Leadership and Administration (Graduate)

The Leadership and Administration program prepares educators for leadership roles in PK-12 school administration.

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Leadership and Administration (Graduate)

Specialized courses foster development of standards based skills needed by school administrators – including educational leadership, the importance of understanding school culture, supervision of instruction and services, school management and safety, school-community relations, ethical practices and curriculum development.


Northern State University’s Leadership and Administration program is a flexible, affordable online degree that will develop your leadership abilities.  Aligned with national standards set by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council, the program meets South Dakota Department of Education requirements for certification as a K-12 principal.


Courses focus on effective leadership models, data-driven decision making, and promotion of school and community partnerships. Curriculum focuses on the principal’s role in continuous school improvement.


Admission to the Leadership and Administration program requirements include the following:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • Completed application form
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • $35 application fee
  • An official transcript

Potential careers include positions at the K-12 level as a principal, assistant principal, athletic director, or dean of students.  


Students often complete their practicum and internships in the school in which they are currently employed.


The Bob Lehr Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship available for students in this program.

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