Oct 14, 2019  
2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Academic Catalog

MBA in Education Leadership (MBAEL)


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Program Director

Dan Pavletich
Office: RO-1
Phone: 414-277-2486
Email: pavletich@msoe.edu

MSOE’s Rader School of Business created the MBA in Education Leadership program. The innovative program is targeted at teaching professionals, principals and vice principals with a minimum of three years of PK­-12 teaching experience who wish to advance in school leadership roles.  On successful completion of the program qualified participants receive both a Master of Business Administration and Wisconsin State Principal Licensure. 

The program is also recommended for K-12 administrators and business managers who wish to enhance their leadership skills through a specialist MBA. The program, which serves the needs of public, private, charter and choice school emerging leaders, blends the best of leadership development, business, and educational administration. Two key themes woven through the program are the elimination of the global student achievement gap through better school leadership, and the development of school cultures that support positive character education.

The MBA in Education Leadership is a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction approved program for principal licensure (5051) that offers educators an alternative to traditional Master of Education Administration degree programs. Students may also add the Director of Instruction (5010) and School Business Administrator (5008) licenses by enrolling in additional coursework. The program is based on a school partner model that involves existing school leadership and MSOE program faculty in the definition of field projects that will advance important school initiatives and provide an authentic embedded learning experience for students.

Program Faculty

Dr. Ruth Barratt, Andy Chromy, Mindy Davies, Dr. Paul Hudec, Patty Kramer, Dr. Jessica Moe, Curt Mould, Dr. Kelly Ottman, Dan Pavletich, Tony Spence, Chris Thompson

Admission Requirements

Admissions to the MBA in Education Leadership program is rolling throughout the year. Cohorts begin in the winter and summer of each year. In addition to meeting the general graduate program requirements , all candidates for the MBA in Education Leadership must meet program-specific requirements, which are listed in the Graduate Admission Requirements  section of this catalog.

Master of Business Administration in Education Leadership (MBAEL)

  1. Receive a reference from the applicants’ principal, superintendent, headmaster or charter organization officer stating support for the applicant’s ability to progress into a vice principal or principal role within three years

  2. Submit one other letter in addition to above of recommendation, from an employer or supervisor who can describe the candidate’s leadership potential

  3. Admitted students must work full time during completion of the program as a teacher or school leader in a Wisconsin K12 setting

  4. Applications are rolling throughout the year each year. With admittance twice yearly in January and July

  5. Have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution

  6. Have completed a Wisconsin DPI approved educator preparation program, or a Wisconsin approved educator preparation program in another state or country

  7. Hold, or be eligible to hold, a Professional Educator License in teaching or pupil services

  8. Have three years of successful, fulltime classroom teaching experience, or three years of successful experience as pupil services professional including 540 hours of classroom teaching experience

  9. Submit a current resume that details all professional and teaching experience

  10. Be willing to participate in an in-person interview

Master of Business Administration in Education Leadership (MBAEL) (Non-Principal Track)

  1. Submit two letters of recommendation, from an employer or supervisor who can describe the candidate’s leadership potential

  2. Work as an administrator or leader in a K-12 environment

  3. Have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution

  4. Submit a current resume that details all professional and K-12 experience

  5. Be willing to participate in an in-person interview

Types of Acceptance Allowed

Applicants to the MBA in Education Leadership Program may only be accepted in full acceptance status, with no allowances for conditional or probationary acceptance in the program.

Program Educational Objectives

At MSOE, program educational objectives refer to what graduates of the MBA in Education Leadership program are expected to achieve within several years of program completion:

  • Rise to significant leadership positions in PK-12 education
  • Direct innovative educational initiatives and formulate policies using sound analytical skills and evidence-based practice
  • Lead educational change efforts to raise the achievement of all students, with a particular focus on eliminating and preventing the global achievement gap in PK-12 education
  • Demonstrate the on-going integration of effective leadership traits and ethical principles into personal and professional personas
  • Build and sustain relationships among diverse constituents, stakeholders, and policy makers that foster a culture conducive to high student achievement
  • Develop the next generation of teachers who will continue to pursue global excellence in student achievement
  • Manage school environments to foster student achievement, realize staff development, and nurture the public trust while creating and sustaining an ecology that fosters positive character formation
  • Influence and enact Wisconsin school law and education policy to enhance the learning environment

