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M.A. in Educational Leadership

With fewer resources, larger class sizes, and increasing diversity of classroom needs, schools today are facing unprecedented challenges. In order to see meaningful, sustainable change in our schools, we need strong teacher-leaders to pave the way.

The M.A. in Educational Leadership program is designed to prepare education professionals to become effective leaders, change agents, and administrators - whether it be in K‒12, higher education, or corporate training environments. Students examine educational theory and research, and they are guided through the development of applications to enhance their current educational practices and master organizational training and development strategies.

The program’s curriculum imparts:

  • A strong foundation in leadership, management, and supervisory practice
  • Educational strategies for learners of all ages
  • Communication, creativity, and personal coaching skills
  • Comprehension of today's diversity issues
  • A solid look at current trends in ethics and law

This program also opens career opportunities and serves as an excellent springboard to Minnesota and Wisconsin licensure. It prepares students to be:

  • Teacher-leaders promoting educational change in today’s K‒12 classrooms
  • Higher education leaders promoting academic growth
  • Organizational training and development leaders in today’s diverse corporate world
Program Structure

The program consists of 33 credits (30 required credits and 3 elective credits) and can be completed in 18 months. Students choose from one of three concentration areas:

Leadership and Management • Coaching and Team Building • The Process of Change

Students may transfer up to six graduate semester credits from regionally accredited institutions of higher education if the credits meet all of the following requirements:

  • Earned during the 10 years before admission
  • Are administrative in nature
  • Have been approved by the program director and the dean
  • Have not been used as part of another degree program

After acceptance into the program, all courses must be taken through Saint Mary’s University.

Schedule and Format

This program offers two formats to meet the various learning and schedule needs of adult learners. Courses are offered in a traditional learning format offering face-to-face courses held one evening per week at various locations across the Twin Cities metro and at the Rochester Center. Alternatively, learners can choose to complete the entire program within a supportive online learning community, via the new online M.A. in Educational Leadership program.

Degree Requirements


Michelle Dougherty | | (612) 728-5122

Online Program

Saint Mary's University now offers an online M.A. in Educational Leadership program.

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