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Be a Guide Through Change

MA IN EDUCATION LEADERSHIP

MA in Education Leadership and Administration

The MA in Education Leadership and Administration program develops a strong foundation and understanding of leadership in education. These skills will help you reshape how 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.

Education leaders today deal with rapidly changing environments and need to be able to collaborate with others to develop sound policies, promote diverse points of view and think critically while acting ethically.

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.
Where you'll learn:

On-campus (Minneapolis) or online.

When to start:

Year round

Required Courses

Students need a total of 31 credits of the below courses.

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


Courses selected in consultation with your advisor.


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


Courses selected in consultation with your advisor.


EDLD 780 Interactive Seminar


SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

  • Leadership in the Global Contexts of Uganda
  • Ongoing Professional Development
  • Real-World Field Experience
  • Community Partnerships
  • Leadership in the Global Contexts of Uganda

    Experience the uniqueness of Uganda as a global south country and one of Africa's stable democracies while gaining cross-cultural insight into the education and culture of Uganda through academic lectures and guided visits. Application deadline is March 1, 2021. Learn more about the Leadership in the Global Contexts of Uganda trip.

    Ongoing Professional Development

    Annual events and conferences sponsored by the School of Education offer a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. Most events include continuing education units for educators.

    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 will find many opportunities for professional growth as a result of working with these organizations. Partnership examples include the Northwest Suburban Integration District, the National Center for Teacher Residencies, and the Collaborative Urban and Greater Minnesota Educators of Color program.

    Leadership in the Global Contexts of Uganda

    Experience the uniqueness of Uganda as a global south country and one of Africa's stable democracies while gaining cross-cultural insight into the education and culture of Uganda through academic lectures and guided visits. Application deadline is March 1, 2021. Learn more about the Leadership in the Global Contexts of Uganda trip.

    Ongoing Professional Development

    Annual events and conferences sponsored by the School of Education offer a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. Most events include continuing education units for educators.

    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 will find many opportunities for professional growth as a result of working with these organizations. Partnership examples include the Northwest Suburban Integration District, the National Center for Teacher Residencies, and the Collaborative Urban and Greater Minnesota Educators of Color program.

    FACULTY

    Our faculty lead by example through teaching, research and professional service. They are experienced leaders in higher education and K-12 education.

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    Fr. Jean-Pierre Bongila

    Director, MA in Education Leadership

    Dr. Bongila is a champion of building cultural bridges of learning and understanding. His most recent book, "Developing global positioning leadership: learning experience in Cuba" (2018), deals with the pedagogy of study abroad. He is the recipient of the 2017's International Citizen Educator Award from the International Leadership Institute (MN).

    Fr. Jean-Pierre Bongila
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    Dr. Aura Wharton-Beck

    Director, K-12 Administrative Licensure Programs

    Dr. Wharton-Beck joined the School of Education in 2018 after 36 years as an educator and school administrator. She has received awards as a school principal and researcher advocating for equity. Her areas of expertise include K-12 school leadership, arts education, race, diversity, equity and inclusion.

    Dr. Aura Wharton-Beck
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    Dr. Cornelius Gilbert

    Historian of Higher Education

    Dr. Gilbert's research agenda includes Higher Education Administration and Leadership, Student Affairs, History of Higher Education, African American History and issues of inclusivity and belonging within higher education.

    Dr. Cornelius Gilbert
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    Leadership in International Contexts

    Our students had firsthand exposure to the uniqueness of Uganda’s education and culture while gaining cross-cultural insight into the impact of economy, governance and healthcare on education.