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Graduate Programs

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Educational Leadership (Charter School Leadership Emphasis)

Minimum Totals for Graduation: 33 hours

The Educational Leadership program is most flexible in terms of allowing students to design their own programs in consultation with their advisor. The program is designed for those seeking leader- ship positions in schools, higher education and other organizations dealing with the transfer of knowledge and learning. Students preparing for a position in a K-12 work environment should be aware that this degree concentration is not an administrative certification program.

We offer an online cohort option for the MA in Educational Lead- ership. Check with the department office to determine scheduling and emphasis focus.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

  • 1.

    Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies.

  • 2.

    Applicants must provide evidence of promise as an admin- istrator by preparing and submitting an admission portfolio directly to the Department of Educational Leadership. The following items must be included in the contents of the portfolio:

    • a.

      a department application form (http://www.ehs.cmich. edu/edl/);

    • b.

      a current resume identifying training, experience, and professional accomplishments;

    • c.

      a minimum of two letters of reference (dated and submit- ted on organizational letterhead) from individuals who can appropriately address the applicant’s potential as an administrator and attest to the applicant’s potential for success in the program;

    • d.

      a one-page reflective statement addressing the appli- cant’s beliefs about educational leadership;

    • e.

      a one-page reflective statement of professional goals and actions the applicant intends to take to achieve the identified goals;

    • f.

      identification of at least two significant activities that indicate experiences, abilities, and potential for educa- tional leadership. For each activity identified, the appli- cant should indicate the nature of the activity, type and number of persons involved , roles and responsibilities of the applicant, budget (if applicable), and a reflective statement addressing what learning occurred for the applicant.

  • 3.

    Regular admission will be granted only after the admission portfolio has been reviewed and deemed acceptable by a committee of Educational Leadership faculty. Acceptability will be judged on the appropriateness of the contents of the admission portfolio relative to the degree program to which application is being made. The applicant’s statements about beliefs, professional goals, and activities must show evidence of thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and congruence with the degree program to which the application is directed.


It is advantageous for the applicant to submit the admission portfolio as early as possible. Applicants must submit a com- plete admission’s packet and it must be approved before a student is granted regular admission.

Core Courses (6 hours) EDL 600 - Research in Administration 3(3-0) EDL 660 - Principles of Educational Administration 3(3-0)

Emphasis Area (15 hours) Charter School Leadership EDL 645 - Charter School Leadership 3(3-0) EDL 651 - Program Review and Evaluation 3(3-0) EDL 656 - Public School Law 3(3-0) EDL 662 - School Business Administration & Facilities

Management 3(3-0) EDL 663 - Personnel Administration 3(3-0)

Electives (6 hours) Select in consultation with an advisor. Capstone Project (6 hours)

All students earning a M.A. in Educational Leadership will take a written comprehensive exam during their last semester of en- rollment in the M.A. program. Exams will be offered once in the spring and once in the fall.

Select one of the following options: Plan A

Completion of a thesis, including oral examination of the the- sis. EDL 798 - Thesis 1-6(Spec)

Plan B EDL 698 - Master’s Colloquium 3(3-0) EDL 699 - Leadership Internship 1-15(Spec)

Total: 33 semester hours

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