The Accelerated Cohort pathway is a sequenced set of courses taken over six consecutive semesters, completed in either 15 or 17 months. During the academic year, classes meet on select Saturdays with additional assignments completed online using a hybrid model. During the Summer semesters, courses meet once per week for an extended class period. The advantage of the Cohort pathway is you build professional relationships with cohort peers that remain strong throughout your administrative careers. Because cohort classes have an assured level of enrollment, they are less subject to cancellation which means that cohort members can complete their programs according to the advertised schedule. A new cohort is launched in the Spring semester (January) and Summer I semester (May) when sufficient applications have been received. Therefore, early enrollment is encouraged to avoid cancellation of a course offering.
To strengthen your understanding of diverse learning needs and resources that support them, you will complete two Service Learning for Diversity field experiences (10 hours each) outside of your regular school responsibilities. Each of the Service Learning for Diversity field experiences is aligned to a required course that directs the work of the field experience.
Progression through the program requires that you will maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and complete the key assessments in associated courses. As a completer of the program, you may apply for an Indiana Building Level Leadership license when you pass the state required licensing examination, provide proof of CPR/AED certification, document that you have had two years of teaching or counseling experience on a valid Indiana license, and fulfill an exit interview with Educational Leadership faculty. An application for an Indiana Building Level license is not required for degree fulfillment. If you already possess a Master’s degree before entering the program you may seek certification only rather than an additional degree.
"As a graduate student in the Educational Leadership program at IPFW, I felt and still feel completely supported by all of the faculty members. This program taught me so much about the big picture of the educational world through course work and practicum experiences. All of my professors had real world experience, which they were more than willing to share. The cohort program also works very well in creating a network of professional connections that I am still using two years out of the program."
Jane Bitting, Assistant Principal, Huntington North High School, IPFW Educational Leadership Alum