Department of Educational Leadership and Administration

Chairperson:  Albert H. Fein

The Department of Educational Leadership and Administration bases its degree programs on the premise that the education profession must be composed of knowledgeable, skilled, and committed leaders who operate from a strong value base. At the master’s level, leadership is defined as possessing the knowledge, abilities, and commitment to facilitate transformation in educational settings.

This department offers three master’s degree programs:


Master of Arts in Leadership and Administration - British Columbia, Canada & Washington State

The Master of Arts in Leadership and Administration program is designed as an integrated program for educators who aspire to be effective teacher leaders or administrative leaders. We believe that educational teams become stronger when greater understanding exists about the roles of each of its members. Because the program integrates content and professional standards appropriate to both teachers and administrators, candidates also may elect to complete their principal or program administrator certification (Washington candidates only) in conjunction with the master’s program. Theory and practice are explored from the perspective of both teachers and administrators, and coursework is differentiated depending on the candidates’ career goals.

The program is designed for working educators with a focus on linking theory and research to the practical issues in teaching and leadership using their local districts as the context for their study. Candidates are admitted into a cohort of educators from their local areas and experience the benefits of a collaborative learning community. Faculty travel to the candidates’ location. Courses are held in the evenings or on weekends depending on the needs of the cohort. As candidates work on assignments for each of the program courses, they have the opportunity to explore issues important to them in their own classrooms, schools, and districts. Each cohort is assigned a faculty advisor who works with them through the entire program. Currently, the program is approved to be delivered in the state of Washington, and in the province of British Columbia, Canada.


Admissions

Selection of candidates is based on the information gathered from the materials identified below. Each applicant should submit the following materials to the School of Education Graduate Admissions Office:

  • 1) A completed application form (see the School of Education website: http://www.gonzaga.edu/soe/grad)
  • 2) A non-refundable fee.
  • 3) A written statement of purpose. Gonzaga University belongs to a long and distinguished tradition of humanistic Catholic, and Jesuit education. The School of Education upholds the University tradition and exemplifies it through its dedication to preparing socially responsive professionals who serve with competence, commitment, and care. Additionally, the department’s mission is to prepare reflective educational leaders who promote student, professional, and organizational learning to address challenges and opportunities inherent in a changing world. With these perspectives in mind, please submit a typed statement of purpose that presents:
    • a) a description of why you are interested in graduate studies;
    • b) an assessment of the strengths you have that will help you as an educational leader;
    • c) a description of what you hope to gain from this master’s program. (In the Statement of Purpose, the Admissions Committee will look for evidence of the applicant’s personal commitment to:
      • 1 – students,
      • 2 – service to others,
      • 3 – concern for social justice, and
      • 4 – interest and/or experience in leadership.)
  • 4) Two letters of recommendation, one from the most recent supervisor, and the other from a professional colleague, sent directly from the recommending persons to the School of Education Graduate Admission Office with the Confidential Recommendation forms attached (see the School of Education website).
  • 5) One official transcript from each college or university attended. International applicants must submit foreign transcripts in the original language and an English copy. Final transcripts must bear a posted Bachelor’s degree.  Only degrees and courses from a regionally accredited institution will be accepted.
  • 6) A resumeé that shows career history and highlights leadership experiences.
  • 7) An official TOEFL score of at least 550 (minimum score of 80 if taken via internet) by each international applicant who has graduated from a foreign college or university and whose native language is not English.

Prerequisite

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required and a minimum of three (3) years of teaching experience is preferred.

Program Outline: 34 credits

The Master of Arts in Leadership and Administration is a 34 credits degree program.

EDLA 525 Educational Leadership and Inquiry 3 credits
EDLA 690 Professional Literature Review
1 credit
EDLA 633 Organizations and Educational Leadership 3 credits
EDLA 564 Art and Science of Teaching 3 credits
EDLA 548 Educational Leadership and School Improvement 3 credits
EDLA 698 Research and Data Analysis 3 credits
EDLA 565 Assessment and Learning 3 credits
EDLA 653 Curriculum Development 3 credits
EDLA 641 Educational Leadership and Community 3 credits
EDLA 626 Culture, Diversity, and Human Rights 3 credits
EDLA elective 3 credits
EDLA 689 Professional Seminar 3 credits
EDLA 699 Comprehensive Oral Exam 0 credits

The Master of Arts in Leadership and Administration with principal or program administrative certification is designed for those individuals that wish to complete their master's degree with certification.

