The master's concentration in educational administration and supervision prepares the student for a career as a school district administrator, elementary, middle, or secondary school administrator, director of special education and pupil services, school business manager, or curriculum director. Through this program of studies, the student can fulfill professional education requirements for administrative and supervisory licenses in Wisconsin and most other states.
Our rigorous program, led by faculty who are actively engaged in research in the field, meets Wisconsin state licensure requirements and will give you the skills you need to succeed in today’s challenging educational landscape.
The master’s degree programs are offered online and hybrid.
The Department also offers a course of study leading to the Specialist Certificate in Administrative Leadership—required for the school superintendency and recommended for other school or adult education administrative or supervisory positions.
An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements to be considered for admission to the program.
Credits and Courses
Minimum degree requirement is 33 graduate credits, 27 of which must be in education and 6 of which may be in related fields. Credit distribution must be: 18-24 credits in educational administration and supervision; 9-15 credits in related electives; and a master's capstone portfolio.
The student plans an individual program of studies in consultation with a major professor. If the student intends to apply for the Specialist Certificate upon completion of the master’s degree, the program of studies may satisfy Specialist Certificate admission requirements.
Required Core Courses
|AD LDSP 702||Leadership in Educational Organizations||3|
|AD LDSP 710||Organizational Change and Team Leadership||3|
|AD LDSP 712||Instructional Leadership||3|
|AD LDSP 732||The Politics of Education||3|
|AD LDSP 752||School Law||3|
|AD LDSP 762||Management of Educational Resources||3|
|Courses Related to Specific Administrative Licenses|
|AD LDSP 750||Internship in Administrative Leadership||1-6|
|AD LDSP 780||Internship in Student Service Administration||3|
|AD LDSP 790||Internship in Instructional Leadership||3|
|AD LDSP 792||Principalship Field Practicum||3|
|AD LDSP 800||Administration of the School Plant||2-3|
|AD LDSP 805||Legislative and Legal Aspects of Special Education||3|
|AD LDSP 812||Educational Personnel Administration and Supervision||3|
|AD LDSP 842||Program Planning and Evaluation in Education||3|
|AD LDSP 861||Foundations in Systems of Educational Equity||3|
|AD LDSP 862||School Finance||3|
|AD LDSP 961||Analysis and Design of Special Education and Student Services||3|
|Guiding Instructional Improvement (preferred course)|
|Curriculum Planning and Ideologies|
Major Professor as Advisor
The student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the program of studies as specified in Graduate School regulations. A student who is not assigned to an advisor at time of admission should immediately contact the Department Chair.
As a capstone requirement, students must develop and submit a comprehensive portfolio for review by faculty. The student must pass both the written part of the portfolio and the oral portfolio defense.
The student must complete all degree requirements within seven years of initial enrollment.