Concordia University, St. PaulEducational Leadership

Educational Leadership at Concordia St. Paul

The Concordia university’s Educational Leadership Programs are served through the Department of Doctoral Studies in Education and is committed to advancing the personal leadership skills and talents of each graduate student. The learning experiences are framed by the university’s promise statement and the program’s vision and mission statements.

Transforming communities through educational leadership.

To develop equity-focused, ethically-driven, reflective servant leaders through responsive, relevant, and real learning experiences.

The two degrees offered by our program are an Educational Specialist Degree leading to licensure as a Minnesota School Administrator and an Education Doctorate Degree. Both programs’ courses are delivered in a cohort learning approach and conveniently offered online, blending synchronous, video-based, session with asynchronous leaning that continues between each video session. Courses are guided by current practitioners to ensure the learning is relevant to our students’ leadership future.

Available Degrees and Endorsements

Educational Leadership Faculty & Staff

Ric DressenDepartment Chair View Profile
Laura Wangsness Willemsen

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Stephen O’Connor View Profile
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Oluwatoyin Akinde Fakuajo View Profile
Lonn Maly
College Dean View Profile
Debbie Tewes
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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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