Educational Leadership

Admission is considered only after all required application materials have been received and reviewed. Where appropriate, all international student requirements must be met. Admission decisions are based upon the predicted success of the applicant as a student and professional in the chosen field and are made only after considering all available data. A student must meet all requirements for full admission. After being accepted for graduate study in the School of Education, the student should contact her/his assigned adviser assigned for assistance in filing a plan of study for consideration by the program. 

Please note, the priority deadline for this program is February 1 with a final deadline of April 1. This means that your application must be submitted AND all supplemental materials, such as official transcripts and recommendations, received at the Graduate School by that date.

Required application materials are as follows:

Master of Education (M.Ed.) or the Master of Science (M.S.) in Educational Leadership

  • Official transcripts of all previous collegiate work, including one verifying graduation with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution;
  • A cumulative baccalaureate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Resume including credentials, licenses and certificates;
  • Two references that evaluate the applicant's potential for success as a graduate student in the chosen master's degree program and as an educational leader; and
  • A leadership essay.

The Master of Science (M.S.) and the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees require a master's paper or thesis. The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree is a non-thesis, practitioner-oriented degree. Programs vary in their requirements for a written comprehensive exam or a portfolio/oral. 

K-12 Leadership Program of Study 

Research, Measurement and Program Evaluation
Social, Cultural and Political Dimensions of Schools
Leadership, Planning and Organizational Behavior
Educational Law and Policy
Curriculum, Instruction and Learning Theory
Personal Communication & Ethics
Personnel, Supervision and Staff Development
Policy and Educational Finance
Administration of K-12 Schools
Total Credits30

K-12 Licensure Additional Credits


EDUC 738Administration of K-12 Schools3
EDUC 794Practicum/Internship (Will take either Elementary or Secondary Ed focused)3

Higher Education Program of Study

Higher Education Core Courses12
Organization and Administration of Higher Education
Higher Education Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Financing Higher Education
Diversity and Educational Policy
Empowerment & Transformative Education
Inquiry Core6
Research, Measurement and Program Evaluation
Select one:
Statistics In Educational Research
Reflective Practice and Research in Education
Assessment Techniques for Educational Institutions
Planning and Conducting Needs Assessment
Program Evaluation Research
Professional Emphasis Electives12
Required Comprehensive Experience/Culminating Experience6
Practicum/Internship (M.Ed. Only)
Comprehensive Project
Master's Thesis (M.S. Only)
Total Credits36

Justin Benna, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of New Hampshire, 2018
Research Interests/Areas of Expertise: PK-12 School Leadership; Social and Political Contexts of Schools; Educator Development and Professional Learning

Dean Bresciani, Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor
University of Arizona, 1996

Amanda Cordova, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at San Antonio, 2018

Elizabeth Gilblom, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Cleveland State University, 2017
Research Interests: Geographic Information Systems, Privatization in Education, Equity in Education, Critical Social Theory

Brent Hill, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Oklahoma State University, 2011
Research Interests/Areas of Expertise: Monte Carlo Simulations, Educational and Psychological Measurement, Learning Theory, Structural Equation Modeling, Q Methodology, Time Series Analysis

Hollie Mackey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Pennsylvania State University, 2010
Research Interests/Areas of Expertise: Socio-cultural Dimensions of Educational Leadership, Indigenous Theory and Methodology, and Educational, Self-Determination   

Cailen O'Shea, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2020
Research Interests/Areas of Expertise: School Transformation, Innovation for Equitable Education, PK-12 School Leadership, Quantitative Methods

Laura Parson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of North Dakota, 2016
Research Interests/Areas of Expertise: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (SoTL), Women in Higher Education, Women in STEM, Ethnographic and Discourse Methods of Inquiry

Chris Ray, Ph.D.
Oklahoma State University, 2007
Research Interests/Areas of Expertise: Institutional Effectiveness, Learning Outcomes Assessment, Instrument Development, Moral Development and Education, College Student Development

Tamara Uselman, Ed.D.
Visiting Associate Professor
North Dakota State University, 2020

Nate Wood, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of Minnesota, 2006
Research Interests/Areas of Expertise: Socio-Cultural Issues in Education, Identity, Classroom Community, Wonder-Informed Pedagogy, Maker Education, Educational Research and Evaluation Methods