Master of Science in Educational Administration Online

Whether you plan to become a principal or athletic director, this online master's program provides the expertise you need to be an effective school leader for PreK-12 grade levels and make a positive impact on student success. The 100% online MS Educational Administration with building-level licensure program at ESU empowers you to reach your career goals quickly.

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Program Overview

Get to know our online master's in educational administration program

Attain the professional knowledge and expertise you need to become a school principal or athletic director with a Master of Science in Educational Administration with building-level licensure from Emporia State University. This educational administration program is designed to prepare school leaders for managing today's schools at PreK-12 grade levels as unique social systems and complex organizations.

In this leadership program, you will explore contemporary theory, methods and practice to help you develop and maintain a healthy organizational culture that promotes creativity and performance. Taught by experienced practitioners in the field, the rigorous curriculum facilitates leadership for change—as well as developing strategies for teaching and leading a diverse school population.

Core courses include Supervision and Evaluation; School Leadership Theory; Educational Law and Regulations; Supporting Technology Integration for School Leaders—and more.

In this online educational administration program, you will:

  • Prepare for licensure in PreK-12 building-level leadership roles as a principal*
  • Gain knowledge of terminology, classifications, methods and trends in education
  • Develop specific skills, competencies and points of view needed by professionals in the field, including working with others as a member of a team; expressing yourself orally or in writing; and finding and using resources for answering questions and solving problems
  • Discuss, analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments and points of view in curriculum, educational research articles and reports, issues and resources in the field of educational technology
  • Prepare for licensure in PreK-12 building-level leadership roles as a principal*
  • Gain knowledge of terminology, classifications, methods and trends in education
  • Develop specific skills, competencies and points of view needed by professionals in the field, including working with others as a member of a team; expressing yourself orally or in writing; and finding and using resources for answering questions and solving problems
  • Discuss, analyze and critically evaluate ideas, arguments and points of view in curriculum, educational research articles and reports, issues and resources in the field of educational technology
*This program prepares candidates for building-level licensure based on requirements in the state of Kansas. Candidates are strongly encouraged to check with their state licensing organization to ensure the program meets relevant licensing requirements. State licensing exams are not required for program completion.

*This program prepares candidates for building-level licensure based on requirements in the state of Kansas. Candidates are strongly encouraged to check with their state licensing organization to ensure the program meets relevant licensing requirements. State licensing exams are not required for program completion.

This online education program prepares you for roles such as:

  • Building Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Athletic Director
  • Lead Teacher
  • Building Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Athletic Director
  • Lead Teacher

Dual-Degree Option: Accelerated online MS in Curriculum & Instruction + MS in Educational Administration

Emporia State University offers you an opportunity to complete both your Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction and Master of Science in Educational Administration accelerated online programs together, saving you time and tuition compared to completing these programs separately.

When completed together at ESU, the dual-degree option shares a maximum of 15 credit hours.

This option is ideal for if you are:

  • Interested in pursuing the Educational Administration program, but do not have the minimum required teaching experience (3 years per KSDE) to start that program. You can begin the C&I program without experience and work to add professional experience for the Ed Admin while completing your C&I.
  • A working educator who wants to earn your MS in C&I degree while also completing nearly half of the coursework requirements for the Ed Admin program.
  • An educator who wants to become an administrator and also add to your marketability with an advanced degree in curriculum and instruction.

As a dual-degree student, scheduling and pacing of coursework is up to you, but we recommend that you complete your MS in Curriculum & Instruction first, then continue with the remaining coursework for the Ed Admin program. If you pursue the dual-degree option, you will likely find that the C&I concentrations in Curriculum Leadership or Instructional Coach are most relevant to MS in Educational Administration coursework.

Note: As a dual-degree student, you can return at any time for the second program, provided all coursework is completed within a 7-year time frame (starting with the first dual course applied towards the second degree), per university policy.

For more information on the accelerated online dual-degree option, please contact the program’s academic advisor, Megan O’Brien, via email (preferred) at [email protected] or via phone at (620) 341-5091.

Emporia State University offers you an opportunity to complete both your Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction and Master of Science in Educational Administration accelerated online programs together, saving you time and tuition compared to completing these programs separately.

When completed together at ESU, the dual-degree option shares a maximum of 15 credit hours.

This option is ideal for if you are:

  • Interested in pursuing the Educational Administration program, but do not have the minimum required teaching experience (3 years per KSDE) to start that program. You can begin the C&I program without experience and work to add professional experience for the Ed Admin while completing your C&I.
  • A working educator who wants to earn your MS in C&I degree while also completing nearly half of the coursework requirements for the Ed Admin program.
  • An educator who wants to become an administrator and also add to your marketability with an advanced degree in curriculum and instruction.

As a dual-degree student, scheduling and pacing of coursework is up to you, but we recommend that you complete your MS in Curriculum & Instruction first, then continue with the remaining coursework for the Ed Admin program. If you pursue the dual-degree option, you will likely find that the C&I concentrations in Curriculum Leadership or Instructional Coach are most relevant to MS in Educational Administration coursework.

Note: As a dual-degree student, you can return at any time for the second program, provided all coursework is completed within a 7-year time frame (starting with the first dual course applied towards the second degree), per university policy.

For more information on the accelerated online dual-degree option, please contact the program’s academic advisor, Megan O’Brien, via email (preferred) at [email protected] or via phone at (620) 341-5091.

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$10,956 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Duration
33 Credit Hours

Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

The Teachers College at Emporia State is accredited under the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation standards through the CAEP accreditation system, for a period of seven years.

