M.Ed./Professional Studies in Leadership in Education
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
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)
- OLPD 5361—Project in Teacher Leadership (3 cr)
- OLPD 5364—Context and Practice of Educational Leadership (3 cr)
- OLPD 5374—Leadership for Professional Development (4 cr)
- OLPD 5387—Leadership for Teaching and Learning (3 cr)
OR CI 5155—Contemporary Approaches to Curriculum: Instruction and Assessment (3 cr)
- OLPD 5501—Principles and Methods of Evaluation (3 cr)
OR CI 5177—Practical Research (3 cr)
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:
- Teaching and learning in a multicultural, pluralistic democracy
- Planning interdisciplinary and thematic learning
- Assessing student learning to differentiate instruction
- Cross-cultural perspectives on leadership
- Literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies
- Professional development
- School technology
- Women in leadership
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:
- Up to six graduate semester credits from fully accredited institutions other than the University of Minnesota
- Credits completed at the University of Minnesota before admission to the M.Ed. program
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.
Revised February 2, 2016