The Educational Leadership program is committed to preparing educators to be exceptional school leaders, professors, and policymakers and offers degrees and licensure for PK-12 school leadership.

The Educational Leadership programs are designed for working professionals. Most students in the program are practicing teachers and administrators, and the majority of classes are offered in the evenings during the regular academic year. Additionally, many classes are offered via interactive distance education.

Our courses are taught by a combination of faculty who will share cutting-edge theory and and practitioners who are real working professionals with the cutting-edge leadership experience. These are recognized and award-winning community leaders from across the state who work in both urban and rural school districts.

Students from other disciplines are encouraged to pursue administrative licensure or enroll in our courses as electives.

Programs

Overview

The 90- semester hour Ph.D. in Educational Leadership is designed to provide students with strong backgrounds in three domains: leadership, policy, and research. The program prepares scholarly professionals who discover, integrate, and apply knowledge as transformational leaders. This program does not result in any kind of licensure or endorsement. The Ph.D. in Educational Leadership prepares candidates for a wide range of leadership positions in education and public sector settings.

Visit the degree homepage for more information on admission requirements, application instructions, and program requirements.

Application Deadlines

  • January 2 (Fall semester)
  • December 2 (Spring semester)

 

Overview

The interdisciplinary Ed.S. program in School Curriculum and Assessment Policy provides school leadership training that results in a functional knowledge of how to use assessment information for both accountability purposes and curriculum evaluation. The 36 semester hour program is designed for educators who hold a master’s degree but want to better understand the intersection between curriculum, assessment, and education policy.

This degree does not result in any kind of licensure or endorsement.

Preparing candidates to be:

  • School district curriculum or assessment directors
  • Chief administrators of state testing programs
  • School policy leaders in state and federal departments of education

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester – July 1 (April 15 for international students)
  • Spring semester – December 1 (October 1 for international students)
  • Summer session – April 30 (March 1 for international students)

 

Overview

The Ed.S. in Educational Leadership consists of 36 semester hours of superintendent coursework for educators who already have their master's degree and Iowa Administrator License. At the conclusion of the program, students are required to pass a comprehensive examination, submit a portfolio, and First Year Entry Plan. The Ed.S. does not have a dissertation requirement.

Candidates obtain the Superintendent Endorsement upon completion of coursework requirements. 

Note: In order to obtain the Superintendent Endorsement (State of Iowa Endorsement 171) upon the completion of the coursework requirements, candidates must already have an Iowa Administrator License, and have at least 3 years of principal experience.

Candidates work as:

  • Superintendents in Iowa
  • Leaders in K-12 school districts,
  • Chief administrators in area education agencies and state and federal departments of education

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester – July 1 (April 15 for international students)
  • Spring semester – December 1 (October 1 for international students)
  • Summer session – April 30 (March 1 for international students)

 

Overview

The M.A. in Educational Leadership (without principal licensure) prepares candidates to be leaders at organizations that do not require licensure or endorsements, such as governmental agencies or non-profit organizations.

The program requires 36 semester hours. Those not pursuing licensure must dedicate 12 semester hours of elective coursework to be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Visit the degree homepage for more information on admission requirements, application instructions, and program requirements.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester – July 1 (April 15 for international students)
  • Spring semester – December 1 (October 1 for international students)
  • Summer session – April 30 (March 1 for international students)

Overview

The M.A. in Educational Leadership (with principal licensure) online program requires 36 semester hours. Those pursuing licensure must dedicate 12 semester hours to clinical coursework.

Note: For those pursuing the M.A. with licensure, in order to obtain Iowa Endorsement #189, the individual must have at least 3 years of teaching at the Pre K-12 level.

Visit the degree homepage for more information on admission requirements, application instructions, and program requirements.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester – July 1 (April 15 for international students)
  • Spring semester – December 1 (October 1 for international students)
  • Summer session – April 30 (March 1 for international students)

Overview

The Superintendent Endorsement is a non-degree program consisting of 30 semester hours of coursework. Candidates must already have an Iowa Administration License and at least 3 years of principal experience in order to obtain the superintendent endorsement (State of Iowa Endorsement 171).

Candidates work as:

  • Superintendents in Iowa
  • Leaders in K-12 school districts
  • Chief administrators in area education agencies
  • Administrators in state or federal departments of education

Application Deadlines

  • Fall semester – July 1 (April 15 for international students)
  • Spring semester – December 1 (October 1 for international students)
  • Summer session – April 30 (March 1 for international students)

 

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