Program Overview

Antioch University Midwest offers experienced education professionals a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership, as well as the coursework to qualify for an Ohio Principal’s License. This program is designed for teachers and administrators who desire to be dynamic leaders creating innovative change in today’s challenging school environments.

Antioch University Midwest provides its masters students a classroom-based, experiential approach to educational leadership. This approach, combined with practical organizational and management skills, makes this a program that fully equips PreK-12 educators to manage and lead diverse educational environments that foster lifelong learning.

Required Courses

  • EDL6100 Organizational Structures (3 cr)
  • EDL6250 Research for School Improvement (3 cr)
  • EDL6350 Ethical Issues in Educational Administration (3 cr)
  • EDL6470 Curriculum (3 cr)
  • EDL6540 Visionary School Restructuring (3 cr)
  • EDL6620 Supervision and Staff Development (3 cr)
  • EDL6720 Principal as Instructional Leader (3 cr)
  • EDL6810 School and Community Relations (3 cr)
  • EDL6830 School Finance (3 cr)
  • EDL6850 School Law (3 cr)
  • EDL6920 Internship – Initial (3 cr)
  • EDL6960 Internship – Final (3 cr)

Note: Candidates have seven years from the date of initial entry to complete the program.

Note: The above processes are still subject to final approval of the student as a candidate for principal licensure and do not automatically result in a recommendation.

Licensure Recommendation

All principal licensure candidates who wish to be recommended for an Ohio Principal’s License by the School of Education of Antioch University Midwest must follow the processes outlined below:

Principal licensure program participants must complete an exit Interview with program staff. This interview will include verification of adequate teaching experience and current Ohio teaching certificate/license; a copy of OAE test results at, or above, the State of Ohio pass rate; review of a faculty recommendation stating that the candidate is ready to accept the challenges of school administration at the level of principal and verification of completed program coursework. The classes must be taken at Antioch University Midwest, unless a faculty member allows substitution of prior coursework at the time of program entry.

Applicants are required to have the following when seeking admission:

  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Current Ohio teaching license.
  • Verifiable two-years teaching experience.
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA for bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum 3.0 for graduate level coursework.
  • Completion of on-campus skills assessment test.
  • Completion of on-campus case study writing assessment.
  • Submission of all application materials, including:
    • Application
    • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
    • Résumé
    • Letter of Interest
    • Goals Statement

