Master of Arts in Education:

Instructional Leadership Specialization

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Instructional Leadership

Total semester hours: 33

The specialization leading to the Director of Instruction (10) license in Wisconsin prepares practicing teachers to take leadership roles in curriculum and instruction at the K-12 level, as learning coordinator, curriculum developer, staff development director, etc.

Qualified candidates must be licensed teachers working in a PK-12 setting – an elementary, middle or secondary school or central services site --where they will be able to complete a practicum. Candidates must have completed three years of successful teaching as a licensed teacher to be eligible for the Director of Instruction license. Degree candidates complete the core requirements for the Master of Arts as well as the following courses:

  • Mentoring: Strengthening Professional Practice (3 cr)
  • The Purposes of Education in a Democracy (3 cr)
  • Professional Roles in School Communities (3 cr)
  • Frameworks for Curriculum Development (3 cr)
  • Frameworks for Assessment Practice (3 cr)
  • Elective Course (3 cr)


Licensure-only Program

Director of Instruction (License #10)

Students with a prior master’s degree may complete coursework for the Director of Instruction license as a separate licensure program. They must submit transcripts of their previous master’s-level work and will be required to take any core or specialization courses for which they do not have prior transfer coursework.

Those wishing a transfer evaluation, should send copies of graduate transcripts with a note requesting an evaluation for the Director of Instruction license to Alverno College Graduate Admissions, PO Box 343922, Milwaukee, WI 53234-3922.

To request an information packet and application form e-mail Admissions. Questions? Contact Mary Claire Jones, Graduate Admissions Office, at 414-382-6106, toll free at 800-933-3401, or e-mail:


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