South Division High School Principal Jose Trejo, standing in his school library.

A master’s in educational administration and supervision will prepare you for many careers in school, district, network, and other organizational leadership and administration. Specializations lead to single or dual licensure as principal, director of instruction, or director of special education and pupil services.

Program Type

Master’s

Program Format

Online
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Why Choose Our Program?

  • Tuition and pricing at $525 per credit! 
  • Time: This is a two-year program that is paced to meet your needs. An accelerated, cohort option is also available (Summer to Summer). 
  • Fully Online: All classes are offered in a convenient, fully online platform using both synchronous & asynchronous learning, with consistent and flexible access to instructors.
  • Leadership for Equity: All coursework in the program is aligned to a) the Department of Administrative Leadership Intentional Equity Principles, b) WI DPI Administrator Standards, and c) NELP Standards, all taught by practitioners with leadership for equity field experience.
Alexander Mitchell School Principal Kim Malacara (white woman), sitting at a table in her office

We currently exist in an era of education where inequality, disparate achievement outcomes, and marginalizing experiences continue to persist for increasingly diverse schools. If you are ready to initiate or deepen your journey as a leader for equity for all students, families, and staff across all identities and their intersections, then this program is for you!

Our program curriculum is designed around our unique Educational Leadership for Intentional Equity Principles. We join theory and practice that disrupts educational marginalization and builds schools as proactive, equitable systems. We firmly believe that each and every child deserves a high quality educational experience, and we prepare leaders to execute on that right.

Educational Leadership for Intentional Equity graphic.
Educational Leadership for Intentional Equity

Potential Career Paths

Principal LicenseDirector of Instruction LicenseDirector of Special Education & Pupil Services LicenseOther Pathways
PrincipalDirector of Teaching and LearningSpecial Education: Director
Coordinator
Equity Coach
Assistant PrincipalDirector of Curriculum and InstructionSpecial Education: ConsultantEquity Coordinator
Associate PrincipalDirector of InstructionStudent Services: DirectorEquity Director
School DirectorDirector of CurriculumStudent Services: CoordinatorDEI School Consultant
Network DirectorCurriculum CoordinatorStudent Services: CounselingSchool Improvement DIrector
Head of SchoolInstruction CoordinatorStudent Services: Department ChairSchool Improvement Coach
Director of Elementary SchoolsAssessment CoordinatorStudent Services: RTI/EMLSS CoordinatorStrategy and Operations Director
Director of Secondary SchoolsInstructional CoachLeadership Coach
Dean of StudentsGifted and Talented Coordinator
Dean of Culture
Athletics and Activities Director

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 online format. Courses are offered through the Canvas platform and combine synchronous and asynchronous learning models. Synchronous meeting dates are provided in the Schedule of Classes. Students can generally complete the Master’s in Educational Administration and Supervision program over six semesters by taking two courses each semester or work with a faculty advisor to determine the sequence and timeline that best meets one’s personal and professional needs.

Program Requirements

The master’s in educational administration and supervision requires a minimum of 33 credits.

Required Core Courses

  • Leadership in Educational Organizations
  • Organizational Change and Team Leadership
  • Instructional Leadership
  • The Politics of Education
  • School Law
  • Management of Educational Resources
  • Foundations in Systems of Educational Equity

Principal Specialization

  • Guiding Instructional Improvement
  • Principal Practicum

Director of Instruction Specialization

  • Guiding Instructional Improvement
  • Program Planning and Evaluation in Education
  • Director of Instruction Practicum

Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Specialization

  • Legislative and Legal Aspects of Special Education
  • Analysis and Design of Special Education and Student Services
  • Director of Special Education Practicum

Capstone Portfolio

Students pursuing the master’s degree and license only non-degree option complete their program with a culminating portfolio project.

Licensure/Program Paths

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 may also earn dual Principal and Director of Instruction licenses. Please contact us for details.

Director of Instruction

The Department of Administrative Leadership offers a Director of Instruction program for students interested in either a master’s degree and/or DPI licensure. A Director of Instruction specializes in oversight of curriculum, leading professional development for curricular improvements, coaching teachers, and using data to manage academic improvement.

Students may opt to earn dual Director of Instruction and Principal licenses, which can be completed with 33 credits. Please contact us for details.

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 interested in combining this license with other license specializations, should contact us for details.

