Master of Science in Education: Education Leadership

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Program Overview

The M.S.E. in Education Leadership program prepares teachers for a variety of leadership positions, including principals, associate/assistant principals, athletic directors, deans of students, curriculum coordinators or Area Education Agency consultants.

Students who already have a master's degree and are seeking licensure may contact the School of Education for information regarding the Educational Leadership Specialist program.

Program Requirements

Course Credits
EDL 270 - Personal and Professional Assessment Seminar 3
EDL 271 - Leadership and the Profession 3
EDL 272 - Organizational and System Behavior 3
EDL 273 - Instruction and Learning 3
EDL 274 - School and Community in a Diverse Society 3
EDL 275* - Planning, Research, Measurement, and Evaluation 3
EDL 276 - Applications of Law, Mandates, and Policies 3
EDL 277 - Current Issues in Special Education Administration 3
EDL 278* - Supervising Instruction 3
EDL 279 - Managing Schools 3
EDL 280 - Clinical Experience I 3
EDL 281 - Clinicial Experience II 3
Total Hours 36

*Meets Iowa Evaluator Approval requirements


  • Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis; therefore, it is requested that all materials be submitted approximately 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the intended start-term.
  • Upon the receipt of transcripts, an advisor will complete a transcript evaluation in order to determine any credit or course substitutions/transfers. 
  • Questions regarding the application process can be forwarded to the Coordinator of Graduate Admission at or 515-271-2552.
  • PLEASE NOTE: This program requires the submission of two (2) professional letters of recommendation, including one from an immediate supervisor and a second one from an administrator who can speak to the candidate's potential for effective building-level leadership.

2016-2017 Drake University Graduate and Professional Programs Catalog

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