Michigan State University’s programs in K-12 Administration and Leadership prepare educators for prominent leadership and policy roles in schools and educational organizations locally, nationally and internationally.
Preparing the next generation of school leaders
Led by renowned faculty
Students will collaborate with nationally recognized faculty working on critical issues in school leadership and improvement, educational policy, international education and related areas.
Among the best
U.S. News & World Report in its annual graduate program rankings has consistently ranked the MSU College of Education across its program areas.
In the most recent 2022 U.S. News Rankings, MSU’s programs in educational administration ranked #1 in the nation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of the master’s program?
The M.A. in K-12 Educational Administration program is designed to build knowledge and skills for effective administrator and teacher school leadership, and to link students to cutting-edge developments. It is approved by the Michigan Department of Education and qualifies graduates for school administrator certification and endorsements. Applicants who hold a master’s degree might qualify for the Certification Pathway Program.
What is the Ed.D. program?
Established in 2012, the Doctor of Educational Leadership is a program designed for working educational professionals. It highlights the practical application of knowledge and skills in effective systems, puts student in touch with policymakers and thought leaders and supports the creation of knowledge and educational solutions through group capstone projects.
What careers does the Ph.D. program prepare me for?
The Doctorate for K-12 Educational Administration emphasizes inquiry and scholarship in preparation for academic or research careers at highly regarded universities or research and policy centers. Most students attend full-time, and are supported through doctoral assistantships.
What financial aid options are available?
Making a Difference
Our programs work with external and internal programs to make a lasting change on schools and communities. We are committed to working hands-on in classroom environments in urban contexts and beyond.
In the college, we work with the Office of K-12 Outreach to design informative and relevant professional development for Michigan educators.