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The Master of Education in Educational Administration/School Leadership is intended for educators interested 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 school principal 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 33 credit hours and is rich in field experiences. 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.
The M.Ed. in education administration is designed for individuals interested in becoming a school leader. A total of 33 hours are required for graduation. Students will be admitted and will progress through the program in a cohort.
Teaching Experience: Minimum of 3 years’ successful PK-12 teaching experience in a school system. This may include experience from another state, and private, public, parochial, independent or charter schools.
Grade Point Average: The minimum GPA for regular admission is 2.75 in each of the three GPAs. Students with GPAs below 2.75 but above 2.50 are eligible to be admitted on restricted status. In this case, newly admitted graduate students must earn a 3.00 GPA in their first 12 credits of course work to continue study.
You must be admitted to the Graduate School before you can register for courses. You can call OASIS to make an appointment with an advisor who will help you register for your first semester (314-516-5937). Thereafter, you will be assigned a faculty advisor and that faculty advisor will assist you for the balance of your program.
Students must apply to graduate at the beginning of the semester in which they are to graduate. Submission deadlines may change, but are relatively early in the semester. To apply, you must submit an Application for Graduation (M4) to your advisor.
Specific certification instructions can be found on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s website . Students should be aware that they must pass the following exams for initial principal certification: