- The Master of Science in Educational Leadership program has been approved by the Michigan Department of Education for administrative certification.
- The program adheres to national and State of Michigan leadership standards established by the Interstate Leadership Licensure Consortium (ISLLC).
- Students complete a year-long internship involving seminar sessions and field experience.
The internship is a major milestone of the program enabling the student to identify a leadership opportunity addressing a need of his or her institution or district, develop a proposal that includes the graduate student in a leadership role for the project, and to work with his or her supervisor to carry out the project. The project or activity must have substance and legitimacy and respond to a real need in the school or district. The project is carried out over a period of time, part of which is concurrent with enrollment in EDU 6320 & EDU 6330: Internship Project in Educational Leadership and Seminar. The student works closely with the course instructor and field mentor during the internship experience to develop a proposal, carry out the project while keeping a running journal commentary on the progress of the student's learning, develop a portfolio based on ISLLC standards, write a paper describing and analyzing the project, and share the results with classmates during the final sessions of the seminar.
- Students benefit from personal attention from faculty and advisors at Madonna University.
The College of Education takes pride in the fact that each student is appreciated as an individual with our small and friendly program and class sizes. In addition, the Educational Leadership program has a purposeful balance of full-time faculty and adjunct faculty who are educational practitioners. The faculty coordinates program goals, objectives and content to provide a coherent plan of study for an optimal blend of theory and practice.
- The capstone course in the program, Education 6930: Seminar in Educational Leadership, ties together the leadership themes of the program as they relate to current issues and practice and requires students to write a personal credo, explore the knowledge, dispositions and performances of established leaders, analyze case studies, and participate in role plays of leadership situations, all based on national leadership standards.