Educational Leadership - Instructional Leadership K-12 School Leadership, Master of Education
The School Leadership emphasis is designed to help candidates prepare to serve in leadership positions at the K-12 level which do not necessarily require State administrator certification. Examples may include, but are not limited to, teachers serving as a department chair of an academic unit, leading curriculum initiatives, working with school and community programs, etc.
Through this program, you explore the underpinnings of the K-12 educational system and develop knowledge and leadership skills applicable to the K-12 setting. We designed this program for teachers wishing to take a more active leadership role in their schools; it is a first step if you wish to pursue state Administrative Certification.
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To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
- All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
Overview Accordion Closed
In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
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The purpose of the Instructional Leadership Degree is to prepare educators and other school personnel to serve in K-12 educational leadership positions that do not require building or district certification.
Students in this program will develop the ability to apply organizational theory and socio-cultural aspects of education to the support and development of their professional area, improve their ability to supervise instructional development and assessment, hone their skills in school finance and budgeting and work with peers across the field of education as they explore and apply leadership concepts to address common challenges. A set of electives within the program ensure students explore areas of interest tailored to their professional aspirations, and implement their new abilities and skills in an internship program.
Examples of leadership roles which our students are progressing towards include, teachers serving on special assignment as instructional coaches, curriculum leaders, special education leaders or as the department chair of an academic unit, leading curriculum initiatives or working with school and community programs. Whether you want to increase your knowledge of effective management practices in K-12 educational systems, or improve your practice of leadership within your current career, we are here to help you.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Apply effective organizational theory as a foundation for the development of strategies for leadership.
- Develop and implement a vision of learning based on relevant teaching and learning knowledge and theory to promote the success of all students.
- Develop comprehensive and rigorous instructional programs for student learning.
- Collaborate with family and community members to plan and implement programs and services for diverse student populations.
- Evaluate the financial health of the school system and employ strategies to effectively and efficiently use the resources available to create the best learning experience for all students.
- Develop appropriate monitoring systems to efficiently use human, fiscal and technological resources to achieve teaching and learning goals.
- Analyze qualitative and quantitative education research findings and develop action plans to implement significant findings to improve student learning.
- Make decisions that promote student success based on ethical and legal principles, professional integrity, and fairness.
- Evaluate the potential moral and legal consequences of decision making to ensure that the needs of students, families, and caregivers inform all aspects of schooling.
- Develop and implement legal school-based policies and procedures that protect the welfare and safety of students and staff.
- Analyze issues from a philosophical, social, historical, political, and intercultural perspective to guide decisions effecting students.
- Determine community interests and needs to build and sustain positive school relationships with families, caregivers and other community partners.
Design and complete a plan for the internship that integrates the course work and focuses on a common problem within the K-12 educational system:
- Develop an internship plan outlining the intended activities you will undertake and the specific “products” or “deliverables” you will develop for your organization
- Apply your educational research methods to complete tasks and contribute new thinking and perspectives to the organization
- Evaluate the effectiveness of your work and the implications for the organization and the K-12 educational systems, etc.
- Identify the key educational issues that arose in the course of conducting the internship:
- Write a professional paper reflecting on how effective educational leadership can create change in the organization
- Present the results of your professional paper to professional and non-professional audiences
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Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
- For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
- International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy
Individual program admission requirements include:
- there are no individual admission requirements
This Master’s degree requires 30 units distributed as follows:
- Instructional Leadership K-12 School Leadership Common Course Requirements: 15 units
- A course in education law or legal aspects of school administration : 3 units
- A course in the political, sociological, philosophical or historical elements of education: 3 units
- Specialization electives: 9 units
Take the following 30 units:
- Three 600-level electives from your area of specialization. Advisor and department approval required.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.