Graduate Catalog 2024-2025

Educational Leadership M.A.


Program Overview

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

General Master's Degree Admission Requirements

View delivery options, start terms and admission requirements.

Chair: Linda R. Vogel, Ph.D.

Location: McKee 418

Telephone: 970.351.2119

The Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership provides opportunities for candidates to acquire knowledge about leadership in P-12, community college, higher education, or other educational settings. The program provides opportunities for students to develop in-depth understanding about leadership roles and responsibilities, working with external environments, professional development, organizational behavior, and contemporary educational issues.

The master's degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study, of which 12 hours are core learning experiences. Students may obtain the master's degree while also working concurrently on a principal or administrator license.

Program Requirements:

Students may work concurrently on the principal's license and a Master of Arts degree (M.A.) in Educational Leadership. To obtain a Colorado principal license, students must have a master's degree or higher, complete a principal license program, and satisfactorily pass the PRAXIS exam. Students desiring a principal's license must work with the UNC licensure office for program verification when they have completed their coursework. Admission materials for review by the faculty include a current resume, copies of educator licenses, and a statement of goals in addition to the other information in the UNC application system for graduate student admission. Students are admitted each semester (fall, spring, and summer).

Degree Requirements — 30 Credits

Required Courses — 15 hours

ELPS 601Leadership Development Through Inquiry


ELPS 603Shaping Organizations: Management and Leadership in Education


ELPS 604Understanding People: Professional Development and Educational Leadership


ELPS 605External Environments: Social, Political, and Economic Influences in Educational Leadership


SRM 600Introduction to Graduate Research


Choose One Concentration Area Below — 9 hours

1. P-12 Education (9 hours)

ELPS 654Instructional Leadership and Supervision


ELPS 660Law and the Administrator


ELPS 670The Principalship: Leadership at the School Site Level


2. Individually Designed Concentration (9 hours)

ELPS or HESA Prefix Courses


Electives — 6 hours

Additional electives appropriate for concentration area to total a minimum of 30 semester hours for program completion.

Program Note

Satisfactory performance on a concluding activity approved by division faculty, in accordance with Graduate School policy, must be demonstrated.

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