Marquette's educational policy and leadership program, in cooperation with other university's colleges, schools and programs, prepares graduate students to assume leadership roles in areas of study provided by its programs and specializations. Our program is committed to the development of practitioners and researchers as agents of critical inquiry and social justice. This is accomplished through systematic focus on social, cultural, philosophical and historical contexts of education.
The goal of our graduate programs is to engage the professional educator (teacher or other human-service organization leader) in extended critical reflection on principles, practices and rationales of human service leadership in contemporary society. Specifically, the program seeks to develop educational and human-service leaders with expertise in historical, philosophical and sociological foundations of educational policy issues. Our programs are designed to accommodate the working professional, and content is composed to reflect diversity in student backgrounds, interests and professional objectives.
At Marquette, students can pursue doctoral work in educational policy and leadership. Master's-level students may choose to specialize in educational administration (M.Ed. with licensure), educational leadership (M.A./thesis track), or student affairs in higher education (M.Ed.).
Students may also pursue various types of state certification (e.g., teaching, principalship, director of instruction, reading specialist, reading teacher, superintendent). Students seeking an advanced degree and certification/licensure must meet Graduate School admission requirements and Office of Teacher Education requirements.