Master's of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership

Welcome Packet: Course Descriptions, How to Apply, and Program Planning Form

"I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation to the faculty of the Educational Leadership Department.  I have been highly impressed by the quality of the program and faculty.  I attribute my success as a student to everyone’s hard work and dedication to the field."

-Corrie Perrin, M.Ed. 

Program Description

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 the Master's Program Documentation 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.

Application Requirements

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 can be sent directly to the department:

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

2.  Official Transcripts

3.  Current Resume

4.  Statement of Purpose (e.g., Letter of Intent)

** The GRE is not required for admittance to the M.Ed. program as of Fall 2015 **

Critical Tasks for Completion of M.Ed. 

The following tasks are provided to assist the student in planning and completing their Master of Education Degree (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership.

After being accepted in Educational Leadership M.Ed. program:

  1. Reviewing the acceptance materials and contact your advisor if you have any questions
  2. Review the Graduate School’s Policies
  3. Successfully complete the 12 required courses for the EDLD M.Ed.

Prior to your last semester:

  1. Register for your 1 semester Comprehensive Exam credit: EDLD 594 (Master's Program Documentation and Culminating Presentation)
  2. Apply for Graduation
  3. Notify the Educational Leadership Office to schedule your Culminating Presentation date

During your last semester:

  1. Successfully complete your final courses
  2. Prepare and submit your Master's Program Documentation
  3. Complete your Culminating Presentation

After successful completion of the Master of Education Degree (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership:

  1. Contact the Department of Educational Leadership to initiate paperwork to obtain a Montana Class 3 Administrative License with a K-12 Principal Endorsement.
    1. Note: In addition to the 12 required graduate courses, obtaining a Montana Class 3 Administrative License has additional requirements.
  2. 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 require more hours of coursework.

Master's Program Documentaiton and Culminating 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 documentation 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:

Portfolio Procedures 

Presentation Rubric

Presentation Advice 

Culminating Portfolio Form (Required)

Spring 2014 M.Ed. Graduates

Molly Billedeaux

Molly Billedeaux, M.Ed. Indian Education for All Coordinator (Polson School District)


Erin O'Reilly (center), M.Ed., teacher/head volleyball coach at Stevensville School (pictured with O'Reilly family)

T Bucklin

Tyler Bucklin, M.Ed., teacher/coach, Conrad Schools  (pictured with Bucklin family)