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Master's Degree plus Initial Administrator License (M+IAL) Program of Study

M+IAL Curriculum 

The program requires the completion of at least 45 credits.  This includes:

  • Professional Studies Core (20 credits)
  • IAL License Cohort (24 credits)
  • Elective (1 credit)

M+IAL Program of Study

Professional Studies Core (20 credits required)

Professional core courses must be completed prior to beginning the Initial Administrator License Cohort.

  • ELP 551 Social Foundations of Education (4) OR ELP 554 Philosophy of Education (4)
  • ELP 511 Principles of Educational Research and Data Analysis I (4)
  • ELP 568 Educational Organization and Administration (4) 
  • ELP 569 Introduction to Educational Administration (4)
  • ELP 520 Developmental Perspectives on Adult Learning (4)

1 credit elective

  • Electives may be completed as a regular scheduled graduate-level course or as an ELP 506 Independent Project—see faculty advisor for details.

License Cohort (24 credits)

The curriculum for the cohort program begins fall term (late August) and ends spring term (mid-June). Newly admitted students must agree to complete the entire program even though they may have already completed courses with numbers or titles similar to those required. The curriculum in this program reflects the new TSPC standards and is different from what may have been completed previously. 

Direct instruction and group problem-solving assignments will be completed throughout the year, commencing fall term. In addition, each cohort member completes a full-year guided administrative practicum.

Fall term (8 credits)

  • ELP 571 Teaching, Learning and Curriculum (4)
  • ELP 573 Educational Leadership Project I (1) 
  • ELP 509 Practicum: IAL (3)

Winter term (8 credits)

  • ELP 572 Human Resource Development and Organizational Change (4) 
  • ELP 574 Educational Leadership Project II (1) 
  • ELP 509 Practicum: IAL (3)

Spring term (8 credits)

  • ELP 570 Human Relations and Educational Foundations (4) 
  • ELP 575 Educational Leadership Project III (1) 
  • ELP 509 Practicum: IAL (3)

The Administrative Practicum

The 360-hour field-based practicum is the equivalent of working about 120 hours per quarter or 12 hours per week in a building-level or district/agency administrative capacity. During the practicum, the administrative intern seeks opportunities to develop fully as an educational leader and to acquire proficiency in the seven areas of administrative responsibility as outline by TSPC's Performance Standards.

For more details, download the IAL Student Handbook.pdf