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34 Credits
1 - 2 Years to Complete
Face-to-Face Classes in Bismarck, ND with Online Coursework
Meets Evenings/Weekends
In-State Tuition Regardless of Residency

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Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership

Master's Degree
Begins every Fall (August), Spring (January) & Summer (June)

Degree Requirements

34 credits are required for graduation. Courses in the MEd in Educational Leadership program are built on the following six dimensions, with 120 hours of field-based experience required for dimensions one to five.

  1. Personal and professional development
  2. Instructional leadership
  3. Organizational leadership
  4. Political and community leadership
  5. Systems for leadership and instruction
  6. Specialty options 

Required Core Courses = 32 Credits

EDL 501 - Leadership Planning and Organizational Behavior

3 Credits

Face-to-Face with Online

TBD

This course provides school leaders with preparation in skills for providing purpose and direction for individuals and groups, shaping school culture and value, facilitating the development of shared strategic vision for the school, formulating goals and planning change efforts with staff, and setting priorities for one's school in the context of community and district priorities for student and staff needs.

EDL 502 - Technology and Information Systems

2 Credits

Face-to-Face with Online

TBD

This course provides an understanding of selected computer applications for educational administrators. The focus of instruction is to have educational leaders use the computer as a decision making and planning tool for carrying out communication functions of administration at the building and district levels.

EDL 503 - Seminar: Orientation

1 Credit

Face-to-Face with Online

TBD

S/U grading only.

EDL 511 - Personal Communications and Ethics

3 Credits

Face-to-Face with Online

TBD

This course prepares aspiring school leaders to plan for their personal and professional development; understand and use the principles of interpersonal, oral, and written communication; and follow a professional code of ethics and values.

EDL 512 - Research, Measurement, and Program Evaluation

3 Credits

Face-to-Face with Online

TBD

This course provides school leaders with an understanding of how to determine what diagnostic information is needed about students, staff, and the school environment; examine the extent to which outcomes meet or exceed defined standards, goals, or priorities for individuals or groups; draw inferences for program revisions; interpret and understand research, measurements, and evaluations; relate programs to desired outcomes; develop equivalent measures of incompetence; and design accountability mechanisms.

EDL 513 - Leading Curriculum and Learning 

3 Credits

Face-to-Face with Online

Spring

This course provides school leaders the ability to understand major curriculum design models, interpret school district curricula, initiate needs analyses, plan and implement with staff a framework for instruction, align curriculum with anticipated outcomes, monitor social and technological developments as they affect curriculum, and adjust content as needs and conditions change.

EDL 514 - Personnel, Supervision, and Staff Development

3 Credits

Face-to-Face with Online

TBD

This course provides school leaders with preparation in skills for instructional improvement, working with faculty and staff to identify professional needs. Classes are designed for in-depth study and practice planning, organizing, and facilitating programs that improve faculty and staff effectiveness and are consistent with institutional goals and needs; supervising individuals and groups; providing feedback on performance; arranging for remedial assistance; engaging faculty and others to plan and participate in recruitment and development activities; and initiating self-development.

EDL 515 - Educational Law and Organizational Structure of Schools

3 Credits

Face-to-Face with Online

TBD

Focus will be on the Codes of Ethics and Standard of Practice of the American Counseling Association and corresponding ethics codes for subspecialties within the counseling profession. Students will learn to interpret these codes and apply them to their professional practice.

EDL 516 - Policy and Educational Finance

3 Credits

Face-to-Face with Online

TBD

Includes such topics as the organization of and responsibility for education in the United States at the federal, state, and local levels; basic administrative theories, processes, and techniques; and major areas of concern in the operation of local schools.

EDL 517 - Social, Cultural, Political, and Community Dimensions of Schools

4 Credits

Face-to-Face with Online

Spring

This course provides school leaders with an understanding of the historical, philosophical, ethical, social, and economic influences affecting education to the degree that they can apply their understandings to professional decisions. Students are expected to apply political concepts and strategies and approaches to collaboration in involving the community in decision making, building community support for integrating health and social services in support of students, and developing community support for school priorities. Throughout the course, students’ work will be expected to manifest sensitivity to issues of diversity in a pluralistic society.

EDL 519 - Principalship

2 Credits

Face-to-Face with Online

TBD

This course provides school leaders with an understanding of the role of the building principal along with skills and techniques associated with the principalship. The topics include the principal's role in community and family relationships and collaboration, using community resources to support the academic and social needs of students and families, the development and application of policies related to students and staff, planning and delivering of curricular and co-curricular programs within the school, and the principal's role in working with staff. Students must also enroll in a one-credit field-based experience (EDL 520, 521 or 522) appropriate for their desired level of preparation for the principalship.

EDL 997 - Independent Study

2 Credit

Face-to-Face with Online

TBD

Plus 1 Additional Curriculum Course:

EDL 535 - Administration of Elementary School Curriculum

1 Credit

Face-to-Face with Online

TBD

Corequisite: EDL 513.

Designed primarily for graduate students seeking positions as curriculum coordinators or administrative positions. A study of leadership skills for developing the administrator’s understanding of knowledge construction, adult learning, planning and implementing a framework for curriculum design and instruction, and the professional responsibility for assessing and implementation of an elementary curriculum. The course examines the current issues, trends, subject areas, student achievement, and challenges for the future of elementary curriculum. The student will research the current best practices for application of administrative skills in relationship to supervision of a comprehensive K-5 grade level curriculum and its impact on learners.

EDL 536 - Administration of Middle School Curriculum

1 Credit

Face-to-Face with Online

TBD

Corequisite: EDL 513.

Designed primarily for graduate students seeking positions as curriculum coordinators or administrative positions. A study of leadership skills for developing the administrator’s understanding of knowledge construction, adult learning, planning and implementing a framework for curriculum design and instruction, and the professional responsibility for assessing and implementation of the middle school level curriculum. The course examines the current issues, trends, subject areas, student achievement, and challenges for the future of middle school level curriculum. The student will research the current best practices for application of administrative skills in relationship to supervision of a comprehensive 6-8 grade level curriculum and its impact on learners.

EDL 537 - Administration of Secondary School Curriculum

1 Credit

Face-to-Face with Online

TBD

Corequisite: EDL 513.

Designed primarily for graduate students seeking positions as curriculum coordinators or administrative positions. A study of leadership skills for developing the administrator’s understanding of knowledge construction, adult learning, planning and implementing a framework for curriculum design and instruction, and the professional responsibility for assessing and implementation of secondary curriculum. The course examines the current issues, trends, subject areas, student achievement, and challenges for the future of middle school level curriculum. The student will research the current best practices for application of administrative skills in relationship to supervision of a comprehensive 9-12 grade level curriculum and its impact on learners.

Plus 1 Practicum:

EDL 520 - Middle School Principalship

1 Credit

Near Local Community

TBD

Corequisite(s): EDL 519.

This course provides a field-based experience in the role of the middle school principal.

EDL 521 - Elementary School Principalship

1 Credit

Near Local Community

TBD

Corequisite(s): EDL 519.

This course provides a field-based experience in the role of the elementary school principal.

EDL 522 - Secondary School Principalship

1 Credit

Near Local Community

TBD

Corequisite(s): EDL 519.

This course provides a field-based experience in the role of the secondary school principal.

Subject to change without notice.

A maximum of ¼ of the total credits required for the graduate program may be transferred to UND from another regionally accredited program. These credits must be approved by your academic advisor and the UND School of Graduate Studies.

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Application Deadlines:

  • April 15 (Fall)
  • November 15 (Spring)
  • April 15 (Summer)