The MSOE MBA in Education Leadership is an innovative new model of school leader preparation, which will prepare a new breed of school leader to enact transformational change in Wisconsin schools.
The MBA in Education Leadership is designed to provide the business knowledge and leadership development that is missing from traditional master’s in education programs. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is guiding development of the new MBA in Education Leadership at MSOE. The new MBA will prepare leaders who can become outstanding principals leading schools and districts in Wisconsin, and bring American schools up to world-class levels of performance.
The program is under review for approval by the Higher Learning Commission, with a final decision expected in Summer 2014. It is also under review by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction with a decision expected by early 2014.
Program Features and Benefits
- The program focuses on developing personal traits and characteristics of effective leaders with support for long-term professional development.
- The 15 month program of study draws from best practices in business, leadership, and education including the areas of leadership, finance, human resources, instruction, systems thinking, technology, and organizational change.
- A clinical practicum occurs as a series of course-based field projects, which are identified in a planning session with the student, school or district, and MSOE program leaders. Projects are designed to advance K-12 initiatives within the district, and provide an authentic leadership development experience.
- National and international business and education experts will enhance program content through guest lectures on state-of-the-art topics.
- Throughout the program, students will hold positions in their schools or districts, with clinical practicum field projects completed as part of work assignments.
- The program begins in Summer 2014, with completion of the final project expected in Summer 2015; the final project will include an international travel experience to visit cutting-edge K-12 education programs abroad.
- The program is pending approval by Wisconsin DPI as an official principal preparation program for principal licensure in Wisconsin.
Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership
- All nominated students who complete the application process will be considered for a Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship.
- Fellows will receive a generous stipend for tuition and expenses.
- Following program completion, Fellows are expected to serve as principals or school leaders in Wisconsin for a period of at least three years.
- Fellows will receive three years of professional leadership mentoring in their roles as principals or school leaders.
- The schools and districts, and the Fellows, will be promoted through media and press coverage at both state and national levels.
Kathy S. Faggiani, Ph.D.
Patricia E. Neudecker, Ph.D.