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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 dual licensure as a Wisconsin Principal and Director of Instruction in just 15 months (June 2021-August 2022).

Apply by April 15, 2021

Why Choose Our Program?

  • Focus. Bridge theory and practice to lead for intentional equity and create equitable school systems.
  • Expertise. Benefit from faculty nationally recognized for research on leadership and equity—as well as expertise teaching online for 10+ years.
  • Convenience. Online delivery in the comfort of your home means flexibility in how you structure your time. The accelerated schedule means less time in class, and more time to lead for equity.
  • Value. Experience UWM quality at substantial savings.
  • Earn your principal certification from one of America’s top research universities.
  • Join a powerful group of alumni leading for equity and justice.

How it works:

  • Classes will be offered in a convenient virtual platform using both synchronous and asynchronous learning.
  • Summer Session (12 credits) begins on June 1st and includes two, six-week long intensive class sessions. Instruction provided online throughout the summer with weekly synchronous meetings for each class. Each course lasts six weeks.
  • Fall and spring semesters will include two courses and one practicum credit (7 credits) each semester, meeting one Saturday per month with online delivery between sessions.
  • All licensure and degree program requirements will be completed during the second summer.
  • A principalship license only option (27 credits) is available for those who have already earned a master’s degree.
  • Orientation on May 15, 2021 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm via Zoom.

Student Testimonials

From Thad Dulde (n) ELfIE Cohort 1 (2019-2020) – Greenfield HS 

“I knew I wanted to obtain my Master’s Degree and Administrative licensure in an accelerated time frame. The 15-month UW-Milwaukee ELfIE program met my needs and was surprisingly affordable.”

From Mercedes Brown (n) ELfIE Cohort 1 (2019-2020) – MPS teacher 

“The ELfIE Cohort has inspired me to become a positive and asset-based leader, who will intentionally create equitable systems while leading for change. Working with aspiring leaders in this cohort allowed me to gain authentic perspectives, experiences, and knowledge.”

Contact Us

For more information or questions about the program

Dr. Leigh Wallace
(414) 251-8614
lwallace@uwm.edu

How to Apply

The next cohort starts Summer, 2021. 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 admissions?

Office of Student Services
(414) 229-4721
soeinfo@uwm.edu

Curriculum

Virtual Educational Leadership for Intentional Equity Cohort Program Curriculum and Timeline

Summer 1 2021 Required Courses: 6-Week Session I, June 1 – July 11

  • Cohort Orientation – ALL STUDENTS
    Virtual Synchronous Meeting Date/Time:
    May 15, 2021 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
  • ADLDSP 702: Leadership in Educational Organizations
    Virtual Synchronous Meeting Dates/Times: Thursdays (6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 7/1) from 4:00 to 7:30 pm
  • AD LDSP 861 (EXCEDUC): Foundations in Systems of Educational Equity
    Virtual Synchronous Meeting Dates/Times: Tuesdays (6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29) from 4:00 to 7:30 pm

Summer 1 2021 Required Courses: 6-Week Session II, July 12 – August 21

  • CURRINS 715: Guiding Instructional Improvement
    Virtual Synchronous Meeting Dates/Times: Thursdays (7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12) from 4:00 to 7:30 pm
  • ADLDSP 762: Management of Educational Resources
    Virtual Synchronous Meeting Dates/Times: Tuesdays (7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10 from 4:00 to 7:30 pm

Fall 1 2021 Required Courses: September 2 – December 23

  • ADLDSP 712: Instructional Leadership
    Virtual Synchronous Meeting Dates/Times: Saturdays (9/11, 10/9, 11/13, 12/11) from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • ADLDSP 732: Politics of Education
    Virtual Synchronous Meeting Dates/Times: Saturdays (9/111, 10/9, 11/13, 12/11) from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
  • AD LDSP 750: Internship in Administrative Leadership (1 credit)
    Virtual Synchronous Meeting Dates/Times: Internship Orientation 9/4 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.; Saturdays (9/11, 10/9, 11/13, 12/11) from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

Spring 1 2022 Required Courses: January 24 – May 21

  • AD LDSP 710: Organizational Change & Team Leadership
    Virtual Synchronous Meeting Dates/Times: Saturdays (2/5, 3/5, 4/2, 5/7) from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • AD LDSP 752: School Law
    Virtual Synchronous Meeting Dates/Times: Saturdays (2/5, 3/5, 4/2, 5/7) from 1:00 to 4:00 pm
  • AD LDSP 750: Internship in Administrative Leadership (1 credit)
    Virtual Synchronous Meeting Dates/Times: Saturdays (2/5, 3/5, 4/2, 5/7) from 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Summer 2 2022 Required Courses: May 30 – August 20

  • AD LDSP 750: Internship in Administrative Leadership (1 credit)
    Virtual Synchronous Meeting Dates/Times: TBD
  • AD LDSP 842: Program Planning & Evaluation (DI specialization course)
    Virtual Synchronous Meeting Dates/Times: TBD
  • AD LDSP 790: Instructional Leadership Practicum (Director of Instruction)
    Virtual Synchronous Meeting Dates/Times: TBD

Faculty