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Introduction to the ELP Department

The Department of Educational Leadership, a division of the College of Education, emphasizes the application of theory and research to the practice of administration in K-12 schools as well as preparation for scholarly and administrative endeavors in higher education or other educational policy arenas.

As a result of the department's strong national reputation and faculty members' leadership in national organizations such as the University Council for Educational Administration and the American Educational Research Association, students are kept informed of the latest theory, research, and program advancements in the field.

The department provides research and training opportunities through liaison with many local and state education agencies and associations such as surrounding school districts, the Utah State Office of Education (USOE), and the Utah Consortium for Educational Leadership (UCEL). The department is also affiliated with the Utah Education Policy Center.

Introduction to the Program

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy offers an M.Ed. in K-12 School Administration. The M.Ed. in K-12 School Administration with Administrative Licensure program is a two year degree seeking professional program (42 credit hours).

School Administration candidates are required to complete 27 credit hours of core leadership coursework in addition to 15 hours of Internship Seminar. In order to qualify for the K-12 administrative license a student must 1) complete a master's degree in educational leadership, 2) hold a valid Utah Level 2 educator license, and 3) complete 450 required internship hours.

The School Administration coursework is structured as a two-year cohort program, with students enrolling and engaging in coursework and internship throughout the program. The ELP courses are offered in the evening to accommodate working professionals.

Upon successful completion of the program, candidates earn a master's degree (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and Policy and may also qualify for a Utah State Office of Education approved licensure in the area of K-12 Administration.

Program Mission

The mission of the K-12 School Administration program is to develop K-12 school leaders that are equipped with the skills necessary to raise student achievement, to close the achievement gap, and to create democratic and equitable school communities. The program is designed to help potential administrators develop the knowledge and skills essential for effective administrative performance in K-12 schools. As a professional program, course work is based in theory and practice and internship/field experiences develop both conceptual understandings and practical skills.

Conceptual Framework

The content and processes of the K-12 School Administration program are founded on a knowledge base thoroughly developed and cited in the educational leadership preparation literature. The knowledge, skills, and dispositions promoted in the program lead to the fundamental goal of improving learning for all students. To accomplish this goal, the conceptual framework of the program is two-dimensional.

The first dimension reflects the thematic organization of the program around three major themes:

    1. Leadership,
    2. Context and Foundations of Schooling, and
    3. Informed Decision Making.

The second dimension of the program reflects the valued outcomes of schooling:

    1. School Effectiveness and Efficiency (emphasizing improved teaching & learning processes & outcomes);
    2. Equity and Social Justice (addressing the understanding of school inequity in terms of educational access and outcomes for children); and
    3. Democratic Community (using democratic processes and building democratic professional & school communities.

Leadership for Effective, Equitable, & Democratic Schools

ELP 6210 (3) - Leading Schools
ELP 6110 (3) - Leading Organizational Change in Schools
ELP 6330 (3) - Instructional Leadership

Context and Foundations of Effective, Equitable, & Democratic Schooling

ELP 6410 (3) - Introduction to Educational Law for School Administrators
ELP 6430 (3) - The Politics of Education
ELP 6450 (3) - Administration of Educational Resources

Informed Decision-Making for Effective, Equitable, & Democratic Schools

ELP 6960 (3) – Engaged Community Partnerships
ELP 6050 (3) - Program Planning and Evaluation through Data Informed Decision Making
ELP 6480 (3) – Leadership, Diversity and Social Justice in K12 Schools

Capstone Field Experience to Promote Effective, Equitable, & Democratic Schools

ELP 6710 (15) - Administrative Internship & Seminar in K-12 Schools


Last Updated: 2/15/17