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MEd K12 School Leadership

Application Deadline: 3/15/24

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Program Information

Note: Students can apply for both Summer and Fall by 3/15/2024, and then by 7/01/2024 for Fall late consideration.

The M.Ed. in K12 School Leadership with Licensure Program is a four-semester degree for experienced educators with a current Utah Professional Educator license.  The program is designed to provide future administrators with the knowledge and skills essential for leadership in K12 schools. As a professional program, coursework and course assigned field practicum experiences develop both the conceptual understandings and practical skills that lead to the development of excellent and effective school administrators.

  • Applications are accepted for summer and fall semesters;
  • Program completion in four semesters (36 credit hours);
  • Students attend as a flex cohort, enrolling in two content courses (3 credit hours each) and one field-based practicum course (3 credit hours) per semester while working full-time;
  • All courses are offered in the evening hours (class start time is 4:35 p.m.);
  • Classes are scheduled one night per week in the fall and spring semesters and two nights per week in the summer semester block (7 weeks);
  • Classes will be held on the University of Utah Campus.
  • Courses are designed using a project-based learning approach – with an expectation of learning through practice.
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At a Glance

Program Emphasis
Credit Hours
36 Credits
Application Deadline
Application Fee
Degree Conferred


Applicants for the K12 School Leadership M.Ed. program must meet the following minimum requirements: 

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • current Utah Professional Educator License;
  • minimum three years' experience as a licensed educator (teacher, social work, counselor, etc.) in a public, charter, or private school.

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IMPORTANT:  Under the Program Information section on the Slate application, first choose your program of interest, which is Educational Ldrship & Policy MEd. Then choose your area of emphasis - K12 School Leadership.

Please upload the following under the appropriate sections on the application:


Explain why you have chosen school administration as a future career path. Describe how you have demonstrated your leadership potentialas an educator. Include why the University of Utah program is the best fit for you. Please limit your response to 300 words or less.

WRITING SAMPLES - please respond to both prompts!
Prompt #A: Describe a time in which you feel you made a positive impact to a student’s learning experience. Please limit your response to 300 words or less.
Prompt #B: Describe a specific situation where you have demonstrated leadership as an educator that furthered access, equity and diversity within schools. How did this experience illustrate your potential as a social justice leader? Please limit your response to 300 words or less.


Submit a resume that outlines your educational professional history.  Be specific in the roles you have had that demonstrate leadership potential (i.e. experiences as department chair, committee chair, specialist assignments, professional development leader/coach, etc.)


Request that letters of recommendation be submitted through the Slate application portal.

1) a confidential letter of recommendation from your current supervisor.

2) in addition, two other letters of recommendation from either a supervisor (current or previous) or a professional colleague.  All letters will need to address your leadership capabilities and potential.


PLEASE NOTE:  We do NOT require a GRE test score.


selected applicants will be invited to a Zoom-based screening interview

Applicants are responsible to ensure that all application materials are provided on or prior to the application semester deadline. Applications that are incomplete at the application deadline may not be considered.

If you have questions or concerns at any time please contact the program director, Dr Shari Fraser at 801.581.6714 or

Learning Outcomes

The K12 School Leadership master’s degree is a four semester program for experienced educators seeking a career in school administration.  The program provides future school administrators with the knowledge and skills essential for today’s leadership in K12 schools. 


ELP 6020 Systems Thinking and Student Support
This course solidifies students’ leadership perspective with adopting and developing the thinking and practices of systems and supports. Specific systems will include Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) for behavior and academics, school wide behavior management system (PBIS), teacher support, and a school wide culture that supports these systems.

ELP 6120 Evidence Informed Leadership for Learning
The ability to “use data”—to gather, organize, analyze, and present data to plan, execute, and monitor school improvement—is increasingly recognized as a critical skill for education professionals. This course is designed to help education leaders learn the basic concepts of data literacy, applied data analysis, and data-informed decision-making to lead data use and equitable improvement planning within their organizations.

