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Instructional Leadership

Instructional Leadership offers both a master's degree and an Education Specialist degree (see below):

Master of Arts in Education - Instructional Leadership

Mission Statement: The mission of the University of North Alabama Instructional Leadership Preparation Program is to prepare engaged, collaborative and effective leaders of learning through the integration of theory, reflection and applied leadership opportunities. Preparing Administrators for 21st Century Schools

Core Conditions and Indicators: The Instructional Leadership Program is based upon the Southern Educational Regional Board (SREB) Core Conditions and Indicators for successful preparation programs in school leadership.

  • Core Condition 1: University/District partnerships for principal preparation
  • Core Condition 2: Emphasis on knowledge and skills for improving schools and raising student achievement
  • Core Condition 3: Well-planned and supported field experiences
  • Core Condition 4: Rigorous evaluation of participants' mastery of essential competencies and program quality and effectiveness

Essential Information

  • Official Checklist/Program of Study: Click here for the official checklist (program of study) for the MAED in Instructional Leadership.
  • Application Requirements: Click here for the Application Requirements for Master's in Instructional Leadership Program
  • Admission to Candidacy: Click here for an Admission to Candidacy form.

Steps for Admission

Phase I. Graduate School Application

Individuals interested in making application to the Instructional Leadership Program shall meet all application requirements of the Graduate School. This includes:

  1. completion of the Graduate School application
  2. evidence of an earned baccalaureate-level Professional Educator Certificate in a teaching field or earned master's level Professional Educator Certificate in a teaching field or instructional support area.
  3. evidence of three full years of full-time, acceptable professional educational experience in a P-12 setting, which must include at least one full year of full-time P-12 teaching experience.
  4. any other Graduate School admission requirements such as entrance exams and background clearance.

Phase II. Portfolio

Individuals wishing to apply for the Instructional Leadership Program shall submit a professional portfolio to the department chair on or before the established deadline for each enrollment cycle. The portfolio shall contact the following items (See handout for specifics required in items):

  1. letter of application
  2. current resume or vita
  3. professional growth plan
  4. copies of transcripts
  5. copies of teaching certificate(s)
  6. three letters of recommendation (two must be from administrative supervisors)
  7. evidence of ability to improve student achievement (classroom test scores, state test scores for your class and/or school)
  8. evidence of leadership and management potential (roles such as committee membership/chair, department chair, etc)
  9. other areas of leadership (leadership roles in church and/or community organization)

The contents of the portfolio will be reviewed and scored by faculty members of the Instructional Leadership Department. The portfolio will count for the final score for the acceptance into the program.

Submission of Portfolio by given date:
For Spring ---> October 15
For Fall ------> March 15
For Fall ------> June 15

Phase III. Interview

Candidates are expected to demonstrate appropriate oral communication skills. Each candidate who makes a minimum score of 20 points on the portfolio will be invited to participate in an interview as the final step in the application process. The interview will be approximately 25 minutes in length and will be designed to acquire information regarding the candidate's potential in a number of leadership areas. Each candidate must have a minimum score of 18 points on the interview. A final score of 38 points is required for acceptance into the program. The interview will assess:

  1. understanding of UNA Conceptual Framework
  2. discussion of UNA Conceptual Framework
  3. individual reflections on self-UNA Conceptual Framework parts
  4. structured interview by questions on Instructional Leadership Standards

At the conclusion of the interview phase, all scores will be reviewed and candidates will be notified regarding their acceptance into the program.

Phase IV. Coursework

Courses Required

  1. ED 000 Education Graduate Program Orientation
  2. IL 690 Development of Educational Human Resources
  3. IL 691 Financial and Material Resources for School Improvement
  4. IL 692 Planning & Management for School Improvement
  5. IL 693 The Effective Instructional Leader
  6. IL 694 Differentiated Instruction for Diverse Student Learning
  7. IL 695 Legal & Ethical Responsibilities
  8. IL 696 Internship & Residency for Instructional Leaders
  9. EEX 605 Education for Exceptional Children (required if not previously completed)
  10. 12 hrs advisor-approved electives

Education Specialist - Instructional Leadership

Essential Information

  • Official Checklist/Program of Study: Click here for the official checklist (program of study) for the MAED in Instructional Leadership.
  • Application Requirements: Click here for the Application Requirements for Master's in Instructional Leadership Program
  • Admission to Candidacy: Click here for an Admission to Candidacy form.

