Master of Arts in School Administration

Program Description:

The Master’s degree in School Administration is a 36 semester hour program that prepares candidates for certification as a principal in elementary (K-8) and secondary (7-12) schools. In order to be certificated as a principal in Missouri, candidates must hold a master’s degree, verify a minimum of two years teaching experience approved by the state, successfully complete the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA), and be recommended by the University in which the candidate completed a planned program of preparation in school administration. The program delivery model is largely problem-based and includes instruction in both online settings as well as face-to-face classroom based experiences. The program includes a required field-based Internship completed within a K-12 educational setting that begins during coursework and extends into a field experience where candidates are supervised by practicing administrators and university faculty.

Admission Requirements:

  1. 1. Undergraduate grade point average of 2.75.
  2. Teacher certification at the level for which applicant intends to pursue a degree in administration.
  3. Complete the Graduate School Application form with Application Fee
  4. Official transcripts of previous college work.

Upon submission of all requirements, a letter is sent to applicants informing them of their acceptance into the program and the assignment of a permanent advisor.

Curriculum: (courses required, elective list)

Required (30 credit hours)

EA625: Foundations of Educational Administration-online
EA630: Elementary School Administration (for elementary principal degree) blended
EA634: School Supervision-blended
EA635: Secondary School Administration (for secondary principal degree) blended
EA646: Internship in Elementary School Administration I (field-based)
EA656: Internship in Elementary School Administration II (field-based)
EA647: Internship in Secondary School Administration I (field-based)
EA657: Internship in Secondary School Administration I (field-based)
EA651: School Law blended and webinar
EA653: Curriculum for Leaders blended and webinar
EA655: School Business/Facilities Management/Public Relations blended
EA660: Administration and Supervision of Special Education blended and online
GR691: Methods of Research: Qualitative and Quantitative Designs blended and online

Electives: (6 credit hours)

EA682: Educational Administration-Variable Topics or any other 600 level class approved by the advisor

Course Rotation/Format (online, f2f, blended)

Contact Person:

Dr. Lisa Bertrand, Graduate Program Coordinator
(573) 651-2424
Handbook pdf


Scully Building 301
College of Education
One University Plaza, MS 5500
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701