Educational Administration and Leadership (Specialist)

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 approved 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.

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
  • Special Education Administration
  • Community Education Administration

Program Highlights

  • Students may pursue multiple licenses at one time
  • Program is delivered synchronously online with asynchronous components. 
  • Start fall, spring, or summer
  • Progress at your own pace
  • Connect and engage with your professors and colleagues
  • Faculty are accomplished professionals from the field
  • Specialist students complete 36 credits and a research study to earn the Ed.S.

Program Distinctions

Graduate Director

Dr. Frances Kayona

Student Organizations

Popular Careers

  • Special education director
  • Elementary principal
  • Middle school principal
  • High school principal
  • Superintendent of schools
  • Community education director
  • Activities/Athletic director

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall July 15 (Priority) May 15 (Priority) July 15 (Priority)
Spring Nov. 15 (Priority) Sept. 15 (Priority) Nov. 15 (Priority)
Summer May 1 (Priority) Feb. 15 (Priority) May 1 (Priority)

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