grad-educationalleadershippolicy

The M.S. degree in Educational Leadership and Policy analysis can be pursued through three tracks:

MASTER'S WITH FOCUS ON K12 LEADERSHIP WITH SOCIAL JUSTICE FOCUS1

The program is designed for current teachers and school or system leaders who are committed to becoming effective leaders of schools that eliminate inequities in student learning for all students in the schools and systems they serve. At the completion of the 14 month program candidates will receive a master of science in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and be eligible for endorsement for a Wisconsin administrator license for the principalship. Students may also receive a director of instruction and director of student services license with 12 additional credits.

MASTER'S WITH FOCUS ON HIGHER, POSTSECONDARY AND CONTINUING EDUCATION1

The master's program in the HPCE strand offers a broad range of course selections with foundations in administration, organization, governance, teaching and learning, and policy and research. In addition to the general HPCE program, there are three specific concentrations of study within the HPCE program that students can select; student affairs administration; intercollegiate athletic administration; two-year colleges. 

MASTER'S WITH FOCUS ON EDUCATIONAL POLICY1

The master's program in Educational Policy has an emphasis on conducting educational policy research and analysis with a goal of advancing the achievement of all students through effective policy design, development, implementation and evaluation of educational policies and programs. Students develop a knowledge base that includes a strong foundation in research methods (both quantitative and qualitative), and an ability to conduct sophisticated educational policy research and analysis grounded in understandings of the educational policy and governance system in the U.S. and the issues and challenges facing educational leaders embedded in school, university, community/technical college, or adult learning contexts.

Named Options

The M.S. also has two named options (formal sub-majors documented on the transcript) that students can pursue:

Admission to the department is based, in part, on the following criteria: undergraduate GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, GPA on 9 or more graduate credits, three letters of recommendation from persons who are qualified to judge the applicant's academic and professional competence, resume, transcripts, and a "reasons for study" essay.

The GRE is not required for admission to the Master's degree program.

For information regarding admissions criteria, deadlines and the application process, see Admissions on the department website.

Graduate School Resources

Resources to help you afford graduate study might include assistantships, fellowships, traineeships, and financial aid. Further funding information is available from the Graduate School. Be sure to check with your program for individual policies and processes related to funding.

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

Review the Graduate School minimum academic progress and degree requirements, in addition to the program requirements listed below.

Major Requirements 

MODE OF INSTRUCTION

Face to Face Evening/Weekend Online Hybrid Accelerated
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Mode of Instruction Definitions

CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Credit Requirement 30 credits
Minimum Residence Credit Requirement 16 credits
Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement 24 credits out of 30 total credits must be completed in graduate-level coursework.
Overall Graduate GPA Requirement 3.00 GPA required.
Other Grade Requirements The Graduate School requires an average grade of B or better in all coursework (300 or above, not including research credits) taken as a graduate student unless conditions for probationary status require higher grades. Grades of Incomplete are considered to be unsatisfactory if they are not removed during the next enrolled semester.
Assessments and Examinations Contact the program for information on required assessments and examinations.
Language Requirements Contact the program for information on any language requirements.

Required Courses

K-12 Educational Leadership with Social Justice Focus Track1

1st Summer
ELPA 847 Instructional Leadership and Teacher Capacity3
or ELPA 703 Evaluating and Supporting Quality Classroom Teaching
ELPA 735 Leadership for Equity and Diversity3
ELPA 940 Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership1-3
1st Fall
ELPA 863 Race, Class and Educational Inequality3
ELPA 845 School-Level Leadership3
ELPA 700 Field Experience in Educational Leadership3
1st Spring
ELPA/​INTER-HE  770 Community, Opportunity, and Justice3
ELPA 840 Public School Law3
ELPA 700 Field Experience in Educational Leadership3
2nd Summer
ELPA 703 Evaluating and Supporting Quality Classroom Teaching3
or ELPA 847 Instructional Leadership and Teacher Capacity
ELPA 940 Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership (Topic: Organizational Leadership and Change for Equity) 21-3
ELPA/​RP & SE  835 Leadership for Inclusive Schooling 33
2nd Fall (optional)
ELPA 875 Theory and Practice of Educational Planning 23
ELPA 842 Legal Foundations of Special Education and Pupil Services 33

Higher, Postsecondary and Continuing Education (HPCE) Track1

There are four sub-focuses within this track: Individualized Higher Education Program, Intercollegiate Athletic Administration, Two-Year Colleges, and Student Affairs Administration.

