Degrees & Programs

Educational Leadership

The insights you’ve gained as a teacher have given you a unique understanding of the challenges students and schools face. With a graduate degree in educational leadership, you can prepare to take on leadership roles in your school, district, or other educational organization. Our degrees also prepare you for licensing as a building-level administrator, superintendent, or director of exceptional needs.

Degrees & Certificates Offered:
Overview

Educational Leadership 

Our curriculum was developed in partnership with schools and districts to address the specific challenges the next generation of education leaders will face. Build upon your classroom experiences to develop innovative solutions that will build stronger organizations that serve students, teachers, and staff more effectively.

The Educational Leadership Program offers a special expertise in education law, as well as a joint Ed.D. program with the Kelley School of Business and a minor in Educational Policy for students at the Maurer School of Law. Visit the degree/certification links above to learn more about our Educational Leadership programs that can prepare you to lead future generations.

Licensure

The IU School of Education offers licensure in the following:

Building Level Administrator Licensure in Educational Leadership

This 24 credit-hour program prepares you for K-12 building-level leadership positions, including principal or assistant principal.

To earn this license, candidates must:

  • Hold a master’s degree
  • Hold a proficient or accomplished practitioner license, or a valid equivalent out-of-state license
  • Complete the 24-credit hour program, including the A695 practicum course (at least 18 credits must be earned through IU Bloomington or IUPUI)
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 in all licensure course work taken at Indiana University
  • Achieve a qualifying score on the Pearson Tests
  • Have taught as a licensed teacher or been a licensed counselor for two years

To become eligible for a five-year Proficient Practitioner license, the Indiana Professional Standards Board requires candidates to complete an induction program during their first two years of service as an administrator.

Program of Study

Licensure course work encompasses 24 of the 36 credit hours required for a Master's of Science in Educational Leadership. It is possible to take all principal licensure courses online.

Full course descriptions are available in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

  • A500 Introduction to Educational Leadership
  • J500 Instruction in the Context of Curriculum
  • A510 School-Community Relations
  • A515 Educational Leadership: Teacher Development and Evaluation
  • A608 Legal Perspectives on Education
  • A624 Educational Leadership: The Principalship K-12
  • A635 Public School Budgeting and Accounting
  • A695 Practicum in Educational Leadership (currently taken over two semesters)

Contact Us

For more information about this program, contact Barb Erwin at bajerwin@indiana.edu.

Director of Exceptional Needs Licensure in Educational Leadership

This 36-credit hour program prepares you for leadership roles in exceptional needs at the school and district levels.

To earn this license, candidates must:

  • Hold a master's degree in special education, communication disorders, or school psychology. A master's degree in educational leadership or other related field will suffice if the undergraduate degree is in special education, communicative disorders, or school psychology.
  • Have at least two years of full-time teaching experience
  • Complete the program course work, including 18 credit hours in educational leadership, three (3) credit hours in program evaluation and assessment, and 8–12 credit hours in special education

Candidates from school psychology and communications disorders majors will require 12 credit hours of special education course work. Special education majors will require eight (8) credit hours of special education course work.

Program of Study

Full course descriptions are available in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

  • Educational Leadership
    • A500 Introduction to Educational Leadership or A653 Organizational Context of Education
    • A608 Legal Perspectives on Education
    • A635 Public School Budgeting and Accounting or A631 Microeconomic Applications to Education
    • A675 Leadership in Special Education Programs
    • A735 Building Unified Systems Inclusive of Students with Disabilities
    • A695 Practicum in Educational Leadership
  • Special Education
    • Special Education Majors: eight (8) credit hours of course work selected in consultation with your faculty advisor
    • Communications Disorders/School Psychology Majors: 12 credit hours of course work selected in consultation with your faculty advisor, which should include K525 Assessment and Instruction
  • Program Evaluation and Curriculum Assessment
  • J660 Evaluation of School Programs or Y535 Evaluation Models and Techniques

A675, A695, and A735 are taken as a group. Students typically complete these courses by December of that year. Monthly meetings are part of this program and meet on a weekday from January–May and September-December, typically in the Indianapolis area.

Contact Us

For more information about this program, contact Sandi Cole at cmcole@indiana.edu.

Superintendent Licensure in Educational Leadership

This 36-credit hour program prepares you for for district-level leadership positions, including (but not limited to) superintendent. If you are licensed as a superintendent, you may also serve as building-level administrators in schools serving those grades in which you have at least three years of teaching experience.

To earn this license, candidates must:

  • Hold a proficient practitioners license
  • Earn an Ed.S. or Ed.D. degree*
  • Complete this 36-credit licensure program

*Licensure course work overlaps substantially with both the Ed.S. and Ed.D. program.

Program of Study

Full course descriptions are available in the IU Bloomington School of Education Graduate Bulletin.

  • A560 Political Perspectives of Education
  • A600 Problems in Educational Leadership
  • A615 Advanced School Law
  • A631 Microeconomic Applications to Education
  • A653 Organizational Context of Education
  • A638 Public School Personnel Management
  • A640 Planning Educational Facilities
  • A671 Planning and Change in Educational Organizations or
    • A672 Moral Dimensions of Leadership
  • H504 History of American Education
  • J630 Curriculum Theory and Practice (or other curriculum course)
  • P507 Assessment in Schools
  • A785 Internship in Educational Leadership
Our Faculty

Our faculty includes leading researchers in education policy who actively conduct field studies at the district level. This gives our students the opportunity to apply the theory and knowledge they’ve gained in the classroom to solve practical problems at area schools. They also bring a wealth of real-world experience as consultants to state and federal agencies, leaders of professional associations, and as senior-level administrators.

Bloomington Faculty

IUPUI Faculty

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Careers

Our graduates are working as school superintendents and assistant superintendents, principals, professors, personnel directors, and business managers of school systems.

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Emily Richardson

PhD in Education Policy
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Justin Bathon

PhD in Education Policy


Contact

For detailed program information, please contact:

Cindy Wedemeyer
W. W. Wright Education Building, Room 4228
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-1006
Phone: (812) 856-8371
Fax: (812) 856-8394
Email: cwedemey@indiana.edu