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Online Master’s in Educational Administration

A single teacher can have an impact on the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of students over the course of their career, one classroom at a time. But that impact multiplies exponentially across an entire school or even a district when a teacher steps into an administrative or leadership role. Enacting change on this broader scale takes wisdom, inspiration and hard work—and a set of professional skills that build on existing classroom experience. As an administrative leader, you have the potential to truly make a difference in the lives not just of students but also the teachers who look to you for guidance. These essential roles are also in high demand; the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of PK–12 principals will grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026.1

Whether you're already on an administrative or leadership track, or if you want to make a career change, an online master's in educational administration* from the University of Kansas can help you get there.

Put theory into practice and bridge the space between pedagogy and leadership.

To be an effective leader in education, you need to understand not only pedagogy, but policy development and the political, economic and social forces that influence administrative decisions across the field of education. KU's renowned faculty brings its diverse experience and expert knowledge to each of your classes throughout this program to prepare you with the theoretical and practical understanding you’ll need in your leadership career. Plus, as a student in KU's online educational administration program, you'll also have access to a unique tool to help you explore leadership in a number of different educational settings. Jayhawkville is a comprehensive, interactive virtual school district comprised of more than 30 simulated schools spanning suburban, urban and rural communities, complete with educators and students representing diverse real-world populations and experiences.

In this program, you'll take a top-down approach that encourages you to look at broader issues beyond the scope of a single classroom, at both the school and district level. You'll examine the different staff specialists who will compose your team and explore a variety of effective methods to support educators, staff members and students. Ultimately, you'll graduate ready to overcome any challenge you may face as an educational leader.

Building Leadership Track

The online master's in educational administration building leadership track* is designed to prepare graduates to serve as principals or in other formal leadership roles; it meets Kansas licensure endorsement requirements and may qualify graduates to obtain a building leadership licensure endorsement in other states as well. The track requires an administrative internship and a final portfolio project developed and submitted during the internship experience.

Program Details

  • 12 courses, 8 weeks per course, 36 credit hours
  • Complete in as few as 2 years
  • Complete your coursework anytime, anywhere through our innovative online format
  • No GRE required for admission
  • Accredited under NCATE/CAEP standards
  • Experience the challenges of over 30 diverse schools and their case-study-based curricula in the innovative simulated community of Jayhawkville
  • Includes an internship designed to be completed within your current school environment

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What You'll Learn

You'll explore various administrative roles; learn about education law; examine the national context for education in the U.S.; and focus on how to develop, support and manage staff members—a broad overview of everything you'll need to successfully lead a school or district. You will also be able to choose electives depending on which elements of the student and classroom experience most interest you. All students following the building leadership track are also required to complete an internship and related portfolio project.

For more detailed information on the topics covered in this program, view the course listings.

Career Outcomes

Graduates of the online master's in educational administration building leadership track often move forward in their careers as administrators in their school, including roles as department heads, assistant principals, principals or athletic directors.

*This program is an online Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) degree in educational administration.

Non-Licensure Track

The online master's in educational administration non-licensure track* is best for educators, consultants, advocates and others who want to increase their knowledge of educational administration but do not seek licensure or endorsement. Because this track does not require an internship or practicum experience, it does not lead to teacher, principal or other educational licensure. However, this program will help you develop your leadership skills, build your expertise and strengthen your professional qualifications.

Program Details

  • 12 courses, 8 weeks per course, 36 credit hours
  • Complete in as few as 2 years
  • Taught by experienced, renowned faculty
  • Complete your coursework anytime, anywhere through our innovative online format
  • No GRE required for admission
  • Experience the challenges of over 30 diverse schools and their case-study-based curricula in the innovative simulated community of Jayhawkville
  • Required written comprehensive master's exam during the final semester

View Admissions Requirements

What You'll Learn

You'll explore various administrative roles; learn about education law; examine the national context for education in the U.S.; and focus on how to develop, support and manage staff members—a broad overview of everything you'll need to successfully lead a school or district. You will also be able to choose electives depending on which elements of the facility experience most interest you.

For more detailed information on the topics covered in this program, view the course listings.

Career Outcomes

Graduates from the non-licensure track of the online master's in educational administration program typically use their knowledge of education administration to further their careers as educators, consultants and advocates.

*This program is an online Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) degree in educational administration. It does not lead to initial nor advanced teaching licensure in building-level school administration in the state of Kansas.

Note: In order to enroll in any of these programs, a bachelor's degree is required. No program can guarantee licensure. It is each student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements in his or her state and to apply for the licenses or endorsements necessary to his or her career goals. Our department staff and licensure officer can provide individual support during the application process to help you understand your state’s requirements.

Important Dates

Aug
09
Application Deadline

August 9
Fall 2019 Term

Aug
26
Next Start

August 26
Fall 2019 Term

Events

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18
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Sources
  1. Retrieved on September 26, 2018, from www.bls.gov/ooh/management/elementary-middle-and-high-school-principals.htm