Whether you’re looking to move from the classroom into the principal’s office or take on a new challenge as a district superintendent, a graduate degree or certificate from UWM will set you apart from the competition.

Our rigorous program, led by faculty who are actively engaged in research in the field, meets state licensure requirements and will give you the skills you need to succeed in today’s challenging educational landscape.

The Department of Administrative Leadership is committed to developing educational leaders, particularly for service in metropolitan areas. We believe that excellent educational leaders nurture leadership among others in the school community; create positive work environments for students, staff and parents; and contribute to the improvement of teaching and learning.

Why Choose Our Program?

As a student in UWM’s School of Education, you’ll have access to:

  • Internationally known faculty at Wisconsin’s most diverse university
  • Small class sizes that allow you to really get to know your professors and classmates
  • Unbeatable flexibility — classes meet once a week, on weekends, alternating weeks and online, and at convenient off-campus locations across Southeastern Wisconsin
  • Rewarding career opportunities as a teacher leader, school principal or assistant principal, director of instruction, director of special education and pupil services, school business administrator or superintendent of schools
  • Opportunities for future doctoral study as part of UWM’s Urban Education PhD program

Focus Areas

Director of Instruction
The Department of Administrative Leadership offers a School Principal program for students interested in either a master’s degree and/or DPI licensure.

Students seeking a master’s degree must complete 33 credits.

NOTE: You can select AD LDSP 792 as an elective if you wish to earn the Director of Instruction and Principal administrative licenses in one master’s degree.

If you already have a master’s degree and are pursuing Director of Instruction licensure, you may be able to use previous course work to substitute for required courses. All electives or course substitutions must be approved by an advisor.

Upon completion of coursework required for licensure, you must complete and submit for review an electronic portfolio. 

Program Requirements (PDF)

Director of Special Education and Pupil Services
The Department of Administrative Leadership offers a Director of Special Education and Pupil Services program for students interested in either a master’s degree and/or DPI licensure.

Students seeking a master’s degree must complete 33 credits.

NOTE: You can select CURRINS 701/715 and AD LDSP 792 as electives if you wish to earn the Special Education and Pupil Services and Principal licenses in one master’s degree (total of 36 credits).

If you already have a master’s degree and are pursuing Director of Special Education and Pupil Services licensure, you may be able to use previous course work to substitute for required courses. All electives or course substitutions must be approved by an advisor.

Upon completion of coursework required for licensure, you must complete and submit for review an electronic portfolio.

Program Requirements (PDF)

School Business Administrator
The Department of Administrative Leadership offers a School Business Administrator program for students interested in either a master’s degree and/or DPI licensure.

Students seeking a master’s degree must complete 33 credits. If you already have a master’s degree and are pursuing School Business Administrator licensure, you may be able to use previous course work to substitute for required courses. All electives or course substitutions must be approved by an advisor.

Upon completion of coursework required for licensure, you must complete and submit for review an electronic portfolio.

Program Requirements (PDF)

School Principal
The Department of Administrative Leadership offers a School Principal program for students interested in either a master’s degree and/or DPI licensure.

Students seeking a master’s degree must complete 33 credits.

NOTE: You can select AD LDSP 842 and AD LDSP 790 as electives if you wish to earn the Director of Instruction and Principal administrative licenses in one master’s degree.

If you already have a master’s degree and are pursuing Principal licensure, you may be able to use previous course work to substitute for required courses. All electives or course substitutions must be approved by an advisor.

Upon completion of coursework required for licensure, you must complete and submit for review an electronic portfolio.

Program Requirements (PDF)

Teacher Leadership
The UWM Teacher Leadership Program is designed to provide skills to practicing classroom teachers that will enable you to take more responsibility for the overall decision-making and related activities that exist outside of your classroom and within the larger school and community setting. There are two program options.

  • Master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership (33 credits) with an emphasis in Teacher Leadership.
  • Teacher Leadership Area of Emphasis core courses (15 credits) that can be taken by master’s students in other departments within the School of Education or teachers who already hold a master’s degree and are interested in Teacher Leadership as part of their professional development plan.

The Teacher Leadership program does not lead directly to an administrative license. However, opportunities for licensure as Director of Instruction, School Principal, or Director of Special Education and Pupil Services are possible with successful completion of the master’s degree program and demonstration of competency of the UWM-WI state standards for school administrators and the UWM guiding principles as evident in your electronic portfolio.

Upon completion of coursework required for licensure, you must complete and submit for review an electronic portfolio.

Program & Admission Requirements (PDF)

Online Focus Area

School Principal/Director of Instruction Dual License
The Department of Administrative Leadership offers a School Principal/Director of Instruction online sequence of courses for students interested in either a master’s degree and/or dual DPI licensure: Principal License (51) and the Director of Instruction License (10).

This fully online, two-year accelerated sequence of courses is designed to meet the needs of those currently serving their schools as Wisconsin DPI-licensed teachers.

Benefits of the Online Program

  • Convenience – you study at your own time and pace
  • Excellent student support services – 24/7 help desk, financial aid, virtual library and online registration
  • Ability to complete a master’s degree program in two years
  • Obtain dual licensure
  • Core courses also taught on campus in a face-to-face or hybrid format. Students can enroll in courses in those formats if they choose.
  • Courses taught online by full-time, nationally recognized faculty members with both practitioner and research experience
  • Flexible approaches to assignments and coursework with a student-first attitude
  • Tradition of a long-term, accredited university

Program Requirements (PDF)

Certificate Focus Area

Superintendent of Schools Specialist
The Department of Administrative Leadership offers a course of study leading to the Specialist Certificate in Administrative Leadership, which is required for licensure as a school superintendent.

A master’s degree and licensure as a school principal are prerequisites to licensure as a superintendent. Credits and course requirements depend upon your degree field. If you have a master’s degree in Educational Administration, the minimum credit requirement is 21 graduate credits.

If you have completed post-master’s courses and are pursuing Superintendent licensure, you may be able to use prior course work to substitute for an elective or required courses. All electives or course substitutions must be approved by an advisor.

If you are seeking a PhD degree, you may complete course requirements for Superintendent licensure as part of the doctoral program.

Upon completion of coursework required for licensure, you must also complete and submit for review an electronic portfolio.

Gainful Employment

The Superintendent of Schools Specialist Certificate is subject to gainful employment regulations.

See also: Gainful Employment Certificate Disclosure Information

Program & Admission Requirements (PDF)

Program Delivery Models and Course Sequencing

The Department of Administrative Leadership offers graduate students the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree and/or DPI licensure in a flexible and convenient format.

Courses are primarily offered online through the Desire to Learn (D2L) platform. Select core courses are also taught in hybrid format, using both face-to-face and online instruction. You can complete the licensure and/or degree sequence in an accelerated format (taking two courses each semester) if you choose and should work closely with a faculty advisor to determine the sequence and order of courses that will best meet your personal and professional needs.

Program Resources

DPI Licensure

Educational Administration & Supervision DPI Licensure (PDF)

Guiding Principles & Administrator Standards

Educational Administration & Supervision Guiding Principles and Administrator Standards (PDF)

Application Information

Learn more about the Administrative Leadership application process and your next steps.

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Please fill out the Educational Administration & Supervision interest form below.

Educational Administration & Supervision Interest Form

Advising

Leigh Wallace, PhD
Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator
(414) 416-8407
lwallace@uwm.edu