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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.

    Students completing their Leadership and Innovation specialization may earn Wisconsin licensure as a Principal (51) or Program Coordinator (64).


    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