Developed in collaboration with administrators from local school districts and the Carthage Education Department, the School Principalship concentration prepares educators for leadership roles as building principals in the K-12 setting. The coursework focuses on shared decision-making and collaboration, school law, school finance, and leadership and organizational development.

Eligible candidates must hold a valid education license or be licensed as a school counselor, school psychologist, or social worker and have at least three years and 540 hours of successful experience in these areas.

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School Principalship (K-12) with License #51 (33 credits)

M.Ed Core Classes (9 credits)

All M.Ed. candidates are required to take the following:

  • EDU 5060 Foundations of Education (3 credits)
  • EDU 5249 Research Paradigms in Educational Research (3 credits)
  • EDU 5282 Culturally Responsive Instruction (3 credits)
  • EDU 5990 Master’s Degree Capstone Completion (0 credits)
Take all (21 credits)
  • EDU 5000 School Law (3 credits)
  • EDU 5010 Organizational Management in Educational Settings (3 credits)
  • EDU 5020 School Finance (3 credits)
  • EDU 5030 Evidence-Based Decision-Making (3 credits)
  • EDU 5040 School Principalship (3 credits)(Capstone practicum)
  • EDU 5110 Curricular Issues (3 credits)
  • EDU 5160 Professionalism and Leadership in Today’s Schools (3 credits)

The program’s capstone course is the seminar and practicum in-field experience as a principal, which will be the foundation for the portfolio, which is required instead of the thesis. Students who already possess a master’s degree and who wish to gain the Wisconsin Principal #51 license will need to complete the required courses only. *EDU 5040 is the capstone practicum experience and can only be taken in conjunction with one final course.