School Principal and 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). Please contact us to discuss this option.

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.

School Principal and Director of Special Education/Pupil Services

The Department of Administrative Leadership offers a School Principal and Director of Special Education/Pupil Services 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 Special Education and Pupil Services License (80). Please contact us to discuss this option.

DPI Licensure

Please be sure to review the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requirements for administrator licensure.

Administrator Information

Note: Successful completion of the UWM master’s in educational administration and supervision program does not qualify students for initial educator licensure. If you have any questions, please contact us.

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 the UWM master’s in educational administration and supervision program.

Application Process

Ready to apply to the master’s in educational administration and supervision? Learn more about the Administrative Leadership application process and your next steps.

Deadlines

Application deadlines vary by semester. Please apply at least six weeks prior to the start of the semester. Please review the application deadline chart for specific programs.

Admission Requirements

An applicant must meet the Department of Administrative Leadership requirements to be considered for admission to the master’s in educational administration and supervision program.

  • A 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA in all UWM and transfer courses at the time of admission application.

Non-Degree Admission

Applicants who are interested in the license only option may opt to apply as a non-degree student. Please consult with the program coordinator to determine whether non-degree is the right pathway for you.

Cheryl Baldwin, Associate Professor in Administrative Leadership.
  • Associate Professor, Administrative Leadership
  • Department Chair, Administrative Leadership
  • Program Director, Educational Administration and Supervision
Ellen Eckman
  • Lecturer, Administrative Leadership
Elizabeth Erenberger
  • Teaching Faculty I, Administrative Leadership
Nasif Rogers, Clinical Assistant Professor in Administrative Leadership.
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Administrative Leadership
Dante J. Salto, Assistant Professor in Administrative Leadership.
  • Assistant Professor, Administrative Leadership
  • Program Director, Adult, Continuing, and Higher Education Administration
Leigh Wallace, Clinical Associate Professor in Department of Administrative Leadership
  • Clinical Associate Professor, Administrative Leadership

Program Overview & Requirements

The Master of Science in Administrative Leadership – Concentration in Educational Administration & Supervision requires a minimum of 33 credits, 27 of which must be in education and 6 of which may be in related fields. Credit distribution:

  • 18-24 credits in educational administration and supervision
  • 9-15 credits in related electives
  • master’s capstone portfolio

For complete course & program details please see:
UWM Academic Catalog: Administrative Leadership, MS: Educational Administration and Supervision

Master’s Degree & Licensure Programs

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.

Important Information

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 coursework 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.

School Principal Licensure Requirements (PDF)

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 coursework 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. See the Licensure Plans Add On Coursework (PDF) document for more information.

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

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 coursework 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. See the Licensure Plans Add On Coursework (PDF) document for more information.

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

Director of Special Education and Pupil Services Licensure Requirements (PDF)

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 are 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

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

School Principal & Director of Instruction Licensure Requirements (PDF)

School Principal & Director of Special Education and Pupil Services

The Department of Administrative Leadership offers a School Principal & Director of Special Education and Pupil Services 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 Special Education and Pupil Services License (80).

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

School Principal & 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.

If you already hold an initial Wisconsin administrator license you are able to “add on” the Director of Business Administration (#08) license by completing 4-6 additional courses and completing a capstone portfolio. Specialization courses are offered during certain semesters. See the Licensure Plans Add On Coursework (PDF) document for more information.

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

School Business Administrator Licensure Requirements (PDF)

Specialist Certificate in Administrative Leadership – School Superintendent/District Administrator Specialist

The Department of Administrative Leadership offers a Specialist Certificate leading to licensure as a Wisconsin Superintendent/District Administrator. For more details, please see the School Superintendent / District Administrator Specialist program page.

Important Dates

Program Information Session
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024 | 6:00 pm 
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Program Information Session
Thursday, March 7, 2024 | 6:00 pm
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Program Information Session
Saturday,  March 16, 2024 | 12:00 pm
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Program Information Session
Tuesday, March 26, 2024 | 6:00 pm 
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Program Information Session
Saturday, April 13, 2024 | 12:00 pm
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Contact
Nasif Rogers, MBA 
Clinical Assistant Professor rogersnk@uwm.edu

Dr. Cheryl Baldwin
Associate Professor and Program Director
baldwic@uwm.edu
414-251-7620

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