2021-2022 Catalog


MBA - School Administration (Indiana Licensure)

Candidates in the Master of Business Administration with a major in School Administration program develop strategies that promote a culture of achievement for all stakeholders, evaluate personal management capabilities, and design a plan to drive improvements in teacher effectiveness and student achievement, and integrate critical analysis with disciplines such as management, accounting, finance, and economics for continuous organizational improvement. Candidates create activities that contribute to the academic success of all students through effective teaching and best instructional practices. Candidates synthesize ethical standards in decision making and strategy development, create appropriate strategies to improve communication and build relationships to achieve organization goals, and integrate a biblical framework that guides interactions within the educational and stakeholder environments.

The 18-credit hour concentration in School Administration identifies outcomes and expectations based on current school leadership principles and practices and enables interns to engage in inquiry, research, dialogue, team learning, reflection, problem-based learning, collaboration, and standards-based assessment from a comprehensive P–12 perspective. It aligns to the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards and the Indiana Department of Education’s (IDOE’s) School Leader -- Building Level standards. The school administration major combined with the Master’s Degree in Business Administration satisfies Indiana’s required program of study for a building level administrator’s license. The education courses are designed to provide candidates with the knowledge, skills, and disposition to develop as school leaders, including cultural responsiveness, ethics and faith, and research and technology tools. It aligns to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation's advanced-level program standards.

Educators employed by school districts in states outside Indiana are welcome but are strongly advised to consult with their own state licensure office prior to registering. Students registering in MBA –School Administration courses bear the full responsibility for ensuring the applicability of IWU graduate courses for licensure in their state.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Design solutions and strategies for complex business problems and opportunities. 
  • Evaluate personal leadership capabilities and design a plan to drive improvements in teacher effectiveness and student achievement. 
  • Integrate critical analysis with business administration disciplines such as management, accounting, finance and economics to ensure mission success. 
  • Synthesize ethical standards in decision-making and strategy development. 
  • Create appropriate strategies to achieve organization goals. 
  • Integrate a biblical framework that guides interactions within the educational and stakeholder environments. 
  • Demonstrate competency in the following School of Educational Leadership's dispositional domains: Communication, Critical Thinking, Human Interaction, Leadership, and Professionalism. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to facilitate collaborative vision, mission, values, goals, and a culture of continuous improvement in the buildings they will lead to change the world. 
  • Demonstrate instructional leadership by understanding and promoting best practices in teaching, with an acute focus on student learning and academic success. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to leverage school operations, manage resources, and provide a safe learning environment to ensure the success of all students. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to build diverse relationships that engage parents and the community in the learning process and share resources for student success and for the benefit of all stakeholders. 
  • Model personal integrity, fairness, accountability, cultural responsiveness, and ethical/legal decision-making, and expect the same from staff and students. 

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. Transcripts from foreign institutions may need to be sent to an outside agency for evaluation and determination of transferable credits, degrees, and GPA. If this outside review is necessary, students are responsible for the initiation of this evaluation and for any fees incurred during the process.
  • A GPA of 2.75 or above from the degree granting institution at which at least of minimum of 30 hours was completed. If an applicant’s GPA is below 2.75, the student may be admitted on a probationary basis, as established by the guidelines of the DeVoe School of Business and the School of Educational Leadership.
  • Be currently employed in or have access to a P-12 public or non-public school in which the principal is willing to serve as a mentor for the internship phase of the program. Submission of a completed internship agreement with a building principal will be required prior to the start of the internship phase. 
  • Hold an initial, standard, provisional, proficient, or accomplished practitioner Instructional or School Counselor license. 
  • At least two years of teaching experience on one of the licenses listed above in an approved and accredited public, private, or parochial elementary, secondary, or postsecondary school in the United States or abroad. *Please note that in keeping with Indiana Department of Education licensure policy, experience gained by a teacher holding only an Emergency Permit, Provisional Permit, Transition to Teaching Permit, Career Specialist Permit, Charter School License, Substitute Permit, or Workplace Specialist II license is not acceptable as licenses of these types do not meet the prerequisite license requirements. 
  • Obtain recommendations from two school leaders (superintendent, principal, or assistant principal) who are qualified to judge the applicant’s knowledge, skills, and dispositions in relation to pursuing the Building Level Administrator’s license.

Clinical Experience Requirements

  • All candidates must complete two Internship courses (three credit hours each over 7-8 months). 
  • All candidates must secure a Principal-Mentor at the school in which they are currently teaching. 
  • The Principal-Mentor will work with the candidates throughout the course of the internships.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the MBA-SA program, candidates must meet the following:

  •  All MBA courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of “C” in each course. A grade of “C-“ or below will require the course to be repeated. 
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all EDL graduate courses and a minimum grade of "B-" in each course. 
  • Satisfy admission, mid-program review, and program completion gateways. 
  • Provide evidence of a passing score for the Indiana licensure exam for Building-level Administration.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

Indiana Candidates -- Successful completion of the MBA-School Administration program meets the academic requirements for recommendation for licensure. Additionally, candidates must complete other requirements of the Indiana Department of Education before a principal’s license will be issued, including receiving a passing score on the related state assessment test, evidence of at least two years teaching or work experience as a teacher or school counselor on one of the following license types: initial, standard, provisional, proficient, or accomplished practitioner instructional or School Counselor license.

Other Candidates – Applicants who seek administrative licensure in states other than Indiana bear the responsibility to determine whether completion of the IWU M.S. – School Administration program will meet the academic and assessment requirements of the state in which licensure is sought.

MBA - School Administration (Indiana Licensure) - Program of Study

Business Courses

All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
MGMT-501Foundations of Graduate Business


MGMT-512Ethical and Legal Aspects of Management


COMM-515Decision-Making and Essential Business Communication


FINC-510Financial Reporting and Analysis


ECON-510Economic Analysis for Managers


MKTG-530Marketing Management


MGMT-528Global Management


MGMT-522Business Strategy and Policy


Total Credit Hours:24

Education Courses

All courses must be completed with a grade of "B-" or higher.
EDL-657Collaborative Vision and Instructional Leadership


EDL-616Organizational, Operational, and Resource Management


EDL-618Professional, Legal, and Ethical Leadership


EDL-610Community, Cultural, and Relational Leadership


EDL-612Principal Internship I: Clinical Application of Leadership Principles


EDL-625Principal Internship II: Clinical Application of Leadership Principles


Total Credit Hours:18

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