Why Study School Supervision and Instructional Leadership?

Graduate | Education | CEBAH

Quality school administrators and teacher leaders help shape the future of education. Become a leader by enrolling in the School Supervision and Instructional Leadership Master of Science Program at UWRF. We offer two tracks - the Principal License and Director of Instruction License Track or the Teacher Leadership Track - so you can opt for the path that best meets your personal and professional goals.  

Who is this program designed for?

  • Educators and current administrators who want to be licensed as principals or curriculum directors in Wisconsin. 
  • Educators interested in becoming leaders in their classroom.

Program Details

  • Connected and Practical: We offer integrated content and coursework that is practical and continues throughout the one-year program.
  • Relevant content: Experiences and internships in class will be based on best practices and relevant to your current situation.
  • Embracing growth: You choose the path that meets your goals and decide how you will apply and explore the content.
  • Effective relationships: The trust you build upfront with relationships will allow you to move through the program feeling supported and confident.

This 33-credit program is delivered through an accelerated cohort learning community model. Students meet face-to-face over four semesters, including two weeks in two summers and one weekend per month during the school year. Cohorts meet in locations throughout Wisconsin. The program may adapt to online learning if needed.

Core Courses

EDLS 760 Action Research, 1 credit
EDLS 761 Leadership Development Seminar I, 4 credits
EDLS 770 Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment PK-12, 3 credits
EDLS 768 Professional Development, 3 credits
EDLS 769 Student Services, 2 credits
EDLS 766 Leadership Development Seminar II, 4 credits

Licensure Track Courses

EDLS 763 The Principalship, 3 credits
EDLS 771 Internship Seminar I, 3 credits
EDLS 773 The Director of Instruction, 3 credits
EDLS 772 Internship Seminar II, 3 credits
EDLS 765 School Law & Politics of Education, 2 credits
EDLS 767 Finance and Facilities, 2 credits

Teacher Leader Track Courses

TED 751 Learning in Community, 3 credits
TED 792 Professional Development Capstone I, 3 credits
TED 753 Cultivating Social Justice & Equity, 3 credits
TED 793 Professional Development Capstone II, 3 credits
TED 769 The Profession: Current Trends, 2 credits
TED 767 Independent Experiential Learning Seminar, 2 credits

Transfer Credits

There is a possibility some of your previously completed graduate credits may transfer. Please request a transfer credit request form from pamela.bowen@uwrf.edu.  

To be considered for admission, you must meet the following requirements:

  • An earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a four-point scale) or an average of at least 2.90 based on the last 64 semester credits (90 quarter credits) of the undergraduate program
  • At least three years of experience in an educational setting (required for WI administrative license)

To apply, submit all required materials, including:

  • A completed, online graduate application and payment of the processing fee
  • A one-page personal letter of intent indicating the reasons for your interest in this program
  • Resum√©
  • Official transcripts from your undergraduate degree granting institution (required) and any graduate schools attended (if applicable)

A criminal background check is not required as part of the application but will be required for all accepted students prior to formal admission. Accepted students will receive an email from the College of Education, Business and Allied Health Associate Dean about this process. Indications of any criminal history on the background check are not considered in the application review process but may require a meeting with the college Associate Dean. Additionally, the program cannot guarantee any graduate an educational license nor job opportunities. Some licensing agencies and some school districts may choose not to consider applicants with criminal histories. 

Apply online.

School Supervision and Instructional Leadership

pamela.bowen@uwrf.edu // 715-425-0633

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Understand the diverse needs of students and how to effectively lead and serve diverse populations
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the areas of curriculum, instruction and assessment.

Types of Courses

  • Action Research
  • Cultivating Social Justice & Equity
  • Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment PK-12
  • Finance and Facilities
  • School Law & Politics of Education
  • Student Services
  • The Director of Instruction
  • The Principalship
  • The Profession: Current Trends
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