MEd: Educational Administration /
School Leadership Preparation
Master of Education in Educational Administration, emphasis in School Administration

Innovative education... Engaged educators

New deadline announced: April 1st

Be more than a leader, be a Change Agent

New curriculum! New experiences New assessments! The Master of Education in Educational Administration/School Leadership is intended for educators interested in school leadership certification and Masters degree who don’t just want to be a leader--they want to be a change-agent. Fulfilling Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requirements for licensure, this innovative program is based on current research and best practices in leader development. It is designed to prepare highly effective administrators who engage in reflective practice, drive gains in student achievement and development, create equitable and efficacious school cultures, and utilize strategic planning to organize adults and continuously track progress toward goals. Participants are prepared to meet any challenge facing school leaders today.

Students admitted to the program become members of a cohort that begins study in the fall semester. Those who continuously enroll complete the degree in two years. This program consists of 36 credit hours and is rich in field experiences. Six visits to successful schools are scheduled during the first year. The second year of the program features a minimum of 300 hours of residency experience as a school leader. Principals in area schools and UMSL faculty members provide mentorship and coaching throughout the program. Residency assessments track progress toward the goal of becoming a highly effective leader.

Master of Education (MEd)

Contact Advisor:

Matthew Davis

204 Marillac Hall (MH)
p: (314) 516-5953
e: davismat@umsl.edu

Deadline to Apply:
April 1st
Decision Notification:
May 1st
Certifications:
DESE Elementary Principal (Grades K-8) Certification
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for initial administrator certification at the completion of the Masters of Educational Administration degree program if you have met all state requirements, including at least two years of qualified teaching experience, and you have successfully passed the State Principal Assessments. For dual certification, elementary and secondary, you may take additional courses to obtain the other certification. To ensure that you have met all state requirements, please contact your advisor. Applicant must initiate the certification process by completing their individual profile on the DESE website. UMSL is then notified to send the recommendation and transcripts.
DESE Middle School Principal (Grades 5-9) Certification
If you have been granted initial principal certification, the College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for additional endorsement for middle school administration certification when you have completed additional courses for the middle school program. To ensure that you have met all state requirements, please contact your advisor. Applicant must initiate the certification process by completing their individual profile on the DESE website. UMSL is then notified to send the recommendation and transcripts.
DESE Secondary Principal (Grades 7-12) Certification
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for initial administrator certification at the completion of the Masters of Educational Administration degree program if you have met all state requirements, including at least two years of qualified teaching experience, and you have successfully passed the State Principal Assessments. For dual certification, elementary and secondary, you may take additional courses to obtain the other certification. To ensure that you have met all state requirements, please contact your advisor. Applicant must initiate the certification process by completing their individual profile on the DESE website. UMSL is then notified to send the recommendation and transcripts.
Students who are seeking an M.Ed. in Education Administration will be required to obtain consent numbers to register for the courses required to obtain the degree. The consent number for these courses can be obtained from Tenille Martin, and her email address is martinten@umsl.edu. If you have any questions or difficulties, you can contact the department chair, Matthew Davis at davismat@umsl.edu, or you can call the Office of Advising and Student Services at 516-5937 if you need additional assistance.
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Vanessa Garry, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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James Shuls, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

James V. Shuls earned his Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Arkansas. His work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including: Phi Delta Kappan, Social Science Quarterly, The Rural Educator, Educational Policy, Education Economics, ...