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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.