Internship

  • Internship Initial – The Internship Initial experience balances intensive field experience in diverse settings-schools, social service, private and community organizations-with clinical study.  Candidates demonstrate their ability to put theory into practice by designing an organizational, instructional, or community analysis related to a specific school site. A key question to be answered is: How and to what extent did the candidate demonstrate understanding and application of the learning objectives as evidenced by the candidate’s written work, research plan, written reflections, verbal contributions, and teamwork skills?  In addition, the candidate is required to submit a detailed proposal for a research project or school improvement initiative to assist school personnel in their efforts to improve schools and/or the delivery of services to those schools.
  • Internship Final – The Internship Final experience balances intensive field experience in diverse settings-schools, social service, private and community organizations-with clinical study.  Candidates demonstrate their ability to put theory into practice by carrying-out the school improvement research plan or action research project designed in their Initial Internship class. The candidate will conduct and reflect upon a series of leadership activities that address the variety of skills, knowledge, and dispositions needed for a to be a successful school administrator.  A key question to be answered is: How and to what extent did the candidate demonstrate understanding and application of the learning objectives as evidenced by the candidate’s written work, verbal contributions, and teamwork skills?  In addition, the candidate is required to submit a professional administrative portfolio that supports their mastery of the Ohio Standards for Principals.
EDL6100 Organizational Structures
This course emphasizes the various theories of organizational behavior and how these perspectives apply to organizational school issues. The course focuses on the linkages between organizational culture and the change process. Particular attention will be given to the impact of technology on policy
and organizational decisions.
EDL6250 Research for School Improvement
Both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies will be explored in relation to improving educational programming. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing skills in
applying research to educational decision-making, including conducting needs assessment and analyzing, interpreting and communicating educational data.
EDL6350 Ethical Issues in Educational Administration
The course provides in-depth study of ethical issues in school administration. Candidates will be required to develop a personal framework that demonstrates his/her ability to: respect institutional regulations and community values, respect all issues of diversity, act in an honest and impartial manner, articulate a respect for the rights of students and parents, foster a climate of ethical behavior, and demonstrate compassion and concern for these relationships. The candidate will also learn how these skills can positively interact with the instructional program by promoting and maintaining a safe and respectful school climate.
EDL6470 Curriculum
Emphasis is on curriculum theory and practice. Candidates will develop an understanding of the philosophical and historical background of curriculum. Focus is on how to critically analyze the impact of social forces on curriculum trends. Discussion will include analysis of changing views of the role of assessment in student learning.
EDL6540 Visionary School Restructuring
Emphasis during this course will be on school restructuring including identifying the vision and exploring organizational models such as alternative, experimental and redesigned schools, especially those within urban settings. Candidates will examine the interrelationship between the organization and the theories and skills of effective school leadership.
EDL6620 Supervision and Staff Development
Candidates will develop strategies in supervisory practice including analysis and evaluation. Emphasis is on applying supervision theory to instructional improvement and staff development; systemic and comprehensive staff development in the professional growth of an educational leader. Focus will include strategies for fostering a culture of inquiry and teacher reflectiveness. Candidates develop an understanding of the nature of adult learners, processes for motivating life-long learning, and strategies for the development and dissemination throughout school structures of coherent plans focused on student learning. As part of a professional portfolio project compiled over time, candidates will create a staff development plan focusing on teacher reflection and inquiry.
EDL6720 Principal as Instructional Leader
Focus is on both effective and collaborative daily school administration of school operations as well as on leading the curriculum and the instructional program within a learning environment with the principal acting as master teacher. Alternative patterns of curriculum organization and assessment, including both traditional and performance-based models, will be explored. Candidates develop skills that enable them to make curricular decisions based on research, applied theory, informed practice, the recommendations of learned societies, and state and federal policies. Topics include personnel issues, extra-curricular activities, parent-community relationships, budgeting, and managing support services. Particular emphasis is given to the principal’s role in coordinating IDEA services.
EDL6801 School & Community Relations
Emphasizes the understanding of the diverse nature of communities necessary for building effective school-community relationships. Focus will be on forming linkages to communities including strategies for establishing access for understanding changing demographics, conditions and needs. Candidates will learn how to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders and groups within the community.
EDL6830 School Finance
Emphasis is on fiscal management and allocation of resources within school settings. Students develop skills in evaluating factors that affect the cost and delivery of quality educational services. The goal of the course is to prepare school leaders with the knowledge and ability to use fiscal resources both efficiently and equitably.
EDL6850 School Law
Candidates will investigate public policy and political systems within the context of state and federal law. Topics to be covered will be: the powers, duties, and procedures of federal, state, and local boards of education, acquisition and use of property, personnel issues, i.e., negotiations, contracts, staff rights, employment, working conditions, etc., the relationship between internal and external political systems within schools, the process in which policies are formulated, enacted and evaluated, and their impact upon future policy development moral issues and ethics in school policy and political strategies working with governing boards and agencies within the community faculty and student issues; equality of educational opportunity, curricular rules, conduct rules, punishments, due process for students, negligence, defamation, confidentiality, etc. Issues covered by the Ohio Revised Code will be explored within the broader context of the laws governing schools, students and employees.
EDL6920 Internship - Initial
The internship experience of the Masters in Education: Educational Leadership Program balances intensive field experience in diverse settings-schools, social service, private and community organizations-with clinical study. Candidates demonstrate their ability to put theory into practice by designing and carrying-out an organizational, instructional, or community analysis related to a specific school site. A key question to be answered is: how and to what extent did the candidate demonstrate understanding and application of the learning objectives as evidenced by the candidate’s written work, verbal contributions, and teamwork skills. In addition, the candidate is required to submit a professional administrative portfolio.
EDL6960 Internship - Final
The internship experience of the Masters in Education: Educational Leadership Program balances intensive field experience in diverse settings-schools, social service, private and community organizations-with clinical study. Candidates demonstrate their ability to put theory into practice by designing and carrying out an organizational, instructional, or community analysis related to a specific school site. A key question to be answered is: how and to what extent did the candidate demonstrate understanding and application of the learning objectives as evidenced by the candidate’s written work, verbal contributions, and teamwork skills? In addition, the candidate is required to submit a professional administrative portfolio.