The Educational Administration and Leadership specialist degree program develops leaders for Minnesota's schools. The specialist degree will lead a student to K-12 principal, superintendent, or director of special education licensure. The program includes a core of pre-professional leadership courses and academic experiences appropriate to the program. A minimum of 36 credits, including field study is required.
Upon completion of the program, a graduate will be eligible to qualify as a K-12 principal, special education director, or superintendent.
This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation and Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA) for meeting the professional preparation requirements for licensure in the following areas: K-12 school principal, director of special education, school district superintendent, and director of community education. In addition, the department participates in the development of special studies programs which lead to graduate degrees in other areas of educational administration.