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Educational Leadership and Administration Concentration of the Master of Science in Education

All Master of Science in Education programs address learning outcomes in the areas of advanced instruction, curriculum theory, human development, and social foundations appropriate for the specific emphasis. Graduates of the Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Administration will:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the varied dimensions of the relationship between schools and their surrounding community, as well as the ability to use that understanding to ensure equitable and respectful treatment of all stakeholders and develop and implement a collaboratively developed mission and vision for a school;
  • critically evaluate research on educational issues such as pedagogical practices, student learning, and educational policies and engage in action research to advance student learning;
  • employ data literacy, data analysis, and technology to plan for the improvement of professional practice, the improvement of school organization, and/or program effectiveness;
  • demonstrate an understanding of ethical and legal considerations and practices surrounding curricular, instructional, and operational decision-making appropriate for their roles in education;
  • apply theories and best practices of curriculum, instruction, and assessment relevant to their roles in education; and,
  • demonstrate leadership in planning and decision-making related to human, fiscal, and physical resources.

The Master of Science in Education degree program with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Administration is designed to prepare teachers for leadership roles in P-12 school corporations/districts. Upon the completion of the program, the passage of the required licensure test, and the required teaching experience, graduates may be eligible for an Indiana Building-Level Administrator License. Please note all coursework for licensure must be completed at USI.

Program Curriculum for the Master of Science in Education - 33 Credit Hours

  • EDUC 681 - Foundations of Community-Based Education 
  • EDUC 682 - Issues in Educational Leadership
  • EDUC 683 - School Improvement Models and Processes
  • EDUC 684 - Ethical and Legal Issues in Education
  • EDUC 685 - Curriculum and Learning for Educational Leaders 
  • EDUC 686 - Management of Human Resources in the Principalship 
  • EDUC 687 - Finance and Facility Management for Principals 
  • EDUC 680 - Internship for School Leaders (1 credit hour)
    • EDUC 680 is taken three (3) times for three (3) consecutive semesters (summer, fall, spring).

All courses listed are three (3) credit hours unless designated otherwise.

All MSE students must complete the research sequence requirement – 9 hours. (Note these courses must be taken at USI. Transfer courses will not be accepted for the research sequence.)

  • EDUC 601 - Research in Education (3 credit hours)
  • EDUC 699 - Supervised Research (1-3 credit hours)
    • 6 credits of EDUC 699 are required, taken twice for 3 credits each.