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Master of Education in Educational Leadership - Educational Leadership Emphasis

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Mission - Teaching, leading, and learning in a democratic society.

Philosophy - Believing that schools function as social and political entities as well as for the growth of individuals, the College of Education prepares teachers and leaders a) to enhance the academic and personal potential of their students, and b) to evaluate the social and ethical implications of educational policies and practices.

Values - The College of Education values expertise to guide our practice, equity to guide our interactions, liberal education to guide our perspectives, and social responsibility to guide our commitment to democratic education. We value these ideals in our preparation of candidates, our development of faculty, and our relationships with the larger community we serve.

This performance oriented program emphasizes research, theory, and practice in such areas as: effective leadership and organization, strategies for planning and developing curriculum, supervising employees, school improvement, personnel administration, law, school and community relations, and related topics. Most courses are offered in the weekend leadership academy.

Nationally Recognized by Specialty Program Association: Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) Michigan Department of Education

Minimum Number of Hours in Program

The M.Ed. degree in educational leadership requires a minimum of 33 credit hours.

Program Location
DeVos Center, Pew Grand Rapids Campus, located in downtown Grand Rapids, MI

Requirements for M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

Each candidate for the M.Ed. degree in educational leadership must complete the following courses:

Social foundations of education - choose one (3 credits):

Research and evaluation (3 credits):

Emphasis area courses (18 credits):

Choose one (3 credits):

Practicum/graduate field experience (3 credits):

Administrative internship (prerequisite: EDL 685) (3 credits):

Students must apply in advance for each practicum course. Advisor approval is required. Application deadlines (practicum): February 15 for spring/summer, May 15 for fall, September 15 for winter semester. Capstone (prerequisite: EDF 660) - choose one (3 or 6 credits):

Students should meet with their advisor midway through their program to decide on a capstone and discuss plans for completion. Subject to department approval, Capstone courses may be taken in variable amounts from one to three credits (693) or one to six credits (695) and require continuous enrollment each semester until completed. Application deadlines (thesis/project): February 15 for spring/summer, May 15 for fall, September 15 for winter semester.

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