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 Graduate College

Principalship (MAE)

Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education
508 Schindler Education Center
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0604

Head: Dr. Victoria Robinson
Phone: (319) 273-3070

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Nicholas Pace
Phone: (319) 273-3564

Read the UNI Catalog description:

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education for other application requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at (Also

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed.  No exceptions will be made.

This major is available on the thesis and non-thesis options. A minimum of 43 semester hours is required on the thesis option; a minimum of 37 hours is required on the non-thesis option. A minimum of 32 hours of 200/6000-level course work, including 6 hours of EDLEAD 6299 (270:299), is required for the thesis option. A minimum of 32 hours of 200/6000-level course work is required for the non-thesis option.

Successful completion of a final oral comprehensive examination is required for the thesis option. The student must complete the usual degree and licensure/endorsement requirements and must complete a minimum of one year of successful teaching appropriate to the major prior to graduation. For endorsement the student must have three years of teaching experience at either the elementary or secondary level. This program is offered to cohort groups of 20-25 students on and off campus over the ICN, through the Web, and in face-to-face instructional sessions. This program will require the student to participate in the All Iowa cohort group or in the Urban Education Network (UEN) group for a period of two or three years. New cohort groups start each year at the beginning of the fall semester.

Required program courses
Educational Psychology:
EDPSYCH 6214 (200:214)Foundations of Instructional Psychology3
Leading Instruction in Schools
Special Education:
SPED 6260 (220:260)Special Education Law and Policy3
Measurement and Research:
MEASRES 6205 (250:205)Educational Research3
Additional educational leadership courses
Educational Leadership:25
EDLEAD 6206 (270:206)
Orientation to ISSL and Educational Leadership
EDLEAD 6232 (270:232)
School Governance, Law and Intersystems Relations
EDLEAD 6245 (270:245)
Leadership for Effective Schools
EDLEAD 6247 (270:247)
School Management for Student Learning
EDLEAD 6249 (270:249)
Leading Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum
EDLEAD 6282 (270:282)
Leading School Growth and Improvement
EDLEAD 6284 (270:284)
Evaluator Approval for Improved Student Learning
EDLEAD 6289 (270:289)
Seminar in Educational Leadership
Activities Administration
Community Connections
Technology for School Leaders
Educational Leadership:
EDLEAD 6291 (270:291)Internship2
EDLEAD 6292 (270:292)Capstone ISSL1
Total hours non-thesis Option37


Thesis Option add
EDLEAD 6299 (270:299)Research6
Total Hours thesis option43