educational policy and leadership

master of education programs


Specializations

Educational Administration, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Student Affairs in Higher Education

Program Description

The educational policy and leadership programs prepare graduate students to assume educational leadership roles in the areas of study provided by its programs and specializations. A distinctive characteristic of the programs are their commitment to the development of professionals as agents of critical inquiry and social justice. This is done through a systematic focus on the social, cultural, philosophical and historical contexts of education. The educational policy and leadership programs seek to apply the university goals of Christian commitment and scholarship to settings related to educational practice and policy, especially in public and private schools and institutions of higher education.

The master of education with a specialization in educational administration invites students to pursue the critical study of organizational leadership in K-12 schools and to assume leadership roles in those settings. The program prepares students for either the Wisconsin Director of Instruction license or the Wisconsin Principal license.

The master of education with a specialization in elementary education is designed for students with a bachelor's degree who wish to earn an initial Wisconsin elementary/middle (middle childhood/early adolescents - grades 1-8) teaching license. This licensure to master's program is aligned with the knowledge, skills and dispositions related to effective teaching and articulated in the Wisconsin State Teaching Standards for Licensure and Professional Development. Like Marquette's undergraduate teacher preparation program, this program prepares teachers to uphold the Jesuit traditions of care for the person, social justice, academic excellence, ethical behavior and service to the urban community.

The master of education with a specialization in secondary education is designed for students with a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, economics, English, a foreign language, history, mathematics, physics, political science, psychology or sociology who wish to earn an initial Wisconsin middle/secondary (early adolescence/adolescence - grades 6-12) teaching license. This licensure to master's program is aligned with the knowledge, skills and dispositions related to effective teaching and articulated in the Wisconsin State Teaching Standards for Licensure and Professional Development. Like Marquette's undergraduate teacher preparation program, this program prepares teachers to uphold the Jesuit traditions of care for the person, social justice, and academic excellence, ethical behavior and service to the urban community.

The master of education with a specialization in student affairs in higher education prepares students for careers in settings such as: academic advising, career development centers, student unions, international student services, multicultural affairs, orientation programs, residential living programs, admissions and student organizations. The program includes course work in leadership, counseling, educational psychology and higher education.

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Application Requirements

  • Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's ability to do graduate-level work.
  • A personal statement of purpose that includes professional and academic goals.
  • A resume that includes professional and educational experiences.
  • GRE scores (General Test only; scores must be received by application deadline). Waived for individuals applying to the student affairs in higher education specialization.
  • For International Applicants only: A TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • An interview and/or writing test may be required of applicants following the initial screening.
  • Teacher certification applicants are required to submit CORE Academic Skills and Praxis II scores to the College of Education’s Office of Teacher Education. These applicants must also undergo a criminal background check, conducted by Marquette University. A second criminal background check is conducted at the state level when student teaching is completed, as part of the teacher license application.
  • Individuals submitting applications for administrative licenses must undergo a criminal background check, conducted by the state, when their administrative program is complete and they submit their administrative license application to the state.

Application Deadline

  • M.Ed. with specialization in Student Affairs in Higher Education:
    • January 15 for consideration in Interview Day for graduate assistantships;
    • February 15 for consideration for all other types of merit-based financial aid;
    • July 15 for all other applicants.
    This program starts in the fall term.
  • M.Ed. with specialization in Educational Administration:
    • March 31 is the priority deadline for summer admission (normal program start); applications received after this date are considered as space permits.
    • Applications should be received no later than July 15 for consideration for admission for the fall term, if space allows.

Financial Aid

Merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) is available. If you are applying to the Student Affairs in Higher Education program, you can view a list of available graduate assistantships here. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.