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Educational Leadership at Concordia St. Paul

The mission of the Concordia University Educational Leadership Programs is to develop equity-focused, ethically-driven, reflective servant leaders through responsive, relevant, and real learning experiences.

The Department of Doctoral Studies in Education offers three programs that are designed to facilitate the development of educational leaders. Academic offerings include an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree with three possible certifications: K-12 school principal, district superintendent, or special education director. The department also offers an Educational Doctorate in Leadership (Ed.D.).

Concordia University has assembled a team of outstanding faculty with rich backgrounds and experiences in educational leadership and with seasoned insight into the moral and ethical principles of leadership with a focus on the importance of real-time, relevant leadership in school districts and schools.

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Teacher Education Faculty & Staff

Donald Helmstetter
Department Chair View Profile
Ric Dressen View Profile

Stephen O’Connor View Profile
Jerry Robicheau View Profile
Oluwatoyin Akinde Fakuajo View Profile
Laura Wangsness Willemsen View Profile
Debbie Tewes
Executive Assistant View Profile
Lonn Maly
College Dean View Profile



Concordia University’s teacher preparation programs are one of the few institutions in Minnesota that have met all of the rigorous standards of program review developed by CAEP, which is a national accreditation body that advances excellent educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.


The purpose of the Minnesota Board of School Administrators (BOSA) is (a) to establish and maintain high standards for a quality administrator licensing system for Minnesota public schools, and (b) to ensure that the highest quality administrators serve the needs of Minnesota citizens.

The programs for principal, superintendent, and director of special education lead to credentialing and comply with all of the Minnesota Board of School Administrators requirements for such licensure.

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