K-12 Principal Licensure

The Specialist in Educational Leadership degree is designed to develop school leaders who demonstrate racial competence and the experience, expertise, and tools immediately relevant to lead today’s racially diverse schools.  Completion of the specialist degree leads to recommendation for administrative licensure as a Minnesota K-12 Principal.

Delivery Model

The educational specialist degree for administrative licensure is delivered using a hybrid cohort model. The classes are held on Saturdays, one class in the morning and one class in the afternoon. The classes meet face to face, five times per semester, with the remaining coursework to be done online and/or in schools. 

Types of Administrative License

K-12 Principal

Location

New cohorts for Specialist in Educational Leadership begin each fall, spring, and summer semesters in Edina. 

Typical Plan of Study:

Course Numbers

Course

Semester

Credits

EdLd 671

Introduction to School Administration

Semester 1

3

EdLd 672

Policy and Administration

Semester 1

3

EdLd 673

Leadership and Special Programs

Semester 2

3

EdLd 674

Supervision and Administration

Semester 2

3

EdLd 665

Legal Issues in Administration

Semester 3

3

EdLd 698

Internship in Administration #1

Semester 3

3

EdLd 679

Advanced School Administration and Finance

Semester 4

3

EdLd 682

Field Based Research

Semester 4

3

EdLd 698

Internship in Administration #2

Semester 5

3

EdLd 670

Portfolio Review- Situational Observation

Semester 5

3

 

 

Total Credits

30

Application Requirements

Completed a master’s degree from an accredited university.

Minnesota Administrative Licensure Requirements

The Educational Specialist degree, plan of study is designed to meet the Minnesota State Statue requirements for administrative licensure. 

In addition to completing the coursework in the plan of study, students must hold a teaching license and have 3 years of documented teaching experience.

Students who do not meet the teaching license requirement can meet this requirement by completing an additional teaching internship course, EdLd 697 Internship in Teaching.  

Applying to Graduate School

To apply to the graduate school, go the following web site http://grad.mnsu.edu/applying

You will need to submit the following materials to the College of Graduate Studies

  • Application for Graduate Study  
  • Official transcripts from institutions(s) you have previously attended.
    • Transcripts can be mailed directly to:
      Office of Admissions
      Minnesota State University, Mankato
      122 Taylor Center
      Mankato, MN 56001

      Transcripts can be e-mailed directly to gradapp@mnsu.edu.
  • $40.00 nonrefundable application fee

In the application check that you are seeking an Educational Specialist Degree.  The proposed graduate Department/Program:  Educational Leadership/Specialist. The term you wish to enter is insert preferred start semester.  Your student status will be full time.

For additional information/Q&A regarding the Specialist in Educational Leadership program, please contact:

Candace F. Raskin, Ed.D.

Educational Leadership Coordinator of Graduate Programs

candace.raskin@mnsu.edu  |  952-818-8881