Education Leadership and Administration

Human Resource and Change Leadership

Education leaders today deal with rapidly changing environments and need to be able to collaborate with others to develop sound policies, listen well to and manage diverse points of view and think critically while acting ethically.  Through this program, you will develop a strong foundation and understanding of leadership in education. These skills will help you analyze and implement sound administrative policy, create successful strategies for change and put into service leading practices for the day-to-day needs of your schools.

As a student in the Education Leadership and Administration program, you will:

  • Discover the foundations of leadership and leadership theory.
  • Understand organizational theory related to school administration.
  • Develop research skills for use in program planning, policy analysis and evaluation.
  • Be prepared to continue on for your administrative licensure.

What you can earn

  •  Master of Arts (M.A.)

Where you will learn

  • On-campus (St. Thomas)


When to start

Enroll in Fall, Spring or Summer terms

 Master of Arts

MA: 31


Concentration (12-21 Cr.):

Courses selected in consultation with your advisor.

Foundation Courses (Select 2 - 6 Cr.):

EDLD 800 Purposes and Contexts of Education
EDLD 801 Leadership and Organization Theory
EDLD 802 Communication and Skills for Leaders
EDLD 803 Organizational Change
EDLD 807 Foundations for Leadership
EDLD 813 Leadership as Critical Reflection
EDLD 845 Communication, Conflict and Decision Making

Research Courses (Select 1 - 3 Cr.):

EDLD 621 or EDLD 622, Research Design
EDLD 851 Community Assessment and Evaluation

Electives (9 Cr.):

Courses selected in consultation with your advisor.

Interactive Seminar (1 Cr.):

EDLD 780 Interactive Seminar


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1 | Meet the requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale) or the successful completion of a graduate level program from another institution

If you do not meet the above requirement(s), you may be eligible for provisional admission, which requires:

  • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 2.75 (4.0 scale)
  • A possible interview with an admissions person/committee

2 | Submit the following application materials:

  • Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
  • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas)
  • Personal statement

3 | Submit the supplementary materials:

  • International Applicants:  (1) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English. (2) Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.

Leadership in the Global Contexts of Ghana

Experience the uniqueness of Ghana as a global south country and one of Africa's stable democracies while gaining cross-cultural insight into the education and culture of Ghana through academic lectures and guided visits. Application deadline is March 1, 2018. Learn more about the Leadership in the Global Contexts of Ghana trip.

Ongoing Professional Development

Whether networking with leaders in the area of policy reform, being inspired by change agents in microfinance or simply catching up on the latest qualitative research findings, annual events and conferences sponsored by the department of Leadership, Policy and Administration offer a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. Most events include continuing education units for a variety of professions.  

Real-world field experience

If your program includes a field experience element, the dedicated faculty and staff in your program will work with you to ensure that your experience will meet your interests and facilitate your growth, both personally and professionally. Throughout your time in your program, regularly scheduled meetings with faculty and peers offer the opportunity to form a strong professional network as you prepare to enter your field.

Community Partnerships

The School of Education takes pride in engaging in innovative partnerships with a variety of organizations. Students in the the School of Education will find many opportunities for professional growth as a result of working with these organizations. Partnership examples include the Northwest Suburban Integration District, Center for Academics and Sports, FAIR School and the Collaborative Urban Educators program.