Advanced Leading and Learning for the Next Generation

You'll enjoy a practitioner-focused curriculum that can lead to three administrative licensures —

  • K-12 Principal
  • Special Education Director
  • District Superintendent

No matter which licensure you are pursuing, you will receive training in a core of professional leadership courses and academic experiences appropriate to your program. All three programs include coursework leading to eligibility for administrative licensure and is accredited by the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA).

This program is student-centered and provides advanced principles of leadership to guide the practice of educational leaders so they can meet the needs of all learners and achieve more equitable outcomes. As learning organizations and society continue to evolve, this program is intentionally designed to ensure that educational leaders are ready to meet the challenges and opportunities of today and the future.

Upon completion of the EDAD Specialist degree, a graduate may choose to pursue an Applied Doctoral (Ed.D.) program.

This program is delivered on campus, online plus - hybrid model to meet the needs of our professional learners.

The Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA) oversees and ensures the quality of school administrator preparation in the state of Minnesota.  The College of Education and Learning Design has four educational administration programs approved by BOSA:

  • Principal K-12;
  • Superintendent;
  • Director of Special Education; and
  • Director of Community Education
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Program Requirements Educational Administration & Leadership Specialist

View program admission criteria, degree plans, credit requirements, course descriptions and learning outcomes.


Value-added Education

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  • Flexible: Convenient online, blended, evening, weekend, and 1-week accelerated courses that allow students to progress at their own pace. Courses offered in St. Cloud or NHCC in Brooklyn Park.
  • Specialist students complete 36 credits and a research study to earn the Ed.S.
  • Tailored programming: Candidates may select a formal research study or a portfolio for their culminating project.
  • Stackable credentials: Students may pursue multiple licenses at one time.
  • Professional preparation: Curriculum aligns with the Minnesota Board of School Administrators professional preparation competencies.
  • Deep roots: Preparing school administrators for Minnesota schools since 1956.


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Dr. Frances Kayona

  • Program Director

Graduate Admissions

(320) 308-2113 | 101 Administrative Services

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Paying for Your Education Use these resources to financially support your degree completion

Graduate Admissions has a comprehensive resource page with resources above and beyond financial aid and graduate assistantships to help cover the tuition and fees of graduate programs.

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Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall July15 (Priority) May 15 (Priority) July15 (Priority)
Spring November 15 (Priority) September 15 (Priority) November 15 (Priority)
Summer May 1 (Priority) February 15 (Priority) May 1 (Priority)

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