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  • Someone interested in, aspiring to, or already actively involved in leadership such as teacher leaders, department or grade level chairs, teachers on special assignment, etc.

  • You can find complete information about the application requirements for this program here.

    Applying to the Graduate School involves submitting informational paperwork about you and your experiences, providing an up-to-date resume, three recommendation forms/letters from colleagues who know you and your work well, official transcripts of your previous college work, proof of your teaching license and years of experience, and two brief writing samples addressing educational and leadership concepts. Because we observe “rolling deadlines” students can make application year-round. Moreover, we encourage students to take several IAL courses under special student status before they make application so that they are certain this program is a good fit for their needs.

  • Although the IAL can be completed in as few as three semesters, most students complete the 18-hour program in about two years.

  • Students experience engaging and effective instruction geared to the adult learner with a balance of reading and exploring the professional literature and meaningful, action-oriented field-based assignments.

  • Students experience diverse classes with naturally occurring networks of colleagues and fellow educational leaders, instructors who take a genuine and personal interest in them as students, access to online instructional tools and resources, and a college library media program that offers remote access, special assistance from experienced librarians, and a range of outstanding subscription databases.

  • No. The IAL program is fairly straight forward and focuses primarily on issues of instructional leadership; the appropriate and powerful uses of data; ethics, policy, and law; engaging and reaching out to the community; planning and budgeting for educational equity; and field-based sheltered administrative practice. Students pursuing IAL as part of a master’s degree do have electives to choose from that target related educational areas such as literacy, ESOL, and special education.

  • IAL classes include individual coaching, assistance in writing a powerful resume, mock interviews, and a special session with HR directors from surrounding districts.

  • Please see our Paying for Graduate School page for information about program cost.

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