Master of Arts in Education with Principal or Program Administrator Certification

Total Credits: Minimum of 16 for certification, 32 for the Master’s Degree (MAE) and certification.

Program Length: Minimum 10 months for certification, 1 year for MAE.  May be extended to accommodate individual needs.

Program Start: July

Class times: Classes in the fall and spring semesters are held typically Tuesday evenings via an online platform (Elluminate), which allows real-time interaction between classmates and faculty, and also once a month on Saturdays on the PLU campus. During the summers, classes are on-site typically three afternoons/evenings per week.

Course schedule (subject to change)

Summer Session
EDUC 576, Personnel Development (3)
EDUC 577, School Finance (2)
EDUC 578, School Law (3)
EPSY 583, Current Issues in Exceptionality (2)

Fall Semester
EDUC 582, Instructional Leadership I: Standards Based Teaching, Learning and Assessment (4)
EPSY 541A, Assessing Student and Staff Instructional Needs (1)
EDUC 555A, Family and Community Engagement (1)
EDUC 595, Internship in Educational Administration (2)
EDUC 596, Reflective Seminar (1)

January (J-Term) Session:
EPSY 542, Group Dynamics and Instructional Leadership (2)

Spring Semester:
EDUC 583, Instructional Leadership II: Teaching Development and the School Improvement Process (4)
EPSY 541B, Assessing Student and Staff Instructional Needs (1)
EDUC 555B, Family and Community Engagement (1)
EDUC 595, Internship in Educational Administration (2)
EDUC 596, Reflective Seminar (1)
EDUC 593, Culminating Professional Portfolio (2)

Master of Arts in Education in Instructional Leadership

Total Credits: 32

Program Length: 10 – 12 months (depending if a professional certificate is already held and the results of a juried review). May be extended to accommodate individual needs.

Program Start: July – those who already hold a professional certificate may be able to begin in September instead, depending on the results of their juried review.

Course Schedule (subject to change)

Summer Session
For teachers who do not hold a professional certificate:
EDUC 580, Instructional Theory and Practice I: Culture, Context and Community (4)
EDUC 581, Instructional Theory and Practice II: Thinking, Doing and Knowing (4)
EPSY 540, Teacher Portfolio Assessment (2)

For teachers who have a professional certificate, up to 10 hours may be awarded:
EPSY 540X, Demonstrating Teacher Competency and Student Achievement (2-10)

Submit a portfolio for juried review. If the portfolio contents are determined to be at or beyond the Descriptions of Practice level, the candidate may be awarded up to 10 tuition-free credits to be applied toward the 32-credit program/degree.

Fall Semester
EDUC 582, Instructional Leadership I: Standards Based Teaching, Learning and Assessment (4)
EPSY 541A, Assessing Student and Staff Instructional Needs (1)
EDUC 555A, Family and community Engagement (1)

January (J-Term) Session
EPSY 542, Group Dynamics and Instructional Leadership (2)

Spring Semester
EDUC 583, Instructional Leadership II: Teaching Development and the School Improvement Process (4)
EPSY 541B, Assessing Student and Staff Instructional Needs (1)
EDUC 555B, Family and Community Engagement (1)

Summer Session
EDUC 584, Schools and Districts as Learning Organizations (2)
EDUC 558, Reflective Seminar in Teacher Leadership (4)
EPSY 583, Current Issues in Exceptionality (2)