Master of Science in Education in Educational Administration with a Specialization in Principal Preparation Online

Become an agent for change in PK-12 education while completing the requirements for a Principal Endorsement on your Illinois Professional Educator license.

Apply by 10/6/21
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Start Classes 10/23/21

Enrollment for our accelerated online MSEd programs is open. Get started today!

Program Overview

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Tuition

$15,948

Total Tuition

Duration

as few as 12 months

Program Duration

Credit Hours

36

Credit Hours

Prepare to transition into school administrative or leadership roles with the MSEd, Educational Administration with a Specialization in Principal Preparation online program from SIUE.

In this program, you will gain an applicable background in instructional and curriculum leadership, data-driven school improvement and accountability, sociocultural foundations of education, school law and more. Field experiences are embedded into the curriculum.

You can complete the program while working, in order to meet eligibility standards for principal or assistant principal endorsement on your Illinois Professional Educators license. Upon graduation, SIUE verifies that you have completed the necessary steps and entitles certification with the Illinois State Board of Education. The principal endorsement is also one of the pathways to earning a superintendent endorsement in the state of Illinois.

The course work is generally acceptable for certification in other states, including Initial Administration Certification in Missouri. For considerations regarding licensure in other states, click here.

This fully accredited master’s program is aligned to standards established by both the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) and the National Policy Board for Educational Administration. Plus, SIUE is a member of the University Council of Educational Administration, a premier organization for educational leadership and administration.

In this online program, you will:

  • Develop a professional knowledge base integrating both practical and research knowledge and linking theory with inquiry
  • Demonstrate collaboration and communication skills to work with diverse communities and build partnerships
  • Use school-level data and research evidence to identify problems and develop meaningful solutions
  • Understand equity, ethics and social justice as applied to educational practice
  • Construct and apply knowledge to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations and communities
  • Develop a professional knowledge base integrating both practical and research knowledge and linking theory with inquiry
  • Demonstrate collaboration and communication skills to work with diverse communities and build partnerships
  • Use school-level data and research evidence to identify problems and develop meaningful solutions
  • Understand equity, ethics and social justice as applied to educational practice
  • Construct and apply knowledge to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations and communities

Career opportunities:

  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Athletic Director
  • Dean of Students
  • Department Head
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Program Coordinator
  • Grade Level Coordinator
  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Athletic Director
  • Dean of Students
  • Department Head
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Program Coordinator
  • Grade Level Coordinator

In 2013, NCATE merged with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council to form the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The SIUE School of Education, Health and Human Behavior meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by CAEP.

Tuition

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Tuition for the MSEd, Educational Administration with a Specialization in Principal Preparation online degree program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

Tuition per credit hour

$443

Per Credit Hour

Tuition per credit hour

$1,329

Per 3 Credit-Hour Course

Tuition per credit hour

$15,948

Total Tuition

Calendar

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The MSEd, Educational Administration with a Specialization in Principal Preparation program is delivered in an online format ideal for working educators, conveniently featuring six start dates each year. Choose the start date that best fits your goals.

Upcoming Start Dates

Tuition per credit hour

10/6/21

Next Application Deadline

Tuition per credit hour

10/23/21

Start Classes

TermStart DateApplication/Financial Aid DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineLast Class Day
Fall II10/23/2110/6/2110/13/2110/19/2110/21/2112/17/21
Spring I1/15/2212/29/211/5/221/11/221/13/223/4/22
Spring II3/19/223/2/223/9/223/15/223/17/225/6/22
Summer I5/9/224/20/224/27/225/3/225/5/226/24/22
Summer II6/27/226/8/226/15/226/21/226/23/228/12/22
Fall I8/27/228/10/228/17/228/27/228/25/2210/14/22
Fall II10/22/2210/5/2210/12/2210/18/2210/20/2212/16/22

Admissions

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Admission to the MSEd, Educational Administration with a Specialization in Principal Preparation online program is based on a variety of factors. You must submit all post-secondary academic transcripts and a $40 application fee.

MSEd online admission requirements:

  • Cumulative 2.5 GPA on all undergraduate course work
  • Transcripts from all previous colleges/universities attended
  • At least two years of prior teaching experience
  • No GMAT/GRE score required for admission

Students meeting the admission requirements will be given provisional admission allowing them to enroll in EDAD 500: Organization and Administration of Schools. During EDAD 500, students complete the candidate selection process. This process includes:

  • Completion of a leadership portfolio summarizing leadership experience and potential for instructional leadership
  • Identification of a qualified mentor for internship experiences
  • Participation in a selection interview
  • An assessment of written communication skills based on a response to a case study

Upon successful completion of EDAD 500 and selection as a candidate, students receive full admittance to the program.

All required documents (e.g., official transcripts) should be sent to the following address:

SIUE Office of Graduate and International Admissions
Campus Box 1047
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1047

Electronic official transcripts should be submitted to [email protected].

Have a question? Call us at 877-244-4661.

Courses

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The MSEd, Educational Administration with a Specialization in Principal Preparation online curriculum is comprised of 36 credit hours.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Preparation of professional portfolio and participation in seminars on leadership and school improvement. Prerequisite for program admission.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Analysis of educational research methods. Focus on conceptual, methodological and practical issues addressing both quantitative and qualitative methodologies as related to current educational issues. Knowledge of statistics helpful, but not required. Prerequisite: None
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Selected educational problems and issues. Socio-cultural perspectives. Prerequisite: None
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Analysis of state and federal statutes and case law, emphasizing needs of English language learners and students with disabilities. Prerequisite: Graduate level EDAD 500 Minimum Grade of C
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Research and theory related to instructional leadership. Emphasis on hiring, evaluation, and professional development of teachers. Prerequisites: EDAD 500 and program admission.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Principles and procedures of educational program evaluation. Data-driven school improvement processes. Prerequisite: Graduate level EDAD 500 Minimum Grade of C and Graduate level EPFR 501 Minimum Grade of C
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Curriculum leadership for the school leaders is to enhance learning of all students. Prerequisite: Graduate level EDAD 500 Minimum Grade of C and program admission
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Theory and research related to leadership role of building principal. Prerequisite: Graduate level EDAD 500 Minimum Grade of C.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is a field-based internship. Prerequisite: Graduate level EDAD 500 Minimum Grade of C and Graduate level EDAD 525A Minimum Grade of C
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is a field-based internship. Prerequisite: EDAD 500, EDAD 530A and EPFR 501 with minimum grade of C (concurrent enrollment allowed in EDAD 530A).
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is a field-based internship. Prerequisite: EDAD 500 and EDAD 535A with minimum grade of C (concurrent enrollment allowed in EDAD 535A).
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is a field-based internship. Prerequisite: EDAD 500 and EDAD 545A with minimum grade of C (concurrent enrollment allowed in EDAD 545A).

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