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Educational Leadership, MSE (51-648) Option 2: K-12 Principal-Special Education Director

Leading the way in Education

This degree is designed for teachers and other educators wishing to earn a master’s degree in educational leadership. The program will support your growth as an educational leader in a variety of ways:

  • Improve knowledge and skills as a school leader
  • Enhance opportunities for teacher leadership roles
  • Prepare for initial certification as a building principal or special education director


This degree is available at both the Warrensburg and Lee’s Summit campuses. The program includes a mix of face-to-face and online courses. Classes are offered on an 8-week cycle, supporting educators who have coaching and activity commitments.

Collaborative Principals Preparation Program

UCM partners with 14 Kansas City area suburban school districts in the Cooperative Principals Preparation Program. Students must be recommended by their district for this leadership program. The CPPP is a two-year cohort program offered at UCM Summit Center (Lee’s Summit, MO). The program includes district mentoring, high quality professional development, and intensive leadership development.

Degree Options

  • Elementary Principal
  • Secondary Principal
  • Special Education Director

Degree programs can also be modified to support certification as a Middle School Principal.

Entrance Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • 2.75 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Teaching or student services (special education) certification
  • Experiences as a teacher or student services (special education) provider

Program Highlights

  • State approved programs
  • Full-time faculty with wide-range of experiences
  • All courses offered at both the main campus and UCM Summit Center
  • Close ties with area school leaders
  • Strong connections with DESE and state organizations
  • Applicable to all districts: rural, suburban and urban
  • Prepares students for state certification assessments

Course Sequencing

Courses are offered on a rotating basis at both the Warrensburg and Lee’s Summit campuses. A few courses are offered online. Students have flexibility with their schedules and time of completion. EDAD 5110 Foundations of Educational Administration should be taken within the first six hours. The Principal Internships (EDAD 6969 and 6971) are to be taken toward the end of the program of study.


At the end of the program you’ll complete an advanced practicum at your own school or another location of your choice. This gives you the opportunity to tie together everything you learned throughout your courses with local administrators and real life scenarios. The Internships are also designed to provide support for those completing the DESE Performance Tasks required for certification.



UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri


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