Master's Degree in Education Administration: Requirements

Published Aug 29, 2009

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Candidates for a master's degree program in Education Administration must have a bachelor's degree, take the GRE, and apply with an essay and recommendations. Master's degree in Education Administration course requirements include field practicum and studies in educational law, human resources administration, leadership, finance and technology. After graduation, individuals can get state certification to qualify for jobs in elementary schools, secondary schools and colleges as school principals, assistant principals and communication education directors.

Enrolling in an Education Administration Master's Degree Program

The Master's of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Administration program is one of the more common degree programs in this field and is geared towards practicing educators looking to move into educational leadership roles. Individuals interested in enrolling in an M.Ed. program must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college and have completed the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Incoming students must apply to the college and the department, submit an essay with a statement of intent and submit letters of recommendation. Graduate students interested in becoming superintendents can apply for a scholarship sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators, www.aasa.org.

Completing an Education Administration Master's Degree Program

A master's degree program in Educational Administration typically consists of 36 credit hours, and allow students to focus on K-12 or college-level administration. Lecture and research courses focus on school law, human resources administration, leadership, communications, finance and technology. During the program, students also take part in Administration practicums to gain hands-on experience. The University Council of Education Administration, www.ucea.org sponsors programs and seminars specifically for graduate students.

Upon completion of the master's program, graduates are prepared to sit for state examination to obtain Education Administration certification. Depending on an employer's prerequisites for work experience, graduates can work as school principals, assistant principals, superintendents, deans or communication education directors in public and private elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities.

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