Feb 02, 2023  
NSU Catalog 2022-2023 
    
NSU Catalog 2022-2023

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Leadership and Administration (MSEd)

Location(s): Northern State University Campus, Online, Huron Community Campus



The school administration program prepares school service personnel for leadership roles in PK-12 school administration. Specialized courses foster development of the analytic and scientific inquiry skills needed by school administrators- including management, public relations, curriculum development and supervision.

Courses provide the background for certification in a wide range of administrative positions. Admission to the leadership and administration program requires three years of full-time PK-12 teaching experience in an accredited school. Three years of verified teaching experience is required for licensure in South Dakota.

Career directions: public and private school administration, graduate study.

Educational Prerequisites: Three years full-time PK-12 teaching experience.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Leaders will understand and demonstrate the capacity to promote the current and future success and well-being of each student and adult by applying the knowledge, skills, and commitments necessary to collaboratively lead, design, and implement a school mission, vision, and process for continuous improvement that reflects a core set of values and priorities.
  • Leaders will understand and demonstrate the capacity to promote the current and future success and well-being of each student and adult by applying the knowledge, skills, and commitments necessary to understand and demonstrate the capacity to advocate for ethical decisions and cultivate and enact professional norms.
  • Leaders will understand and demonstrate the capacity to promote the current and future success and well-being of each student and adult by applying the knowledge, skills, and commitments necessary to develop and maintain a supportive, equitable, culturally responsive and inclusive school culture.
  • Leaders will understand and demonstrate the capacity to promote the current and future success and well-being of each student and adult by applying the knowledge, skills, and commitments necessary to evaluate, develop, and implement coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, supports, and assessment.
  • Leaders will understand and demonstrate the capacity to promote the current and future success and well-being of each student and adult by applying the knowledge, skills, and commitments necessary to engage families, community, and school personnel in order to strengthen student learning, support school improvement, and advocate for the needs of their school and community.
  • Leaders will understand and demonstrate the capacity to promote the current and future success and well-being of each student and adult by applying the knowledge, skills, and commitments necessary to improve management, communication, technology, school-level governance, and operation systems to develop and improve data-informed and equitable school resource plans and to apply laws, policies, and regulations.
  • Leaders will understand and demonstrate the capacity to promote the current and future success and well-being of each student and adult by applying the knowledge, skills, and commitments necessary to build the school’s professional capacity, engage staff in the development of a collaborative professional culture, and improve systems of staff supervision, evaluation, support, and professional learning.

Foundation Courses (6 credits)


Internship (2 credits)


  • 1-8 credits (1 credit - elementary [K-8] and 1 credit - secondary [7-12] for this program)

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 32 CREDITS


Teacher Education Information (Graduate - MSEd Leadership & Administration)


The Millicent Atkins School of Education offers a master’s degree in Leadership and Administration.  This program includes the Principal Preparation Program which leads to certification for K-12 Building Principal in South Dakota.  The program prepares educators for leadership roles in K-12 school administration with specialized coursework that fosters development of the analytic and scientific inquiry skills needed by school administrators including management, public relations, instructional leadership, curriculum development, and school law.

The MSEd in Leadership and Administration complies with certification requirements and has been approved by the SD Department of Education.  Students will complete content and pedagogy examinations at the achievement level set by the SD Department of Education.  Admission to the leadership and administration program requires verification of three years of full-time K-12 teaching experience in an accredited school which is required for licensure in South Dakota. 

Accreditation

Northern State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and the Teacher Education Program in the Millicent Atkins School of Education is accredited by CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation).