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Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Program Overview

Students pursuing a Master of Education in Educational Leadership must complete a 36 semester-hour program, including an internship that extends over a full P-12 school year. Candidates must also attain a satisfactory score on the Louisiana State Department of Education identified test for educational leaders, successfully make a culminating program oral presentation, and receive a passing grade on a culminating e-portfolio. Applicants must be nominated by appropriate professional individuals and meet additional specified application requirements, including the holding of a current state-issued Level II or Level III Professional Teaching Certificate or its equivalent. For more information, contact the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Leadership or the Office of Graduate Studies in the College of Education.

Program Faculty

  • Dr. Carrice Cummins
  • Dr. David Gullatt
  • Dr. Lawrence Leonard
  • Dr. Pauline Leonard
  • Mr. Randy Moore
  • Dr. Carynn Wiggins

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Program Curriculum

The M.Ed.E.L. program consists of a 36 semester-hour curriculum that includes various topics of interest to a future educational administrator as well as an internship that extends over a full P-12 school year. Candidates must also attain a satisfactory score on the Louisiana State Department of Education identified test for educational leaders and successfully make culminating program oral presentations to designated audiences.

Master of Education in Educational Leadership

EDLE 500 - Research and Applications

Research knowledge and skills in collecting, analyzing, interpreting and using data to lead school improvement and designing action research.

3 hrs
EDLE 501 - Curriculum Development and Assessment

Application of curriculum research and theory to inform practice; curriculum issues and trends, strategies and techniques for aligning curriculum to state and national standards.

3 hrs
EDLE 510 - Teacher Leadership and Professional Practice I

Students will be exposed to conceptual frameworks needed to become effective instructional as well as peer/teacher leaders and to make calculated decisions based on best practice and research-based findings to positively impact teaching and learning at the local school site.

3 hrs
EDLE 511 - Teacher Leadership and Professional Practice II

Foundations laid in the Teacher Leadership and Professionalism I course will be enhanced with an emphasis on technology skills to serve the teacher leader in making the best research-based decisions to effect positive teaching and learning at the local school site.

3 hrs
EDLE 530 - Professional Development

Designed to help educational leaders understand the links between sustained, intellectually rigorous staff development and improved teaching and learning.

3 hrs
EDLE 531 - Supervision of Instruction for School Improvement

A study of instructional leadership processes, functions, and tasks for effective teaching with particular emphasis on acquisition and assessment of numeracy and literacy skills.

3 hrs
EDLE 540 - Organizational Behavior and Innovation Leadership

A study of the various elements of organizational behavior in education environments and how they function to mediate planned change and school improvement.

3 hrs
EDLE 541 - Effective Leadership Management

Duties and responsibilities in finance, business management, organization, leadership, administration and supervision of personnel in elementary/secondary schools.

3 hrs
EDLE 551 - Facilitating School and Community Partnerships in Diverse Settings

This course is designed to familiarize educational administration candidates with the elements of efficient and collaborative school-community relations programs and campaigns for schools and school districts serving diverse educational settings.

3 hrs
EDLE 553 - E-Leadership for School Technology Integration

This course is designed to enable aspiring education administrators to plan, manage, lead, and sustain effective technology implementation in schools.

3 hrs
EDLE 561 - School Law, Policy, and Ethics

State and national aspects of school law as well as implications of legal issues, policy, and ethics for educational leaders.

3 hrs
EDLE 562 - Internship I

Structured field-based experiences in educational leadership and supervision. By application only.

1 hr
EDLE 563 - Internship II

Structured field-based experiences in educational leadership and supervision. By application only.

1 hr
EDLE 564 - Internship III

Structured field-based experiences in educational leadership and supervision. By application only.

1 hr
EDLE 599 - E-Portfolio

Graduate Standing Required and Consent of College of Education Graduate Director. Required for all graduating graduate students enrolled in the Master of Education Educational Leadership program who began their program Fall 2008 or later. May be repeated.

0 hrs
Total Program Coursework 36 hrs

Admission Requirements

A satisfactory grade point average, a satisfactory GRE score and a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution are required. Admission may be conditional or unconditional. Students entering this program must be certified school teachers and be recommended for admission by appropriate professional individuals. Applicants must also submit a portfolio addressing their leadership experiences, be interviewed by an admissions panel, and provide timed written responses to appropriate questions at the time of the interview. Contact the College of Education's Graduate Studies office or the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Leadership for additional information.

Applications to the Master of Education Educational Leadership program will be processed only during Spring and Summer sessions. Applications for admission in Summer Quarter must be completed by April 1 and applications for admission in Fall Quarter must be completed by July 1. Applications processed during Spring Quarter will be for admission in the following Summer Quarter and applications processed during Summer Quarter will be for admission in the following Fall Quarter.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 9 semester hours of graduate credit may be transferred from other regionally accredited institutions with the approval of the advisor, department head, and college Director of Graduate Studies if the grades earned are "B" or better and the credit fulfills requirements for the degree sought. No correspondence credit is applicable toward the M.Ed. degree. Graduate transfer credit is normally limited to work completed within the past six years.

Grade Point Requirements

A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on graduate credit pursued is required for the degree.

Graduate status will be lost if the cumulative or quarterly grade point average falls below 3.0 for three consecutive quarters of matriculation for unconditionally admitted students or one quarter for conditionally admitted students.

No grade lower than "C" will count toward the degree. Two "C's" will result in removal from the degree program, regardless of grade point average. Consideration for reinstatement by the College of Education Graduate Committee requires a written recommendation from the Department.

Time Limit for the Degree

A time limit for the completion of all requirements for the master's degree has been set at 6 consecutive calendar years from the time of initial enrollment.

Plan of Study

The plan of study must be submitted to the Graduate School prior to the end of the 1st quarter of enrollment in order to continue enrolling in classes. Plans of study are available for download from the Graduate Studies Office's Plans of Study page.

Graduating Students

If you plan on graduating at the conclusion of the coming quarter you must register for graduation. Have your academic adviser review your plan of study before completing the graduation registration form.