Program Options (30 credit program)
What is available and what are the requirements?
When are the courses offered and how much is tuition?
See our matrix to see which semesters courses are projected to be offered. Updated 4-1-13
See Titan Web to see course times, locations, and format (online, hybrid, face-to-face). Browse schedule as a guest or sign in using your student ID number.
Tuition changes each semester/year. Check out current rates on our Student Financial Services page. If a course has an additional fee it will be indicated in the Notes section for that course on TitanWeb.
What can I do with this degree?
We often hear the question “What can I do with the MS Educational Leadership degree.” Our question to you is, what would you like to do with your degree? Why do you want to earn a graduate degree? Increase your salary, become a better teacher/professional, you've always wanted to earn your masters, everyone else was so why not, a certificate program captured your interest, your job requires a masters...?
The joy of this degree program is its flexibility. Approximately half of the 30 credits are required courses; the other half is your choice. Thus, our question returns to you, why do you want to earn a graduate degree? What expertise do you want to gain?
This degree program allows you the flexibility of deciding where to place your energies and what expertise you are to gain. You design your emphasis area to meet your goals and needs.
The degree program may be combined with the various certificate programs that exist on campus. If that is your choice, the two programs can run concurrently. You do not have to complete the certificate program to complete your degree nor do you have to participate in a certificate program. You simply may, if you desire. Certificate programs include: Leadership for Social Justice, Global Educator, Technology Leadership in the Classroom, Leadership for Post-secondary, Technical and Adult Education and others.
You may also choose to include courses from our partner UW Madison in your program. The ELPA (Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis) Department brings several courses to the UW Oshkosh campus each semester. You will register with UW-Madison for these classes and earn UW-Madison credit. We will then allow you to transfer these credits into your program here. Please work with the MS Educational Leadership Program Coordinator prior to taking classes you hope to transfer into the program to ensure a smooth transfer process.
If you are interested in becoming a building-level principal, please check out our cooperative program with UW-Madison in the menu at the left.
Who is in the program?
Approximately half of the students in the program are PK-12 classroom teachers. Many are in their early years of teaching but not all. Their primary goal is to continue teaching at the PK-12 level. They typically select coursework associated with their teaching areas as well as other courses offered in the Educational Leadership Department or the larger College of Education and Human Services.
We also draw a number of people who currently work in higher education or hope to in the near future in either the student services area or athletics. Often these folks are academic advisors, hall supervisors, or assistant coaches. If this describes you, you might be interested in our newly developed certificate program in higher and post secondary education, our certificate program in Athletics and Exercise Leadership or you can put together a variety of classes including some from Educational Leadership and some offered through the Counselor Education Department or elsewhere.
We also have a few other students in the program who are trainers in the business world, nurse educators, extension agents, etc. These folks typically view their positions as having strong educational components so have selected this degree. They choose courses from the Educational Leadership Department as well as ones from the College of Business, the Masters in Public Administration program and others. Some mention that our classes are too K-12 education focused. We point out that we are in a college of education and the degree is educational leadership. Instructors are always encouraged to modify project requirements to accommodate the wide and varied interests/experiences of our students. You then have a responsibility to apply the concepts to your unique life and work experiences both during class discussions and when selecting course project topics. We learn more when we listen to others who have different perspectives! Speak up!
I'm interested in library/media
Fantastic! We offer course work for the 902 Initial, 902 Professional and 91 Supervisor licenses. Check our our library/media page.
Is this the degree for me?
I don't know…Where do you want to go? What do you want to learn? It is your degree, what do you want? What do you need?
How do I start?
Apply to the program and/or enroll in EdL 701 Introduction to Educational Leadership. You will plan your program in EdL 701; so it must be one of the first courses you take in the program. It is offered every other semester. See the Admissions tab in the left menu for details on how to register for classes and/or the program.
What are you waiting for?
Classes start Wednesday after Labor Day (fall semester), approximately February 1 (spring semester), and about June 12 (summer semester).
For more information
Karen Gibson, PhD