Who Should Apply?
If you want to enhance your leadership abilities and strengthen your organization, the Master's in Educational Leadership is designed for you.
Master of Education in Educational Leadership
- Prepares you for administrative positions in P-12 schools
- Meets the education requirements for the North Dakota principal credential at either the elementary or secondary level
- Designed for applicants who are licensed to teach and have a minimum of 1 year of teaching experience
- Requires a 1-semester, supervised practicum
The Master's in Educational Leadership distance program requires face-to-face meetings held in Bismarck, North Dakota. You must be willing to travel to central North Dakota before applying to this program.
Thank you for your interest in the Department of Educational Leadership at the University of North Dakota.
All prospective students must apply using our online application available through the University's Graduate School. Go to http://graduateschool.und.edu/.
Please read below to determine the admissions requirements for this degree program:
The following criteria will be used to assess a student's application for admission into the M.S. and M.ED. programs in the Department of Educational Leadership. No single criterion can adequately predict a student's probable success in graduate work; as such, candidates for admission to the masters programs are evaluated on the following criteria:
- Completion of a bachelor's degree (see graduate school guidelines for acceptable degrees)
- Undergraduate & junior-senior grade-point averages
- Grade point average from all previous graduate work
- Professional resume
- Educational leadership essay
- Statement of professional goals
- Three (3) letters of recommendation
- TOEFL score (if applicable)
- Additional information as needed (e.g., interview)
Submit a professional curriculum vitae (c.v.) or resume (no more than 2 pages) that includes the following information: educational background, work-related experience, conference presentations (if applicable), publications (if applicable), professional honors and awards, and any other experiences you believe may aid the admission committee in evaluating your application.
Educational Leadership Essay
Please type one essay of no more than 800 words each from among the three possible topics below:
- Summarize the leadership activities in which you have been involved in recent years and explain how these experiences reflect your vision of and capacity for leadership.
- Please identify a problem or challenge in a school, school-related organization, or your professional life generally and write an analysis in which you assess the issues(s), describe effective strategies for addressing the issue(s), and make clear the implications for the exercise of effective leadership in the situation.
- Please describe a problem of educational policy decision-making, policy content, or policy implementation, and explain how a deeper understanding of policy or the policy process could improve the situation.
Statement of Professional Goals
Submit a typed essay discussing your professional goals and aspirations, including how your current skills along with advanced study of educational leadership will aid you in the attainment of those goals.
Letters of Recommendation
Submit a minimum of three letters of recommendation that collectively attest to the your academic and professional aptitude. The successful applicant's references will speak to the prospective student's potential success in graduate-level work as well as his/her ability to complete the program requirements. Potential recommenders may include a faculty member, an academic advisor, or a current supervisor.
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