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Educational Leadership

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Master of Science in Education (Educational Leadership)

Plan of Study

About the Program

The Master of Science in Education in Educational Leadership is a 33-credit-hour program that prepares individuals to be principals in schools and school districts in the North Central Indiana and Southern Michigan region.  The program provides candidates with supervision and guidance while completing corporation-driven practicum and clinical experiences. The program leads to a license in Building Level Administration.

As principals, graduates of the Educational Leadership Program promote the success of every student by:

  • Facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a school or district vision of learning supported by the school community.
  • Advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
  • Ensuring management of the organization, operation, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  • Collaborating with faculty and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
  • Acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
  • Understanding, responding to, and influencing the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
  • Recruiting, hiring, assigning, retaining, and supporting effective teachers.

Candidates in the program are required to complete field experiences and an internship. This provides significant opportunities for candidates to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real settings.


Admission Procedures

For further information regarding admission procedures, please see the School of Education Graduate Degrees page.


Prerequisite Coursework

The candidate must hold a Bachelor of Science in Education degree or a Master of Science in Education degree from an accredited institution and have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 or better (on a 4-point scale) or specific GRE scores if the CGPA between 2.5 and 2.999.


Curriculum (33 cr.)

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

Note | Students must graduate with a GPA of 3.0 in order to receive a MS in Education from IU South Bend

Degree Requirements (24 cr.)
  • EDUC-A 500 Introduction to Education Leadership
  • EDUC-A 510 School Community Relations
  • EDUC-A 515 Educational Leadership: Teacher Development and Evaluation
  • EDUC-A 608 Legal Perspectives on Education
  • EDUC-A 625 Administration of Elementary Schools
  • EDUC-A 627 Secondary School Administration
  • EDUC-A 629 Data-Informed Decision-Making for School Leaders
  • EDUC-A 630 Economic Dimensions of Education
Business Course Requirement (3 cr.)
  • BUSB-B 503 Leadership and Change
Field-Based Requirements (6 cr.)
  • EDUC-A 590 Independent Study in Educational Leadership (repeat three 1-cr. classes)
    VT: Research in School Administration
  • EDUC-A 695 Practicum in Educational Leadership

Academic Bulletins

PDF Version

2016-2017 Campus Bulletin
2015-2016 Campus Bulletin
2014-2015 Campus Bulletin

Please be aware that the PDF is formatted from the webpages; some pages may be out of order.