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Northwest Missouri State University

Master of Science in Education: Educational Leadership - K-12*

Also see: Online MSEd. in Educational Leadership

The mission of the School of 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 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.

The Master of Science in Education: Educational Leadership - K-12* program is also available online.

*Contact Dr. Kiene if you already have elementary or secondary certification and would like to add the additional certification.

Admission Requirements

The School of 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 combined score of 280 on the verbal and quantitative sections with a minimum of 150 on verbal section of the revised GRE (previously 700 combined) 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 references from supervisors/advisors in the field

Department Contact

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

Dr. David Kiene


Core Requirements
   61-695 Philosophy of Education OR
      61-649 Issues in Education 3
   61-682 Improvement of Instruction Through Action Research 2
   61-683 Action Research Paper  1
Core Total 6
Subject Field Requirements
  61-610 Special Topics: School Finance for Principals 1
  61-610 Special Topics: Orientation to Program and Assessments 1
  61-630 Foundations of Educational Administration 3
  61-631 School Supervision 3
  61-633 Curriculum Design 3
  61-665 School Law 3
  61-688 The Principalship 3
  61-694 Practicum in Elementary School Administration & Supervision 3
  Min. of 3 hrs in education courses focused on admin. & supervision 3
Subject Field Total 23
Electives 3
Program Total 32


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Course Offerings on CatPAWS

Please check CatPAWS frequently for updated course offering dates and times.

To fulfill all requirements for class enrollment, please register at least 3 weeks in advance. Order your books early from the Bearcat Bookstore.