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UEN-UNI Application Procedure for Master of Arts in Education (MAE) and Advanced Studies Certificate (ASC) (Principalship) Applicants in Educational Leadership:



Applicants must first complete a Graduate Application at

Select one of the following programs:

Principalship-MAE-268GPRE to obtain an Master of Arts in Education (MAE) degree with endorsement as PK-12 Principal/PK-12 Supervisor of Special Education


ASC-Principalship-26GPR (if you already have MA/MAE degree) to obtain an Advanced Studies Certificate (ASC) with endorsement as PK-12 Principal/PK-12 Supervisor of Special Education

Note: There will be a $60 application fee for admission to the program (unless you graduated from UNI with a BA, MA, or MAE).



Applicants submit required documents to support the application for admission. Deadline for applying is April 15 of each year.

Email items 1, 2, 3, and 4 to (Office of Admissions):        

1. Statement explaining why the applicant is interested in obtaining an administrative leadership position

2. Writing Sample responding to this question: “What are the key critical issues facing PK-12 school systems and how will your leadership impact those key issues?"  (No more than two pages, typed, double-spaced, one inch margin, 12 point type)

3. Resume including the following:

   a. Educational background

   b. Leadership/Teaching/Work Experience

   c. Professional Development Activities/Professional Memberships

   d. Related Activities (community involvement, other work with students/adults, etc.)

Our department will verify with the BOEE that applicant has a standard license, which is required for acceptance into the program.    

4. Two Recommendations – One MUST be from an administrator who is knowledgeable about your performance and leadership potential. Recommendations MUST be submitted using this form - Recommendation Form - and submitted to No other forms of letters of recommendation will be accepted.

5. Official Copy of Transcripts must be requested and sent directly to UNI Admissions Office (Gilchrist 002 c/o Graduate Admissions, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614-0018), unless all of your undergraduate and graduate hours are from UNI. "Official" means transcripts are sent directly from Registrar to Registrar. No transcripts handled by students will be accepted.



Review/Admission Process:

Upon receipt of the required application documents prior to or by the deadline, the application will be reviewed by the Department of Educational Leadership Faculty and a recommendation forwarded to the Graduate College for final approval.

All applicants will be notified of their status: Unconditional Admission, Provisional Admission or Denied.

Once approved, the Department will assign an advisor and provide enrollment information.