MEd in Educational Leadership

WSU’s innovative master's degree in educational leadership is designed using cohort groups. Students begin the program with a cohort who becomes a learning family for the next two years. In this program, students begin work in the real world from the very first meeting. From the beginning, students  work with their mentors (usually their building principals) in assessing their strengths and weaknesses, and identifying strengths and weaknesses in their schools. Students capitalize on these strengths and build on the weaknesses - individually and organizationally - throughout the program.

Students who complete this program and pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment are eligible for Building Leadership endorsement from KSDE.


Applicants must have a minimum 3.000 grade point average in all college coursework from accredited institutions. In addition, applicants must have validated strengths on the multiple indicators listed below.

  1. Official transcripts of all college-level work completed, and indication of a degree conferral;
  2. Three Reference Report Forms from supervisors and/or professional peers. At least one must be from a supervisor attesting to the applicant’s potential as a building administrator;
  3. Evidence of licensure for a role in the public/private schools and at least one year of accredited experience;
  4. A resume or curriculum vita of educational and professional experience;
  5. A brief statement of professional goals related to completion of the master’s degree and/or certification as a school administrator; and
  6. A letter signed by a building principal indicating he or she is willing to serve as the student’s mentor and will allow the student to fulfill the practicum requirements of the program.

Note: Requirement six above normally precludes the admission of international students from this program because applicants are usually employed by a Kansas K–12 public or private school district before being admitted.

Program Requirements

The Master of Education (MEd) in educational leadership consists of  33 graduate credit hours including:

CLES 801Introduction to Educational Research3
EL 803Introduction to Educational Leadership, Team-Based Collaboration, and Inquiry Process3
EL 813Introduction to Educational Leadership3
EL 815Building-Level Leadership Practicum I3
EL 823Changing the Culture in an Environment of Collaboration and Partnership3
EL 825Building-Level Leadership Practicum II3
EL 831Diversity and Social Justice3
EL 833Seminar: School Law and Personnel Management3
EL 835Building-Level Leadership Practicum III3
EL 843Seminar: Curriculum and Learning Theory3
EL 845Building-Level Leadership Practicum IV3
Total Credit Hours33

Students pursuing licensure as building leaders must complete this program in its entirety. A comprehensive written examination is required. In addition to program completion, passing the state of Kansas required Praxis II Test (test code 6011) is a requirement for state licensure.

Sequence of Courses

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Summer SemesterCredit Hours
CLES 801 Introduction to Educational Research 3
EL 803 Introduction to Educational Leadership, Team-Based Collaboration, and Inquiry Process 3
 Credit Hours6
Fall Semester
EL 813 Introduction to Educational Leadership 3
EL 815 Building-Level Leadership Practicum I 3
 Credit Hours6
Spring Semester
EL 833 Seminar: School Law and Personnel Management 1-3
EL 825 Building-Level Leadership Practicum II 3
 Credit Hours4-6
Second Year
Summer Semester
EL 831 Diversity and Social Justice 3
 Credit Hours3
Fall Semester
EL 843 Seminar: Curriculum and Learning Theory 1-3
EL 835 Building-Level Leadership Practicum III 3
 Credit Hours4-6
Spring Semester
EL 823 Changing the Culture in an Environment of Collaboration and Partnership 3
EL 845 Building-Level Leadership Practicum IV 3
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours29-33

Applied Learning

Students in the MEd program in educational leadership leading to building-level licensure are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from this program. The requirement can be met by completing two practicum experiences, EL 815 and EL 825.