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Instructional Leadership

The program is focused on helping students develop practical knowledge and skills needed for leadership positions in education. It provides students with a solid understanding of the history of the U.S. education system, curriculum development, learning and teaching models, and best practices for teaching diverse populations. Students also benefit from USU’s high-ranking special education program through two special education courses integrated into the curriculum. The majority of the coursework is made up of classes required for the administrative/supervisory concentration, which leads to administrative licensure through the Utah State Office of Education.

This program, with the accompanying recommendation for the ASC, is designed for students who wish to pursue administrative positions within the education system. It is also a good option for students who want to earn a master’s degree (which can increase a teacher’s current salary) while providing them with credentials for pursuing leadership positions in the future.

Utah has reciprocity agreements with many other states to provide joint recognition of educator licensure.  Out-of-state students should check with their state department of education to ensure reciprocity.

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services ranks in the top 2% of all graduate colleges of education nationwide, and the college is also ranked third in the nation in total research dollars received, according to “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” U.S. News & World Report.

Differential Tuition

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services may charge differential tuition for this program. Differential tuition is an added cost per credit for courses in the program. See the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for more information.

Because this program leads to recommendation for administrative licensure, it is primarily designed for people who intend to become administrators in education (principals, assistant principals, curriculum coordinators, district office workers, etc.).

If students are not planning to pursue an administrative career path in the immediate future, the program can still help them enhance their teaching skills and provide them the option of moving into administrative positions in the future.