Department of Educational Leadership and Administration

Chairperson:  Charles V. Salina

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 four master’s degree programs:

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:
    a) Briefly describes your background.
    b) Describes why you are interested in the Gonzaga graduate program.
    c) Describes and gives examples of the strengths that you bring to the program that will help you as an educational leader.
    d) Describes leadership experiences that you have had in or out of the school setting, including examples from leadership experiences.
    e) Describes and gives examples of your personal commitment to working/teaching students, service to others, and advocate for all students.
    f) Shares with us what you expect to accomplish in acquiring a masters degree and what you hope you will accomplish once you have received your degree.
  4. Two letters of recommendation, from recent supervisors 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).
    a) Written Recommendation:
    Please write your letter of recommendation on school or district letterhead. It is crucial that you address all of the items; we score the candidate’s likelihood of success in graduate work and “fit”  to our program against all of   these criteria.
        i) Describe and give examples of the candidate’s ability to lead or leadership experiences in the school setting.
        ii) Describe and give examples of the candidate’s commitment to serving students.
       iii) Describe and give examples of the candidate’s teaching ability.
       iv) Describe and give examples of the candidate’s commitment to diversity and ability to advocate) for the success of all students.
    b) Professional Dispositions
    * Please rate the candidate according to the scale five (5) strongly agree to one (1) strongly disagree. The last column on the rating sheet may be checked if your feel you have “insufficient knowledge” of the candidate to make
       a judgment.
  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 resume that shows career history and highlights leadership experiences. Applicants, please structure your vita as shown below and explicitly address each of the bulleted items:
    •    Work Experience
          Describe your work history (most recent first), including location, length of service, and position
    •    Professional Development/Training
          List career related training and professional development programs completed within the past four years. Include the source of training, and the duration and year completed.
    •    Technology Training
          Briefly describe your level of training and experience in using information technology including computers, software and telecommunications networks as tools for business, education, teaching and personal use.
    •    Volunteer/unpaid service
          List and describe and voluntary/unpaid post-secondary employment and/or community service experience. Please include name of organization, length of service, and a brief description of duties.
    •    Leadership Experience
          Please describe any specific training and/or experiences you have had as a group/project leader, co-coordinator of change initiatives, or as a trainer.
  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.


Master of Arts in Leadership and Administration - 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 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.


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 credit 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


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 for Students and Public:

This program is offered pursuant to the written approval of the Minister of Advanced Education and Technology effective September 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 education institutions).

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 credit 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 Education in Leadership and Administration - British Columbia, Canada

The Master of Education in Leadership and 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 British Columbia, Canada.

Notice for Students and Public:

This program is offered under the written consent of the Minister of Advanced Education effective June 2012, 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).

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 credit 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

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 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 résumé.
  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 currently 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. Evidence of current Registered Nurse licensure in the United States. Accepted students must have a Washington State Registered Nurse License upon enrollment.
  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  other baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. All applicants must meet the science requirements listed below

  1. Applicants must have one year of adult critical care experience at the time of interview, with two years of experience preferred.
  2. A minimum of two years’ experience as a Registered Nurse is required prior to interviewing for the MAE program.
  3. Applicant must provide evidence of current CCRN.
  4. Applicant’s transcripts must show evidence of coursework in biology, microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, pathophysiology, and anatomy or zoology.
  5. Applicant must have at least 30 credits in life sciences.
  6. Preference will be given to applicants with a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the science courses.

General ICU, adult specialty ICU, and cardiac ICU are examples of acceptable critical care experience, which is best obtained in a big and busy unit. Critical care experience must have been within the five years prior to the interview.  The competencies desired are long-term management of adult patients on ventilators with invasive monitors and vasoactive medications.

  • 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