789 School and Community Resources (2)
    ED 794 Practicum (2)
    PSY 634 Methods of Evidence Based Practice (2)
    CNSA 610 Foundations of Counseling (2)
    CNSA 612 Individual Appraisal (3)

    Technology Emphasis (16-18 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 633 Technology and Information Systems (2)
    ED 634 Personal Communication and Ethics (3)
    ED 697 Paper/Individual Study (2)
    ED 794 Practicum (2)
    ED 796 Seminar (2)
    PSY 634 Methods of Evidence Based Practice (2)
    CNSA 612 Individual Appraisal (3)

    Higher Education Administration Emphasis (16-18 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 789 School and Community Resources (2)
    ED 794 Practicum
    CNSA 610 Foundations of Counseling (2)
    CNSA 612 Individual Appraisal (3)
    CNSA 661 Higher Education in the U.S. (1)

    Specialist Degree

    Admission Requirements for Specialist Degree

    1. Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. 
    2. 3.25 cumulative GPA in all graduate level coursework 
    3. Completed "Application for Admission to Graduate Study" form. 
    4. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Transcript Policy.
    5. Non-refundable $20.00 fee for first-time applicants to Minnesota State University Moorhead. 
    6. Essay on leadership philosophy and professional goals. Essay Instructions.
    7. Two letters of recommendation.  Recommendation form.

    Degree Requirements for the Specialist Degree

    Specialist degree students are required to have completed all of the coursework prescribed for the 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 specialist degree in educational leadership have many specialty options to choose from, depending on their ultimate career goals: general administration, elementary principal, secondary principal, k-12 principal, special education director, superintendent, community education director, technology director, teaching and learning director, athletics/activities director or any number of higher education administrative positions.

    Students entering the specialist program are required to conduct a needs assessment of their current competence (the Minnesota Administrative Competencies or the ELLC competency/standards) to determine a profile of their current knowledge, skill, and dispositions. This is done in close consultation with the student's adviser.  From the needs assessment, a personalized Plan of Study is developed to fit the individual needs, course requirements and professional goals of the student.

    Course Requirements

    Specialist degree students are required to have completed all of the coursework prescribed for the 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. 

    Required Credits for Educational Specialist Degree (30)

    Core Requirements
    ED 717 Adult Learners (2)
    Ed 780 Instructional Models (2)
    Ed 782 Supervisory and Administrative Theory (4)
    Ed 788 School Finance and Business Management (4)
    Ed 789 School Community Relations (2)
    ED 799 Thesis or Field Research (1-4)

    Electives
    ED 670 Educational Alternatives for Learning (2)
    ED 671 Issues in Education
    ED 690 Topics in Education (1-4) ** May be repeated as topics change
    ED 797 Individual Study in Education (2) ** May be repeated up to 6 cr.
    ED 796 Seminars in School Administration (2) ** May be repeated as topics change
    ED 634 Communication, Ethics and Leadership (3)
    ED 664 Theory and Practice of Collaboration (2)
    PSY 634 Methods of Evidence Based Practice
    ED 727 Higher Education Law (3)
    ED 740 Financing Higher Education (3)
    ED 767 Organization and Administration of Higher Education (3)
    Ed 794 Practicum
    Practicum: Budget & Finance (2)
    Practicum: Elementary Principal (2)
    Practicum: General Administration (2)
    Practicum: Secondary Principal (2)
    Practicum: Superintendency (2)
    Practicum: Supervision (2)

    Minnesota Licensure Programs

    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, the following will occur:

    1. 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. 
    2. A plan of study for licensure is developed to meet the individual needs and goals of the student. 
    3. 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 a related field. 
    4. Four credit hours of ED 794 Practicum are required for each administrative licensure.  NOTE: 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 practicum experiences.
    5. 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.
    6. 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 practicing practitioners in the area of licensure.

    Recommended Licensure Courses for all Candidates

    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)  

    Specific Licensure Recommendations

    K-12 Principal
    EECE 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.

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