NLU Wisconsin - Master's in Educational Leadership(M.Ed./Ed.S.)

The Wisconsin DPI-approved Master's in Educational Leadership in Administration and Supervision at National Louis University is designed for licensed and experienced educators who want to take on leadership roles — including principal positions — in K-12 educational settings.

Consider getting your graduate degree in Educational Leadership at NLU if you:

  • Want to earn your Wisconsin Type 10 Director of Instruction and Type 51 Principal licenses.
  • Desire to take on a leadership role in education

A non-licensure degree program is also available for those who do not qualify for or are not interested in the licensure or endorsements listed above. Individuals who might be interested in this program include principals of private or charter schools and anyone without a state of Wisconsin teaching license.

Why NLU for a Master's in Educational Leadership in Administration and Supervision

NLU has a long-standing reputation for its education and administrator training programs, and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Since 1886, we’ve trained thousands educators and continue to graduate the majority of Illinois’ Golden Apple Award winners — one of the most prestigious teacher honors in the state of Illinois. Our students have the opportunity to earn their Wisconsin Type 10 Director of Instruction and Type 51 Principal licenses during their education. Our instructors bring both academic skills and their extensive leadership experience to the classroom, which brings unique depth to NLU’s Degrees in Education programs.

What You Will Learn

  • How to design and analyze system priorities and improvement plans
  • How to effectively lead and manage, while building collaboration in a school environment to ensure both student and faculty success
  • How to work more effectively with a team to identify, clarify and solve organizational challenges
  • How to evaluate financial and budgetary appropriations
  • How to effectively evaluate and supervise staff

Career Outlook

Employment for school administrators is projected to grow about 8 percent between 2008 and 2018. Job opportunities should be excellent due to a large number of expected retirements and fewer applicants.

Convenient 18 Month Format

NLU’s Wisconsin Administration and Supervision program is offered in two convenient blended formats designed to fit your professional and personal commitments. Classes meet in person just once or twice per month with additional participation in our online classroom.

Master of Education (M.Ed.): The M.Ed. degree is designed for licensed professional teachers seeking advanced preparation for administrative leadership positions.

Education Specialist (Ed.S.): The Ed.S. degree is a post-master’s, pre-doctoral degree designed to meet the needs of school leaders who have completed their master’s level work.

Additional Program Requirements

A required internship component is part of the NLU licensure program. Students will complete a variety of significant school leadership experiences and will have an internship advisor from NLU to support them throughout their program.

The internship is based on the state of Wisconsin requirements. Candidates will complete a set of competencies designed to prepare them to be effective administrators.

The internship also includes video evaluation of teacher performance, mock interviews, resume building, etc. The non-licensure track replaces the 6 semester hours of internship (EDL598) with electives in the field of leadership or education. Recommended electives are EDL510, Leadership and Organizational Development of Schools, and EDL512, Communication and Technology Skills for School Leaders.

State Licensure Requirements


Candidates need to hold or be eligible to hold a professional educator license to teach at the early childhood through adolescence level or must hold or be eligible to hold a professional educator license as school counselor, a school psychologist or a school social worker. Candidates must also have three years professional experience.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet NLU’s general admission requirements as well as program requirements for the Administration and Supervision program. Refer to the appropriate Application Checklist available online at

Get more information today about enrolling in NLU’s Administration and Supervision program. Talk to your Enrollment Advisor or call 888.NLU.TODAY (888.658.8632).

Please note: The Wisconsin Department of Education (DPI) may change the state licensure and endorsement requirements at any time and without prior notice. Teacher candidates will be bound by the requirements in place when applying for licensure, not by the licensurerequirements in place when beginning their program. That is, the state may specify that a new regulation is immediately applicable to all candidates with no provisions made for candidates who began their work on licensureunder different regulations.


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