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Department of Leadership & Counseling
322 E. Front St., Suite 440
Boise, Idaho 83702

Phone: (208) 364-4047
Fax: (208) 364-4078

Coeur d'Alene

1031 N. Academic Way
Suite 242
Coeur d' Alene, Idaho 83814

Phone: (208) 292-1286
Fax: (208) 667-5275

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About L and C

The University of Idaho's College of Education Department of Leadership and Counseling emcompasses five outstanding graduate programs that continue to grow and produce outstanding leaders in Higher Education and leaders in business organizations.

  • Leadership & Counseling Bridges
    Bridges research and practice for educators, citizens, and policy makers with relevant academic course work, field experiences, professional development, and consultation.
  • Leadership & Counseling Delivers
    Delivers high quality graduate degree programs to state, region, nation, and global practitioners via multiple formats—live, online, and web-assisted. Its faculty and support staff are highly trained professionals who are dedicated to providing programs within a research intensive university environment. Program locations are campus and center based in facilities that include state-of-the-art technology and instructional materials.
  • Leadership & Counseling Maintains
    Maintains an extensive outreach effort to rural communities and practitioners and offers on-site and distance learning that advance the performance of rural schools and that sustain the relevancy and build the capacity of rural education in Idaho.
  • Leadership & Counseling Prepares
    Prepares degree seeking and certification oriented candidates in an environment built on compassion, competency, and transformational leadership. Its programs are standards based, needs-focused, and, where necessary, fully accredited. Through ongoing internal and external assessments, each program maintains its professional and public policy relevancy.
  • Leadership & Counseling Provides
    Provides timely public policy research to elected officials, government agencies, professional organizations, and other stakeholders that interprets and predicts educational reform and provides guidance to decision-makers on state, regional, national, and global issues that impact education.

  • If you are a teacher seeking to become a principal, superintendent or school administrator, you may consider a graduate degree in educational leadership.  Students should possess an academic background comparable to a bachelor's degree in education. 
  • Graduates become superintendents, principals and higher education administrators.  Doctoral graduates are prepared for specialized positions in education and to provide administrative leadership.
  • Most educational leadership graduates are hired in public school district offices, universities and private institutions and companies.  Potential job titles include dean of instruction, academic division director and educational specialist.  Salaries range from $57,000 to $111,000 in Idaho, but salaries vary from state to state.
  • Instruction may be live (Boise and Coeur d' Alene Centers), online or Web-assisted to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.  Summer classes meet daily in two four-week sessions or are delivered online.  It is possible to take most classes online with adviser approval. 
  • Program curriculum is aligned to state competencies for school principals and superintendents.  Specific concepts and skills include school budgeting, school law, personnel supervision, public relations, working with diverse populations and school management. 
  • Program enrollment is open; students can begin with any course and take up to 12 credits prior to degree program admission.  Opportunities while enrolled include conducting research with faculty, completing projects with student's employing school district, and complete an internship at a school or district level.  For some Med and PhD students, graduate assistantships are available, dependent on funding.
  • Education Leadership is accredited by NCATE and the State of Idaho; the program has graduated and placed more principals and superintendents than any other state program.