The Educational Leadership program area provides an array of learning opportunities for individuals to enhance their knowledge of and skills in leadership by obtaining master’s and doctoral degrees as well as certifications and endorsements offered by the State of Louisiana. Our graduates are prepared for a variety of fields in education, including leadership positions in schools, school districts, state departments of education, national education organizations, and the professoriate. The program faculty also partner with local and national organizations to enhance school leadership preparation development.
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
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The Master of Education in Educational Leadership is a state approved, an accredited program that leads to eligibility for the Educational Leader Certificate Level 1, the credential required for principals in public schools in Louisiana. The rigorous 39 hour curriculum is aligned with the national ISLLC and ELCC standards. Courses are sequenced to scaffold development of the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions needed to lead a PreK-12 school. Students are involved in authentic activities such as those required of principals, including experience gained during three semesters of part-time internship. The M.Ed. prepares students for success on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) which is required for certification in Louisiana. Students work full-time at their school while matriculating through the program.The M.Ed. may be obtained in three formats: (1) Blended/Hybrid Cohort, (2) Coaches Cohort, and (2) Asynchronous Online.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
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The Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Research with a concentration in PreK-12 educational leadership prepares scholars and leaders in the field of educational leadership. The Ph.D. is a research degree; thus students are engaged in an individualized course of study and involved in various research activates and presentations while completing the degree. Outstanding students are nominated for the honor of attending the David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration and Policy and/or to be a Jackson Scholar. The Ph.D. prepares students to enter a variety of fields in education, including the professorate, positions in state departments of education, and leadership positions in school districts. Most students work full time while taking courses and complete the degree in 4-6 years.
Certification and Endorsement Programs
Instructional Coaching Endorsement
The Instructional Coaching Endorsement can be added on to a valid Louisiana Level 2 or Type B (or higher) teaching certificate. This non-degree, state approved program is designed for individuals interested in developing and enhancing their skills in working with classroom teachers to improve performance. The instructional coaching program is based on the national instructional coaching standards and is offered cooperatively by School of Education faculty in the Division of Educational Leadership and the Division of Curriculum Instruction. The program is composed of four sequential courses that build an individual’s knowledge and skills as both a coach and a school leader.
Alternative Certification in School Leadership Program
The Alternative Certification in School Leadership is a nationally recognized, state approved program that leads to eligibility for the Educational Leader Certificate Level 1, the credential required for public school principals in Louisiana. Program participants must have a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in order to participate in the program and have taught for a minimum of two years. The program is aligned with the national ISLLC and ELCC standards. Courses are sequenced to scaffold development of the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions needed to lead a P-12 school. The Alternative Certification program prepares students for success on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) which is required for certification in Louisiana. Program completers have the option to obtain an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) certification. (See information about the Ed.S. below.)
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)
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The Certificate of Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in educational leadership is a program that provides in-depth opportunities for further professional growth and specialization for teacher leaders, school counselors, and administrators who have completed a master’s degree from an accredited college or university. Beyond a core set of courses the program is individualized depending on the participant’s area of interest. Participants must complete a minimum of 63 hours of credit at the graduate level, which may include the master’s degree. Participants are assigned a program chair who will work with the student to develop a course of study beyond the required classes. Some courses may transfer to the PhD degree.
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