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Education Leadership

at Winona State University

Program Details

  • Award: Master of Science
  • Credits: 33
  • Delivery: Face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required.
  • WIA Certified

About this Program

Education Leadership (33 S.H.)
The Masters of Education Leadership is designed for teachers and other professional staff in Birth-12 schools who want to develop their leadership capacities as productive change agents and supporters of school-wide initiatives through the promotion of continuous improvement strategies and effective administrative practices.

Education professionals who enter this degree program are the leaders and future leaders of our schools. They are distinguished from other educators, in part, by their willingness to take a more active role in the decision-making processes that occur at their schools.

Students in the Masters of Education degree program may choose one of two paths. One path leads directly toward the (post-masters) K-12 principal licensure. Elective coursework is directly related to K-12 principal preparation.

The other path allows students who are not interested in becoming a K-12 principal to focus elective coursework on his or her professional interests and aspirations (e.g., student services, curriculum and instruction, educational technology, student assessment, team leader, mentoring, school business management, early childhood education, alternative education, charter leadership, community relations, and so forth).

Graduates provide leadership in their school building or program. Often this means they become:
� Team leader
� Curriculum and instruction
� Educational technology
� Student assessment
� School business management
� Alternative education such as charter leadership
� Student services
� Dean of students
Leadership Education Core Courses (15 S.H.)
A core of five Leadership Education courses is required of all degree candidates.
� LDRS 612 - Systems Thinking (3 S.H.)
� LDRS 614 - Change Leadership (3 S.H.)
� LDRS 615 - Communication (3 S.H.)
� LDRS 616 - Common Good (3 S.H.)
� LDRS 618 - Scholarship (3 S.H.)

Education Leadership Required Courses (18 S.H.)
� EL 604 - Curriculum Development & Diversity (3 S.H.)
� EL 652 - Context of Leadership (3 S.H.)

Electives (12 S.H.)
� K-12 Principal licensing path: student may select from the EdS core
� Non-licensing path: subject to advisor approval, the student may select from a variety of education and leadership graduate courses

These twelve credits are determined in collaboration with an academic advisor and are intended to enhance general leadership skills and/or provide career and job specific knowledge.
Capstone Writing Requirements

Candidates must write a significant research paper or master�s thesis to show proficiency in research and writing at the graduate level. The topic and proposal for this paper is initiated in LDRS 618 - Scholarship and brought to completion under the guidance of a capstone/thesis advisor. Guides for form and style are available from the Department of Leadership Education.
Non-Thesis Option � student completes LDRS 618 - Scholarship and writes the paper under the guidance of their capstone advisor.
Thesis Option � student completed LDRS 618 - Scholarship, takes LDRS 699 - Master�s Thesis (Thesis Advisement Credits), writes the paper under the guidance of their thesis advisor, and defends their research to a faculty panel.
Comprehensive Examination

Each candidate must pass a written comprehensive examination on required course work.

Program Locations

  • Winona State University 55987
  • University Center Rochester Campus 55904

Labor Market Information

  • Elementary and High School Education Administrators

  • Median wage: $102,249/year-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Below statewide average
  • College Education Administrators

  • Median wage: $39.10/hour-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Average
  • Preschool Education Administrators

  • Median wage: $22.94/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Above statewide average
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