Following are the minimum requirements for program entry:
- Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
- A minimum of 2 years of full-time teaching experience is required of all applicants. Students seeking the Educational Leader Level 1 certificate from the Louisiana Department of Education must possess a valid teaching certificate to be eligible
- Overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5
- Submission of a current resume and letter of recommendation/support from the individual’s principal or district level supervisor
- Demonstration of writing proficiency through responding to a prompt
- Interview with faculty
The Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership program is 36 credit hours and focuses on the knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with effective educational leadership of PK-12 schools.
The program of study is divided into 3 Levels. The program begins in Level 1 with coursework and field experiences that are aligned with requirements for the Teacher Leader endorsement from the Louisiana Department of Education. Following a performance review, candidates enter Level 2 of the program and complete professional coursework and field experience aligned with the national, state, and unit standards associated with teaching educational leadership. During Level 3, candidates complete 2 semester-long internships.
The program, candidates record site and grade level placements of field experiences in their Live Text electronic portfolio. These records are assessed at each transition review by program faculty to ensure that candidates are developing a balanced set of field experiences that include work with diverse faculty and students in school settings. The program of study is fully aligned with the certification requirements of the Louisiana Department of Education.
The Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership program represents a performance-based model of personnel preparation and is divided into 3 Levels. The first two levels require field experience associated with the completed coursework. Information on the field experience requirements of each course in the program of study may be found in the course syllabus. Following the completion of coursework and a successful performance review, candidates complete two semesters of clinical practice in an approved school setting.
Candidate Assessment Information
The Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership program requires candidates to complete a variety of assessments as they progress through the program of study. In addition to the admissions review, the program includes three transition reviews, one to exit each Level. Assessments include unit assessments that are incorporated into each College of Education and Human Development program of study, and program assessments unique to the Educational Leadership program. All students must earn a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) prior to degree completion.