The Department of Educational Leadership

We offer you a warm welcome to the Department of Educational Leadership at The University of Montana. Historically recognized for its ability to educate organizational leaders, The Department of Educational Leadership is made up of faculty who are dedicated to effective teaching, scholarship and service. All of our programs carry national, regional and state accreditation and are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and the Montana Board of Public Education.

The Department of Educational Leadership offers a variety of face to face, online, and remote classes for each program. Our students access M.Ed., Ed.S., Licensure, Ed.D., and Ph.D. coursework from across Montana, throughout the United States, and around the world.  We work with students to create a plan of study and provide support throughout their journey in the program and beyond. Remote access classes allow students to attend face to face classes via robotic telepresence. Please contact the department office at or (406) 243-5586 for more information, or use the links to the left to navigate our programs.

Edld Faculty

(L to R) Dr. Patty Kero, Associate Professor; Dr. John Matt, Department Chair, Associate Professor;
Dr. Dan Lee, Assistant Professor; Dr. Bill McCaw, Professor; Dr. Frances O'Reilly, Associate Professor
Additional faculty (not pictured): Dean Roberta Evans; Associate Provost Nathan Lindsay; Director of International Programs Paulo Zagalo-Melo
Departmental Affiliates: Zhen Cao, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature; Daniel Bingham, CEO/Dean UM Helena

International Degrees Approved by Board of Regents

New Programs! M.Ed. and Ph.D. in International Educational Leadership

The Department of Educational Leadership has recently received approval of two new academic degrees. You can now take your administrative knowledge internationally through a Master’s Degree (M.Ed.) in International Educational Leadership or a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in International Educational Leadership. The Department of Educational Leadership is partnering with the Office of International Programs to offer courses to fulfill these new degrees starting in Spring 2016. The application process for these programs will be the same as it currently is for our M.Ed. and Ed.D. programs. If you are currently enrolled in our M.Ed. or Ed.D. programs and would like to inquire about the International Educational Leadership programs, please contact your advisor for a program of study evaluation. This could be the program you have been waiting for!

Important Dates & Reminders

Registration for Spring 2016: Monday, October 19, 2015
--- Spring 2016 Course Schedule ---

Graduation applications for Spring 2016 are due, Friday, October 30, 2015
--- Apply for Graduation 2016 here ---

Final day to add/drop course (w/ $10 fee): Monday, November 2, 2015

Final Day of Fall 2015: Friday, December 11, 2015

Finals Week: Monday, December 14 – 18, 2015

The Ed. Leadership Office will be closed on the following days:

Veteran's Day: Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Break: Friday, November 27, 2015

Christmas Day: Friday, December 25, 2015

New Year's Day: Friday, January 1, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 18, 2016

President's Day: Monday, February 15, 2016

Technology Advances for Class Accessibility with Educational Leadership

The Department of Educational Leadership has set in place a new, unique approach to accessing a face-to-face, on campus course through a remote location log-in. If you are an online student needing to take a course offered on the UM campus, this is a great option for you. Through our six new Double Robotics Robots, you will be able to log-in to your class through an online application. Once logged in, you gain freedom to roam about the classroom, participate in class discussions, engage in conversations with the professor, students physically in the classroom, and students logged in to the other robots.

Dr. Lee teaching with Robot log in

Robot log in classroom conversation

Educational Leadership Students Awarded by School Administrators of Montana

Read about Sarah Skarsten
Read about Jule Walker

Alumnus Receives Superintendent of the Year Award


Ed.D. Student Receives Administrator School and Community Service Award


"I do not think I have ever encountered a department which is so cohesive, so friendly, so encouraging as the Department of Educational Leadership at The University of Montana.  It is a true privilege to be included, as a doctoral student, within this department."

Nancy Dold, Ed.D. candidate