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Master of Science in Educational Leadership

"My time at Drake has been one that I will always cherish...it doesn't even feel like school.  I have and will continue to recommend this program to coworkers and friends.  I truly believe that I have been prepared for the challenging world of administration and the professors in this program have provided us with the confidence and knowledge to be successful."

Principal Licensure

For educators planning to take the next step in their careers, the Master of Science in Educational Leadership program is an excellent choice.

The 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. Drake's reputation for quality extends across the state of Iowa, where nearly 70 percent of school districts have at least one administrator who holds a Drake degree.

The part-time program is designed with the needs of working professionals in mind. In a convenient weekend format, students learn from faculty members who have extensive experience as administrators.

Courses are hands-on, project-based and use technology. They emphasize collaboration between students and faculty. Since each program is established as a cohort, students develop close relationships with faculty members and other students in their classes. This creates a tight network of individuals for whom to invite feedback and solicit advice now and in the future.

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

Drake in Your Town

In addition to its on-campus program, off campus cohorts may be available. Location is determined by program demands each semester.    

Leadership Development

The School of Education also offers a program designed to serve emerging and aspiring leaders in business, industry, and non-profit organizations.  The Master of Science in Leadership Development develops leadership ability or develops the leadership capacity in others.  Join other working professionals, from different industries and disciplines, in an interactive and collaborative learning environment. 

Application Details

  • 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. 
  • Begin the application process on the School of Education's admission page. Questions regarding the application process can be forwarded to the Coordinator of Graduate Admission at soegradadmission@drake.edu 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.

Questions?

Bridget Arrasmith
bridget.arrasmith@drake.edu
515-271-2054

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