Instructional Leadership Masters

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This degree is intended for individuals who teach or lead programs in grades K through 12.  The Instructional Leadership Masters degree provides flexibility through electives that may be taken in specific areas to enhance the candidate's area of concentration.  This is a 35 hour masters program.   This program does not lead to Building Level licensure. 

Satisfactory completion of admission requirements, the comprehensive examination (completed in one of the final two semesters), and all course work are  required to be eligible for graduation.

23 credit hours of Core Courses

ED 818 Professional Development and the Adult Learner 3 credit hours
ED 819 Mentoring and Coaching 3 credit hours
ED 535 Cultural Awareness 3 credit hours
ED 820 Curriculum Leadership:  Models and Strategies 3 credit hours
ED 887 Developing Authentic Assessments credit hours
ED 898 Practicum in Instructional Leadership (to be taken last semester) 3 credit hours
EA 885 Human Relations & Group Processes 2 credit hours
ER 752 Analysis of Research 3 credit hours
  Total 23 credit hours


12 credit hours from the following approved elective list:

EA830 School Leadership Theory 3 cr EL721 Reading Theory & Lit Practices, Elem 3 cr
EA849 Educational Law 3 cr EL821 Curr Dev & Strategy Instr in Reading  3 cr
EA773 Adv. Ed Psychology 3 cr IT727 Integrating Tech Uses in Educ 2 or 3 cr hrs
ED833 Beliefs, Values & Issues 3 cr IT743 Technology Management 3 cr
ED837 Brain Based Learning 3 cr PY864 Creative Teaching & Learning 3 cr
ED865 Adv. Theory  & Practice Tchg 3 cr PY743 Leadership 3 cr
ED886 Designing Instructional Prog 3 cr SD800 Consultation/Collaboration 3 cr
EL721 Reading Theory & Lit Practices, Elem 3 cr

SD703 or


Assessment in Schools 3 cr


Students must follow the graduate degree procedures of the Department of School Leadership/Middle and Secondary Teacher Education and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Emporia State University. The criteria for admission include the following:

1.  GPA (a minimum of 2.5 on last 60 undergraduate hours) - Official transcripts sent to the Graduate office

2.  Completion of either the Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test scores [MAT Dates]

3.  Successful Completion of the Departmental Graded Essay Form. (form)

4.  Supervisor’s Personal References (two references completed by supervising administrators on forms provided) (form)

5.  Complete the Disposition form, sign and return the last page. (form)

6.  Copy of teaching certificate

7.  Completion of Comprehensive exam at the end of the program - sign up through the department

8.   ESU faculty approval utilizing the ‘Graduate Admissions Rating Form’

Admission points are assigned on each of the above elements. The stronger the performance, the greater the number of points assigned. Admission points are totaled on the Graduate Admissions Rating Form.

Additional information regarding any of the stated criteria is available upon request. Students are urged to begin immediately upon notice of probationary acceptance to make arrangements or complete details to gain degree candidacy.


Knowledge of and compliance with the requirements for any graduate degree are primarily the responsibility of the student. Consequently, careful reading and study of the graduate catalog should be a self-imposed prerequisite for all students applying for admission to graduate study. The graduate catalog is available upon request from the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Application for admission must be made on a form provided by the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Copies of official transcripts of all college credit must be supplied. (Transcripts must include the baccalaureate degree and all transfer credit that is to be applied to the master's degree.)  Graduate office will not accept  faxes or electronic transcripts.


All work must be completed within a seven-year period. The seven-year period begins with the semester in which the first course applied to the degree was taken.


(paraphrased requirements from the KSDE regulations for Teacher Leader Licensure)

  1.  Must have earned a graduate degree;
    1. Verification of completion of a graduate-level teacher leader program and verification of successful completion of an evidence-centered assessment; or
    2. Verification by a teacher who has acquired the competencies established by the teacher leaders standards of successful completion of an evidence-centered assessment;
    3. Verification of at least one year of recent accredited experience or at least 8 semester hours of recent credit (usually covered by courses in our program);
    4. Verification of at least 5 years of accredited experience;
    5. Verification of a minimum 3.25 cum GPA on a 4.0 scale in graduate coursework;
    6. Verification of a currently valid professional teaching license;

If they are not a current practicing teacher leader in their school, they must complete the approved program for teacher leader (our instructional leadership program) and complete the evidence-centered assessment.  The evidence-centered assessment measures both subject matter knowledge and performance, which allows the teacher leader initial license to be at the professional school specialist license level.

Plus they have to apply for the license.  It is an initial professional school specialist license with an endorsement for teacher leader they will be applying to receive.