The Educational Administration and Leadership master's program develops leaders for Minnesota's schools - teachers, principals, special education directors, community education directors, superintendents, and central office personnel commietted to providing the finest learning opportunities for K-12 students. Courses offered focus upon developing the skills and personal traits necessary for successful school administration. In addition, field-based learning experiences are an integral, crucial aspect of the program. This program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation and Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA) for meeting the professional preparation requirements for licensure in the following areas: K-12 school principal, director of special education, school district superintedent and director of community education. In addition, the department participates in the development of special studies programs which lead to graduate degrees in other areas of educational administration. The Educational Administration and Leadership master's program provides the first step in pursuing educational administration licensure. Upon completion of the master's program, a graduate may choose to pursue a sixth-year graduate certificate licensure track, a specialist degree program or a doctoral program.