M.A. Programs

Welcome to The University of Iowa's Educational Leadership Masters of Educational Leadership Program and Principal Endorsement program. Our MA degree in Educational Leadership is offered with or without licensure. The Educational Leadership faculty and students come from a variety of backgrounds and work experiences. The educational leadership program is committed to preparing educators to be effective school leaders.

Please visit the Educational Leadership M.A. Programs Student Handbook for more information on these programs.



M.A. in Educational Leadership Program (With Licensure)

This is a master’s program consisting of 36 semester hours (s.h.): 24 s.h. of academic coursework and 12 s.h. of clinical coursework.  Upon completion of this degree, students will have completed the requirements to earn a master’s degree from the University of Iowa and to obtain Iowa Endorsement #189 (PreK-12 Principal and PreK-12 Supervisor of Special Education).  In order to obtain the Iowa Endorsement 189, the individual must have at least 3 years of teaching at the PreK-12 level.

The holder of this endorsement (#189) is authorized to serve as a principal of programs serving children from birth through grade twelve, a supervisor to instructional special education programs with children from birth to the age of 21, and a supervisor of support for special education programs for children from birth to the age of 21. The MA with principal licensure program requires a minimum of 36 s.h. of graduate credit.

Educational Leadership M.A. Programs Student Handbook


M.A. in Educational Leadership (Without Licensure)

This is a master’s degree program consisting of 36 semester hours (s.h.): 24 s.h. of leadership academic coursework and 12 s.h. of elective coursework to be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.  This degree does not lead to administrative or leadership licensure.

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership prepares individuals interested in leadership positions that do not require licensure or endorsements, such as governmental agencies or non-profit organizations.

Educational Leadership M.A. Programs Student Handbook