Lead schools for intentional equity!

Join UW-Milwaukee’s Northern Leadership Cohort to earn your master’s degree with licensure as a Wisconsin Principal and Director of Instruction in just 14 months.

Why Choose Our Program?

  • Focus. Bridge theory and practice to create equitable school systems.
  • Expertise. Benefit from faculty nationally recognized for research on leadership and equity—faculty who have developed equity curriculum used in programs across Wisconsin and nationally.
  • Convenience. Hybrid delivery means flexibility in how you structure your time.
    And the accelerated schedule means less time in class, and more time to lead.
  • Value. Experience UWM quality at substantial savings.

How it works:

  • Classes for the cohort will be conveniently offered at the UWM
    Washington County campus in West Bend.
  • Summer Session I (12 credits) begins on June 17th and will meet
    for two, one-week long intensive class sessions, with additional
    instruction provided online throughout the summer.
  • Fall and spring semesters will include two courses and one
    practicum credit (7 credits) each semester, meeting once a month
    with online delivery between sessions.
  • All program requirements will be completed in the second summer.
  • A principalship license only option (27 credits) is available for those
    who have already earned a master’s degree.

What it costs:

  • Remain in the cohort throughout the program to take advantage of
    summer plateau pricing and a 20% tuition discount for the fall and
    spring semesters.
  • For Wisconsin residents seeking a master’s degree and dual
    licensure (33 credits), the entire program costs less than $14,000*
    plus books—an unbeatable value.
  • Those in the master’s program are eligible to apply for financial aid.
  • Earn a high quality UWM degree for less than 60% of the cost of the
    traditional online program.

Note: *Tuition estimates are based on 2018-19 tuition.


Washington County Cohort Program Curriculum and Timeline

Summer 2019 Required Courses

ADLDSP 702: Leadership in Educational Organizations – 3 credits
ADLDSP 861: Foundations in Student Services & Special Education Administration – 3 credits
ADLDSP 710: Organizational Change and Team Leadership – 3 credits
ADLDSP 762: Management of Educational Resources – 3 credits

Fall 2019 Required Courses

CURRINS 715: Curriculum Planning and Ideologies – 3 credits
ADLDSP 732: The Politics of Education – 3 credits
ADLDSP 750: Internship in Administrative Leadership – 1 credit

Spring 2020 Required Courses

ADLDSP 712: Instructional Leadership – 3 credits
ADLDSP 752: School Law – 3 credits
ADLDSP 750: Internship in Administrative Leadership – 1 credit

Summer 2020 Required Courses

ADLDSP 842: Program Planning and Evaluation in Education – 3 credits
ADLDSP 790: Instructional Leadership Practicum – 3 credits
ADLDSP 750: Internship in Administrative Leadership- 1 credit

In addition, an electronic portfolio developed around the Wisconsin Administrator Standards must also be submitted and reviewed at the end of the program. Portfolios will be due July 1. For Master’s Degree seeking students, portfolios must be reviewed during the final semester/semester of graduation.

How to Apply

The next cohort starts Summer, 2020. If you are interested in joining the cohort, please apply to the Administrative Leadership MS degree and choose the concentration in Educational Administration & Supervision. Then, be sure to answer “YES” to the questionnaire that asks: “Are you applying to the Regional Leadership Cohort?”

Learn more about Administrative Leadership application process.

Questions about admission?

Allison Hochmuth
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
(414) 229-4599

Contact Us

For more information or questions about the program

Dr. Leigh Wallace
(414) 405-0447


profile photoElise FratturaProfessorAdministrative Leadershipfrattura@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 681
profile photoLeigh WallaceClinical Assistant ProfessorAdministrative Leadershiplwallace@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 623
profile photoRod WhitemanAssistant ProfessorAdministrative Leadershipwhitemar@uwm.eduEnderis Hall 645