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 degree 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.

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)

Admission Requirements

Application Process

  1. Create an application account to begin the application process.
  2. Submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  3. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password which you will use to access MyUI, our online service center for students and applicants.
  4. You will use your Admissions Profile on MyUI to upload required supplemental materials.

Required Supplemental Materials

  1. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  2. Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
  3. Two to three pages (double spaced) statement of purpose, addressing your educational philosophy, past leadership experience, and career aspirations with respect to K-12 leadership
  4. *Three letters from individuals who can speak to your promise as a leader or as a researcher/scholar.

* You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.

Questions?

Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline in the Office of Student Services   319/335-5260, sue-cline@uiowa.edu.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Student Handbook

M.A. Educational Leadership and Principal Licensure Programs

Summary

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.)

Electives (12 s.h.)

Electives are selected in conjunction with your advisor.

Comprehensive Exams

For MA candidates completing their plan of study, they will be required to make a presentation to a team of Educational Leadership (EL) faculty who will act as a hiring committee, similar to a mock interview.This mock interview will be for an administrative or leadership position that the candidate is hoping to obtain in a governing agency or non-profit organization.

Utilizing data and information from a specific organization, the candidate will be challenged to address specific issues and answer a series of questions posed by the Educational Leadership faculty. Candidates will have 30 minutes to present their powerpoint presentation. The “hiring committee" will have 15 minutes to ask questions and provide feedback. Students will have 10 minutes to respond, and to provide summative feedback on the Educational Leadership program.

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)
Application Questions