The 36-credit curriculum, designed to be completed in two years, includes the study of the learning process; how principals can serve as instructional leaders; organizational development; curriculum development; school law, ethics, finance, community relations and extensive study of leadership theory and practice.
The program uses a cohort model with an anticipated cohort size of 24 candidates. Students engage in extensive field and clinical experiences throughout the program, so that graduates will be ready to assume the responsibilities of an educational leader who can apply both first-hand knowledge and theories to confidently manage any challenge.
- The program normally completed in two years allows students to maintain their present teaching position while earning their degree.
- Course activities and assessments are personalized, sequential, learner-centered and aligned with the Iowa Standards for School Leaders.
- Students complete elementary, secondary and special education administrative experiences to better prepare for future opportunities as administrators and instructional leaders.
- Students present a master's research project and an electronic portfolio that demonstrate their potential for leadership.
- Students benefit from face-to-face instruction, Iowa Communications Network sites around the state and online portal systems for course delivery.