ELP 6230 Ethics, Law, and Policy
This course provides an introduction to the legal principles and laws affecting the administration and management of K-12 schools with an emphasis on special education law and policy.  The course will focus on the interplay of legal and ethical decision-making within leadership practice.

ELP 6250 Leadership for School Improvement
This course focuses on understanding and developing leadership knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to promote change in K-12 educational organizations, including school improvement tied to accountability policies. This course assumes that school improvement and organizational change seek to build equity and justice (or dismantle systemic injustice and inequities). The content of the course includes perspectives that inform how practitioners collaborate to design and plan organizational change, use a research base on implementation and effectiveness of previous change initiatives, respond to conflict about and resistance to change, build organizational capacity, and sustain people through change processes in the long-term.

 ELP 6350 Leadership for Teaching and Learning
This course introduces students to concepts of instructional leadership with a concentration in applied practice in the areas of observation, evaluation and supervision. The intent of this course is to expose students to the theories, principles and practices of instructional leadership, adult learning theory and developing a positive, effective, school wide learning environment.

ELP 6412 Designing and Leading Professional Learning
This course prepares educational leaders to develop powerful, research-based professional learning opportunities to generate equitable outcomes for organizational change and school improvement. Students will experience professional learning designs as they learn to select, design, and facilitate learning opportunities for individuals and groups in their schools.

ELP 6420 Leveraging Educational Resources
This course is designed to prepare students to utilize, manage and administer educational resources at the school level.  Students will examine the trends, issues, scope and practices of school finance, personnel administration and time management.  A focus will be placed on understanding the analysis of issues involved in the alignment of a shared vision and the planning and strategies to guide educational resource allocation.

ELP 6511 Leadership for Equity and Social Change
This course will focus on the learning of concepts from social justice leadership and culturally relevant practice; and how application of these concepts can change the discourse and practice of school leaders to help create a shared vision of equitable schools that promote a school climate and culture that is safe for all student’s backgrounds.

ELP 6710 K12 Practicum
The Leadership Practicum is the fieldwork experience for administrative licensure candidates. It combines a hybrid model seminar with field experiences that supports progress towards completion of all components designed to meet ELP Department expectations and USBE School Leadership Licensure requirements.


In addition to the required content courses, students in the school leadership licensure programs will have a hybrid practicum course each semester.  This will serve as the (fieldwork) experience for school leadership licensure candidates.  This course combines an individualized approach to field experiences with seminar and workshop support. The practicum experience supports the student’s progress towards requirements designed to meet ELP Department expectations and USBE School Leadership Licensure requirements.

 Practicum Course Format

Seminars, Workshops, Cohort Meetings
Seminars and workshops may include guest speakers, panel discussions, skills practice, network opportunities and sharing of developing and established school leadership expertise. Seminars, workshops, and cohort meetings will be scheduled during each semester.  Cohort meetings are for the purpose of updating all licensure students with current and relevant program information.

School Site Practicums
Each student will complete a total of ten days of school-based JOB SHADOWS during the program. Three days are to be scheduled at each of the elementary, middle, and high school level. Please note that it is expected that the job shadows occur during a regular school day. 

Leadership for Learning Guide
The Leadership for Learning Guide has been developed to support the school leadership licensure candidate to engage, observe, participate, and explore multiple tasks and activities that are required of school administrators.  These tasks and activities have been designed around the Utah State Standards for Educational Leadership. The student will use this guide as a self-paced learning project throughout the course of their program of study.

Info Sessions

Program Information Meetings

Monday, June 10 4:00 PM

Monday, June 24 4:00 PM

Meetings will be held via Zoom:

For more details, please contact Marilynn Howard
in the ELP office at 801-581-6714 (
or Shari Fraser, Program Advisor at


Dr. Shari Fraser - Program Director

Marilynn Howard - Graduate Student Coordinator

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