Educational Leadership Master of Education (M.Ed.)

This program is designed to assist teachers in improving their competence in leadership roles, formal and informal, in the schools and community. This degree will allow for application to the Michigan School Administrator Certificate at the building level for Elementary and Secondary Administrator K-12.


The 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 have the opportunity to complete the requirements for both degrees in an accelerated timeline. For requirements and course information, refer to the academic bulletin.


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.

Course Requirements


Semester I

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
EDA 7625 Leadership, Administration and the Principalship 4
LDT 6135 Technology Applications in School Administration 2

Semester II

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 7
EDA 7675 Public School Finance and Budgeting 4
EDA 8650 Staff Development and School Improvement 3

Semester III

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
EDA 7660 Admin. Leadership in School-Community Relations 3
EDA 8990 Internship in Administration 3

Semester IV

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 6
EDA 7690 Michigan School Law 4
EDP 7350 The Learning Process OR EER 7610 - Evaluation and Measurement 2

Semester V

Courses Cr. Hrs.
Total 5
ED 7999 Terminal Master's Seminar and Essay/Project 3
EDP 7350 The Learning Process OR EER 7610 - Evaluation and Measurement 2

Courses are available in online, hybrid and traditional format


Dr. Carla Harting, Ph.D.
Lecturer and program coordinator 

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

Dr. Erica Edwards, Ph.D.
Assistant professor

Dr. Sarah Lenhoff, Ph.D.
Associate professor

Dr. Ben Pogodzinski, Ph.D.
Associate professor

Dr. Carolyn Shields, Ph.D.

Administrative & Organizational Studies
Phone: 313-577-1805

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