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178 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Fax: 612-624-3377

Undergraduate Studies:

Graduate Studies:


M.Ed./Professional Studies in Leadership in Education

Overview | Admission Requirements & Application Instructions


Due dates are:

July 1 for Fall semester admission

November 1 for Spring semester admission

March 1 for Summer session admission

Note: International students must apply six weeks earlier

Online application


The master of education (M.Ed.)/professional studies program in leadership in education builds leadership skills and facilitates analysis of K-12 school culture, policies, and practice.

This program develops educational leaders who can serve in schools that foster continuous learning and improvement. Program participants are prepared to advance team, school-wide and district-wide reform initiatives for coherent educational systems and programs. This program addresses formal and informal leadership methods, emphasizing the roles and contributions of teachers as leaders of instructional improvement, including ways that teachers and principals work together to promote collaborative school cultures.

This 30-semester credit program emphasizes the essential components of leadership, including collaboration, group dynamics, continuous professional learning, school policy, school culture, design and facilitation of improvement initiatives, innovations in teaching and assessment practice, creation of coherent learning experiences, cross-cultural education, and technology.

Most students complete the degree in two to three years while continuing to teach full time. Some degree coursework is offered at convenient, off-campus sites in the Twin Cities area.


The 30-semester credit leadership program focuses on two areas: leadership and contemporary educational issues.The faculty advise, guide, and mentor throughout the program, but the student’s individual vision provides focus for the appropriate curriculum and final leadership project (OLPD 5361) and the remaining credits of elective courses.

Course Requirements (16 credits minimum)

Electives (14 credits minimum)

14 or more credits of elective courses with adviser approval. Students often choose elective credits aligned with certificates in staff development, school technology, reading, and school administration.

The University of Minnesota offers hundreds of courses from which students can select their electives. Some examples of electives include:

Transfer Credits

A maximum of nine graduate semester transfer credits may be applied to the M.Ed. program. Credits may include any combination of the following coursework:

Transfer courses must be completed at the graduate level and approved by a faculty adviser and the college; a review of course syllabi is required. Contact the program coordinator for more information.

Program Completion

Online application and completion instructions.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Katie Pekel
Coordinator, Education Policy and Leadership Programs

Revised February 2, 2016