Educational Leadership

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.

Admission Requirements

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

Individuals who wish to apply for this program may initiate the application process online at: umdearborn.edu/gradapplynow/

Transfer of Credit

A limit of six (6) credit hours can be transferred from a non-University of Michigan school and 15 credit hours of University of Michigan credit that are applicable to the program of study and approved by the program coordinator. Only graduate course credit hours with a grade of B or better (3.0 on a 4.0 point scale) and earned in the five year period prior to acceptance into the program will be considered for transfer. Transfer credits may be requested only after admission to the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program and successful completion of six (6) credit hours of letter-graded program coursework. A Request for Transfer of Credit form and official course descriptions and course syllabi must be submitted. Non-letter grades, e.g. pass-fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory are not eligible for transfer credit. Courses cannot be transferred for credit if: a) they were not graduate level courses; b) they were already applied in whole or in part toward a degree; c) they were taken more than five years before beginning the MAEL program; or d) a grade below B  (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) was earned. Enrolled students must obtain prior approval of the program coordinator to elect classes off campus.

Time Limits

All coursework toward the master's degree must be completed within five (5) consecutive years from the date of first enrollment in the Graduate School.

Program of Study

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. The MAEL requires successful completion of the following courses:

EDB 505Intro to Educ Administration3
EDB 501Leadership and Administration3
EDB 540School Budgeting and Finance3
EDB 560Admin of Human Resources3
EDB 583Program Evaluation3
EDB 502School and Community Relations3
EDB 523Legal and Reg Issues in Ed3
EDB 586Curriculum Delib and Develop3
EDT 585Technology for Administrators3
EDB 720Internship 11-3
EDB 720Internship 11-3
Total Credit Hours29-33
1

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. Contact the Office of Student Success at 313-593-5090 for additional information or consult the College of Education, Health, and Human Services web page at: umdearborn.edu/cehhs/cehhs_mael/

School Principal Certificate Program

The School Principal Certificate is part of the 33 credit hour MAEL 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. The certificate program requires successful completion of the following courses:

EDB 505Intro to Educ Administration3
EDB 501Leadership and Administration3
EDB 540School Budgeting and Finance3
EDB 560Admin of Human Resources3
EDB 583Program Evaluation3
EDB 502School and Community Relations3
EDB 523Legal and Reg Issues in Ed3
EDB 586Curriculum Delib and Develop3
EDT 585Technology for Administrators3
EDB 720Internship 11-3
EDB 720Internship 11-3
Total Credit Hours29-33
1

 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. Contact the Office of Student Success at 313-593-5090 for additional information or consult the College of Education, Health, and Human Services web page at: umdearborn.edu/cehhs/cehhs_principal_cert/

Admission Requirements

The School Principal Certificate program of study can be earned with or without the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (MAEL). Applicants without a master’s degree must enroll in the MAEL in order to earn this certificate.  Applicants with a master’s degree may enroll in the certificate program.  Eligibility for admission to the School Principal Certificate program requires a master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a graduate GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale and a valid elementary or secondary teaching certificate.

Transfer of Credit

A limit of six (6) credit hours can be transferred from a non-University of Michigan school and 15 credit hours of University of Michigan credit that are applicable to the program of study and approved by the program coordinator. Only graduate course credit hours with a grade of B or better (3.0 on a 4.0 point scale) and earned in the five year period prior to acceptance into the program will be considered for transfer. Transfer credits may be requested only after admission to the School Principal Certificate program and successful completion of six (6) credit hours of letter-graded program coursework. A Request for Transfer of Credit form and official course descriptions and course syllabi must be submitted. Non-letter grades, e.g. pass-fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory are not eligible for transfer credit. Courses cannot be transferred for credit if: a) they were not graduate level courses; b) they were already applied in whole or in part toward a degree; c) they were taken more than five years before beginning the School Principal Certificate  program; or d) a grade below B  (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) was earned. Enrolled students must obtain prior approval of the program coordinator to elect classes off campus.

Residency Requirements and Time Limits

Students seeking a School Principal Certificate must fulfill the residency requirement by completing at least one-half of their degree in courses offered by the University of Michigan-Dearborn. All coursework toward the School Principal Certificate must be completed within five consecutive years from the date of first enrollment in the graduate program. Students whose grade point average falls below a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) will be placed on probation. Continued deficiencies will result in a required withdrawal from the certificate program.