Frequently Asked Questions

So, you are thinking about going back to school to receive an additional degree in Education Leadership. We understand that this might raise a lot of questions. Here is some information about the the Organizational Leadership emphasis program and use of technology to help you.


The Organizational Leadership (OL) program consists of 33 credits. Students take 15 credits of Leadership Education (LDRS) core courses and 18 credits (12 required and 6 elective) in the OL emphasis. Elective credits can come from within the Leadership Education program, other graduate programs at WSU or be transferred in from other universities. Elective courses and transfer courses are agreed to, in advance, with your academic advisor.

You select the plan that best fits your schedule from 15-month, 2 year, or 3 year plans.

The course catalog provides a full OL curriculum with detailed course descriptions.

You have seven years from the start of your first course to complete your degree, however, we would encourage you to follow a 2 or 3-year plan. Please refer to the School of Graduate Studies Academic Policies for more information about this policy.

No, however we would enjoy seeing you at the commencement ceremony.


Participating in an online program requires excellent organizational skills and good time management.

If you have the skills to do internet searches and to explore this website, you'll have the basic technology skills needed to be in our online classes.

Learn from Dr. Theresa Waterbury on how a student would navigate one of their online courses.

You will have access to all the resources that our on-campus students have including library services, advising, job search, etc. Technical support is provided by WSU’s IT staff. Check out WSU’s online resources.

The flexibility is found in your ability to access the class and complete the coursework at any time of the day or night. The online classroom is available 24/7 and the instructor participates in the discussions 3-4 times each week.

The online courses are developed and designed utilizing Quality Matters (QM) online standards for excellence. Quality Matters is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to guide the quality of online and blended courses.

Learn about specific information about technology requirements.

We use D2L course management software for all our courses.

If you are having problems with D2L, contact the WSU Tech Support staff at 507.457.5240 and select option 1 or email