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The Department of Educational Leadership

"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

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 international, 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 streaming video classes for each program. Our students access M.Ed., Ed.S., Licensure, and Ed.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 video-conferencing. Please contact the department office at 406-243-5586 for more information, or use the links to the left to navigate our programs.

Edld Faculty

(L to R) Karla Bird, Educational Leadership Graduate Assistant and UDALL intern, Dr. Patty Kero, faculty, Dr. John Matt, Department Chair, Aislinn Heavy-Runner Rioux, Educational Leadership Graduate Assistant and Sloan Indigenous Partnership Scholar

Dr. Dan Lee, faculty, Dr. Bill McCaw, faculty, Dr. Frances O'Reilly, faculty

Educational Leadership Students Awarded by School Administrators of Montana

Read about Sarah Skarsten

Read about Jule Walker


Alumnus Receives Superintendent of the Year Award

Read more on umt.edu

Read more at missoulian.com


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

Read more at missoulian.com


UMT EdLead Student Leslie Caye Advances Indian Education for All (IEFA)

Read more in The Missoullian


Recent Faculty Presentations/Publications

McCaw, W. P., & Zielaski, D. H. (2013, September). Formative Assessment, Common Core State Standards, and Smarter Balance Assessments.  Invited presentation to the administration and faculty of Sentinel High School, Missoula County Public Schools, Missoula, MT.

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Stewart. C., Raskin, C., & D. Zielaski, (2012) Barriers to District Level Educational Reform: A State Wide Study of Minnesota School Superintendents. International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, (7) 3.

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Evans, R. (2012). It's the Future, Not a Fad. Montana Council on Educational Leadership, Facility Planning Presentation, Billings, MT.

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Matt, J. & O'Reilly, F. (2012). How has NCLB Changed the Face of Leadership in Public Schools? Montana Council on Educational Leadership, School Building Presentation, Billings, MT.

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Kero, P. (2012). Neuroscience Implication for School Leadership (Leadership and the Brain). Montana Council on Educational Leadership, Session II, Billings, MT.

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McCaw, W.P. (2012). Achieving the Goal: Considerations for Leaders in a Challenging Environment. Montana Council on Educational leadership, Session III, Billings, MT.

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Matt, J., McCaw, B., O'Reilly, F., Kero, P., & Stewart, C. (2012). Introduction to the Montana Rural Principal Cohort. Montana Council on Educational leadership, Session IV, Billings, MT.

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Stewart, C. (2012). Barriers to District Level Educational Reform:A State Wide Study Of Minnesota School Superintendents. American Educational Research Association, Div A, Paper Presentation, Vancouver, BC.

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Kero, P., Matt, J., McCaw, W., O'Reilly, F., & Stewart, C. (2012). Transformative Intercultural Experiences in Higher Education. Presented at the 8th International Globilization, Diversity, and Education Conference, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA.

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Matt, J., & O'Reilly, F. (2012). Dealing With Outrageous Online Comments. School Administrator, 11-12.

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Matt, J., & O'Reilly, F. (2012). The Selection of Gifted Students: Did Malcolm Gladwell Overstate the Role of Relative Age in the Gifted Program Selection Process? Gifted Child Today, 35(2), 123-127. 

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