Student Outcomes

The student outcomes refer to the knowledge, skills, abilities, and dispositions that program graduates will possess at the time of program completion. These are organized into the broad categories shown below that align with the Wisconsin Administrator Standards and enact two key themes within the program: elimination of the global achievement gap (8) and character formation (9).  All program graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding and competency in teacher standards
  2. Lead by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared by the school community
  3. Lead by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to pupil learning and staff professional growth
  4. Ensure management of the organization, operations, finances, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment
  5. Collaborate with families and community members to respond to diverse community interests and needs and mobilize community resources
  6. Act with integrity, fairness and in an ethical manner that models strong character for the school and community
  7. Demonstrate an understanding, respond to, and interact with the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural contexts that affect schools and learning
  8. Apply evidence-based leadership practices to identify and resolve barriers to student achievement and eliminate achievement gaps
  9. Identify, develop, and sustain a school and community culture that supports character formation

Curriculum v. 2.1


The MBA in Education Leadership curriculum is based on course modules that integrate new knowledge transfer, application, and performance both in a classroom and field setting.  The courses included in the curriculum are:

MBA Education Leadership Full-time Track


The full-time curriculum track requires students to be employed full-time in an approved teaching or leadership role in a school, district, charter organization, or other approved education-related entity throughout the 18-month program. The program meets for a full day every other Saturday throughout the year, with 13-15 hours of project work expected each week to meet clinical practicum requirements.

MBAEL Additional Licensure Coursework


The MBA in Education Leadership (MBA EL) program offers the opportunity to earn multiple Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction licenses. The MBA EL program, which includes principal license (DPI license #5051), also offers the opportunity for students may enroll in the Director of Instruction (DPI license #5010) and School Business Administrator (DPI license #5008). 

Director of Instruction


The Director of Instruction program will develop essential skills for curriculum restructuring, planning and implementation at the school site. Three essential processes, curriculum development, assessment and instruction, will be considered with respect to relevant theory, research, and practice. Additionally, students will understand theories and strategies that address the needs of the diverse population that composes today’s classrooms. Included in this program will be diversity issues, planning techniques, effective teaching strategies, differentiated instructional and assessment strategies, motivational concepts, and informal and formal assessment practices, deepening an understanding of curriculum, instruction and assessment by integrating theoretical and research course work with practice. Students conduct an action research project and lead efforts that contribute to progress on a School Improvement Plan in the areas of curriculum, instruction and assessment.

School Business Administrator


Students will study key financial concepts, identify financial decisions and learn to analyze an organization’s status using accounting methods, financial tools and techniques. Engage in budgeting and financial reporting techniques, inventory control, purchasing, capital project planning and debt service management. Additionally, students will develop knowledge in the management of school operations, food services, school transportation and plant maintenance. Designed for prospective school business administrators, this program includes management concepts and techniques and the skills needed in collective negotiations and contract management in the public schools. The program will deepen an understanding of the school business administrator roles and responsibilities by integrating theoretical and research course work with practice and reflection on development as a school business leader. Students will conduct an action research project and lead efforts that contribute to progress on a financial and operational process in a school district or consortium.

International Experience


During the MBA in Education Leadership program, students will have the opportunity to participate in an international experience. The class trip will involve observing educational innovations in one or more countries. This experience provides a lens for the program’s final project, an integrative effort that blends program learning in a meaningful and action-oriented way while also providing the basis for a summative assessment of student learning.

Final Portfolio


All candidates for the MBA in Education Leadership will create and maintain a portfolio of their work that clearly demonstrates their competency and achievement of the student outcomes. As they progress through the program, key work products and observational notes will be added to the portfolio, which will be maintained in digital format. Additional information regarding the portfolio will be provided to admitted students.

Course Calendar


The course calendar can be reviewed by contacting the MBAEL office.

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