Education Administration / Educational Leadership

Next to the teacher in the classroom, there is no person more important to the success of a school and the students enrolled at that school than the Principal or school leader. Research and literature continue to show that the Principal is critical to creating and sustaining a school climate and culture that is conducive to both student learning and quality teaching. This program of study has been designed to present students with a comprehensive continuum of learning opportunities based on current research findings, expert literature and proven best-practices that are based on the ISLLC 2008 Leadership Standards and Functions. The need to prepare school leadership capable of bringing about change designed to improve student achievement is paramount to the continued success of the American educational system in the 21st Century.

Leads to Certification, (eligible for IR - Institutional Recommendation)
The Master of Education in Education Administration is designed for individuals interested in educational administration in the PK-12 setting and those seeking a principal's license. This program requires 100 practicum/field experience hours which are embedded in the courses throughout the program, as well as, a 16-week, 270-hour administrative internship.

Does Not Lead to Certification (not eligible for an IR - Institutional Recommendation)
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership program is geared toward individuals who are already licensed as teachers. This program does not lead to a principal's license but may lead to career advancement. This program requires 80 practicum/field experience hours.

Detailed information about the required field work can be found in the School Leadership Preparation Programs Manual

Arizona Interim Principal
Candidates enrolled in an Arizona State Board approved alternative path to administrator certification program or an Arizona State Board approved administrator preparation program may be eligible for Arizona's Interim Principal, PreK-12 Certificate.