Master's of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership
The Master Degree in Educational Leadership is designed to provide the student with a Master Degree in Education (M.Ed.) while preparing him/her for a Montana Class 3 Administrative License and a K-12 Principal Endorsement. The M.Ed. facilitates existing educators to become principals upon completion of the program. This degree requires a minimum of thirty-seven (37) semester credits at the graduate level. These 37 credits are comprised of 12 three credit courses and one credit for the comprehensive exam which consists of a Culminating Portfolio and Culminating Presentation. Click here for details related to all culminating activities.
Students seeking an administrative license in addition to an Master's of Education (M.Ed.) are required to complete Field Experience.
Program of Study
G 550 Foundations of Educational Leadership 3 cr. Basic functions of K-12 administration and supervision and how contemporary views have evolved; models of leadership style and practice compared; responsibilities and relationships of school boards and chief school officers.
G 551 Foundations of Curriculum Leadership 3 cr. The history and theoretical bases of current K-12 curriculum and instructional leadership.
G 502 Philosophy of Education 3 cr. Same as C&I 502. Major philosophical schools of thought and leading proponents of each. Concepts of society, the educative process, and the role of education.
G 512 Educational Futures 3 cr. Predicting and projecting the near and more distant future of education. The changing place and nature of education and leadership in tomorrow's society.
G 519 Measurement and Analysis of Educational Data 3 cr. Prereq., graduate standing. Explanation and practice in measurement and statistical analysis of educational data. Preparation in measurement and statistical analysis for educational research.
G 520 Educational Research 3 cr. Same as C&I and HHP 520. An understanding of basic quantitative and qualitative research methodology and terminology, particularly as they are used in studies presented in the professional literature.
G 552 The Supervision and Evaluation of Public School Educators 3 cr. Conflicting views and models of supervision; supervision in relation to administration and evaluation. Development of instruments for the formative and summative evaluation of teaching and their use in simulated cases.
G 554 School Law 3 cr. Key Montana and national legislation regarding public education. Landmark cases of the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal, regional, and state courts as they affect the operation of public schools and the rights of school board members, administrators, teachers, students, and parents.
G 556 The Finance of Public Education 3 cr. Revenue sources for K-12 public schools; proper expenditures; Montana's foundation program and related legislation; major court cases and how they have affected ways of funding schools; developing effective school and district budgets.
G 559 School Public Relations for the Principal 3 cr. Investigation of the appropriate leadership and management roles of the modern school principal as they relate to public relations. Understanding of political theory as it relates to developing and maintaining relationships with internal and external publics.
G 583 Strategic Planning for Technology 3 cr. Same as C&I 583. Leadership and strategic planning processes for technology integration within schools.
G 567 K-12 Leadership 3 cr. Examination of the roles responsibilities, and relationships of educators relative to management and leadership considerations at all levels of the educational organization (elementary, middle, secondary, and central office).
G 568 K-12 Curriculum 3 cr. Major aspects of curriculum related to the duties and responsibilities of school administrators. Issues related to the development, review and evaluation o curriculum. Exploration of issues related to selected instructional models and practices; school improvement.
M.Ed. students must meet the course requirements with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The Admissions Committee uses a holistic review of the application in determining acceptance to the M.Ed. program. All students must submit an Online Application to the Graduate School. Additional requirements include:
1. Three Letters of Reference
One letter must be from an immediate supervisor. Please use the Graduate School’s standardized Recommendation Form.
If you have taken courses from professors in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, you can request that they complete an internal form, Student Evaluation. This evaluation can be used in place of a letter of recommendation. To request an internal evaluation form, contact (406) 243-5586 or EDLD@mso.umt.edu
2. Official Transcripts
3. Official GRE Scores
Official Scores from the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) General Test or any nationally normed college entrance exam (e.g., Miller's Analogy, LSAT). In addition, international students will need to provide TOEFL scores. The UM Testing Code is: 7544
4. Current Resumé
5. Statement of Purpose (e.g., Letter of Intent)
The following 14 tasks are provided to assist the student in planning and completing their Master of Education Degree (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership.
At least one semester prior to beginning the Educational Leadership M.Ed. program:
- Application to the Graduate School
- Application materials to the Department of Educational Leadership
- Acceptance into the Department of Educational Leadership’s M.Ed. Program
After being accepted in Educational Leadership M.Ed. program:
- After reviewing the acceptance materials, contact your assigned advisor if you have any questions
- Review the Graduate School’s Policies
- Successfully complete the 12 required courses for the EDLD M.Ed.
Prior to your last semester:
- Register for your 1 semester Comprehensive Exam credit: EDLD 594: Comp Exam
- Apply for Graduation
- Notify the Educational Leadership Office to schedule your Culminating Presentation date
During your last semester:
- Successfully complete your final courses
- Prepare and submit your Culminating Portfolio
- Complete your Culminating Presentation
After successful completion of the Master of Education Degree (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership:
- Contact the School of Education Licensure Specialist Kristi Murphy at (406) 243-2032 or Kristi.email@example.com to begin your paperwork to obtain a Montana Class 3 Administrative License with a K-12 Principal Endorsement. Note: In addition to the 12 required graduate courses, obtaining a Montana Class 3 Administrative License has additional requirements.
- Approximately 6 weeks after the degree award date students review their final transcript to be sure that it is an accurate record of their academic history. Students can print their own unofficial transcript using Cyberbear.
The Master of Education Degree (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership provides the necessary courses for a Montana Class 3 Administrative License with a K-12 Principal Endorsement. Multiple endorsements will of necessity require more hours of coursework.
Culminating Portfolio and Presentation
In lieu of written comprehensive exams and as a way to assess the quality of scholarship of Master’s degree candidates, the Department of Educational Leadership has implemented a culminating portfolio assessment combined with a culminating scholarly presentation designed to manifest the educational leader’s ability to synthesize the course material into a comprehensive leadership activity.
The following links contain useful materials to guide this process: