The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents approved the cooperative master of science degree program in educational leadership and policy analysis between the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the UW–Whitewater campus on February 5, 1982.
The cooperative program provides the opportunity for educators in the northeastern and central regions of Wisconsin to obtain a master of science degree with certification (principal, director of instruction, director of special education and pupil services) in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. All required course work will be offered on the Whitewater campus.
Students must be admitted simultaneously to UW–Madison and UW–Whitewater. Program admission will be to the UW–Madison Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and to the UW–Whitewater Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Upon completion of the approved program, students will be awarded a master of science degree from UW–Madison.
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.
Named Option Requirements
MODE OF INSTRUCTION
|Face to Face||Evening/Weekend||Online||Hybrid||Accelerated|
Mode of Instruction Definitions
Evening/Weekend: These programs are offered in an evening and/or weekend format to accommodate working schedules. Enjoy the advantages of on-campus courses and personal connections, while keeping your day job. For more information about the meeting schedule of a specific program, contact the program.
Online: These programs are offered primarily online. Many available online programs can be completed almost entirely online with all online programs offering at least 50 percent or more of the program work online. Some online programs have an on-campus component that is often designed to accommodate working schedules. Take advantage of the convenience of online learning while participating in a rich, interactive learning environment. For more information about the online nature of a specific program, contact the program.
Hybrid: These programs have innovative curricula that combine on-campus and online formats. Most hybrid programs are completed on-campus with a partial or completely online semester. For more information about the hybrid schedule of a specific program, contact the program.
Accelerated: These on-campus programs are offered in an accelerated format that allows you to complete your program in a condensed time-frame. Enjoy the advantages of on-campus courses with minimal disruption to your career. For more information about the accelerated nature of a specific program, contact the program.
|Minimum Credit Requirement||30 credits (15 UW–Madison credits and 15 UW–Whitewater credits)|
|Minimum Residence Credit Requirement||15 credits at UW–Madison|
|Minimum Graduate Coursework Requirement||A minimum of 15 credits out of 30 total credits must be graduate-level UW–Madison coursework. The remainder of the 30-credit requirement, 15 credits are UW–Whitewater 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.|
|UW-Whitewater Coursework (UW-Madison course equivalents below)|
|ELPA 702||Introduction to Educational Leadership||3|
|ELPA/INTER-HE 770||Community, Opportunity, and Justice||3|
|ELPA 703||Evaluating and Supporting Quality Classroom Teaching||3|
|ELPA 845||School-Level Leadership||3|
|ELPA 700||Field Experience in Educational Leadership||3|
|ELPA 735||Leadership for Equity and Diversity||3|
|ELPA/ED POL/PUB AFFR 830||School Finance and Resource Allocation||3|
|ELPA 847||Instructional Leadership and Teacher Capacity||3|
|ELPA 840||Public School Law||3|
|Optional Coursework for Additional Licensure, Director of Instruction|
|ELPA 860||Organizational Theory and Behavior in Education||3|
|ELPA 875||Theory and Practice of Educational Planning||3|
|75-hour field experience|
|Optional Coursework for Additional Licensure, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services|
|ELPA/RP & SE 835||Leadership for Inclusive Schooling||3|
|ELPA 842||Legal Foundations of Special Education and Pupil Services||3|
|75-hour field experience|
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.
Named Option-Specific Policies
Graduate Program Handbook
The Graduate Program Handbook is the repository for all of the program's policies and requirements.
Graduate Work from Other Institutions
UW–Madison University Special
UW-Madison course work completed as a special student will need to be converted to graduate coursework if the 15 credit UW–Madison graduate credit requirement is not met. The student will be billed the different between special and graduate tuition once the conversion has been approved. Coursework earned five or more years prior to admission to a master’s degree is not allowed to satisfy requirements. More information here.
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
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.
Funding is not offered along with offers for admission.
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