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The graduate programs in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis are designed to meet the specific educational needs of the student in a particular area of emphasis. Graduates find employment in a wide range of settings including colleges and universities, public schools, policy agencies, professional associations, government and business and industry.

The PhD Program in ELPA requires a minimum of 60 hours beyond the master’s degree. The goal of the PhD program is the preparation of professional researchers and scholars who have high levels of competence in conducting research that adds to the knowledge base.

The program also has a goal of meeting the student’s individual career goals and interests through the development of an appropriate plan of study. Each emphasis area has slightly different requirements and areas of focus; however, all 3 emphasis areas require a department-wide core; emphasis area coursework; electives; a research core; and the completion of a minimum of 6 hours for the dissertation.

The Statewide Cooperative EdD Program in Educational Leadership is designed to enhance the knowledge and competencies of educational leaders so they provide optimal leadership in organizations that educate a wide range of learners from youth to adult. The program’s curriculum is designed to prepare leaders who are inquiring, reflective practitioners who are competent in defining and solving complex problems in education.

The Educational Specialist (EdSp) Program is designed to enhance the knowledge and competencies of PK-12 educational administrators and to lead to advanced principal certification and/or superintendent certification. The program has a thematic, integrated, problem-based curriculum intended to prepare school and district leaders who are inquiring, reflective practitioners. The curriculum is aligned with state standards for certification.

The department’s master’s programs are intended to provide initial preparation for leaders in a variety of educational contexts, including higher education and PK-12 schools. Programs vary according to emphasis area and are designed to meet student’s individual career goals and interests — e.g., student affairs administration, initial principal certification, and general higher education administration.

 

Degrees Offered

College Teaching Graduate Certificate

100% Online

Officially approved as:

Stand Alone: Yes
Degree Dependent: Yes

Total Credit Hours: 12

Certificate description: The purpose of the online graduate certificate in College Teaching is to enhance the teaching skills and career preparation of graduate students interested in obtaining academic positions in 2- and 4-year settings. This certificate will:

  1. Increase knowledge about teaching pedagogy to increase learning of college-level students;
  2. Increase knowledge about higher education institutions and students; and
  3. Encourage reflection into teaching philosophy and pedagogy to improve teaching effectiveness.

Certificate web site:
https://online.missouri.edu/degreeprograms/education/college-teaching/grad-cert/index.aspx?redirect=college-teaching/graduate-certificate

For information about certificate, contact:
Dr. Bradley Curs

Email
Phone: (573) 882-2759
Address: ELPA, 202 Hill Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211

Master’s Programs in ELPA

On Campus Requires Campus Visits

Admission Criteria

MEd in PK-12 Educational Leadership and Administration:

  • Priority deadline: March 1 (application review begins)
  • Final deadline: April 1  (all materials must be uploaded)
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 (A=4.0)

MA or MEd in Higher Education:

  • Fall deadline: January 15
  • Spring deadline: September 15
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 (A=4.0)

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Admissions screening and decisions for all graduate programs are not made until all required materials have been submitted. Admissions recommendations are based on a profile developed from data that include undergraduate (last 60 hours) and graduate grade point averages, recommendations, and evidence of successful related experiences.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the ELPA Program

  • 3 recommendations, two of which are from faculty who have taught/advised the applicant (for MEd/MA in Higher Ed applicants); one of which is from faculty and one of which is from a school leader (for the MEd in PK-12)
  • Departmental application (built into the Graduate Studies online application)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Current resume
  • Departmental assistantship application, if interested (student affairs assistantship application processes are separate; contact the department for more information).
  • Completed Missouri Educator Profile (MEP) for MEd in PK-12 applicants only

A minimum of 33 credit hours and a capstone project are required for the M Ed in Higher Education, 33 credit hours and a thesis are required for the MA in Higher Education, and 30 hours is required for the M Ed in PK-12 Educational Leadership and Administration, Elementary and Secondary Principal, Certification.

Education Specialist Program in ELPA

Requires Campus Visits

The program offers an Educational Specialist degree with emphasis in PK-12 Educational Leadership and Administration (Superintendent & Principal Certification).

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 (A=4.0)

Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed three times each year. Students will be informed of the results in enough time to enroll for the following semester. All materials must be submitted by these deadlines, when application review will begin.

  • To start summer semester, the application deadline is: March 1
  • To start fall semester, the application deadline is: July 1
  • To start spring semester, the application deadline is: October 1

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Admissions screening and decisions for all graduate programs are not made until all required materials have been submitted. Admissions recommendations are based on a profile developed from data that include undergraduate (last 60 hours) and graduate grade point averages, recommendations and evidence of successful professional experiences.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the ELPA Program

  • 3 recommendations, at least one of which is from faculty who have taught/advised the applicant
  • Departmental application (built into the Graduate Studies online application)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Current resume
  • Departmental assistantship application, if interested
  • Completed Missouri Educator Profile (MEP)

Doctorate of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership

Requires Campus Visits

The Statewide Cooperative EdD Program in Educational Leadership requires a minimum of 76 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. The program, offered in a cohort format, includes 34 hours of course work in 6 contiguous semesters, beginning in the summer and concluding in the spring semester 2 years later. In addition to course work credit, 12 credit hours of dissertation research are required.

