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K-12 Leadership Programs

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Master of Art​s in Educational Leadership
  • The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively lead schools and meet the needs of 21st Century Learners. The purpose of this degree is to provide an academic foundation for school leadership and to develop the skills and abilities of educational leaders through performance-based learning. Applicants selecting this program are educators who would like to broaden their career options to include school administration. Students completing this program can apply to the Michigan Department of Education and receive initial administrator certification. This certification is a state requirement for school principals. The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership is a nationally accredited program by the NCATE.

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  • ​​Specialist in Education in General Educational Administration
  • The Specialist in Education in General Educational Administration is an advanced degree program that prepares professional educators with instructional and leadership skills beyond the master's level of competence. The purpose of this degree is to extend the academic foundation, skills, and abilities of educational leaders and to build leadership capacity in a variety of educational settings. The Ed.S. degree is based upon the satisfactory completion of 33 semester hours of graduate-level coursework. Applicants may choose one of three concentrations areas (Administrative Leadership K-12, Instructional Leadership K-12; and Educational Administration). The program is aligned to state standards and is approved by the state of Michigan.

    Applicants who complete the Administrative Leadership K-12 concentration may apply to the Michigan Department of Education for administrative certification which is now required by the State for building and district leadership positions.

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  • ​​Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
  • The Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership is designed to provide in-depth knowledge and skills to educational leaders who seek to develop and refine their knowledge and skills to help transform through practice the educational institution.

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  • ​​Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership
  • The Ph.D. degree in Educational Leadership is designed to provide in-depth knowledge and skills to educational leaders who seek to develop and refine their knowledge and skills to help transform through practice.

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Department of Educational Leadership
College of Education and Human Services
Central Michigan University
195 Ojibway Ct.
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
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College of Education and Human Services | Central Michigan University | ehs@cmich.edu | 195 Ojibway Ct | EHS 426 | Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859 | (989) 774-3079