  • Individualized Higher Education Program
Foundations
ELPA 701 Introduction to Higher and Post-Secondary Education3
ELPA 725 Research Methods and Procedures in Educational Administration3
Core Areas
Students choose courses in consultation with their advisor in the following areas:
Administration, Organization & Governance 3
Teaching & Learning 3
Policy & Research3
Equity & Diversity 6
Additional Coursework3-6
Option of completing course work outside of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis OR completing additional ELPA course work. Consult with advisor prior to selecting courses. If completing a field experience, only 3 credits of additional course work is required.
Field Experience - Optional0-4
Field Experience in Educational Leadership
Independent Reading
Capstone Learning Project - Required3
Higher and Post-Secondary Education Capstone Seminar
Independent Reading
Total Credits27-34
  • Intercollegiate Athletic Administration
Foundations
ELPA 701 Introduction to Higher and Post-Secondary Education3
ELPA 710 Introduction to Intercollegiate Athletics Administration3
Core Areas
Administration, Organization & Governance 3
Governance and Administration of Colleges and Universities
Financing Postsecondary Education
Teaching & Learning 3
Ideas of the University: Images of Higher Learning for the 21st Century
Academic Programs in Colleges and Universities
Perspectives on College Student Identity and Development
Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership (Topic: Students in Higher Education)
Assessment in Higher Education
Diversity and Inequality in Higher Education
Policy & Research3
Research Methods and Procedures in Educational Administration
Field Research Designs & Methodologies in Educational Administratn
Financing Postsecondary Education
Legal Aspects of Higher Education
The Politics of Education
Assessment in Higher Education
Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership (Topic: Critical Issues in Contemporary Sport)
Equity & Diversity 6
Minority-Serving Institutions of Higher Education
Diversity and Inequality in Higher Education
Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership (Topic: Critical Issues in Contemporary Sport)
Perspectives on College Student Identity and Development
Additional Coursework3-6
Option of completing course work outside of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis OR completing additional ELPA course work. Consult with advisor prior to selecting courses. If completing a field experience, only 3 credits of additional course work is required.
Field Experience - Optional0-4
Field Experience in Educational Leadership
Independent Reading
Capstone Learning Project - Required2
Higher and Post-Secondary Education Capstone Seminar
Independent Reading
Total Credits26-33
  • Two-Year Colleges
Foundations
ELPA 701 Introduction to Higher and Post-Secondary Education3
ELPA 940 Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership (Topic: American Community Colleges)1-3
Core Areas
Administration, Organization & Governance 3
Governance and Administration of Colleges and Universities
Program Development in Continuing Education
Administration of Student Services in Higher Education
Financing Postsecondary Education
Teaching & Learning 3
Facilitating Learning for Adults
The Adult Learner: Implications for Curriculum and Instruction
Academic Programs in Colleges and Universities
Ideas of the University: Images of Higher Learning for the 21st Century
Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership (Topic: College Student Development Theory)
Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership (Topic: Students in Higher Education)
Assessment in Higher Education
Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership (Topic: Leadership for Equity & Diversity)
Policy & Research 3
Research Methods and Procedures in Educational Administration
Field Research Designs & Methodologies in Educational Administratn
Financing Postsecondary Education
Legal Aspects of Higher Education
The Politics of Education
Assessment in Higher Education
Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership (Topic: American Community College)
Equity & Diversity 6
Minority-Serving Institutions of Higher Education
Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership (Topic: American Community College)
Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership (Topic: Leadership for Equity & Diversity)
Additional Coursework3-6
Option of completing course work outside of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis OR completing additional ELPA course work. Consult with advisor prior to selecting courses. If completing a field experience, only 3 credits of additional course work is required.
Field Experience - Optional0-4
Field Experience in Educational Leadership
Independent Reading
Capstone Learning Project - Required3
Higher and Post-Secondary Education Capstone Seminar
Independent Reading
Total Credits25-34
  • Student Affairs Administration
Foundations
ELPA 701 Introduction to Higher and Post-Secondary Education3
ELPA 883 Perspectives on College Student Identity and Development3
Core Areas
Administration, Organization & Governance 3
Introduction to Intercollegiate Athletics Administration
Governance and Administration of Colleges and Universities
Administration of Student Services in Higher Education
Financing Postsecondary Education
Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership (Topic: American Community Colleges)
Teaching & Learning 3
Ideas of the University: Images of Higher Learning for the 21st Century
Academic Programs in Colleges and Universities
Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership (Topic: Students in Higher Education)
Assessment in Higher Education
Diversity and Inequality in Higher Education
Policy & Research3
Research Methods and Procedures in Educational Administration
Field Research Designs & Methodologies in Educational Administratn
Financing Postsecondary Education
Legal Aspects of Higher Education
The Politics of Education
Assessment in Higher Education
Equity & Diversity 6
Minority-Serving Institutions of Higher Education
Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership (Topic: American Community College)
Diversity and Inequality in Higher Education
Additional Coursework3-6
Option of completing course work outside of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis OR completing additional ELPA course work. Consult with advisor prior to selecting courses. If completing a field experience, only 3 credits of additional course work is required.
Field Experience – Optional0-4
Field Experience in Educational Leadership
Independent Reading
Capstone Learning Project - Required3
Higher and Post-Secondary Education Capstone Seminar
Independent Reading

