Master of Science in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis: Wisconsin Idea Principal Preparation


$800 Per Credit

The Wisconsin Idea Principal Preparation Program equips and empowers graduates to address the challenges and inequalities in the field of education. K-12 education increasingly needs educational leaders focused on creating more equitable opportunities for students. The Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA): Wisconsin Idea Principal Preparation Program at UW–Madison trains teachers and leaders to address challenges and inequalities in the field of education. The program gives you the knowledge and credentials to earn your license as a K-12 school principal (5051) in the state of Wisconsin.

Our program was created in collaboration with leaders of the Association for Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA)—the professional organization for the state’s school principals—and the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators (WASDA) in response to Wisconsin’s persistent racial achievement gaps. Taught by renowned and pioneering faculty, you will experience engaging online coursework and innovative, interactive learning activities while completing field experiences. Learning with and from one another in a cohort model, students research, synthesize and amend core concerns at the heart of educational inequalities.

Academic year courses meet online five weekends (Fridays and Saturdays) each semester, and summer courses are delivered during online sessions throughout the summer, so you can earn your degree while fulfilling your responsibilities as a working educator. Students can also continue with additional coursework to earn administrative licenses in the areas of: Director of Instruction (two courses) and Director of Special Education and Pupil Services (two courses).

Program Description

Career Opportunities

  • Assistant Principal
  • Principal
  • Director of Admissions
  • Dean of Students
  • Registrar
  • Superintendent


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