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Leadership and Innovation

"Many of my key responsibilities as a principal were not included in my undergraduate teacher training. My professors at WLC have supplied me with the knowledge and understanding to perform my new duties competently." - David Dodge '17

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Master of Arts - Leadership and Innovation

As a student within the Leadership and Innovation specialization of WLC's Master of Arts program, you’ll refine your decision-making skills, understand policy implications impacting educational leaders, and develop an entrepreneurial approach to educational leadership within 21st century schools.

  • Why Leadership and Innovation?

    • Focus on proven and promising models of professional development, mentorship, and coaching;
    • Enrich the academic environment of your diverse learners;
    • Learn decision-making and policy implications impacting forward-thinking educational leaders;
    • Enhance your cognitive, analytical, and reflective thinking skills and entrepreneurial mindset.

    This area of study is ideal for educators who aspire to be innovative leaders who advance student achievement; especially those seeking to become program directors, principals, deans of students, directors of instruction, or lead trainers. The leadership and innovation concentration in the Master of Arts program provides the opportunity to receive an administration license (Principal license #5051) through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).               

    Leadership and Innovation Specialization Requirements:

    This 36 credit graduate degree program culminates with an action research project and creation of a portfolio. Students seeking initial teacher certification may need to complete additional coursework to meet state licensure requirements. Leadership opportunities are integrated throughout the program and in a required practicum experience.

    Foundation Courses

    • EDU 601 Education as a Change Agent in a Diverse Society
    • EDU 610 Advanced Educational Psychology
    • EDU 621 Curriculum Design and Technological Integration
    • EDU 622 Best Practices in High Performance Instructional Methodologies

    Specialization Courses 

    • EDU 682 Law and Ethics in Education Reform
    • EDU 684 Entrepreneurship in Education
    • EDU 689 Application of Business Principles in the Education Setting
    • EDU 691 Practicum: Administration in a Reform Setting

    Elective Course Options (Must Select One*)

    • EDU 623 Coaching, Mentorship, and Instructional Leadership
    • EDU 624 Assessing and Evaluation for Academic Success
    • EDU 625 Professional Development and the Learning Community
    • EDU 651 Instructional Technology
    • EDU 652 Foundations of Online Learning
    • EDU 656 iPad in Education
    • EDU 658 Transforming Education with Google Apps
    • *EDU 681 Leadership, Change, and Collaboration
    • *EDU 683 Transformative Leadership in Administration and School Culture
    • EDU 690 Special Topics in Instructional Technology

    Research Course 

    • EDU 692 Education Research Design

    Reflection Course 

    • EDU 693 Capstone Project

    Minimum Total: 36 credits