What Is Education Administration?
The Master of Education in Educational Administration degree program at Grand Canyon University (GCU) can prepare principal candidates to pursue a position in school administration. This online master’s in education administration degree is ideal for candidates who are interested in working in P-12 administration in public, private or charter schools. Students can have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills through a combination of coursework and practical applications, including an internship, a practicum and field experiences.
This degree, offered by the College of Education, is an institutionally accredited program approved by the State of Arizona. It aligns with the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL, 2015) led by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA, 2018).
What Can I Expect From an Online Master’s in Education Administration Degree?
GCU provides flexible learning experiences for working professionals who wish to further their credentials. The master’s in educational administration degree can be completed through online or on-campus evening classes. Online learners can benefit from the convenience of studying anytime and anywhere, while still learning from knowledgeable instructors in this field. Online classes for this program are six weeks in length. The online master's in education administration degree requires a total of 36 credits for completion.
During your studies, you will be taught to broaden your knowledge of the modern education system and institutions, while enhancing your leadership skills with hands-on experiences. Some of the topic areas you will explore may include:
- Moral and legal decisions as an administrator
- Promoting the school mission and vision
- Establishing continuous professional learning
- Conducting a program’s budgetary needs assessment and defending a budget as an administrator
- Strengthening school-wide curricular programs
- Developing teachers who incorporate state and district academic standards
- Developing teachers who share and improve teaching methods
- Developing teachers who improve instruction with technology
- Supervising and coaching proficient teachers, special education teachers and beginning teachers
- Conducting formal observations
- Identifying and empowering instructional leaders
- Empowering leaders to evaluate assessment data and provide meaningful feedback
- Empowering leaders to give feedback on peer-teacher performance
- Recruiting and selecting staff
- Instructing beginning teachers
- Leading on-site safety and emergency situations
Prepare for a Career in Educational Administration or Leadership
School principals fulfill an impactful role in the education of tomorrow’s generation of leaders and innovators. An effective principal must be equal parts visionary, manager, communicator, instructional leader, community builder, disciplinarian and mediator. School administrators are required to work well with not only the teachers, but also the support staff, students, parents and key community stakeholders.
GCU’s Master of Education in Educational Administration can prepare you to pursue a meaningful career in a leadership position, in which you can be positioned to positively influence educational culture and achievements. Some of the specific topics you will study may include:
- Educational administration foundations for leaders
- Education law and finance
- Shaping school culture
- Enhancing educational programs to foster ongoing school improvements
- Building skills and expertise in the professional community
- Improving teacher performance and self-efficacy
- Nurturing, developing and empowering instructional leaders
- Strategic direction and administration in principalship
- Clinical Internships that focus on learner-centered leadership
This education administration degree includes 90 hours of field experience embedded in the core competencies and three internship experiences, which will include an additional 270 hours. Principal candidates can apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills to practical situations with the goal of improving student outcomes.
The Master of Education in Educational Administration is an advanced program for principal licensure. All applicants must provide documentation that verifies a minimum of two years of teaching experience. Principal candidates must obtain any necessary certifications or licenses as required by the state in which they wish to work. To learn more about licensing requirements for your state, visit our state disclosures page.
If seeking licensure or certification, applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. In addition, fingerprint/background clearance is required.
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.