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The MA in Leadership and Advanced License Programs (Principal License, Special Education Director License, and Administrator/Superintendent License) have been carefully designed to ensure the development of educational leaders who can transform schools into learning communities in which all members of a diverse society are accorded opportunity and respect. The curriculum has been developed on a foundation of research in the areas of strategic leadership, instructional leadership, cultural and equity leadership, human resource leadership, managerial leadership, external development leadership, and student learning management. These programs satisfy accreditation requirements of the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE).

As an active participant in these programs you will develop as a leader through an expanded self-knowledge and worldview. You will develop school management competencies and leadership strategies. You will learn how to guide an educational team as you integrate recommendations assessments and evaluations of the needs of a school community to create a plan for student success. You will explore the political and social implications of schooling and the educational requirements of contributing to a diverse, democratic, multicultural society. You will discover how technology can be utilized to enhance management and communication. You will acquire the confidence necessary to ignite and inspire others.

Warren Bennis has written that the primary goal of leadership is the creation of a human community held together by a common purpose. True leaders, he said, demonstrate a balance of competence, virtue, and vision. It is our mission to guide you in developing all three.

Programs and Credit Requirements

Online Programs

The MA in Leadership and Principal License programs are available fully online. The online program is designed to:

  • Accommodate working adults by offering online classes that are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
  • Address the needs of adult learners by offering classes in an online environment of a rich community of learners. Courses are divided into modules to allow learners to continue their educational goals without the physical restrictions of a traditional classroom setting.
  • Provide opportunities for motivated educators who want to advance their education and career opportunities without disrupting their full-time jobs and other life commitments.
  • Assist educators in rural areas who have limited or no access to the UCCS campus.

Student Handbook

Admissions

Financial Aid Priority filing date is March 1

Application Process

Admission to the MA in Leadership and Advanced License Programs (Principal License, Special Education Director License, and Administrator/Superintendent License) begins with completion of the online Graduate application found at: www.uccs.edu/~apply  The online application and all additional required materials must be completed and uploaded into your application. Program admission occurs on a rolling admission basis, students can begin a program fall, spring, or summer except for the Administrator/Superintendent License program which only begins in the fall.

1) Within the online application, you will need to:

      • Pay the $60.00 application fee, International student application fee is $100.00
      • Upload your career goal statement
      • Upload your curriculum vitae or professional résumé
      • Complete and upload the Tuition Classification form
      • Email of three references in the spaces provided in the online application. References must be from a former instructor, current supervisor, and a professional colleague, these references must be in a position to give feedback regarding your ability to be successful in the program
      • Provide copies of all professional educational licenses

    2) Official transcripts: Domestic students: Your final step will be to have one official transcript of all academic work ever completed to date, sent directly to the: Office of Admissions & Records University of Colorado Colorado Springs 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway Colorado Springs, CO 80918-3733

    *Additional items of note for International applicants:

        • All transcripts must be evaluated and translated into English through an authorized Credential Service (for example: World Education Services, Wes)
        • English Proficiency must be demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, a TOEFL score of 550-(paper-based) or 80-(internet-based) or a Kaplan International Tools for English (KITE®) score of a minimum of 460. Students may make arrangements to take KITE® at the Global Engagement Office.

    Principal License

    To be eligible for a Principal License from the Colorado Department of Education, candidates must:

    • Hold a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally-accredited institution
    • Possess three years of licensed experience in a public or nonpublic elementary or secondary school
    • Pass the Colorado-approved content exam
    • Complete a program from a regionally-accredited institution for the preparation of principals

    For information on CDE licensing please go to: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/ 

    Special Education Director License

    To be eligible for the Special Education Director License from the Colorado Department of Education, candidates must:

    • Hold a master's degree or higher in special education from a regionally-accredited institution
    • Possess two years of licensed experience working with students with disabilities
    • Complete a program from a regionally-accredited institution for the preparation of administrators and special education director

    For information on CDE licensing please go to: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/ 

    Administrator/Superintendent License

    To be eligible for the Administrator/Superintendent License from the Colorado Department of Education, candidates must:

    • Hold a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally-accredited institution
    • Pass the Colorado-approved content exam or provide evidence of three years of continuous administrative experience
    • Complete a program from a regionally-accredited institution for the preparation of school administrators

    For information on CDE licensing please go to: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeprof/ 

    Student Ethics

    Students are expected to adhere to the highest codes of personal and professional ethics, as set forth by the Honor Code of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, which appears each semester in the Schedule of Classes. Students who do not meet these standards may be dismissed from the Graduate School by the Graduate Dean upon recommendation of the chair of the Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations.

    Course Rotations

    For a complete listing of MA in Leadership and Advanced License Program course rotations, both campus-based and online-based, view the MA in Leadership and Advanced License Planning Schedule

    The Administrator/Superintendent License course rotation is as follows:

    • Fall - LEAD 6860: The Superintendent as Transformational Leader (meets on campus three times)
    • Spring - LEAD 6870: The Superintendent as Manager of Quality Systems (meets on campus three times)
    • Summer - LEAD 6880: Practicum in Central Office Leadership and the Superintendency (online)

    Standards Crosswalks

     
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