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Jordan Hall

Educational Administration: EPPSP

The Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals (EPPSP) is an innovative and experience-based master's program that prepares its graduates for the many challenges facing school administrators. It provides hands-on opportunities for students to demonstrate proficiency and to practice leadership skills in their schools.  The EPPSP program is nationally recognized by NCATE.

EPPSP students complete a two-year, 36-hour intensive master of science degree program. Students must stay active in the program each consecutive semester and summer until completion. Students can earn six credit hours in each of the classes. Classes meet every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7:00-9:30 p.m.

“I chose Butler University's EPPSP program because of the strong alumni base and its rich history of going above and beyond to produce the best of the best! EPPSP has helped me develop into a better leader because of its research-based approach and the many diverse opportunities we experience.” —Franklyn Bush, EPPSP Group 28


With the assistance of a Lilly Endowment grant, Dr. Joe Nygaard introduced EPPSP in 1982 as a new and radically different program for preparing school administrators. In 1998, the program became a Master of Science in Education degree. EPPSP is a leading principal preparation program with graduates throughout Indiana and the United States.

The EPPSP Experience

The EPPSP program is designed to incorporate all aspects of the principalship training model into a six-semester experience, allowing students to work in a cohort group environment. 

EPPSP Admission Process

Interested in the EPPSP program? Check out the selection criteria and admission process.

EPPSP Blueprint 2020

The EPPSP Blueprint 2020 is designed to support school leaders as they envision the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 academic year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.