Educational Leadership Principal Licensure;
Master of Arts | Educational Specialist –
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"I chose UNC because of its stellar reputation in preparing educators and school leaders. I am pleasantly challenged by the thought provoking curriculum used in our program. The online meetings have been very helpful, and the instructors are clear about requirements and expectations. I was nervous about how the technology would work, and I did have some glitches to start out, but I had excellent support from my professors and extremely helpful technical support from the help-line to solve the problem."

Jennifer Ellsperman


Katie Baldassar"I wanted to further my education, but I didn't want to have to move to an urban area to do so. The UNC rural cohort program has allowed me to study education policy and leadership while still staying actively engaged in the community that I love. I have benefited from connecting with other rural cohort members and hearing how their districts are handling our common issues. What I appreciate most about the course of study is how relevant I find it. Often, I can take what I'm learning and directly apply it to the work I'm currently doing."

Katie Baldassar


Kimberly Ehnes"The rural cohort has been an excellent way for me to collaborate with many other professionals in my field of study.  Even in a non-traditional setting, the technology works seamlessly for all of us to "gather" during a time that works best for us. I wouldn't have been able to complete this graduate course otherwise."

Kimberly Ehnes


Lois Esterich"The University of Northern Colorado's rural Educational Specialist degree provides a unique opportunity to prepare for my professional future while I continue teaching. The highly-qualified faculty created a program that addresses key issues in PreK-12 administration by connecting theory with site-based practice. I have been teaching in some form or fashion since 1987. The EdS program continually brought new theoretical perspectives into my thinking and has provided a wealth of information for my current and future practice."

Lois Oestreich


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