Educational Policy and Leadership
Master of Education Programs
Become a leader in education. Become the difference.
The Master of Education programs in the Educational Policy and Leadership department prepare graduate students to be exceptional educational leaders. Through a systematic focus on the social, cultural, philosophical and historical contexts of education, we are committed to the development of professionals as agents of critical inquiry and social justice.
These programs prepare educators to uphold the Jesuit tradition of care for the person, social justice and academic, excellence, ethical behavior and service to the urban community.
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*Credit hours are based on Student Affairs in Higher Education program. See Graduate School bulletin for credit hours and program courses for all programs.
Master of education programs
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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. Applicants are eligible for the Trinity Fellows program.
Student Affairs in Higher Education
Prepares students for careers in settings including 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, student development and higher education.
- Elementary Education
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.
- Secondary Education
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.
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education
A 14-month accelerated program in STEM teaching designed for students with a bachelor's degree in STEM seeking to earn an initial Wisconsin middle/secondary (early adolescence/adolescence – grades 6-12) teaching license. The master of education in STEM program is funded by the National Science Foundation's Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship. Scholarship and stipend support is available. For more details, visit the Master of Education in STEM webpage.
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Application submissions are required at different times for each M.Ed. program or specialization. See below for delivery dates for admission consideration, if space allows.
Educational Leadership Application Dates
- March 31 is the priority deadline for summer admission (normal program start); applications received after this date are considered as space permits.
- July 15- Applications should be received by to be considered for fall term admission.
- January 15 is the deadline for Trinity Fellows application.
Student Affairs in Higher Education Application Dates
- 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.
STEM Teaching Application Dates
- February 15th- Applications should be received to be considered for summer admissions (earliest May admission). Application deadline has been extended to April 15, 2021
Elementary Education and Secondary Education Application Deadlines
- March 31 is the priority deadline for summer admission; 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.
- A personal statement of purpose that includes professional and academic goals.
- A resume that includes professional and educational experiences.
- GRE Scores (general test only, optional). Although normally required, the GRE is optional for students applying for the 2021-22 Academic Year.
- 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.
Requirements by Program
- All applicants seeking teacher certification must have transcripts evaluated by the College of Education before formally applying to the Graduate School. Only upon approval of the department should students submit application materials to the Graduate School. Students seeking an advanced degree and certification must meet the criteria for both admission to the Office of Teacher Education and the Graduate School. All inquiries concerning certification should be directed to the College of Education Graduate Office via telephone at (414) 288-4613.
- Teacher certification applicants are required to submit Praxis II scores to the College of Education’s Office of Teacher Education. 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.
- M.Ed. with specialization in STEM only: applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, baccalaureate degree in a STEM field, as well as completed the GRE and Praxis II test in the licensing area of their choice.
1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record.
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.
Master's students who are primary and secondary school teachers in southeastern Wisconsin are eligible for two scholarship opportunities: the Milwaukee Area Teachers Scholarship, which provides scholarships for K–12 teachers from the greater Milwaukee area; and the Catholic Schools Scholarship, which covers part of the tuition for students employed by Archdiocese of Milwaukee schools. These scholarships are available only to students enrolled at Marquette.
Trinity Fellows Program
Students interested in the Educational Policy and Leadership Master's programs may want to consider applying for the Trinity Fellows Program as well. Trinity Fellows is a graduate fellowship program dedicated to developing urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice. Trinity Fellows participate in a 21-month study/ work program while earning a master's degree. Those who have completed a full-time service program (minimum 10 months), and/or have worked for 2+ years in the nonprofit sector are eligible to apply. Details and instructions to apply are found on the Trinity Fellows website.
Prospective students may also be interested in our other programs in educational policy and leadership: