Iowa PK–12 Principal/Supervisor of Special Education 189

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Iowa PK–12 Principal/Supervisor of Special Education 189

Viterbo University's School of Education prepares educators who are grounded in Franciscan values and possess the knowledge and skills to be reflective decision makers for the 21st century.

Program Information:

The Iowa PK-12 Principal -Supervisor of Special Education is a two-year, six-semester program which requires an internship during each of the six semesters. The internship is conducted onsite with an approved mentor, which is usually the student's principal. Ten rigorous, scaffolded courses meet the standards set by the Iowa Department of Education as well as the high standards set by Viterbo University.

Instructors are either current or recently retired school administrator who bring a wealth of experiences to each course. They design assignments, activities and readings that address the Iowa Standards for School Leaders (ISSL) in a meaningful and practical manner. Focused topical speakers may supplement the courses.

There are two tracks for this program:

  1. Master of Arts in Education degree -- Educational Leadership track: 36 credits
  2. Licenure track only -- must possess an earned Master's degree prior to entry: 31 credits

Each of these tracks culminates in an administrative endorsement to serve as a PK-12 Principal/Supervisor of Special Education.  The program allows a maximum of six equivalent transfer credits which are reviewed on an individual case-by-case basis.

Educational Leadership courses are delivered in a "blended" format. 

  • Classes meet face-to-face on Saturdays during the fall and spring terms and weekdays during the summer term from 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • The emainder of the coursework will be completed online through the course Moodle site.

During the final semester of the program, students present an electronic portfolio to a team of evaluators addressing the six standards of the Iowa Standards for School Leaders. This presentation provides the students the ability to demonstrate to the administrative team the content learned, as well as the internship experiences received throughout the program.

Summer 2018 Cohorts:

Viterbo University Iowa Center will begin new cohorts for its Educational Leadership Program in Summer 2018 at:

West Des Moines:  Viterbo University Iowa Center: 4949 Westown Parkway, Suite 195
Waterloo:  Waterloo Community School, Greenbriar Conference Center, 1554 Oakwood Dr.

Preferred application submission date is April 1, 2018.
[Applications received after April 1st must be accepted for admission by May 1st]

Graduate Tuition: $365 per credit tuition plus $10 per credit resource fee for the 2017-2018 academic year. 
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Financial Aid may be available for those students who qualify and have been admitted to the program. For information about Financial Aid, click here: Financial Aid Office


Carol Page, Iowa Educational Leadership Program Specialist or 515-309-9123
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