Educational Policy Track1

Core
ELPA 940 Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership1-3
ELPA 870 The Politics of Education3
ELPA 940 Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership (Topic: Data Management For Research And Policy Analysis)1-3
Depth9
School Finance and Resource Allocation
Financing Postsecondary Education
Public School Law
Legal Aspects of Higher Education
Professional Development and Organizational Learning
Organizational Theory and Behavior in Education
Race, Class and Educational Inequality
Diversity and Inequality in Higher Education
Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership (Topic: Economics of Education)
Methods
ELPA/​ED PSYCH  822 Introduction to Quantitative Inquiry in Education3
Select one of the following:3
Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership (Topic: Applied Quantitative Methods II)
Surveys and Other Quantitative Data Collection Strategies
Qualitative Research Methods in Education: Field Methods I
Introduction to Qualitative Research
Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership (Topic: Randomized Experiments In Education Research)
Electives6
Relevant substantive or methods courses from ELPA or other departments
Practicum
ELPA 940 Special Topics Seminar in Educational Leadership (Topic: Practicum In Education Policy (Network Fellows))1-3
Total Credits27-33

Named Options (Sub-Majors)

A named option is a formally documented sub-major within an academic major program. Named options appear on the transcript with degree conferral.

Graduate School Policies

The Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures provide essential information regarding general university policies. Program authority to set degree policies beyond the minimum required by the Graduate School lies with the degree program faculty. Policies set by the academic degree program can be found below.

Major-Specific Policies

Graduate Program Handbook

The Graduate Program Handbook is the repository for all of the program's policies and requirements.

Prior Coursework

Graduate Work from Other Institutions

If applicable to the program completing, and with program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 9 credits of graduate coursework in educational leadership from other institutions and 6 credits of graduate coursework in areas other than educational leadership from other institutions. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to the master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison Undergraduate

If applicable to the program completing and with program approval, 6 credits of coursework numbered 500 or above from a UW–Madison undergraduate degree are allowed to count toward the degree. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

UW–Madison University Special

With program approval, students are allowed to count no more than 6 credits of coursework numbered 300 or above taken as a UW–Madison special student. If necessary to meet the Graduate School minimum graduate credit requirements for the degree, special student coursework may need to be converted to graduate credits.  Once converted, students are assessed the difference in tuition between special and graduate tuition. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements.

Probation

The Graduate School regularly reviews the record of any student who earned grades of BC, C, D, F, or Incomplete in a graduate course (300 or above), or grade of U in research credits. This review could result in academic probation with a hold on future enrollment or in being suspended from the Graduate School.

ADVISOR / COMMITTEE

Every graduate student is required to have an advisor. To ensure that students are making satisfactory progress toward a degree, the Graduate School expects them to meet with their advisor on a regular basis.

An advisor generally serves as the thesis advisor. In many cases, an advisor is assigned to incoming students. Students can be suspended from the Graduate School if they do not have an advisor. An advisor is a faculty member, or sometimes a committee, from the major department responsible for providing advice regarding graduate studies.

A committee often accomplishes advising for the students in the early stages of their studies.

CREDITS PER TERM ALLOWED

12 credits

Time Constraints

Master’s degree students who have been absent for five or more consecutive years lose all credits that they have earned before their absence. Individual programs may count the coursework students completed prior to their absence for meeting program requirements; that coursework may not count toward Graduate School credit requirements.

Other

Funding is not offered along with offers for admission.

Graduate School Resources

Take advantage of the Graduate School's professional development resources to build skills, thrive academically, and launch your career. 

1. Articulates, critiques, or elaborates the theories, research methods, and approaches to scholarly inquiry or practice in educational settings.

2. Identifies sources and assembles evidence pertaining to questions or challenges in the field of study or field of practice.

3. Demonstrates understanding of the primary field of study or field of practice in a historical, social, or global context.

4. Demonstrates understanding of how to identify and address social inequalities in educational opportunities and outcomes through a field of study or field of practice.

5. Selects and/or utilizes the most appropriate methodologies and practices.

6. Evaluates or synthesizes information pertaining to questions or challenges in the field of study or field of practice.

7. Communicates clearly in ways appropriate to the field of study or field of practice.

8. Recognizes and applies principles of ethical and professional conduct.

Faculty: Professor Julie Mead (chair); Professors Borman, Camburn, Capper, Conrad, Diamond, Halverson, Jackson, Kelley, Miller, Underwood; Associate Professors Hillman, Wang, Winkle-Wagner; Assistant Professors Goff; Clinical Professors Crim, Rainwater; Faculty Associate King