Steps for Admission

Phase 1. Graduate School Application

  1. Candidates must meet all testing requirements set forth by the Alabama State Department of Education. Contact the UNA Officer of Teacher Certification for details.
  2. Minimum grade point average of 3.00 (4.0 scale) on all master's level coursework.
  3. All candidates must hold a Class A Professional Educator Certificate in Instructional Leadership or one of the other Class A leadership certificate designations [Instructional Leader, Principal, Superintendent, Superintendent-Principal, Educational Administrator, Supervisor (any subject and/or grade level), Administrator of Career and Technical Education].
  4. Candidates must also meet one of the following criteria:
    • Hold a Class A Instructional Leadership certificate earned after completing a redesigned program at an Alabama university.
    • Be currently serving as a superintendent, assistant or associate superintendent, assistant to the superintendent, principal, assistant principal, supervisor (any subject and/or grade level), administrator of career and technical education, coordinator, or evaluator.
    • Document three years of employment in an instructional leadership position for which one of the certificates is proper certification according to the current edition of the Subject and Personnel Codes of the Alabama State Department of Education.
    • Demonstrate each of the abilities in the Class A Instructional Leadership standards prior to admission to the Class AA Instructional Leadership program or prior to completion of the Class AA Instructional Leadership program.

Phase 2. Portfolio

Applicants who completed a Class A program other than one approved by the State Board of Education on or after September 8, 2005, must submit a portfolio (3-ring binder) which includes:

  • Letter of application
  • Current resume or vita
  • Professional growth plan
  • Copies of transcripts
  • Copies of teaching certificate(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation (two must be from administrative supervisors)
  • Evidence of ability to lead student achievement (classroom test scores, state test scores for your class and/or school)
  • Evidence of leadership and management potential (roles such as committee membership/chair, department chair, etc)
  • Other areas of leadership (leadership roles in church and/or community organizations)

The contents of the portfolio will be reviewed and score by faculty members of the Instructional Leadership Department.

Phase 3. Portfolio

Applicants who completed a Class A program other than one approved by the State Department of Education on or after September 8, 2005, must pass an interview conducted by a program admission committee that includes both P-12 instructional leaders and instructional leadership faculty. Candidates are expected to demonstrate appropriate oral communication skills. Each candidate who makes a minimum score of 20 points on the portfolio will be invited to participate in an interview as the final step in the application process. The interview will be approximately 25 minutes in length and will be designed to acquire information regarding the candidate's potential in a number of leadership areas. Each candidate must have a minimum score of 18 points on the interview. A final score of 38 points is required for acceptance into the program. The interview will assess:

  • Understanding of UNA Conceptual Framework
  • Discussion of UNA Conceptual Framework
  • Individual reflections on self-UNA Conceptual Framework parts
  • Structured interview by questions on Instructional Leadership standards

At the conclusion of the interview phase, all scores will be reviewed and candidates will be notified regarding their acceptance into the program.

Phase IV. Coursework

Courses Required:

  • EDS 701 Professionalism and Ethics in the School Culture
  • EDS 704 Culturally Proficient Leadership
  • EDS 708 Advanced Curriculum Dev for Teaching & Learning
  • EDS 703 Digital-Age Leadership to Enhance Student Learning
  • IL 706 Management of the Learning Organization
  • IL 707 Law, Policy, and Governance
  • IL 711 Professional Standards for Instructional Leadership
  • IL 705 Professional Development and Mentoring
  • EDS 702 Applied Research I
  • IL 709 Applied Research II
  • IL 710 Community and Stakeholder Relationships OR ED 640 Educational Statistics
  • EEX605 Survey of Students with Disabilities (if not previously completed)