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Instructional Leadership: MEd

Instructional Leadership

The MEd in Instructional Leadership prepares potential university administrators and K-12 school leaders for Utah's Schools by providing training based on the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), Utah Education Leadership (UEL) standards of the Utah State Board of Education (USBE), and/or the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC).

The Program combines coursework in leadership and management with specific training in curriculum and instruction to meet the demands placed on today's education leaders. The program includes a focus on assessment at both the school and classroom levels and the effective use of data to drive decisions in schools.

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A specialization is not required.

  • Higher Education/Student Affairs: The MEd in Instructional Leadership (Higher Education/Student Affairs Specialization) prepares professionals for careers as leaders in higher education, student affairs, religious and private education, and other education related fields. If you are interested in any college/university professional staff position, this program can be tailored to fit your goals. The program provides opportunities for skill-development, collaboration, and community building within higher education settings and provides a unique look into education leadership through internship and practical coursework taught by current leaders in college and university settings. You can click on the “Program Guide - Higher Ed/Student Affairs” on the right of this page to learn more about 36 credit hours of coursework.

Because this program leads to recommendation for higher education/student affairs and/or K-12 professional staff positions, it is primarily designed for people who intend to become administrators in college/university or K-12 school fields (vice presidents, directors, assistant/associate directors, coordinators, staff assistants, principals, vice/assistant principals, superintendents, etc.).

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

Admissions Requirements

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Score at or above the 40th percentile on the GRE or MAT
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits
  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Note for the Administrative/Supervisor Concentration students (not the Higher Education/Student Affairs Specialization students): The minimum requirement for admission is a standard Utah State Office of Education license and at least one year of teaching experience. However, acceptance is much more likely after completion of at least three years of teaching experience.

Admissions Deadlines

The department has the following recommended deadlines (and reserves the right to admit students beyond the deadline):
  • Fall semester – August 1
  • Spring semester – December 1
  • Summer semester – April 1
  • Phone interviews are held approximately three weeks after the admission deadlines

Program Requirements

In addition to coursework, all students must complete an internship in a school setting with a total of 450 hours (150 hours for the higher education specialization students).

Master's Degree Plan Option(s)

Students can receive the MEd by pursuing the following plan option:

  • The Plan C option does not involve a thesis or a defense meeting and is comprised of coursework only.

Blake Nemelka, PhD, Purdue University
Program Director & Instructor
Area: Higher Education Administration
Office: HH 436
Phone: (435) 797-4205

James Morales, EdD, University of Minnesota
Vice President for Student Affairs
Area: Student Affairs
Office: TSC 220
Phone: (435) 797-1712

Neil Abercrombie, PhD, University of Utah
Vice President for Government Relations
Area: Legal and Policy Issues
Office: MAIN 107
Phone: (434) 797-0258

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

Under the broad discipline of education, there are many professional organizations specific to different areas of interest and expertise. Students are encouraged to become members of organizations that are relevant to their area of study.


School of Teacher Education and Leadership


Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

Academic Advising

Blake Nemelka
Program Director & Instructor
Office: HH 436
Phone: (435) 797-4205

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