The Educational Leadership Program is committed to creating a great leader for every Iowa school and will prepare you to be an exceptional school leader, professor, and policymaker.

Our programs are designed for working professionals and offer degrees and licensure for PK-12 school leadership. 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.

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Programs

MA Educational Leadership

An accredited Iowa school administrator licensure program for aspiring K-12 principals.

EdS School Curriculum and Assessment Policy

A program for educators with a master’s degree who want to better understand curriculum, assessment, and policy.

EdS Educational Leadership with Superintendent Endorsement

An accredited Iowa school administrator endorsement program for aspiring K-12 superintendents.

Superintendent Endorsement

Prepares individuals for endorsement (State of Iowa Endorsement 171) as a school superintendent.

EdD in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies

A practice-based terminal doctorate preparing scholar-educators for district level K-12 school leadership.

PhD Educational Leadership

A terminal doctorate preparing scholar-educators for leadership, faculty positions, and policy analysis.

Graduate Certificates

Certificate in K-12 Equity and Inclusion

The Graduate Certificate in K-12 Equity and Inclusion offers professionals currently working in K-12 schools, districts, and area education agencies expertise in equity and inclusion to better support the needs and interests of a diversifying K-12 student population.

Certificate in Institutional Research and Effectiveness

The Certificate in Institutional Research and Effectiveness (IRE) prepares professionals to use data for institutional and organizational decision-making, reporting, and accountability in higher education and K-12 contexts.

Faculty and Research

Educational Leadership faculty believe in leadership for social justice and are nationally and internationally recognized in the field. 

To see associated faculty, please: Visit Faculty Listing 

Areas of expertise include:

  • Program evaluation methods
  • K-12 leadership
  • Equity, access, and P-16/20 institutions
  • K-12 Education policy and politics
  • Marginalization in K-12 schools
  • Qualitative methods
  • School leadership for social justice
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Center for Evaluation and Assessment

The Center for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA) conducts multiple forms of program evaluation and assessment in collaboration with colleges, universities, and school systems around the world. Evaluators do formative and summative work, utilizing a variety of methodologies to meet the needs of project stakeholders. ​

Admissions and Application

Tuition and Fees

Accurate information about tuition and fee rates can be found on the Office of the Registrar Tuition and Fees page. Select the appropriate session and select the Graduate College. Then under “Filter by Curricular College,” select the College of Education.

Residency Classification for Tuition Purposes

Establishing yourself as an Iowan for tuition purposes has cost saving benefits. Detailed information can be found on the Residency page at the Office of the Registrar's website.

Assistantship Rates

Assistantship rates (salary and tuition scholarships) for graduate assistantships that honor the COGS union collective bargaining agreement are available on the Office of the Dean's Finance page.

Graduate Assistantships and Program-based Funding

MA

The MA program does not offer program-based financial aid. However, you may be eligible for needs-based aid (and other forms of grants and scholarships) offered through the College of Education or University of Iowa Office of Financial Aid.

EdS and PhD

Full-time students interested in being considered for assistantships/funding, must submit their application by January 2 for Fall Semester. Students seeking admission for Spring Semester will not be considered for funding until the following Fall Semester.

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College of Education

  • Financing Your Degree
  • Office of Student Services
  • College Scholarships & Awards
  • Graduate Grants and Assistantships
  • GRSC Student Funding Opportunities

University of Iowa

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Please review the required supplemental documents above before starting the general graduate application.

Program Resources

Computer Resources/Instructional Technology Services

Electronic technology is an important aspect of graduate education at The University of Iowa. Several Instructional Technology Centers (ITC labs) are located across campus, including in N188 Lindquist Center. Students may log onto lab computers using their HawkID. The ITCs support a wide variety of software, and students receive a semester allowance for printing on campus.

HawkID

Email accounts are required as they facilitate easy and quick communication among students and faculty within the program and department; you should use your uiowa.edu address for all transactions with the program. We expect students to access their University email regularly, and respond in a timely manner to correspondence with faculty. ITS may offer free short courses and workshops throughout the year to acquaint students with software programs and to provide thesis and dissertation support.

