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Graduate Studies
Sharon Paranto, Director

or Tammy Griffith, Program Assistant 


Spafford Hall 204A
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401
Phone: 605-626-2558
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Northern graduates and faculty at commencement ceremony
Masters in Leadership and Administration
MSEd in Leadership and Administration courses focus on effective leadership models, data-driven decision-making, school and community partnerships, and digital communication.
Teaching Experience
MSEd in Leadership and Administration candidates must document a minimum of one year of full-time PK-12 teaching experience in an accredited school. Three years of verified teaching experience is required for licensure in South Dakota.
"The camaraderie and collaboration embedded in the process of obtaining my masters degree was the part I most appreciated. This was a wonderful opportunity to network with other professionals who were working through the same issues I was dealing with in my profession and classes."
Kim Aman
Elementary School Principal
Masters in Educational Studies '08, Masters in Leadership and Administration '13
Licensure, accreditation
The program meets the requirements for licensure as a PreK-12 school principal by the South Dakota Department of Education. The curriculum is aligned with national standards as set by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council, and the program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.