Master of Education in Educational Administration

The College of Education and Human Development and the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development's vision is “We transform lives.” The Master of Education offers two areas of specialization: the first in K-12 Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP) and the second in Higher Education Administration.

The K-12 Educational Leadership and Policy program’s mission is (a) to prepare leaders for public, charter, and private schools in Texas and the nation and (b) to prepare individuals to conduct research and/or teaching at a university, college, institute, or educational agencies. As a result of these dramatic changes, the K-12 ELP faculty is dedicated to attracting, mentoring, and preparing the "best, brightest, and culturally aware young leaders for key roles as superintendents, principals and university professors." To reach these goals, the faculty must nurture educational change agents who can focus on improving the technical core of teaching and learning and seek social justice for all students at all levels of education. It is important that the program meets the challenges of integrating theory and research as a resource that can be used to solve complex problems of administrative practice. The faculty members believe that both the school practitioner and the university professor must have skills in reflective practice and be prepared to integrate reliable formal knowledge with clinical knowledge, i.e., theoretical with craft knowledge.

As you make decisions about becoming a school administrator, the Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Administration program offers an array of options with a focus on K-12. If you are interested in become a school administrator, this program allows an individual to receive both a master's degree and complete the course requirements for principal certification in the state of Texas. The MEd in Educational Administration is designed for individuals who wish to become leaders in the public school field. This is a non-thesis degree. Students are admitted into a cohort which begins each fall semester. Students should complete the program in two years. 

Upon successful completion of all required coursework and with the approval of the program faculty, students may sit for the (state principal examinations) if they:

  • Complete all components of the required practicum experience
  • Complete all preparation work recommended by faculty and provide a passing score exam certification practice exams (both 268 and PASL 368)
  • Complete the SBEC online certification application
  • Complete the College of Education and Human Development Certification and Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Developments Requirements

The Higher Education Administration emphasis prepares future academic and student affairs professionals to work in higher education administration. Higher education is a broad-based area of knowledge and study that examines the management and coordination of programs, policies, and processes pertaining to colleges and universities, including issues associated with access to higher education, admission, assessment and curriculum, enrollment and equitably serving all students, finance and economics, governance and law, learning/andragogy, administration, philanthropy, education policy, and college students.

Career paths in higher education vary widely, and are dependent on academic qualifications and job responsibilities required within and across colleges and universities. For example, the qualifications for entry-level academic advisors or activities director at a community college or baccalaureate granting institution are often more flexible than at a doctoral research university. Higher education administrators typically hold a masters or doctoral degree with a masters as the minimal preferred qualification for many entry-level positions. Graduates with a master’s degree can work in university housing, student activities, admissions and other areas of student affairs. Positions in academic affairs are also common, such as academic advisor, recruitment or retention specialist, development specialist, study abroad coordinator, or financial aid counselor. Other students are interested in education policy and may pursue a career in government policy in higher education. Occasionally, our students started working in higher education with a bachelor’s degree and realize they wanted a masters degree for career mobility or for professional development.

The M.Ed. in Educational Administration is only offered in an online format for the convenience of working professionals. This is a non-thesis masters degree with a culminating capstone project. The program is designed to run year-round with summer courses so students can complete the 36 credits in two calendar years. Students take courses in a loose cohort of two courses per semester, usually one required course and one faculty selected elective. While student can make substitutions including some in-person courses, it is designed as an online program and substitutions must be approved by the student’s faculty advisor.

This program is also approved for delivery via asynchronous distance education technology.