Student Handbook

M.A. Educational Leadership and Principal Licensure Programs


Total semester hours required: 36 s.h.

Core Requirements (24 s.h.)

  • EPLS:6201 Foundations of School Administration (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6236 Administration of Students with Special Needs (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6242 Research for Effective School Leaders (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6260 Contemporary Management Strategies for the K-12 Principal (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6285 School and Community Relationships (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6298 Legal Aspect of School Personnel (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6381 Analysis and Appraisal of Curriculum (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6383 Supervision and Evaluation (3 s.h.)

Clinical Requirements (12 s.h.)

  • EPLS:6400 Early Childhood Leadership Clinical* (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6401 Elementary Leadership Clinical* (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6402 Secondary Leadership Clinical* (3 s.h.)
  • EPLS:6403 Special Education Leadership Clinical* (3 s.h.)

NOTE: Except in extenuating circumstances, clinical course registration should begin only after completion of four of the academic courses. Exceptions must be made in consultation with the student’s advisor.

More information on Clinical Coursework and Standards

Course Delivery and Requirements

The entire M.A. in Educational Leadership/Principal Licensure Program is offered online via distance delivery. (Note that some electives in the M.A. without licensure program may require students to be present on campus.) Both academic and clinical course requirements for the M.A. programs can be completed without traveling to campus by participating in class sessions from your home or work computer. Courses are offered in “real time” and meet once a week during the fall and spring semesters, normally at 4:30 or 7:15 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Courses in the summer meet twice a week, either in the morning or the afternoon during a six week session that typically runs from late June through early August (M-W or T-Th.). The program allows for two-way video and audio for full participation and interaction with fellow students and instructors. Additional information regarding online coursework at the University of Iowa can be found at these two sites:

Comprehensive Exams

Students in the M.A. Program with Licensure or the M.A. Program without Licensure will be required to take comprehensive examinations at the end of their program of study.

The M.A. comprehensive examination consists of two parts: a general written examination in educational leadership covering material from all courses in the program, and a written examination that focuses on content from one of the courses in the program. Students have the opportunity to select the course over which they wish to write for the second part of the exam. Comprehensive examinations are take-home and students will have one week to complete and submit their work. Students must be registered during their comprehensive examination semester if they plan to graduate at the end of that semester.

All students will take the examinations during a week determined by the Office of Education Services. During their final semester of registration in the program students will be notified of deadlines for filing required forms for taking comprehensive exams and regarding graduation exercises.