Educational Leadership

Program Overview

The Educational Leadership program offers a Master of Education, an Education Specialist, and Doctor of Education. Those students completing the degree requirements for the M.Ed. will also have met the academic requirements necessary for a Montana Class III Administrative license with a K-12 Principal Endorsement.  Those students completing the degree requirements for the Ed.S. or Ed.D. will also have met the academic requirements necessary for a Montana Class III Administrative license with a Superintendent Endorsement. Certification requirements of other states may be incorporated into the programs. An internship or field experience is required as a part of the M.Ed. and Ed.S. degree programs. Furthermore, understanding and applying research is an integral part of all of the degree programs. For additional information, please review the Educational Leadership program web pages within the Department of Education website.
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The Educational Leadership program at Montana State University is nationally accredited by Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) as well as by the Montana Board of Public Education.  The focus of the program is to prepare K-12 school principals and school superintendents to effectively serve Montana communities and rural communities throughout the Northern Plains and Northern Rocky Mountain region of the United States.

All options in the Educational Leadership program are offered using a combination of delivery methods. Online courses are delivered completely via distance technology and blended courses use a combination of distance delivery and face-to-face meetings. The structure of the course will determine the delivery methods employed.  For example, the M.Ed. principal preparation coursework is delivered almost completely online using distance delivery methods during the school year while its summer courses are blended with two weeks of face-to-face instruction.  On the other hand, the Ed.D. program courses are usually blended such that the class meets for face-to-face instruction one weekend a month and online during the weeks in between meetings.