School of Education

Master of Science in Education: Education Leadership

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Program Overview

The M.S.E. in Education Leadership program prepares teachers for a variety of leadership positions, including principals, associate/assistant principals, athletic directors, deans of students, curriculum coordinators or Area Education Agency consultants.

Students who already have a master's degree and are seeking licensure may contact the School of Education for information regarding the Educational Leadership Specialist program.

Program Requirements

Course Credits
EDL 270 - Personal and Professional Assessment Seminar 3
EDL 271 - Leadership and the Profession 3
EDL 272 - Organizational and System Behavior 3
EDL 273 - Instruction and Learning 3
EDL 274 - School and Community in a Diverse Society 3
EDL 275* - Planning, Research, Measurement, and Evaluation 3
EDL 276 - Applications of Law, Mandates, and Policies 3
EDL 277 - Current Issues in Special Education Administration 3
EDL 278* - Supervising Instruction 3
EDL 279 - Managing Schools 3
EDL 280 - Clinical Experience I 3
EDL 281 - Clinical Experience II 3
Total Hours 36

*Meets Iowa Evaluator Approval requirements


  • Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis; therefore, it is requested that all materials be submitted approximately 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the intended start-term.
  • Upon the receipt of transcripts, an advisor will complete a transcript evaluation in order to determine any credit or course substitutions/transfers. 
  • Questions regarding the application process can be forwarded to the Coordinator of Graduate Admission at or 515-271-2552.
  • PLEASE NOTE: This program requires the submission of two professional letters of recommendation, including one from an immediate supervisor and a second one from an administrator who can speak to the candidate's potential for effective building-level leadership.

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.