Educational Leadership Pathway

The Educational Leadership Pathway provides a clear and practical route for educators to advance in their careers by connecting three graduate programs at the University of Michigan-Flint. By packaging these programs, you will be able to set yourself on a path from classroom practitioner to principal to central office administrator while building deep professional relationships with faculty, professionals and peers.

Each of these programs operate independently but are all offered in the “mixed-mode” or “WebPlus” format, meaning that students learn through a unique blend of online coursework coupled with on-campus classes one Saturday per month. Courses are taught by a combination of accomplished tenure track faculty and lecturers who have previously worked as K-12 principals and superintendents.

Admission to each of the three programs is separate; entry into the pathway at any point is possible when meeting requirements.

The three graduate programs which make up the Educational Leadership Pathway are as follows:

mpa in educational administration

The Master’s degree in the Pathway is a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Educational Administration, designed for principal preparation. This high-quality program equips students with the tools and concepts necessary for successful administration and an informed perspective on the range of situations confronting K-12 education. Graduates of this program are awarded a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Michigan’s nationally recognized Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. Upon graduation the program, students are eligible to apply for the mandatory School Administrator Certificate.

Education Specialist

The Education Specialist degree is a post-master’s program which focuses on applied learning and preparation for executive leadership assignments. The program is designed to prepare practicing teachers and school administrators to assume greater professional roles in their building and/or in administration and supervision. This program offers concentrations in central office Curriculum and Instruction Leadership or in executive level Educational Leadership. Upon graduation the program, students are eligible to apply for the mandatory School Administrator Certificate.

Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership is a doctoral program that focuses on applied learning and preparation for executive leadership assignments.  It is designed to prepare practicing teachers and administrators to assume greater leadership roles, to apply a broad base of scholarship to challenges in the field, and to actively contribute to the knowledge base of the profession. The program offers a concentration in Educational Leadership.