K-12 School Leadership


K-12 school leaders face more pressure than ever. Not only are they held accountable for providing a healthy learning environment but also are challenged to increase school LEAP scores, improve classroom instruction and make better use of school facilities.

The K-12 school leadership concentration is a two-year program that combines innovative lectures with hands-on learning, most of which is done with a school principal mentor. Courses help future leaders improve curricula, manage school operations and facilities, create a positive culture for teaching and learning and use data to lead school changes. The program includes a practicum in school leadership for school improvement and a two-semester internship.

During the final semester, K-12 leadership students must pass a comprehensive examination requiring both essay and objective responses.

To be admitted into the educational leadership program, applicants should possess the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree or graduate degree from a regionally accredited instutition.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 on the final 60 hours of undergraduate coursework attempted.
  • A minimum score of 1,300 is required on the formula: GPA on last 60 undergraduate hours times 200, plus the GRE General Test score (taken before August 1, 200. –OR – A minimum score of 335 is required on the formula: GPA on last 60 undergraduate hours times 20, plus the GRE General Test score (taken after August 1, 2011).
  • A satisfactory score of 3.5 on the writing component of the GRE

Additional requirements for K-12 School Leadership and Educational Technology Leadership concentrations:

  • Prior to entering the School Leadership or Ed Tech Leadership cohorts, students must complete a foundations core with a grade of B or higher. The foundations core includes:
    • EDFR 501 – Educational Research
    • EDLE 501 – Introduction to Ethical Leadership and Assessment Techniques
    • EDFR 504 – History and Philosophy of American Education
  • Requirements for admission to the cohort include:
    • Documentation of previous leadership activities
    • Letter of recommendation from school superintendent/private school equivalent or designee
    • Letter of recommendation from school principal or designee
    • Possession of Level II or Type B teaching certificate
    • Letter from school principal willing to serve as mentor
    • Interview with program emphasis area faculty
  • Manage the day-to-day activities of public and private elementary, middle and high schools.
  • Oversee faculty and staff and make decisions that impact the overall educational success of the school.
  • Guided by School Board

Dr. Mary Breaud
Assistant Professor of Education
244 College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Building
Phone: 985.448.4341
Email: mary.breaud@nicholls.edu


College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Office Location:
220 College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Building
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2053
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Phone: 985-448-4311
Fax: 985-448-4926