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Graduate Programs

Graduate coursework and degree programs are offered in the College of Education for teachers, counselors, administrators, and others who seek advanced degrees, professional credentials, or personal enrichment. Graduate tuition rates are competitive with public institutions, and several scholarship programs for graduate students make graduate education at Butler very affordable. Additional information about these programs may be obtained from the College of Education graduate studies office, 317-940-9501, and at

For general information on applying and admission to any Butler graduate program or course, see the Admission Information and Requirements chapter. College- and program-specific requirements are detailed below.

Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals

The Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals (EPPSP) is a leading principal preparation program with graduates throughout Indiana and the United States. EPPSP is a two-year, 36-credit-hour program resulting in a master of science degree.

A cohort of approximately 25 students begins in January of each year. Admission requirements are available at

EPPSP at Butler:

  • Combines theory and practice in an innovative and experience-based approach
  • Utilizes the concept of adult learning as an essential foundation
  • Encompasses the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards, as well as ELCC standards and effective schools research
  • Fosters collaboration and collegiality in a relationship-based, cohort setting
  • Provides an opportunity for students to experience authentic and relevant learning and mastery of administrative skills through internships and group projects
  • Challenges students to demonstrate leadership skills in their school setting and community

Non-Master’s Licensure-Only in Education Administration

For those students who seek licensure in education administration and already hold a master’s degree, EPPSP offers a 24-credit-hour program of study. Students must meet the same requirements for admittance as for the 36-credit-hour program, and will participate in four phases with the cohort members with whom they were admitted:

  • ED557, School Principalship, Phase 1
  • ED558, School Principalship, Phase 2
  • ED559, School Principalship, Phase 3
  • ED561, School Principalship Phase 4

Master’s in Effective Teaching and Leadership

The Master’s in Effective Teaching and Leadership (METL) has a long history of serving educators seeking a master of science in education. METL is a 36-hour program requiring the completion of 21 COE Core hours and 15 hours tailored to student interest. The program is designed for working educational practitioners to complete in two to three years. The program begins with the intensive summer cohort and culminates with the thesis research project.

More information is available at

METL at Butler:

  • Encourages educators to think deeply, creatively, and critically about the discipline of education, and is academically rigorous and personally transformative
  • Includes a core curriculum and cohort model while allowing students to individualize their course of study
  • Encourages students to connect educational theory to their professional context
  • Challenges students to consider the purpose of education in a pluralistic society
  • Nurtures students’ relationships with caring and committed faculty
  • Culminates with a thesis project grounded in the student’s area of interest
  • Prepares students to continue in their classrooms, provide leadership within their school setting or corporation, or continue studies at the doctoral level

Master of Science in School Counseling

The 48-hour Master of Science in School Counseling is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP). Program requirements meet or exceed the national standards. The program is experiential and emphasizes a theory-to-practice learning environment. State-of-the-art technology used for clinical supervision maximizes learning and provides opportunities to enhance faculty-student interaction. The department also offers the additional 12 hours necessary to receive the LMHC license. The program has partnerships with a local nonprofit organization to assist grieving children and a local PK–12 urban school. The counselor education faculty is committed to respecting diversity and similarity within ourselves, our graduate students, and the PK–12 students our graduates are being prepared to serve. We encourage, promote, and respect diversity in the counselor education curriculum and in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes expected of our graduate students and alumni.

The program complies with all CACREP national standards, including the eight core areas: 1) Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice, 2) Social and Cultural Diversity, 3) Human Growth and Development, 4) Career Development, Helping Relationships, 6) Group Work, 7) Assessment, and 8) Research and Program Evaluation. Student learning outcomes cover knowledge, skills, and practices in the following areas: foundations of the counseling profession; counseling, prevention, and intervention; diversity and advocacy; assessment, research, and evaluation; academic development; collaboration and consultation; and leadership.