Master of Education in educational leadership

Designed to assist teachers in improving their competence in leadership roles, formal and informal, in the schools and community. Gain the knowledge and skills needed to inspire and foster positive change in your educational community. The degree will allow for application to the Michigan School Administrator Certificate at the building level for Elementary and Secondary Administrator K-12.

Important dates

  • Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer admissions

Accelerated Graduate Enrollment program

The Accelerated Graduate Enrollment (AGRADE) program is available to academically strong students completing their undergraduate degree. This allows students to begin master's degree coursework while simultaneously completing their bachelor's degree. Students can complete the requirements for both degrees in an accelerated timeline. For requirements and course information, refer to the academic bulletin.

Program features

  • Online courses, hybrid and traditional format
  • Courses taught by administrators, including superintendents, principals, and central office administrators
  • Program can be completed in 5 semesters


Students applying for a master's degree must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher. Official transcripts of all college level work, both undergraduate and graduate, are to be mailed directly or electronically provided to the Graduate Admissions office by the institution where the work was completed.

The admission application is online. The online application is for all students (new and returning) unless you are a current student in a graduate program at Wayne State University and you are adding an additional program.  For students adding an additional program, please use the College of Education Graduate Change of Status Application.

Upon notification of the assignment of an advisor, the applicant should call for an appointment to complete a plan of work. The plan of work is the student's "contract" with the University specifying both the number and title of courses to be taken in the program.


The Master of Education is 30 credits. The program is designed for the working professional. Students complete an individualized plan of work with their advisor.

Semester I

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7
EDA 7625 Leadership, Administration and the Principalship 4
EDA 7660 Administrative Leadership in School-Community Relations 3

Semester II

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
EDA 8650 Staff Development and School Improvement 3
EDA 7730 Intersectional Issues in Educational Leadership 3

Semester III

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7
EDA 7675 Public School Finance and Budgeting 4
EDA 8990 Internship in Administration 3

Semester IV

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7
EDA 7690 Introduction to Michigan School Law 4
ED 7999 Terminal Master's Seminar and Essay/Project
Or EPS 8880 Workshop: Administrative & Organizational Studies
Or Elective

Semester V

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 3
EDA 8625 Introduction to School Human Resources 3


Carla Harting, Ph.D.
Associate professor of teaching and program coordinator 

William Hill, Ed.D.
Assistant dean and assistant professor (clinical)

Stacey Brockman, Ph.D.
Assistant professor

Erica Edwards, Ph.D.
Associate professor

Sarah Lenhoff, Ph.D.
Associate professor

Ben Pogodzinski, Ph.D.

Reynolds Rema, Ph.D.

Administrative & Organizational Studies

Phone: 313-577-1805

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