EDLA 612
Leadership Role Seminar (fall)
3 credits
EDLA 613 Leadership Role Seminar (spring)
3 credits
EDLA 620
Certification Internship (fall)
3 credits
EDLA 630
Certification Internship (spring)
3 credits


Principal or Program Administrator Certification (for specific program information, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Cynthia Johnson, johnsonc2@gonzaga.edu.) Principal or Program Administrator Certification for candidates who have a graduate degree in educational leadership or educational administration is available through the completion of a 12 credit professional development program consisting of leadership role seminars and internships.

Program Outline: 12 credits

Principal or Program Administrator Certification

EDPC 912
Leadership Role Seminar (fall)
3 credits
EDPC 913 Leadership Role Seminar (spring)
3 credits
EDPC 920
Certification Internship (fall)
3 credits
EDPC 930
Certification Internship (spring)
3 credits




Master of Education (School Administration) Alberta, Canada

The Master of Education(School Administration) program is designed as an integrated program for educators who aspire to be effective educational leaders. The program is designed for working educators with a focus on linking theory and research to the practical issues in leadership using their local districts as the context for their study. Candidates are admitted into a cohort of educators from their local area and experience the benefits of a collaborative learning community. Faculty travel to the candidates' location. Courses are held in the evenings or on weekends depending on the needs of the cohort. As candidates work on assignments for each of the program courses, they have the opportunity to explore issues important to them in their own classrooms, schools, and districts. Each cohort is assigned a faculty advisor who works with them through the entire program. Currently, the program is approved to be delivered in the province of Alberta, Canada.

Notice:

This program is offered pursuant to the written approval of the Minister of Advanced Education and Technology effective September 1, 2009 having undergone a quality assessment process and been found to meet the criteria established by the Minister. Nevertheless, prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (for example, acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).

Admissions

Selection of candidates is based on the information gathered from the materials identified below. Each applicant should submit the following materials to the School of Education Graduate Admissions Office:

  • 1) A completed application form (see the School of Education website: http://www.gonzaga.edu/soe/grad)
  • 2) A non-refundable fee.
  • 3) A written statement of purpose. Gonzaga University belongs to a long and distinguished tradition of humanistic Catholic, and Jesuit education. The School of Education upholds the University tradition and exemplifies it through its dedication to preparing socially responsive professionals who serve with competence, commitment, and care. Additionally, the department’s mission is to prepare reflective educational leaders who promote student, professional, and organizational learning to address challenges and opportunities inherent in a changing world. With these perspectives in mind, please submit a typed statement of purpose that presents:
    • a) a description of why you are interested in graduate studies;
    • b) an assessment of the strengths you have that will help you as an educational leader;
    • c) a description of what you hope to gain from this master’s program. (In the Statement of Purpose, the Admissions Committee will look for evidence of the applicant’s personal commitment to:
      • 1 – students,
      • 2 – service to others,
      • 3 – concern for social justice, and
      • 4 – interest and/or experience in leadership.)
  • 4) Two letters of recommendation, one from the most recent supervisor, and the other from a professional colleague, sent directly from the recommending persons to the School of Education Graduate Admission Office with the Confidential Recommendation forms attached (see the School of Education website).
  • 5) One official transcript from each college or university attended. International applicants must submit foreign transcripts in the original language and an English copy. Final transcripts must bear a posted Bachelor’s degree.  Only degrees and courses from a regionally accredited institution will be accepted.
  • 6) A resumeé that shows career history and highlights leadership experiences.
  • 7) An official TOEFL score of at least 550 (minimum score of 80 if taken via internet) by each international applicant who has graduated from a foreign college or university and whose native language is not English.

Prerequisite

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required and a minimum of three (3) years of teaching experience is preferred.

Program Outline: 34 credits

The Master of Education (School Administration) is a 34 credits degree program.

EDLA 525 Educational Leadership and Inquiry 3 credits
EDLA 690 Professional Literature Review
1 credit
EDLA 633 Organizations and Educational Leadership 3 credits
EDLA 564 Art and Science of Teaching 3 credits
EDLA 548 Educational Leadership and School Improvement 3 credits
EDLA 698 Research and Data Analysis 3 credits
EDLA 565 Assessment and Learning 3 credits
EDLA 653 Curriculum Development 3 credits
EDLA 641 Educational Leadership and Community 3 credits
EDLA 626 Culture, Diversity, and Human Rights 3 credits
EDLA elective 3 credits
EDLA 689 Professional Seminar 3 credits
EDLA 699 Comprehensive Oral Exam 0 credits




Master of Anesthesiology Education

University Program Director: Dan Mahoney
Sacred Heart Medical Center Program Director: Margaret Meyers
Sacred Heart Medical Center Clinical Director: John Weisbrod

This program is designed for registered nurses who wish to assume an educational leadership role within the profession of nurse anesthesia. In addition to preparing students to be competent, and skilled nurse anesthesia practitioners, it is the mission of the program to nurture and develop innovative, creative leaders for the advancement of the profession.

