Master of Education in Educational Administration

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.

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

  • The administrator has an understanding of and demonstrates competence in the Ten Teacher Standards
  • The administrator leads by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared by the school community
  • The administrator manages by advocating, nurturing and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to pupil learning and staff professional growth
  • The administrator ensures management of the organization, operations, finances and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.
  • The administrator models collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources
  • The administrator acts with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner
  • The administrator understands, responds to and interacts with the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context that affects schooling

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyze political, social, economic, legal, and cultural issues in an educational organization
  2. Support the learning and well-being of a diverse and inclusive school culture
  3. Manage a safe, efficient, and effective teaching and learning environment
  4. Demonstrate effective leadership in the DPI Wisconsin Administrative Standards

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:

  • EDPL 6700: Organizational Theory and Administration in K-12 Schools
  • EDPL 6000: Introduction to Educational Inquiry
  • EDPL 6800: American Law and the Educational Organization
  • EDPL 6730: History of Education in the U.S.
  • EDPL 6712: Politics and Community Relations in Educational Organizations
  • EDPL 6720: Business Administration of the Educational Organizations
  • EDPL 6860: Instructional Leadership
  • EDPL 6870: Curriculum Leadership

Principal certification students complete the core courses and:

  • EDPL 6750: The Principalship
  • Practicum in the Principalship

Director of instruction certification students complete the core and:

  • EDPL 6445: Application of Learning Theories Applied to Curriculum and Instruction
  • Practicum in Curriculum Leadership

Master's degree students also complete a capstone course:

  • EDPL 6997: Current Issues in Educational Policy and Leadership

Please see the current Educational Administration Program Planning Form for more details.


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 teaching license, and some teaching experience.

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

Note: Apply as a master of education student with a specialization in educational administration. Be sure to inform the individuals you choose for recommendations that filling out the online assessment is not enough. They must upload their letter online.

Materials to be submitted for application:

  • Graduate School Application Form and application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions except Marquette
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can address the applicant's academic and professional potential
  • A statement of purpose
  • Interview (optional but recommended)

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.


  • 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.