Educational Administration

The Educational Administration program leads the way in preparing K-12 principals and administrators for leadership in elementary and secondary education. We have prepared thousands of school leaders and have deeply loyal alumni all across Iowa — become the next member of our statewide leadership network!

Graduate degrees: The Educational Administration program offers M.S., M.Ed., and Ph.D. degrees. The master’s degrees are typically combined with the online principal licensure.

Licensure: Those who already have earned a master’s degree and wish to obtain only administrative licensure can participate in the PreLEAD cohort or PreLEAD hybrid (online + face to face) central Iowa cohort, which lead to principal licensure, and the CAS Program, which leads to superintendent licensure.

What are you interested in?

Getting a M.S. and becoming a principal

Now accepting applications for fall 2013 for the central Iowa cohort

Applications due August 1

The online PreLEAD program provides students with a master’s degree leading to principal licensure. The program is taught in a in a cohort model, where you will progress through the program and develop professional networks with peers from across Iowa. This program is taught by experienced practitioners and active scholars in the field of educational leadership and is designed for your busy schedule.

Courses are delivered in a combination of delivery models: face to face, online, and a hybrid of the two. They are usually scheduled on Wednesday nights and Saturdays throughout the year.

We currently have cohorts running in Ankeny, Ottumwa, Storm Lake, Waverly, and entirely online. If you are interested in one of those locations in particular, please let us know. We need at least twelve students in a shared area in order to begin a new cohort there.

The fall 2013 cohort will begin in mid-October in a hybrid of online and face-to-face sessions in central Iowa.

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Getting principal licensure (only)

Those who already have a master’s degree can pursue principal licensure by completing the same academic coursework as the PreLEAD program.

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Becoming a superintendent

Framed around eight critical dilemmas of practice, our Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) program prepares school superintendents who can transition their district into the future. The CAS program, Iowa’s most innovative superintendent preparation program, employs a spiral curriculum, introducing and revisiting each dilemma of practice over a two-year sequence of courses.

For superintendent licensure, a master’s degree, principal licensure, and three years administrative experience are required.

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Getting a Ph.D.

The Ph.D. in Education with Educational Administration emphasis prepares students for leadership positions in K-12 schools or for careers in the professorate. Students are expected to have earned a master’s degree and to have teaching experience in public or private elementary and/or secondary schools.

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