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Northwest Missouri State University

Master of Science in Education

Education Leadership - Elementary

The mission of the Department of Professional Education is to prepare school leaders skilled in facilitation, motivation and communication to meet the needs of students, faculty and communities experiencing a world in perpetual and dynamic change. The department prepares educational leaders to empower the school's various publics in developing a vision for the school, directing the school and meeting the school's day-to-day challenges. The department prepares school leaders to be ethical, to recognize the basic human dignity of each individual and to promote life-long learning and self-improvement in themselves and in those for whom they are responsible.

The Professional Education programs at Northwest have been recognized as innovative and outstanding by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. These programs have also been reviewed and accredited by NCATE and DESE.

Admission Requirements

The Department of Professional Education at Northwest Missouri State University has a rich history of producing highly qualified candidates for Missouri school districts.

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Writing assessment/leadership inventory
  • GRE of 700 on the verbal and quantitative sections and at least a 3.5 on the writing sample section if less than two years certified teaching experience in an accredited school OR departmental assessment (given locally at no cost)
  • Three letters of reference

Department Contact

Dr. David Kiene
Department of Professional Education 
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001
Phone: 660.562.1774 or 660.562.1231

Dr. David Kiene


Subject Requirements

61-649 Issues in Education 3
61-682 Improvement of Instruction Through Action Research 2
61-683 Action Research Paper 1
61-630 Foundations of Educational Administration 3
61-631 School Supervision 3
61-686 The Principalship 3
61-633 Curriculum Design 3
61-665 School Law 3
61-610 Technology for School Administrators 1
61-610 School Finance for Principals 1
61-694 Elementary Practicum 3
Electives 6

Total Programs Hours



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