Educational Leadership and Director of Instruction programs

Tuition as low as $396.  Click here for more info! 

If you are a principal, school counselor, psychologist, or social worker interested in achieving your full leadership capacity, then our Educational Leadership programs are for you! Because our society needs the best people possible in these impactful positions, we create programs that allow you to grow into your best possible self. 

We foster collaboration and build comradery by using a model of learning in community, where you will come together with other learners to share common values, beliefs, and emotions about education. This model helps you create a more effective learning process by building from shared experiences.

 We emphasize building authentic relationships in your cohort, classroom, school, and community. With a constructivist and experiential learning approach, you’ll actively shape your own learning experience. We understand the best practices for being a culturally-responsive and advanced-pedagogical leader and equip you with the needed skills to be a highly effective professional.

 

Options for individuals with a bachelor's degree

Professional Development: Educational Leadership (5051) - MSED expanding section

Tuition as low as $396.  Click here for more info! 

This is a 36-38 credit, licensure-only program for the Principal (5051) license which consists of nine courses based on Wisconsin Administrative Standards and can be completed in 18 to 21 months (5 academic terms). The program is offered in an online format taught by doctoral instructors. Bachelor's level educators (teachers, school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers) interested in expanding their leadership capacity for roles such as grade level coordinator, department chair, curriculum coach, or teacher specialist, who are not interested in a formal administrative position, would benefit from this program. 

  • Next cohort starting Summer 2021

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Professional Development: Educational Leadership (5051) & Director of Instruction (5010) - MSED expanding section

Tuition as low as $396.  Click here for more info! 

This dual license, 42-48 credit program is for teachers who are interested in the master's degree with both licensure areas (Principal - 5051 and Director of Instruction - 5010).  This program structure is efficient and allows learners the opportunity to apply for financial aid. 

The philosophy of the program is based on a learning-in-community, constructivist model with an emphasis on culturally relevant teaching. Students join the program in a cohort. This environment provides an opportunity to share emotions, values, or beliefs and engage in learning together from each other. This model is considered advanced pedagogy and experiential in nature.

The program meets the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) standards, the Wisconsin Administrator Standards for Principal and for Director of Instruction, and professional educational requirements for Principal (5051) and Director of Instruction (5010) licensure in Wisconsin and most other states. A core set of courses includes: Introduction to Educational Leadership, The Principalship, Data-based Decision Making for Instruction, Supervision and Instruction, Leadership and Cultural Competence, School Law, School Finance & Resource Allocation, Inclusive Pedagogical Practices, Educational Research, Practicum in the Principalship & Seminar, Curriculum and Leadership, Practicum for Director of Instruction, and a Thesis option. 

The Director of Instruction license adds only two additional 3-credit courses to the Educational Leadership program. The Director of Instruction license “fits” with many positions within PK-12 environments such as: Principal; Director of Professional Development; teacher coach positions like Educator Effectiveness Coaches or Instructional Coach or PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) Coaches; Learning Coordinators; Dean of Students; and Assistant or Associate principals. Individuals with the Principal and Director of Instruction licenses are also uniquely qualified for positions within CESA (Cooperative Educational Service Agency) programs in WI, positions within state departments of education, and university College/School of Education positions.  

  • Next cohort starting Summer 2021

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Options for individuals with a master's degree

Educational Leadership (5051) Certificate expanding section

Tuition as low as $396.  Click here for more info! 

The 28-credit Educational Leadership (5051) Certificate is for teachers, school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers at the master’s level. This is a licensure only program for the Principal (5051) license. 

Educators interested in expanding their leadership capacity for roles such as grade level coordinator, department chair, curriculum coach, or teacher specialist, and are not interested in a formal administrative position, would also benefit. The Principalship licensure only program consists of nine courses based on the Wisconsin Administrative Standards.

  • Next cohort starting Summer 2021

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Options for individuals with a master's degree & DPI administrative license

Director of Instruction (5010) Add-On expanding section

Tuition as low as $396.  Click here for more info! 

The Director of Instruction (5010) Add-On is a two-course, one-academic term cohort program.  Any student graduating from one of our Educational Leadership programs, current principals in Wisconsin, and individuals holding Reading Specialist (5017) or any other Administrative license may apply to this program, making them eligible for Director of Instruction licensure. This program includes two new courses that address additional competencies needed to meet Director of Instruction standards, for a total of 6-credits beyond those needed for licensed Principals, those eligible for the PK-12 (5051) license, or those with a Reading Specialist (5017).

The philosophy of the program is a learning-in-community, constructivist model with culturally relevant teaching. Students join the program in a cohort. In a learning community that is constructivist, learners come together as a group to share common emotions, values or beliefs in education and are actively engaged in learning together. This model is considered advanced pedagogy. The program meets the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders standards, the Wisconsin Administrator Standards for Director of Instruction, and professional educational requirements for Director of Instruction licensure in Wisconsin and most other states.

  • Next cohort starting Summer 2021

Watch our video - Director of Instruction