The Master of Science (M.S.) in Educational Leadership program is designed for educators who want to expand their leadership knowledge and skills to serve in formal or informal leadership roles in schools. Our master's degree leads to Wisconsin certification as principal (#5051) and director of instruction (#5010). If you are not interested in formal administrative positions but are interested in expanding your leadership capacity for roles such as site council member, grade-level coordinator or department chair, you also will benefit from the program. The format of the M.S. in Educational Leadership program is an accelerated cohort model with courses typically lasting six to eight weeks. The program is offered year-round in a face-to-face format at locations throughout Wisconsin, as well as online.
The course content emphasizes the knowledge, skills and dispositions that are compatible with effective school leadership in the 21st century, as defined in the Wisconsin Principal and Director of Instruction Content Standards. During the 31-credit program, you will accrue practicum hours that are aligned with the Wisconsin Administrator Standards. You also will complete a leadership portfolio as part of administrator licensure requirements.
The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time. Please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.
The Master of Education Leadership degree leads to Wisconsin certification as principal (#5051) and director of instruction (#5010). During the 31 credit program, students accrue practicum hours that are aligned with the Wisconsin Administrator Standards.
The Graduate Core is an interdisciplinary approach to ensure a successful graduate school experience while also transitioning graduate students into the core values of Cardinal Stritch University and program/career specific outcomes. No matter what sector of society you serve as a leader, Stritch’s graduate core will enhance your capacity as a system thinker, values driven leader and successful researcher.
The specific degree requirements on the website are for illustrative purposes and may change at any time, please contact the Registrar's Office, Academic Advising or refer to the course catalog for detailed program requirements.
- GS 500 Graduate Seminar
- GS 501 Introduction to Leadership
- GS 503 Fundamentals of Research Methods
- GS 502 Leading Complex Organizations
Professional Credential and Competency
- A valid Wisconsin teaching license, including 3 years teaching experience with this license, is currently required to receive the administrative licenses from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
- Students who do not hold a valid Wisconsin teaching license earn the master degree only.
Two Letters of Recommendation
Your letters of recommendation should be provided by your building principal, department leader, or another individual who can comment on your professional leadership abilities.
Essays should be a maximum one-page (double-spaced) word-processed statement addressing the challenges you see in education today and how you as a leader hope to make a positive change.