Educational Administration

Program Overview

  • Upon completion of this program you will receive a Principal (51) license, permitting a person to serve as a principal or an assistant principal in an elementary, middle or secondary level school
  • 24 credit certification program
  • Courses in a two-year cohort model rotation
  • Classes held on Saturdays and during the summer
  • Classes taught on the UW-Platteville campus
  • In state and out of state students pay the same tuition


  1. Written verification of a minimum of three years of experience in PreK–12 Teaching or Pupil Services (school counseling, school social work, or school psychologist with evidence of 540 hours of classroom teaching experience) and evidence of eligibility for the respective DPI license.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from administrators stating their association with candidate, the candidate's competency in standards, and commitment to the educational enterprise.
  3. Self-reflection essay of competency in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of the ten Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development.
  4. The student must submit a copy of his or her current teaching license.
Note: If you do not already hold a master's degree you must obtain one before you graduate in order to obtain your principal license

Attached Files

Application to the School of Graduate Studies

Before taking any classes, a student must enroll as a graduate student with the School of Graduate Studies. The School of Graduate Studies website provides more information. Students not enrolled in the MSE program will enroll as "Special Students" and are not eligible to earn a degree. To apply for admission to the School of Graduate Studies, the applicant must:

  1. Submit an online application for admission through the UW System website
  2. Pay the application processing fee
  3. Have an official transcript sent from the institution where the bachelor's degree was earned to:
    School of Graduate Studies Office
    University of Wisconsin-Platteville
    1 University Plaza

    106 Brigham Hall
    Platteville, WI 53818-3099

For more information about registration and records contact Dee Dunbar, School of Graduate Studies, at or call 608.342.1322.

Textbooks and materials

This program requires students to purchase their own books prior to the start of class.  Textbook costs are not included in tuition and fees.

Required Courses

Endorsement Only (24 Credits)

  • TEACHING 7340 - Intro to Seminar (2 cr) (1st Summer)
    This module serves as an introduction and overview of the entire Educational Administration Certification program.
  • TEACHING 7360 - Student Learning (4 cr) (1st Fall)
    This module prepares prospective administrators to be instructional leaders in their schools and is built around the ten
  • TEACHING 7350 - Relationships (4 cr) (1st Spring)
    This module addresses the following: personnel issues, classroom management, community relations, school climate, relationships with the district office, school board members, school culture, diversity issues, and management styles.
  • TEACHING 7400 - Practicum I (1 cr) (1st Spring)
    This module requires a minimum of 100 practical experience hours working with and documented with a mentor and university supervisor.  This practicum should be at all grade levels and include special education experiences.  The experiences should be at all grade levels and include special education experiences.
  • TEACHING 7370 - Systems I (4 cr) (2nd Summer)
    This module provides prospective administrators an opportunity to manage effectively organizations, operations, and resources of a school system in order to ensure a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  • TEACHING 7380 - Legal Aspects (4 cr) (2nd Fall)
    This module assists participants in developing a working knowledge of the laws as it relates to the school administrator. Researching and resolving legal issues having an impact on school operations are the foundations of the course.
  • TEACHING 7390 - Systems II (4 cr) (2nd Spring)
    This module provides the candidates field experience and networking opportunities related to the management of school systems, such as budgeting and finance, personnel planning, policy use and development, and facilities use coordination.
  • TEACHING 7410 - Practicum II (1 cr) (2nd Spring)
    This module requires a minimum of 200 practical experience hours working with and documented with a mentor and university supervisor.  The experiences should be at all grade levels and include special education experiences.  This practicum should be at all grade levels and include special education experiences.

Endorsement and MSE (9 credits)

  • TEACHING 7000 - Research Procedures (3 cr) (Required)
    Definition of problems and issues, critical examination of the research literature, review of trends in curricula and methods, and planning of investigations including historical, descriptive (including ethnographic), and experimental.
  • TEACHING 7190 - Educational Leadership & Mentoring (3 cr) (Recommended)
    This course is designed to improve teachers' skills in the process of mentoring beginning teachers and collaborating with veteran teachers.  Mentoring is defined as the professional practice that provides support, assistance, and guidance to new teachers to promote their professional growth and success.  Collaborating is developing collegial peer coaching relationships designed to enhance professional efficacy.  Course topics include understanding value added leadership in education; practicing ethics of education; reflection; impact of student learning through professional development efforts; and mentoring, particularly as it relates to PI-34.
  • TEACHING 7620 - Spec Ed Legal/Theoretical Foundations (3 cr)
    Participants will develop a working knowledge of law (e.g. IDEA 1997) as it relates to the rights and responsibilities of students, staff, and families.  Participants will also incorporate knowledge of historical foundations, service delivery models, philosophies, and cultural diversity into the general and/or special education classroom.
  • TEACHING 7830 - Seminar Paper or Educational Project (3 cr) (Required)
    The seminar or educational project need not be a report of original and independent research.  It must demonstrate, however, the student's ability to survey a field of knowledge and assemble, the student's ability to survey a field of knowledge and assemble, organize, evaluate, interpret, and present evidence in a logical and intelligent manner.  Although the seminar paper or educational project may originate from work done in connection with one of the student's graduate courses and be based upon a term paper or course project, it must be more comprehensive and complete in coverage and treatment.  In consultation with the program advisor, the student proposes a seminar paper or educational project and a seminar paper or educational project advisor.  An approved seminar paper or educational project proposal must be submitted and approved prior to registration.  There is a website with useful links to guide the graduate student in grammar, style, evaluating, web resources, and formats.  The seminar paper or educational project advisor will provide guidance regarding the site.
  • COUNSPSY 6600 - Measurement for Counselors and Educators (3 cr)
    This course is designed to study assessment instruments and procedures in areas of interest including; aptitude. achievement, intelligence, personality, career, and clinical diagnostics.  There is also a discssion focusing on the psychometric properties of assessment with relevant descriptive statistics taught.

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