Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Educational Leadership
and Special Education Administration

The Interdisciplinary Master of Arts (MA) degree program in Educational Leadership and Special Education Administration prepares candidates to become effective leaders and managers of educational programs and services at both the school building and school district levels of impact. Candidates for this degree complete coursework in applied research/evaluation, the principalship, foundations of educational leadership, contextual understanding of systems, policy/legal/procedural information, program planning & organization, budget & resources, and parent/community engagement. The program provides opportunities for students to develop in-depth understanding about leadership roles and responsibilities, working with external environments, policy development, organizational behavior, and contemporary educational issues. The program prepares graduates to assume roles as building principals at elementary, middle, or high school levels: and district level positions as special education directors and/or central office administrators.

Graduate applications for this degree are evaluated by the Graduate School, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, and the School of Special Education. Entering students must possess a master's degree from an accredited college or university. The MA Degree requires 39 semester hours of graduate study beyond the bachelor's degree. Satisfactory performance on a concluding activity demonstrating attainment of program outcomes and approved by faculty, in accordance with Graduate School policy, must be completed. This includes obtaining a passing grade on a final comprehensive exam which is a “take home” essay that requires students to apply the knowledge gained in coursework from both disciplines to address a practical educational leadership organizational dilemma.

Courses included in the Interdisciplinary MA program are as follows:

  • ELPS 601 Leadership Development through Inquiry (3 credit hours)
  • ELPS 603 Shaping Organizations: Management & Leadership in Education (3 credit hours)
  • ELPS 604 Understanding People: Professional Development and Educational Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • ELPS 606 Internship in Educational Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • ELPS 650 School Finance and Budgeting (3 credit hours)
  • ELPS 654 Instructional Leadership and Supervision (3 credit hours)
  • ELPS 660 Law and the Administrator (3 credit hours)
  • ELPS 670 The Principalship: Leadership at the School Site Level (3 credit hours)
  • EDSE 680 Administration and Supervision of Special Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDSE 681 Administrative Planning & Program Evaluation in Special Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDSE 718 Advanced Seminar in Education of Students with Hearing and/or Visual Handicaps (3 credit hours)
  • EDSE 730 Externship in Special Education Administration (3 credit hours)
  • SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (3 credit hours)