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Educational Leadership - K-12 Administration

EMU’s Master of Arts in Educational Leadership is designed for professional educators who are seeking the skills and knowledge to become effective educational leaders. Four major content areas make up the educational leadership curriculum: leadership, research, professionalism and management competency/proficiency. Further development in the areas of human relations, diversity and technology are emphasized. This is a state-approved program for the building level principal license in the State of Michigan. It also has reciprocity across the United States.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School.
  2. Applicants must have earned a valid undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution of higher education (an undergraduate student may apply after the final semester’s registration is completed).
  3. International students must meet the following additional criteria: an official score report from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Test System (IELTS), or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) must be sent by the testing service directly to the University. Student score reports, faxes or photocopies will not be considered official. Minimum scores for admission is 550 (Paper-based Test), or 79 (Internet-based Test) for the TOEFL; 77 on MELAB; or 6.5 (or higher) on the IELTS. If the TOEFL is taken, the Test of Written English (TWE) is also required. A conditional admission may be available to those students falling just below the minimum score requirements.
  4. Applicants seeking their first master’s degree must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.7 overall or a GPA of 3.0 the second half of the undergraduate program. Applicants seeking a second master’s degree must have a GPA of 3.3 or better on their previous graduate degree.
  5. Applicants must submit confidential appraisal forms from two professional supervisors and/or supervising professors that address the quality of the applicant’s professional work. Applicants may receive these forms from the department office or online at the department website. The completed forms are due with the Application for Graduate Admission form.
  6. Applicants must submit a résumé that details their professional and educational experiences.
  7. Applicants must complete the Application for Graduate Admissions form.
  8. On the graduate application, students must complete the personal statement of accomplishments and academic goals portion describing the reasons for requesting admission. This essay must be a minimum of 250 words and will be reviewed as an indicator of writing ability.

Admission Process:

The admission process for the master’s degree is as follows:

  1. The Office of Admissions will receive and gather ALL required documents. Completed applications that contain the required GPAs, confidential appraisal forms, and the résumé will be forwarded to the coordinator of advising for the educational leadership program.
  2. Completed applications will be reviewed by the faculty review committee. Those applicants who have submitted acceptable GPAs, the résumé, recommendations, goal statement and confidential appraisal forms will be admitted, assigned an advisor and invited for an advising interview. An application may be deemed “questionable” due to a combination of low GPA, fair or poor recommendations, poor writing ability and/or statements that are inconsistent with the student’s goals as an administrator. These “questionable” applications will be reviewed by the full faculty, giving special consideration to the life experiences, verbal skills, writing skills, educational background and GPAs.
  3. Applicants which are accepted will be notified following admission decisions.
  4. All decisions by the faculty regarding admissions are final. 

Retention Review Requirements:

A retention review will be conducted by the faculty review committee and coordinated by the EDLD coordinator of advising. Students who have not met the following criteria will be identified and asked to meet with their academic advisors. Students must have:

  1. A minimum GPA of at least 3.25 in required educational leadership courses;
  2. Acceptable progress made in developing a professional portfolio after completing 18 hours of course work; and
  3. An overall academic skills assessment of average or above in any educational leadership class.

Retention Process:

The objective of this retention plan is to assure that students have an opportunity to review the appropriateness of their career choice and to receive assistance in achieving their master’s degree in educational leadership should they choose to continue in the field. The retention review will be conducted by the EDLD coordinator of advising with the faculty review committee.

  1. After completing 18 hours of course work, students should schedule a meeting with their advisor to discuss the review progress in developing a professional portfolio.
  2. Faculty may complete the Leadership Candidate Evaluation form for any student in any class, if they choose to do so. These forms will be filed in the student’s folder.
  3. Each semester the Office of Graduate Studies and Research will review the GPA of each student completing 12 hours. The EDLD coordinator of advising will examine the files of all students who have not achieved the required GPA and recommend review by the faculty review committee.
  4. The coordinator of advising will request each identified student to meet with his or her advisor to discuss career goals and the need for assistance. If the need for assistance is established, a plan will be developed. For example, if difficulties exist with skill or concept acquisition, the student may be required to audit a class.

Exit Process:

Portfolio Requirement

Students will be guided through the portfolio assessment process by their advisor as follows:

  1. Following admission, students are required to schedule a meeting with their advisor to plan their program of study and to obtain information about the portfolio assessment and exit requirements.
  2. After completing 18 hours of course work, it is recommended that students schedule a meeting with their advisor to discuss the progress of their portfolio.
  3. A student who believes his/her portfolio is complete, should contact the advisor to schedule the oral and written presentation. This will be made before an EDLD program faculty member, and will consist of an oral presentation by the student, followed by discussion with faculty regarding the student’s learning and growth, along with perceptions of the strengths and/or weaknesses of the overall program.

Student achievement will be documented in a cumulative portfolio that contains artifacts representative of the educational leadership knowledge base. An assessment of the portfolio will be made using the following criteria:

Cognitive complexity
Quality of content
Comprehensiveness
Meaningfulness

In addition, the program component stressing effective written and oral communication skills will be assessed by examination of the quality of writing presented in the portfolio and the quality of oral communication displayed in the portfolio presentation before faculty. All of the components of the portfolio must be rated satisfactory for completion.

The portfolio will be evaluated as one of the following:

Pass without revisions
Pass with minor revisions by date indicated
Pass with major revisions by date indicated
No pass

Course Requirements:

Students must complete 29 hours of program course work and six hours (including EDPS 667 - Principles of Educational Research ) in the supportive area. EDPS 667 should be taken as early as possible in the program. The student’s advisor will assist in developing the program of study that may include course work necessary for both administrative certification and the master’s degree. A minimum of 35 hours of graduate credit applicable to the program is required for the master of arts degree. Courses in the basic concentration include:

Basic Concentration Courses: 29 hours

  • EDLD 509 - Educational Leadership in a Pluralistic Society 3 hrs
  • EDLD 513 - Community Education and Community Relations 3 hrs
  • EDLD 514 - Organization and Administration of K-12 Schools 3 hrs
  • EDLD 515 - Instructional Leadership 3 hrs
  • EDLD 517 - Leadership for School Improvement 3 hrs
  • EDLD 612 - Economics of Public Education 3 hrs
  • EDLD 617 - Administering Human Resources in Education 3 hrs
  • EDLD 620 - The Principalship 3 hrs
  • EDLD 630 - Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues of Administration 3 hrs
  • EDLD 687 - Master’s Internship in Educational Leadership 2 hrs

Supportive Courses: 6 hours

  • EDPS 667 - Principles of Educational Research 3 hrs
  • Three hours selected in consultation with the graduate advisor

Program Total: 35 hours

Additional Program Information:

Course Substitutions/Program Changes
Changes in the student’s official program and substitution of courses must be approved by the advisor prior to registration.

Courses Outside the Program
A suggested list of courses has been prepared by the EDLD Program. Other courses may be used for electives in this area if they are approved by the student’s advisor.

Internships
Information is available from the director of the intern program or at http://www.emich.edu/coe/lc . Internship placements should be arranged at least one semester in advance and must be approved by the internship director.

For more information about the program, admissions, etc., contact the department head or visit www.emich.edu/coe/lc