ITS

ITS is a very helpful resource for students and faculty. You can get help with your computer, access deep discounts for purchases, download discounted and free software, attend learning sessions for software, and create your own electronic portfolio to support your job search. They are located in the University Capitol Center.

Libraries

Most hard copy education holdings relevant to Higher Education and Student Affairs can be found in either the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences or in the Main Library. Students can also make use of the extensive collection of online resources via the library website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu. Finally, arrangements also can be made for students and faculty to use the extensive resources of the library of the American College Testing Program (ACT).

EPLS Research Lab (N494 Lindquist)

The EPLS Research Lab hosts several computers equipped with software for EPLS students to conduct quantitative and qualitative research. In addition, the research lab includes a conference table and projector for students to meet and collaborate on group projects. To access the research lab, students will need to go through an orientation session. The graduate assistant will post times and dates of orientation on the COE listserv. If you are unable to attend the scheduled orientations, please contact Wei Lin Chen at mailto:wei-lin-chen@uiowa.edu to schedule a different time.

College of Education Writing Resource

The College of Education Writing Resource provides College of Education graduate students with a writing tutor who can assist with academic writing: to revise, discuss and offer a one-to-one “workshop” setting.

All students in the Educational Leadership Program are expected to comply with the highest professional and ethical standards in all of their activities, including their classes and research, as advisees, when interacting with peers, and as graduate assistants. Students should honor commitments, keep confidences, make and keep appointments, fulfill assignments in a timely manner, avoid plagiarism, conduct themselves in accordance with all ethical standards in research, and be honest in their interactions with faculty and students.

Examples of misconduct include, but are not limited to, cheating on examinations, signing another person’s name on a form, misrepresenting the truth about oneself or others, submitting the same paper for two or more classes, and submitting another student’s paper as one’s own. Students are expected to behave ethically in and out of the classroom. Students should be familiar with appropriate ethical standards that help define their professionalism.

When preparing papers and reports, students are responsible for following the style manual recommended by the instructor (typically APA). Not knowing how to give credit and cite sources is not an acceptable reason for plagiarism or failure of attribution. Plagiarism and other misconduct are viewed seriously by the faculty and can result in disciplinary action by the Department, College, and University.

All Educational Leadership students are initially assigned to a faculty academic advisor. This assignment is not necessarily permanent, and can be changed at the request of the student. When changing advisors, a conversation with all parties is recommended.

*The policies of the Graduate College and College of Education will take precedence over program policies.

Academic Progress

We follow closely the Graduate College policies regarding grades and progress toward degree. As such, students should be aware that any grade below a “C-“ is considered a failing grade and will not count toward your degree. Students should also be mindful of the threshold for academic probation status. These and other academic policies are detailed in the Graduate College Manual.

Marks Carrying Graduate Credit

These are A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, and S--satisfactory.

Marks Carrying No Graduate Credit

These are D+, D, D-, F, I--incomplete, W--withdrawn without discredit, R--registered, U--unsatisfactory, AUS--audit successful, and AUU--audit unsuccessful.

Doctoral Students

 A doctoral student on regular status shall be placed on probation if, after completing 8 hours of graduate work, the student's cumulative grade-point average on graduate work done at The University of Iowa falls below 3.00. If, after completing 8 more semester hours of graduate work at this University, the student's cumulative grade-point average remains below the required level, the student shall be dropped from the program and denied permission to reregister unless the student applies and is accepted for a nondoctoral degree or certificate program. If, after completing the second 8 semester hours, the cumulative grade-point average is at least 3.00, the student is returned to good standing.**

** This requirement shall apply to students entering doctoral programs beginning with the Fall 1979 Semester. A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.70 is required of students admitted to doctoral programs prior to that session.

Restriction on Students on Probation

A student on probation shall not be permitted to take comprehensive or final examinations leading to any degree or certificate, nor may the student receive any graduate degree or certificate.

More information about residency, updating old credits, and registration requirements can be found on the Graduate College website.

Comprehensive Exams and Dissertations

Upon completing the Ph.D. curriculum, students will undergo a comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination is an opportunity for Ph.D. students to demonstrate they can apply the knowledge gained in the program curriculum to a series of questions linked to a specific case or problem. In addition to the written comprehensive exam, an oral examination is required. Students must have completed all required core and specialization courses prior to their examination. Comprehensive exams are not administered in the summer.