Admission Criteria

  • December 1 of even-numbered years
  • Competitive GRE score
  • GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education from an accredited institution
  • GPA of 3.5 (4.0 scale) in graduate studies (master’s degree) from an accredited institution

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Admissions screening and decisions for all graduate programs are not made until all required materials have been submitted. Admissions recommendations are based on a profile developed from data that include undergraduate (last 60 hours) and graduate grade point averages, scores on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), recommendations, evidence of successful professional experiences.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Educational Leadership Program

  • Official GRE scores
  • 3 recommendations (two from faculty who have taught/advised the applicant)
  • Current resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Essay
  • ELPA departmental application (built into the Graduate Studies online application)

Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) Program in ELPA

On Campus

The program offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis with emphasis areas in Educational Administration, Educational Policy Studies, and Higher Education.

Admission Criteria

  • Fall deadline: January 15
  • Spring deadline: September 15
  • Competitive GRE score
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 (A=4.0)

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Admissions screening and decisions for all graduate programs are not made until all required materials have been submitted. Admissions recommendations are based on a profile developed from data that include undergraduate (last 60 hours) and graduate grade point averages, scores on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), recommendations, evidence of successful professional experiences and samples of scholarly writing.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the ELPA Program

  • Official GRE scores
  • 3 recommendations, two of which are from faculty who have taught/advised the applicant
  • Departmental application (built into the Graduate Studies online application)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Current resume
  • Samples of scholarly writing
  • Assistantship application, if interested

Education Improvement Graduate Certificate

On Campus

Note: This program is not accepting applications at this time.

Officially approved as:

Stand Alone: Yes
Degree Dependent: Yes

Total Credit Hours: 12

Certificate description: The objective for the Graduate Certificate in Education Improvement is to provide an advanced education and training opportunity in the areas of continuous school improvement, building on a number of frame works. The program will provide an educational opportunity for current school, district, and University administrators – as well as their board members – in the foundations of managing complex organizations of managing complex organizations for continuous improvement. At the conclusion of the Graduate Certificate in Education Improvement, a student will:

  1. Understand the concepts and research-based approaches of school improvement.
  2. Understand techniques of generating, managing, and applying improvement data.
  3. Understand application of improvement principles in current systems of accreditation, state/federal reporting, program evaluation, professional development, student assessment, etc.
  4. Demonstrate implementation of systematic improvement processes in various levels of an educational organization.

The program will be offered as both a stand-alone program or as an additional program for students in related degree programs.  The program consists of four courses delivered annually online over 7 months, from June through December. Two courses will be taught in the summer term and two courses in the fall.

Certificate web site:
Not available at this time.

For information about certificate, contact:
Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis (ELPA)

Email
Phone: (573) 882-8221
Address: 202 Hill Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211

Education Policy Graduate Certificate

On Campus

Officially approved as:     

Stand Alone:  Yes  
Degree Dependent:   
Yes

Total Credit Hours:  12 

Certificate description: The objectives of the Education Policy Graduate Certificate Program will be to provide students with (a) knowledge they can apply to the study of education policy within their major discipline or to their work in policy settings; (b) skills in analyzing education policy issues, i.e., understanding differing values, political and economic arguments, costs/benefits, and policy processes and (c) conceptual tools to use in understanding and resolving policy implementation problems.

Certificate web site:
https://education.missouri.edu/degrees-programs/certificates-minors/education-policy/

For information about certificate, contact:
Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis 

Email:  
Phone:  573-882-8221
Address:  202 Hill Hall   University of Missouri Columbia, MO 65211

Higher Education Administration Graduate Certificate

On Campus

Officially approved as:      

Stand Alone:  Yes  
Degree Dependent:   
Yes

Total Credit Hours:  12

Certificate description: The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration is designed to address the need for enhanced understanding of the higher education institutional context and for improved skills in areas required for effective administration of the higher education administration and governance and some technical knowledge about various aspects of administration (i.e., budget and finance, higher education law).  Students also enhance understanding and skills in a relevant area of administrative practice (e.g., program planning for continuing educators, student affairs administration for student affairs professionals, the community college for community college administrators).

Certificate web site:
https://education.missouri.edu/degrees-programs/certificates-minors/higher-education-administration/

For information about certificate, contact:
Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

Email:    
Phone: 
 (573) 882-8221
Address:  202 Hill Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211