Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Masters

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Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Masters
Masters of arts in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Our Master of Arts (M.A.) program helps you prepare for leadership roles by focusing on the development of school leadership competencies with a focus on turnaround leadership. This degree program begins with four quarters of coursework required for the ELPS certificate program with one of our principal licensure cohort models: Executive Leadership for Successful Schools (ELSS) or Ritchie Program for School Leaders (Ritchie).

After the completion of the first year you will be eligible for CO Principal Licensure and continue in an additional 15 credit hours of coursework to develop advanced skills in cultural leadership, applied research, data-informed leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation. In your application, you will select the principal licensure cohort option of your choice.

The ELPS MA is approved by the Colorado Department of Education as a Turnaround Leadership Development Program. Our program infuses transformative leadership education into the curriculum.

Program Requirements

The ELPS MA program begins with acceptance into one of our principal licensure cohort models: Executive Leadership for Successful Schools (ELSS) or Ritchie Program for School Leaders (Ritchie). These cohort models provide a number of options for you as an aspiring school leader.

Denver Public Schools - Ritchie Program for School Leaders and Executive Leadership for Successful Schools (ELSS)

The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program at the Morgridge College of Education offers a blending of the Ritchie Program for School Leaders and the Executive Leadership for Successful Schools – Ritchie ELSS – for DPS educators. This program immerses students in graduate-level coursework, the DPS School Leadership Framework and project-based learning that prepares them for school leadership positions upon program completion (Spring 2018). The student experience is customized to individual needs and the needs of the school.

Content is individualized to the leadership needs of the aspiring leader and the needs of the school. The cohort consists of in-person sessions and online components facilitated by a team of DU faculty and DPS leaders and supported by the Lead in Denver team. The certificate program is completed within one academic year (30-32 credit hours over 4 quarters) and can be combined with 15 additional credit hours for a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (45-47 credit hours over 7 quarters).

The internship model ranges from a full-time leadership intern to an internship integrated with position. All applicants will apply to Ritchie-Denver and the internship will be negotiated with the district.

Internship Options

DPS offers a paid full-time internship in a Lead in Denver approved host school and accepted students participate in a process to match them with a mentor principal. Students can also engage in an integrated internship and remain in their current position. Both options are aligned with the DPS School Leadership Framework and include support from a DPS principal who serves as a mentor for the student’s work.

Executive Leadership for Successful Schools (ELSS)

The Executive Leadership for Successful Schools (ELSS) cohort model is open to educators across the state of Colorado and nationally. There are a variety of cohort options for ELSS – Denver Metro area and Colorado Springs (DU Main Campus), district partnership (Aurora Public Schools and Denver Public Schools), Western Slope and Central Mountain Region (Mountain) and Teach For America Alumna (TFA).

  • 30 credit-hour, blended online delivery model
    •  1–3 in-person Saturday sessions per quarter and weekly online interactions within a cohort
  •   300-hour, project-based internship integrated with coursework and supported by a mentor principal
  • A choice of five cohort options:
    • Aurora Public Schools (APS): Serves educators working in the Aurora Public School district.
    • Denver Public Schools (DPS): Serves educators working in the Denver Public School district.
    • DU Main Campus: Composed of educators from a variety of districts across the state. Open to all aspiring leaders seeking a Colorado principal license.
    • Mountain: Serves educators in the Western Slope and Central Mountain region of Colorado.
    • Teach For America (TFA): For TFA alumni in Colorado and across the United States.
    • NOTE: The DU Main Campus cohort is open to applicants from any district or educational setting (private, charter, etc.) and applicants who are not currently working in an educational setting. The partnership cohorts (APS, DPS, Mountain, and TFA) are designed for applicants who work within those specific settings.

Adams County - Ritchie Program for School Leaders

The Adams County Ritchie Program for School Leaders cohort model is a district partnership model that is only available to educators within Adams County School Districts.

  • 32 credit-hour, in-person district partnership model
    • 30 weekly sessions during the academic year and 6 full-day sessions (including a 3-day retreat) over the summer quarter
  • 300-hour, project-based internship integrated with coursework and supported by a mentor principal
    • District partners offers release time opportunities
  • Cohort option:
    • Adams County Schools (anchored in Adams 12 Five Star Schools)
    • When applying for a cohort, select “masters” as your academic level on the application. Applications are continuously reviewed until all cohorts are filled.
Graduation Requirements

You will need to complete 45–47 total credit hours. This includes 30–32 credit hours from the ELSS or Ritchie program certificate, plus 15 additional credit hours and an Action Research Capstone Project.

Approximate Completion Time

Seven quarters – 1.75 years

CONTACTS

Department Chair
Dr. Susan Korach
303-871-2212, KRH 356
skorach@du.edu

Academic Services Associate
Nick Heckart
303-871-2747, KRH 358
Nick.Heckart@du.edu

Admissions Contact
303-871-2509, KRH 110
mce@du.edu
Office Hours: By appointment only

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