The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare students for roles in PK-12 school leadership. The program is approved by the Michigan Department of Education and meets MDE Standards for the Preparation of School Principals. Successful program completers are eligible, upon recommendation by the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, to apply for the Michigan Department of Education School Administrator Certificate.
The MAEL curriculum emphasizes the knowledge and skill base required to meet the opportunities and challenges of PK-12 school administration. The courses are designed to develop educational leadership competency and skills in organizational administration, curriculum development, instructional leadership, personnel, finance, applications of technology, school community relations, data analysis, legal and regulatory issues, and program evaluation. An internship in educational administration is required in the final year of the program. Courses are offered in the evening, online, and Saturdays to accommodate the working professional.
Eligibility for regular admission includes:
- Completed application form
- $60.00 application fee
- Official transcript(s) from each college/university attended
- Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
- 3.0 (B) undergraduate/graduate grade point average or better
- Three professional letters of recommendation using required form
- Statement of purpose
- State of Michigan Teaching Certificate
The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MAEL) is a 33 credit hour degree program. A minimum cumulative GPA of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) must be maintained to continue enrollment in the program. Candidates must hold a valid elementary or secondary teaching certificate. Students who successfully complete this degree program are also eligible for recommendation to the Michigan Department of Education for the School Administrator Certificate. The MAEL requires successful completion of the following courses:
|EDB 505||Intro to Educ Administration||3|
|EDB 501||Leadership and Administration||3|
|EDB 540||School Budgeting and Finance||3|
|EDB 560||Admin of Human Resources||3|
|EDB 583||Program Evaluation||3|
|EDB 502||School and Community Relations||3|
|EDB 523||Legal and Reg Issues in Ed||3|
|EDB 586||Curriculum Delib and Develop||3|
|EDT 585||Technology for Administrators||3|
|EDB 720||Internship 1||3|
|EDB 720||Internship 1||3|
|Total Credit Hours||33|
This internship must be repeated for up to a total of 6 credit hours.
This program remains under on-going review to insure quality and compliance with University and Michigan Department of Education standards and requirements.