The Department of Administrative Leadership offers a graduate program of studies with two emphases: (1) educational administration and supervision and (2) adult, continuing, and higher education administration.
The 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.
The concentration in adult, continuing, and higher education administration prepares the student for positions of administration and leadership in business, community, and higher education environments. These environments can allow the student obtain careers as adult educators, trainers, human resource directors and administrators in vocational and technical education, university extension, continuing professional education; student advisors, managers of support programs for traditionally underrepresented students, student housing specialists, student programming specialists, business managers, and administrative positions at all levels of postsecondary education.
Students in the master’s degree with the concentration in adult, continuing, and higher education administration can jointly earn a certification in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education or a certificate in Support Services for Online Students in Higher Education. In this case, the student must complete an application (including the application fee) for both programs (master’s program and certificate program).
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.
Under the auspices of the Ph.D. program in Urban Education, the Department offers doctoral level specializations in educational administration and in Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Administration.
An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements to be considered for admission to the program.
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.