About

Are you committed to educational equity and social justice? Whether you’re looking to move from the classroom into the principal’s office or take on a new challenge as a district director or superintendent, a graduate degree or certificate in Educational Administration and Supervision from UWM will set you apart from the competition.

Our program curriculum is designed around our unique Educational Leadership for Intentional Equity (ELfIE) Principles (PDF).

Educational Leadership for Intentional Equity (ELfIE) Principles wheel graphic description.

The Department of Administrative Leadership develops educational leaders committed to equity for all. 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; and also disrupt inequities and (re)create more equitable systems and schools.

Why Choose Our Program?

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

  • The Educational Leadership for Intentional Equity (ELfIE) program, a rigorous curriculum joining theory and practice to disrupt marginalization and build schools as equitable systems.
  • Rewarding career opportunities to transform schools for equity 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.
  • Faculty with over 10 years of online teaching experience.
  • Unbeatable flexibility — create a program that meets your needs through annual intensive cohorts and fully online courses.
  • Faculty nationally recognized for research on leadership and educational equity and who have developed educational equity curriculum used by preparation programs across Wisconsin and beyond.
  • Small class sizes that allow you to really get to know your professors and classmates and build your professional networks.
  • Opportunities to leverage coursework toward future doctoral study as part of UWM’s Urban Education PhD program.

Please be sure to review the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) requirements for administrator licensure at the Wisconsin DPI Administrator Information webpage.

If you have questions about your eligibility for admission and licensure, you may contact Dr. Leigh E. Wallace.

Licensure 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.

Important Information

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 (#10) licensure, you may be able to use previous course work to substitute for some required courses. All electives or course substitutions must be approved by an advisor.

If you already hold an initial Wisconsin administrator license you are able to “add on” the Director of Instruction (#10) license by completing 2-3 additional courses and completing a capstone portfolio. Specialization courses are offered in spring and summer.

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

Educational Administration & Supervision Canvas ePortfolio Guide (PDF)

Director of Instruction Licensure 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.

Important Information

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 (#80) licensure, you may be able to use previous course work to substitute for some required courses. All electives or course substitutions must be approved by an advisor.

If you already hold an initial Wisconsin administrator license you are able to “add on” the Pupil Services Administrator (#80) license by completing 3-4 additional courses and completing a capstone portfolio. Specialization courses are offered during every odd academic year beginning in fall.

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

Educational Administration & Supervision Canvas ePortfolio Guide (PDF)

Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Licensure 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)

Virtual Educational Leadership for Intentional Equity Cohort

Lead schools for intentional equity!

Join UW-Milwaukee’s Virtual Educational Leadership for Intentional Equity Cohort ((v)ELfIE) to earn your master’s degree with licensure as a Wisconsin Principal and Director of Instruction in just 14 months.

For more information, visit the Virtual Educational Leadership for Intentional Equity Cohort webpage.

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)

Virtual Educational Leadership for Intentional Equity Cohort

Lead schools for intentional equity!

Join UW-Milwaukee’s Virtual Educational Leadership for Intentional Equity Cohort ((v)ELfIE) to earn your master’s degree with licensure as a Wisconsin Principal and Director of Instruction in just 14 months.

For more information, visit the Virtual Educational Leadership for Intentional Equity Cohort webpage.

School Superintendent Specialist
The Department of Administrative Leadership offers a Specialist Certificate leading to licensure as a Wisconsin Superintendent/District Administrator.

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.

Program Plan (PDF)

Admission Requirements & Application Procedures (PDF)

Complete the Online Application

Contact Us

For more information or questions about the program

Webpage url: uwm.edu/ed-admin

(414) 229-4721
soeinfo@uwm.edu

Curriculum

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.

Note: Successful completion of UWM’s MS in Administrative Leadership – Educational Administration and Supervision program does not qualify students for initial educator licensure by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.

A candidate seeking licensure in the State of Iowa must first be licensed/certified as an educator in the state in which preparation was completed. UWM will assist candidates in contacting the appropriate licensing board in the state in which the candidate’s preparation was completed and will assist the candidate in understanding the requirements of the appropriate licensing board prior to the candidate’s completion of UWM’s MS in Administrative Leadership – Educational Administration and Supervision program.

A candidate seeking subsequent licensure from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners must contact that Board ((515) 281-5849; http://www.boee.iowa.gov/) for licensure requirements in Iowa.

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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