Master of Science in Educational Leadership & Policy


$375 Per Credit

These programs are designed for students seeking to earn their PK-12 Principal license and/or Director of Instruction license. They may be completed as stand-alone certificate programs for those with a completed master’s degree or in conjunction with the MS Educational Leadership and Policy degree.

Program Description

Program Options

Students in the Educational Leadership and Policy master’s program choose from one of two program options to fulfill the program requirements. This allows students to tailor the program to meet their specific career interests and goals. There are two program options:

Administrative Licensure Programs

    • PK-12 Principal
    • Director of Instruction

Career Opportunities

UW Oshkosh provides flexible graduate programs that meet your goals and interests. All courses are offered in formats designed to accommodate the working professional’s schedule.

The Educational Leadership and Policy program is for individuals looking to attain a leadership role within their organizations by completing a degree program, graduate certificate or licensure pathway. Program participants will develop capacity to:

  • Envision and guide organizational change.
  • Communicate effectively, engage constituents, develop people and build community.
  • Advocate and promote equity for diverse populations and respect for individuals.
  • Integrate theory, data, research and ethical standards


In addition to completing requisite coursework, the following requirements must also be met:

  • A master’s degree (or concurrently completing the M.S. in Educational Leadership with the certificate).
  • Completion of an approved program leading to licensure, holding or being eligible to hold any license to teach or work as a school counselor, a school psychologist or a school social worker at the early childhood through adolescence level.
  • Evidence of three years of successful full-time classroom teaching at any of the grades at the early childhood through adolescence level or work as a school counselor, school psychologist or school social worker, which includes evidence of at least 540 hours of successful classroom teaching experience.
  • Successful completion of a background check.

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