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Tuition

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Tuition for the Master of Science in Educational Administration online degree program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

Tuition is subject to change on an annual basis.

Tuition breakdown:

$10,956* Total Tuition
$332 Per Credit Hour

Calendar

Dates you need to know

The Master of Science in Educational Administration program is delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that's best for you.

7 week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment Due
Summer 2024, Session I5/13/244/29/245/2/245/6/245/9/24
Summer 2024, Session II7/1/246/17/246/20/246/24/246/27/24
Fall 2024, Session I8/19/248/5/248/8/248/12/248/15/24
Fall 2024, Session II10/15/2410/1/2410/4/2410/8/2410/11/24
Spring 2025, Session I1/13/251/2/251/2/251/6/251/9/25

Now enrolling:

8/5/24 Apply Date
8/19/24 Class Starts

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Admissions

Learn the steps to being admitted to our online program

Your journey begins here! The admission process is the first step toward earning your degree. Be sure to get familiar with these requirements to enroll in the MS Educational Administration online program.

Admission Requirements:

  • Official transcripts
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75

MS Educational Administration Online Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher in the last 60 hours of study or an overall GPA average of no less than a 3.0 for a completed master's degree.
  • Current state-issued teaching license (or other relevant professional license such as: school psychologist, school counselor, speech-language pathologist). It is strongly encouraged that students submit a copy of the license by the admissions document deadline and required no later than the first day of class. Students who do not submit a copy by first day of class could potentially be dropped from all classes. The license can be uploaded to the Graduate Application Portal or emailed to [email protected].
  • Minimum 3 years teaching experience is encouraged for Kansas applicants, as 5 years of teaching experience is required by the State of Kansas to be eligible for the administrative license. Applicants are encouraged to check professional experience requirements outlined by their state licensing organizations.
  • No GRE is required
  • All online students must complete an ID Verification form. It is strongly encouraged that students complete this form by the admissions document deadline and required no later than the first day of class. This form can be accessed directly through the Graduate Application Portal. Students that do not complete the form by the first day of class could potentially be dropped from all classes.

Official transcripts from all institutions attended can be submitted via a secure electronic service offered by the issuing institution to [email protected] or by selecting Emporia State University on the transcript request form, mailed (or overnighted) to:

Emporia State University
Graduate School
Room 313 Plumb Hall
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801

Students who have obtained a degree from a foreign university/college must have a transcript evaluation from a recommended external source that is a member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services). Students will not be allowed to enroll until the evaluation has been received in the Graduate School.

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Courses

Read about our online educational administration program

The Master of Science in Educational Administration online curriculum is comprised of 11 courses (33 credit hours).

You must take the following courses.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on criteria for effective instruction, effective supervision techniques that promote teachers' professional growth, and teacher evaluation.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course contains an overview of the research, theory and practice that relate to a school leader's responsibility to develop and maintain healthy organizations and to create an organizational culture that promotes creativity and performance. Topics include major contemporary theorists, leadership and empowerment, leadership and diversity issues, leadership for change, schools as unique social systems and complex organizations, and issues related to the changing values and attitudes of professionals and the community about schools.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to prepare students to effectively educate culturally, ethnically, racially different, and differently abled students. Major components are: to explore personal biases and methods of overcoming them; explore the basic principles underlying multicultural education and to develop appropriate strategies for teaching, leading, and other functions of the school and its community.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
In this course, a detailed study of Kansas school law and regulations will be made as they apply to education. Consideration is given to statutes, court decisions and case law that affect administrative procedures and patterns.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course will focus on methods and areas managing today's schools. Particular attention will be given to each distinct subsystem within the school and district organization. Managerial skills that are inherent in day-to-day practices will also be studied.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students will be engaged in field projects and experiences associated with the primary areas of content under the supervision of a mentor administrator and a university supervisor. An integral part of the field experiences will place emphasis on application, analysis and synthesis and will evaluate levels of learning through a variety of activities. Students must be near completion of the EA Building Leadership program.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students will be engaged in field projects and experiences associated with the primary areas of content under the supervision of a mentor administrator and a university supervisor. An integral part of the field experiences will place emphasis on application, analysis and synthesis and will evaluate levels of learning through a variety of activities. Students must be near completion of the EA Building Leadership program.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to prepare school leaders (teachers, instructional coaches, administrators, etc.) for the integration and application of diverse educational technologies into classrooms and schools in ways that reflect a theoretical, research-based and practical understanding of curriculum development and the effective uses of technology. Course content explores practical ways to integrate technology into both teaching and learning as well as the critical importance of adequate training and professional development for successful integration
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students completing this course will, as current or future educational leaders, explain and work effectively with the design and management of academic programs, grades Pre-K-12. They will interpret past, current and emerging curriculum initiatives and describe their intended impact on school curricula, teachers and students. Students will also explain and demonstrate in simulated settings processes for creating, implementing and managing local academic programs in the context of those reform initiatives. Students will be asked to apply their knowledge in four projects which gauge how students can successfully apply what they have learned in a variety of curriculum-related settings.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
In this course, differing values and issues in education are addressed, as are the philosophical, historical and social forces that create the issues. Students will be challenged to investigate the historical and cultural antecedents of modern education. They will also examine their own belief systems with regard to the institution of education and to the role and function of the teacher and school leader.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is an introductory graduate-level course in research methodology designed to allow the student to function as a knowledgeable and critical consumer of scholarly research in his/her field. The course will also emphasize the use of action research for program improvement.

*Tuition is subject to change on an annual basis.

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