Soon to be leadership education students explore programs offered at WSU.

Education Leadership

The Master's of Education Leadership is designed for teachers and other professional staff in Birth-12 schools who want to develop their leadership capacities as productive change agents and supporters of school-wide initiatives through the promotion of continuous improvement strategies and effective administrative practices.  

Education professionals who enter this degree program are the leaders and future leaders of our schools.  They are distinguished from other educators, in part, by their willingness to take a more active role in the decision-making processes that occur at their schools.

Students in the Master's of Education degree program may choose one of two paths.  One path leads directly toward the (Post-Master's) K-12 Principal licensure. Elective coursework is directly related to K-12 Principal preparation.

The other path allows students who are not interested in becoming a K-12 Principal to focus elective coursework on their professional interests and aspirations (e.g., student services, curriculum and instruction, educational technology, student assessment, team leader, mentoring, school business management, early childhood education, alternative education, charter leadership, community relations, and so forth).     

Graduates provide leadership in their school building or program. Often this means they become:
  • Team leader
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Educational technology
  • Student assessment
  • School business management
  • Alternative education such as charter leadership
  • Student services
  • Dean of students

The Leadership Education program consists of 33 credits in a combination of core Leadership Education courses and courses specific to the Leadership Education emphasis. A capstone writing project and a comprehensive examination are also required for a Master’s in Education Leadership. 

Leadership Education Core Courses (15 S.H.)

LDRS 612 - Systems Thinking (3 S.H.)
LDRS 614 - Change Leadership (3 S.H.)
LDRS 615 - Communication (3 S.H.)
LDRS 618 - Scholarship (3 S.H.)
LDRS 619 - Leadership Capstone Experience (3 S.H.)

Education Leadership Required Courses (18 S.H.)

EL 604 - Curriculum Planning, Development and Diverse Learners (3 S.H.)
EL 654 - Context of Leadership (3 S.H.)

Electives (12 S.H.)

K-12 Principal licensing path:  student may select from the EdS core

Non-licensing path:  subject to advisor approval, the student may select from a variety of education and leadership graduate courses

These twelve credits are determined in collaboration with an academic advisor and are intended to enhance general leadership skills and/or provide career and job specific knowledge.

A detailed description of the courses and additional information about the Education Leadership emphasis can be found in the course catalog.

Candidates must write a significant research paper or Master’s Thesis to show proficiency in research and writing at the graduate level. The topic and proposal for this paper is initiated in LDRS 618 - Scholarship and brought to completion under the guidance of a capstone/thesis advisor. Guides for form and style are available from the Department of Leadership Education.

Non-Thesis Option – student completes LDRS 618 - Scholarship and writes the paper under the guidance of their capstone advisor.

Thesis Option – student completes LDRS 618 - Scholarship, takes LDRS 699 - Master’s Thesis (Thesis Advisement Credits), writes the paper under the guidance of their thesis advisor, and defends their research to a faculty panel. 

Each candidate must pass a written comprehensive examination on required course work.