Transformative School Leadership Program (licensure recommendation), M.Ed.

The Transformative School Leadership Program (TSLP) is a five-semester, 30-credit, cohort-based master’s program, designed for working educators that leads to recommendation for principal licensure in the state of Iowa. TSLP develops educational leaders who are able to transform PK-12 organizations into equitable and collaborative learning communities. TSLP is a renewal of ISUs school-level leadership preparation program that was known as PreLEAD.

We prepare leaders who adopt a social justice-stance, recognize the relevance of context in learning, and understand that theory and practice must always be tightly coupled. Students in our program will engage in authentic field experiences and progressively aligned program curricula to prepare them for being a school leader, such as in the role of building principal or teacher leader. The program culminates in a student designed and executed School Improvement Project that will demonstrate mastery of state and national standards for professional excellence.

Program details

  • M.Ed. and PK-12 principal/special education supervisor licensure
  • Coursework and field experiences aligned with state and national standards
  • Wednesday evening and Saturday classes (approximately 2 Saturdays per semester) at the DMACC Ankeny campus – designed for working educators


In fall 2018, tuition at ISU will be $485/credit hour, comparable to that of other Iowa universities. You also may be eligible for financial aid. Check with the ISU Financial Aid Office for requirements and eligibility.