Bill Pink

Educational Policy & Leadership Programs

Master of Education in Educational Administration
(and/or licensure as a principal or director of instruction)

Administrative leadership cohorts begin during the summer term. The priority application deadline for summer admission is March 31. Students interested in pursuing course work toward administrative licensure should contact Calley Hostad, at for additional information.

Program description

The master's program in educational leadership is designed to meet the needs of teachers and administrators who wish to complete a master's program and/or become certified as a principal or director of instruction. The program also offers the option of earning the principal or director of instruction licensure without the master's degree.

Program handbook and forms

Courses in this program are designed to meet the standards for administrator licensing as required by the State of Wisconsin:

Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of Marquette’s educational administration program can expect to be able to:

Required course work

The M.Ed with licensure is a 33 credit program for licensure as a principal or a director of instruction. The program offers a cohort model with flexibility. Students typically take one course per term and two courses in the summer.

The following core courses are taken by all students:

Principal certification students complete the core courses and:

Director of instruction certification students complete the core and:

Master's degree students also complete a capstone course:

Portfolio documentation

Students seeking to be licensed for administrative positions must document mastery of the Wisconsin State Standards for Administrators. The courses in the master's program are aligned with the Wisconsin standards. Students will be required to develop a portfolio that demonstrates their mastery of these standards.


All applications for admission to the master's programs in educational policy and leadership must originate with the Graduate School. All applicants must have at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. A Wisconsin teaching license and teaching experience are strongly recommended, but not required, for admission to the program. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requires three years’ experience as a certified teacher for administrative licensure; candidates are encouraged to consult DPI for details.

Individuals interested in applying to the program should apply online at the Graduate School Web site.

SPECIAL NOTES: Apply as a master of education student with a specialization in educational administration.

Materials to be submitted for application:

There are many ways to learn more and express your interest! We invite you to:

Cohorts for the educational administration programs begin during the summer term. The priority application deadline is MARCH 31. Applications after March 31 will be given consideration on a rolling basis. We encourage you to contact us if you have concerns about meeting an application deadline or would like consideration to enter the program during the fall term.

Applicants should make sure that their files are complete by the application deadline. Applicant files are reviewed comprehensively, emphasizing all aspects of applicants' backgrounds. Academic transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, statements of purpose and professional background receive particular attention in the review process. If necessary, the department faculty may request an interview before making a final decision.

Scholarships are available:

Teachers in the Milwaukee Metropolitan area are eligible for 1.5 scholarship credits each semester. This amounts to half-off of their tuition during the fall and spring semester (at one course per semester) plus an additional 1.5 credits in the summer.

Catholic school personnel are eligible for a tuition scholarship funded by the generosity of a private donor.

For more information on this or any one of our graduate-level programs, please contact Calley Hostad at or (414) 288-0659.


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