Each applicant must submit the following materials to the School of Education Graduate Admissions Office:

  • 1) A completed application form (see the School of Education website: http://www.gonzaga.edu/soe/grad) and non-refundable fee.
  • 2) A professional resumeé.
  • 3) A written statement describing what the applicant has done to prepare for beginning a career in nurse anesthesia and why our particular degree emphasis in leadership and education is desirable.
  • 4) Two letters of recommendation (one from an immediate supervisor, and one from a nurse or M.D. with whom the applicant is working) sent directly from the recommending persons to the School of Education Graduate Admission office using the confidential recommendation forms (see the School of Education website).
  • 5) One official transcript from each college or university attended (international applicants must submit foreign transcripts in the original language and an English copy). Final transcripts must bear a posted Bachelor’s degree.  Only degrees and courses from a regionally accredited institution will be accepted.
  • 6) The official score from the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) general aptitude test (must be less than five years old), even if the applicant has an advanced degree.
  • 7) A photocopy of the applicant’s current Registered Nurse license.
  • 8) Submission of an official TOEFL score of at least 550 (minimum score of 80 if taken via Internet) by each international applicant who has graduated from a foreign college or university and whose native language is not English.
  • 9) Submission of a financial declaration and supporting documentation by each international applicant.

Prerequisites

Applicant must be a Registered Nurse with a baccalaureate degree in nursing or an equivalent degree as determined by the program director at Gonzaga University.

  • 1) Applicant must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.00 scale.
  • 2) A minimum of two years experience as a registered nurse is required prior to interviewing for the MAE program.
  • 3) Applicants must have one year of adult critical care experience at the time of interview, with two years' preferred.
  • 4) Applicant must provide evidence of current CCRN.
  • 5) Applicant’s transcripts must show evidence of coursework in biology, microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, and anatomy or zoology.
  • 6) Applicant must have at least 30 credits in life sciences.
  • 7) Preference will be given to applicants with a grade point average of at least 3.20 in the science courses.
  • 8) Applicant with degrees other than a Bachelor of Science degree are eligible to apply if above science requirements are met.


General ICU, adult specialty ICU, and cardiac ICU are examples of acceptable critical care experience. Critical care experience must have been in the five years prior to the interview.

Program Outline: 64 credits
EDAE 501 Basic Principles of Anesthesia 1 6 credits
EDAE 502 Basic Principles of Anesthesia 2 2 credits
EDAE 520 Anatomy and Physiology 4 credits
EDAE 521 Anatomy and Physiology 2 credits
EDAE 551 Chemistry and Pharmacology 6 credits
EDAE 552 Chemistry and Pharmacology 2 credits
EDAE 553 Chemistry and Pharmacology 4 credits
EDAE 560 Theories of Adult Learning 3 credits
EDAE 561 Instructional Strategies for Adults 3 credits
EDAE 570 Integrated Data Base Systems Design 3 credits
EDAE 595 Professional Seminar/Teaching Project 1 credit
EDAE 603 Regional and Pediatric Anesthesia 2 credits
EDAE 604 Obstetrics and Neonatal Anesthesia 2 credits
EDAE 605 Cardiovascular/Thoracic/ Neuro Anesthesia 2 credits
EDAE 606 Integration of Advanced Principles of Anesthesiology 2 credits
EDAE 621 General Practicum 1 credit
EDAE 622 Specialty Practicum 1 credit
EDAE 623 Integrated Practicum 2 credits
EDAE 670 Medical Ethics 3 credits
EDAE 671 Law and Medicine 2 credits
EDAE 672 Professional Leadership 3 credits
EDAE 689 Research and Data Analysis 4 credits
EDAE 690 Research Seminar 1 credit
EDAE 691 Research Seminar 1 credit
EDAE 695 Professional Seminar/Continuing Education 1 credit
EDAE 698 Professional Seminar/Integration 1 credit
EDAE 699 Comprehensive Oral Examination 0 credit