Department of Leadership & Learning
The Department of Leadership & Learning offers multiple degrees, licensures and opportunities for you to improve as an educational leader. Our faculty are committed to helping you realize your professional aspirations through course work and field experiences that are personalized, meaningful and rigorous. We are student-focused and adhere to the university’s strategic framework.
The Department of Leadership & Learning licensure programs are NCATE accredited to ensure our graduates are competent, caring and qualified educational leaders. In April 2022, all licensure programs will undergo reaccreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). MSUM is also approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, which provides voluntary oversight of postsecondary distance education.
The Department of Leadership & Learning licensure programs are accredited by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators. The next reaccreditation visit is scheduled for 2022.
The faculty in the Department of Leadership & Learning hold the highest academic degree available in their fields of study. They are experienced practitioners who bring a wide variety of experience to the classroom. Most importantly, our faculty are mentors to guide our students to graduate learning and professional success.
You can conveniently earn your advanced education degree entirely online. You will broaden your career opportunities, strengthen your professional impact, and continue working full-time.
You’ll have lots of options in the Department of Leadership & Learning. Emphases range from content specialization or community education to technology and TESL. Choose the focus that meets your interests and career goals.
The MS & Specialist in Educational Leadership provides academic training and professional experience to prepare you for leadership and administrative positions in K-12 schools or higher education. MSUM also offers an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, providing a smooth transition to extend your learning further.
The MS in Curriculum & Instruction provides a theoretical base and opportunity for practical application within educational foundations, curriculum theory, instructional best practices and educational research.
Faculty Member Selected for United Way’s 2020 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership ProgramCongratulations to the 2023 United Way 35 Under 35 Women’s Leadership Program participants–including our own Dr. Caitlin Johnson, faculty member in the Dept. of Leadership & Learning. We look forward to cheering you on as you grow your leadership skill set and invite our community to support you on this journey of leadership development. Learn more about the program: https://unitedwaycassclay.org/get-involved/35under35/
3 EdD courses earn QM certificationDrs. Suarez-Sousa and Bradbury earn QM certifications for course design Dr. Ximena Suarez-Sousa, Department of Leadership & Learning, recently earned Quality Matters Certification for the online course ED 701: Introduction to Advanced Scholarship and Leadership. This is Dr. Suarez-Sousa’s first course to earn QM Certification. Dr. Boyd Bradbury, Department of Leadership & Learning, recently earned Quality Matters Certification for two […]
Boyd Bradbury Appointed to MREA Board of DirectorsDr. Boyd Bradbury, Department of Leadership and Learning, has been appointed to the Minnesota Rural Education Association (MREA) Board of Directors for a four-year term. MREA is the only advocate exclusively for Greater Minnesota education. Under the leadership of school board members, administrators, teachers, and community members, MREA focuses on what puts learners first to bring about our best possible […]
Peterson publishes in Innovation AbstractsDr. Aaron Peterson (Dept. of Leadership and Learning) recently was published in Innovation Abstracts. This source, through the University of Texas at Austin, puts a focus on community and technical colleges across our nation. Articles look at best practices of faculty, student success and two-year institutions’ impact within the landscape of higher education. Dr. Peterson led a team in conducting a study […]
Dr. Peterson presents for NISOD Webinar SeriesDr. Aaron Peterson (Department of Leadership and Learning) presented with colleague Dr. Jason Kaufman (Minnesota State University, Mankato) for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) 2021 Webinar Series. NISOD originates from the University of Texas at Austin, and it is committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges. Drs. […]
“The Educational Leadership master's program has been amazing. I enjoyed how the professors used different learning mediums to engage students outside of a paper's traditional writing. Having the program fully online was why, as a working mother, I was able to begin this journey. I am so glad I did!” - Carly Amsden
Leadership & Learning Journal
MSUM’s Department of Leadership & Learning has published The Interactive Journal of Global Leadership and Learning (IJGLL), a peer-reviewed open-access journal hosted by RED, its institutional repository. The journal’s scope features educational research from the P-12 to the postsecondary level. As an open-access journal, the IJGLL editors and authors agree to provide free access and downloads of all of its contents to the general public.