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MS Degree and Principal Certification (unofficial plan)




  • For Director of Instruction licensure add:
    • ELPA 875 Theory and Practice of Educational Planning
    • ELPA 860 Organizational Theory & Behavior in Education
  • For Director of Special Education and Pupil Services licensure add:
    • ELPA 835 Leadership for Inclusive Schooling
    • ELPA 842 Legal Foundations of Special Education & Pupil Services



UW-Whitewater Course Descriptions


[The ELPA Equivalents are in brackets]

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EDADMIN 728 Introduction to Elem and Secondary Educational Administration

3 cr. Introduction to K-12 Elementary and Secondary Administration (728) is a three-credit graduate course designed to introduce students to the main themes of research and practice in American primary and secondary school leadership through a sustained investigation of the conditions for successful instructional leadership. [ELPA 702]


EDADMIN 734 School/Community Relations

3cr. School and Community Relations is a 3 credit graduate class designed to help guide educators in engaging the public in our schools with the idea that schools benefit from parent and citizen involvement, input and understanding of what happens in public schools. The following are areas covered in this class: social, economic, and political characteristics of communities; marketing theory, marketing plans, and public relations; communications theory, mass media and group processes; political theory, community power, and conflict resolution; organization, operation, and evaluation of school community relations programs. Special emphasis will be to ensure engagement of all members of the community, including diverse populations, both racially and income level.


EDADMIN 769 Supervision Of Instruction

3 cr. Analysis of basic concepts of supervision and competencies essential to effective supervisory performance. Extended examination of current and emerging supervisory practices found in local school districts. Supervision as a process is considered in a variety of roles and positions of leadership. [ELPA 703]


EDADMIN 776 The School Principalship

3 cr. Study of the application of theories to the administrative behavior problems of leadership in an elementary school. The course content will present research concerning the operation and management of an elementary school. It is designed for students who will have a leadership function or role in their school duties, such as team leader, supervisor, coordinator, or elementary principal. [ELPA 845]


EDADMIN 793 Practicum

3 cr. Supervised field experience: elementary, secondary, and/or special education at local, state, or in national level. Required for Wisconsin Licensure as K-12 principal, director of Pupil Services. [ELPA 700]



UW-Madison Course Descriptions

ELPA 863 Race, Class & Educational Inequality

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735 Leadership in Equity and Diversity

3 cr. Coordinating and effective utilization of school-based special services in the context of student diversity with attention to values, theory, and research underlying curriculum, instruction and policy, in terms of social class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and race. P: Grad st.

832 Resource Allocation

3 cr. This class will prepare you to engage key issues in school finance through the lens of educational adequacy, equity, efficiency, and liberty. You will be able to craft and implement school finance policy in a school or school system.

840 Public School Law

3 cr. Legal aspects of public K-12 education. Legal structure; employee rights; employee discipline; curriculum; students' rights; student discipline, special education; torts; contracts, religion. Impact of federal and state constitutions, statutes, and court decisions on education. P: Grad st.


847 Instructional Leadership and Teacher Capacity

3 cr. Creating and sustaining successful teaching and learning environments for students and staff is the guiding theme of this course. It is designed to provide teachers, learning specialists, principals, and other administrators with the foundations of research, theory, and best practices of instructional leadership to enhance teachers' capacity for equity and excellence in student learning.