A dissertation is a required part of the doctoral program at the University of Iowa. Educational Leadership Ph.D. students identify a dissertation topic with the assistance of their faculty advisor. Although students may take up to five years after successful completion of the comprehensive exam, to successfully defend the dissertation, it is strongly recommended that you finish as quickly as possible following your comprehensive exam. Although their coursework is completed, students must continue to be registered until the semester of their actual graduation. Consult the Graduate College manual for more information.

Examining Committees

Ph.D. students should work with an advisor to construct examining committees to include faculty members with varying, but related, areas of expertise. The College encourages departments and programs to construct Ph.D. examining committees which are comprised of faculty members with varying, but related, areas of expertise. The comprehensive and final examinations are conducted by committees of no fewer than five members of the Graduate Faculty appointed by the dean upon recommendation of the major department or program.

The constellation of the committee must include:

  1. At least four of the faculty members must be members of the University of Iowa tenure-track faculty.
  2. At least two of the faculty members are from the major department—EPLS-- (defined as faculty members who hold any appointment in the major department or program), and are members of the University of Iowa tenure-track faculty.
  3. At least one of the faculty members is from outside the major department on a thesis committee. This committee member can be an appointee if four tenure-track faculty are serving on the committee. A comprehensive exam committee would only need an outside member if a student is writing on a question from that area.

In the Educational Leadership program, written exams are take-home. Students typically have one week to complete written exams and dates for exams are by the Graduate College. Oral exams follow completion of written exams. Students typically are responsible for scheduling oral exams with their committee upon completion of written exams.

Departments and programs may request the dean's permission to replace one of the five members of the Graduate Faculty by a recognized scholar of professorial rank from another academic institution. This request must demonstrate that the external scholar brings expertise or experience not available among University of Iowa faculty.

*The policies of the Graduate College and College of Education will take precedence over program policies.

Iowa Standards for School Leaders (ISSL)

All coursework (academic and clinical) in the MA/Principal Licensure Program is based upon, and aligned with, the Iowa Standards for School Leaders (ISSL). There are six standards contained in the Code of Iowa that guide school leader preparation programs, as well as the evaluation of practicing school administrators:

  1. An educational leader promotes the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community. (Shared Vision)
  2. An educational leader promotes the success of all students by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional development. (Culture of Learning)
  3. An educational leader promotes the success of all students by ensuring management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment. (Management)
  4. An educational leader promotes the success of all students by collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs and mobilizing community resources. (Family and Community)
  5. An educational leader promotes the success of all students by acting with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner. (Ethics)
  6. An educational leader promotes the success of all students by understanding the profile of the community and responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context. (Societal Context)

A link to the ISSL standards with supporting criteria can be found on the Iowa Department of Education’s webpage: https://www.educateiowa.gov/documents/educator-quality/2013/03/iowa-standards-school-leaders.

Academic Progress

We follow closely the Graduate College policies regarding grades and progress toward degree. As such, students should be aware that any grade below a “C-” is considered a failing grade and will not count toward your degree. Students should also be mindful of the threshold for academic probation status. These and other academic policies are detailed in the Graduate College Manual.

More information about residency, updating old credits, and registration requirements can be found on the Graduate College website.

News

Clinical Assistant Professor Mark Hopkins

Murley, Hopkins bring valuable expertise to Educational Leadership program

Mark Hopkins (clinical assistant professor) and Stephen Murley (clinical instructor) are joining the college's Educational Leadership program.

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Hollingworth named interim DEO of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies

Liz Hollingworth, educational leadership professor, has been appointed the interim departmental executive officer (DEO) of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies.

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Faculty, staff honored at year-end College of Education meeting

The University of Iowa College of Education recognized and celebrated the contributions of faculty and staff at the Spring Faculty and Staff meeting.

Contact Us

Program Coordinator

Steven Triplett
Clinical Instructor & Program Coordinator
N469 Lindquist Center
319-335-5370
steven-triplett@uiowa.edu

Questions?

For admission and application questions, please contact: anne-sparks@uiowa.edu.