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Twin Cities Campus

Leadership in Education M.Ed.

Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, 206 Burton Hall, 178 Pillsbury Dr. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-1006; fax: 612-624-3377).
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2021
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Education
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The master of education (MEd)/professional studies program in leadership in education, offered jointly by the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), builds leadership skills and facilitates analysis of K-12 school culture, policies, and practice. This program develops educational leaders who can serve in schools that foster continuous learning and improvement. Program participants are prepared to advance team, school-wide, and district-wide reform initiatives for coherent educational systems and programs. This program addresses formal and informal leadership methods, emphasizing the roles and contributions of teachers as leaders of instructional improvement, including ways that teachers and principals work together to promote collaborative school cultures. This 30-semester credit program emphasizes the essential components of leadership, including collaboration, group dynamics, continuous professional learning, school policy, school culture, design and facilitation of improvement initiatives, innovations in teaching and assessment practice, creation of coherent learning experiences, cross-cultural education, and technology. Students are encouraged to begin the program with other educators from the same school or district. Most students complete the degree in two to three years while continuing to teach full time. Some degree coursework is offered at convenient, off-campus sites in the Twin Cities area.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants must have teaching experience.
Special Application Requirements:
Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, but students are advised to submit application materials by the following preferred dates: November 1 (Spring), March 1 (Summer), July 1 (Fall). International students must apply six weeks earlier than those dates listed.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 30 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. There is no final exam.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Course Requirements
OLPD 5364 - Context and Practice of Educational Leadership (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5374 - Leadership for Professional Development (4.0 cr)
CI 5155 - Contemporary Approaches to Curriculum: Instruction and Assessment (3.0 cr)
or OLPD 5387 - Leadership for Teaching and Learning (3.0 cr)
CI 5177 - Practical Research (1.0-3.0 cr)
or OLPD 5501 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5361 - Project in Teacher Leadership (3.0 cr)
14 or more credits of elective courses with adviser approval. Students often choose elective credits aligned with certificates in staff development, school technology, reading, and school administration.
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
This sub-plan is not accepting new students at this time. Course requirements are the same as the Twin Cities program.
Course requirements are the same as the Twin Cities program.
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OLPD 5364 - Context and Practice of Educational Leadership
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Current research/practice on educational leadership. Focuses on creating school cultures conducive to continuous improvement/change. Strategies for personal/organizational leadership in PK-12 settings.
OLPD 5374 - Leadership for Professional Development
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Designing, implementing, evaluating staff development in preK-12 settings. Research-based standards for effective staff development. Need for embedded time for collaborative learning, evaluating staff/student outcomes. prereq: Postbaccaleaureate, at least 3 yrs teaching experience
CI 5155 - Contemporary Approaches to Curriculum: Instruction and Assessment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Current research/issues that cross disciplinary boundaries in curriculum development, instructional practices, and assessment methods. Interrelations among curriculum, instruction, and assessment within framework of constructivist learning theory. Individual classroom practices/theories. prereq: Grad students only
OLPD 5387 - Leadership for Teaching and Learning
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Multiple aspects of administrating teaching/learning. Administration of teaching/learning as system in inclusive schools. Questions administrator must ask as leader of learning for students/adults. Addresses competencies required under MN AR 3512 for administrative licensure. prereqs: OLPD 5385 Licensure Seminar: Program Policies and Inclusionary Leadership or concurrent registration and OLPD 5386 Leadership Portfolio or concurrent registration.
CI 5177 - Practical Research
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Preparation for identifying a research and development topic, reviewing the existing knowledge on the topic, planning and carrying out a project, further investigating the topic, and writing a report on the project. prereq: CI MEd student, or CI or EdPA Teacher Leadership MEd student
OLPD 5501 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: OLPD 5501/EPsy 5243
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to program evaluation. Planning an evaluation study, collecting and analyzing information, reporting results; evaluation strategies; overview of the field of program evaluation.
OLPD 5361 - Project in Teacher Leadership
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: CI 5178/OLPD 5361
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Create, implement, evaluate, and present a leadership project designed to initiate positive change in educational environments. Review of related literature, proposal development, project development, implementation and evaluation, critical reflection, sharing learning outcomes. . If Administrative Licensure candidate see advisor. prereqs: Grad students working on K-12 Administrative Licensure and/or Master in Education (Leadership in Education)