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At Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, the online Master of Arts in Educational Leadership is delivered by professors who have distinguished themselves as administrators in early childhood, K-12 and higher education and as corporate trainers. Learn from men and women who can help you unlock your full leadership potential while you develop a deep understanding of the ethical, managerial and collaborative skills it takes to build a successful and sustainable environment of educational excellence.

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“The faculty is very knowledgeable and their willingness to communicate and work with you is what makes this program so great.”

– Kaela Gallup, Saint Mary’s MAEL online student

Program Director

  • Program Director

    Craig Sundberg holds a B.A. in Education from Bethel University, a master’s in Education from Hamline University, a master’s in Administration from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and Ed. Specialist Certification.


  • Adjunct Program Assistant Professor

    Dr. Albee has had the opportunity to teach for Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota for the last four years. She currently teaches in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program, specializing in Promoting Change.

  • Adjunct Professor

    Professor Clark has taught a variety of courses for Saint Mary's both in the Ed.S. program and the master’s program over 15 years as an Assistant Profession in the Educational Administration program.

  • Adjunct Associate Professor

    Dr. Robert Franchino holds a master's degree, specialist degree, and Ph.D. in Educational Administration/Leadership and is currently an administrator at Eastview High School, rated one of the nation's top high schools by U.S.

  • Adjunct Associate Professor

    After earning his bachelor's degree in Youth and Christian Studies, Reverend Grudzinski began his career as a juvenile intake officer in the juvenile criminal justice and court services system.

  • Adjunct Full Professor

    Professor Johnson holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota; M.A in Communication from University of Minnesota; and B.A. in Speech/Theatre from Hamline University.

  • Assistant Professor

    Professor McDonald currently serves as Director of Equity & Innovation in Lakeville, Minnesota.

  • Adjunct Program Assistant Professor

    Professor Wolverton’s educational and professional background has afforded her with many opportunities. She has had the opportunity to teach at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota at the graduate level for almost ten years.

  • Adjunct Professor

    Deb Shepard is an advanced certified online instructor and has been with Saint Mary’s since 2016 teaching EL 622 Supervision.