The 25 Best Masters in Educational Administration Online for 2019

Educational administrators can serve a variety of positions in either K-12 or higher education, including as principals, curriculum developers, superintendents, and more. In general, administrators are responsible for overseeing, managing, and directing all aspects of day-to-day school activities, in addition to working on long-term projects. Needless to say, this includes just about everything, and most professionals will need at least 5 or more years before being considered for administrative roles. (K-12 schools may demand less.) Most important, however, is for the aspiring school administrator to have earned a master's in the field, which will in turn prepare them for licensure/certification – required for all public institutions and varying on a state-by-state basis. While this may all sound like a lot of red-tape, educational administrators enjoy stable careers, and jobs are expected to grow slightly below 10% through 2024 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Faster than normal.) Further, for education, pay is nice: higher education administrators earn on average $89,000 per year, and K-12 principals earn $90,000. Given the stretched schedules of working teachers, online master's have become increasingly popular in the last few years and provide the same rigor and quality curriculum of traditional on-campus options. Below, find our top 25 online picks.

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  • Affordability (1/3): the average out-of-state tuition per credit hour
  • Completion Time (1/3): minimum amount of course work required for certification
  • Academic Reputation (1/3): the rank of the school's parent institution according to US News

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1. Chadron State College

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Chadron State College offers an MEd in Educational Administration that consists of 36-42 credits, depending on the student's concentration in either: Elementary/Secondary/PK-12, Curriculum / Assessment Supervisor PK-12 Education Administration Middle School, or Special Education Curriculum Supervisor PK-12. (The first three tracks are 36 credits; the last is 42.) Some example classes include Educational Philosophy, Curriculum Development, School Law, Fundamentals of School Administration, Supervision of Instruction, and School Administration and Leadership. Elective options allow the student to tailor the concentration to areas of interest, and each track also requires a practicum or internship in order to provide students with real-world scenarios and hands-on experience – in all, about 250 hours. Further, students seeking their state's administrative endorsement/certificate must pass the PRAXIS II examination prior to graduation. Courses are accelerated, and enrollment is open for maximum flexibility. Students also benefit from a low 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio, career services, student advising, and tech support, among others. Applicants should have earned at least a 2.75 undergraduate GPA and have worked 2 years as a full-time teacher. Related degrees include MEds in School Counseling and Elementary/Secondary Curriculum and Instruction, plus 3 MAs in Education. This degree is accredited by he National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $380
  • Program Focus: K-12

2. Capella University

Capella University offers an MEd in Educational Administration Leadership that consists of 46 quarter credits – 16 core, 12 specialization, and 18 emphasis. Required classes include Survey of Research Methodology, Assessment and Improvement of Instruction, School Leadership and Management Practices, Education and the Law, Funding of Educational Institutions, Personnel Administration, and P–12 Principalship. Students must also complete 6 credits in an internship setting to gain real-world experience. In particular, this degree is aimed at educators who want to assume leadership responsibilities in the school system and focuses on the principal's role in communicating, developing, and implementing a school program that aligns with district priorities. Courses deliver in accelerated 10-week blocks, which typically requires 10-12 hours of study per week, and on a fully-loaded schedule students can earn their degree in as little as 1-1.5 years. All of Cappella's online degrees are designed for maximum flexibility with working professionals and adult learners in mind, so entry dates are available throughout the year, and students with previous academic work may transfer up to 12 credits into the program. This degree is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituents Council (ELCC).

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $444
  • Program Focus: K-12

3 (tied). University of South Carolina – Columbia

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The University of South Carolina – Columbia offers an MEd in Educational Administration that consists of 36 credits. Courses include School Leadership, School Personnel Administration, Supervision of Instruction, School Finance and Business Management, Legal Basis of Educational Organization and Administration, and The Principalship, among others. From there, students can choose elementary or high school practicum according to their field of interest and other electives, which they can discuss with an advisor. The program is accelerated, with 8-week course deliveries so that students can begin a career fast track and complete the degree in as little as 2 years. Alternatively, part-time students may take up to 6 years to graduate, allow the program some flexibility. Further, all classes are taught by experienced superintendents, principals and high-level administrators, each bringing a unique perspective to the curriculum and providing a broad-based yet pragmatic approach. USC also places an emphasis on student diversity and considers it a top priority in education. A recent survey found that 96% of program graduates earned a new job or advancement, which, if we consider that USC's College of Education is considered a top 25 program, should be unsurprising. Founded in 1801, the university has a student enrollment of approximately 50,000.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $625
  • Program Focus: K-12

3 (tied). University of Massachusetts Amherst

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The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers an MEd in Educational Administration that consists of 30 credits. The degree is designed for students with at least two years of teaching experience in a K-12 setting and/or those who have earned a teaching license, and is accredited by he National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Founded in 1863, UMass has a student enrollment of approximately 30,000. The school is also a member of the Five College Consortium, alongside Amherst College, Hampshire College, Holyoke College, and Smith College. UMass's online offerings have grown increasingly robust, and the school now offers 1,500 online courses per year in nearly 200 areas of study. Among the many resources students benefit from are 24/7 tech support, personalized academic advising, library services, and financial aid. Most important, UMass's 330,000+ alumni network is highly active, and the school's career services center does its best to connect recent graduates for professional opportunities.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $470
  • Program Focus: K-12

5. Louisiana State University

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Louisiana State University offers an MA in Education with a Specialization in Higher Education Administration that consists of 36 credits (12 courses). Requirements include Foundations of Higher Education, Understanding and Applying Research in Education, College Students in the United States, Internship in Educational Administration, Finance in Higher Education, Community College, Student Affairs in Higher Education, Student Development Theory, and more. All students must also complete a comprehensive exam in order to graduate. In particular, the curriculum is designed to develop leadership, higher education knowledge, and management skills in such areas as recruiting, admissions, orientation, financial aid, counseling, Greek life, student activities, academic support services, student athlete support services, and career planning and placement. To set students on a career fast track, courses deliver in accelerated 7-week blocks, and degree completion time can be as little as 15 months. The university also offers its online students exceptional resources, including a personal enrollment specialist, advising, career services, library, a center for academic success, virtual lab, and Moodle, a highly collaborative and dynamic learning platform. For those interested, LSU also offers a MEd in Educational Leadership.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $417
  • Program Focus: Higher Education

6. Lamar University

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Lamar University offers an MEd in Education Administration that consists of 36 hours. Course requirements include Research Methods, Fundamentals of Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Leadership for Accountability, Curriculum Management, Concepts of Educational Technology, Organization and Management Issues, and more. All students must also complete a capstone internship in either supervision or administration. Upon completion of the degree, students will have developed skills and knowledge in: organizational leadership and decision-making; curriculum design and implementation for student achievement; organizational management; human resource development; and building parent and community involvement/support. Lamar provides students with maximum flexibility, and entry dates are available throughout the year to accommodate working teachers' busy schedules. Further, through the Blackboard learning platform, students benefit from a highly collaborative, dynamic educational experience that includes group discussion boards, live chat rooms, 24/7 course material access, and video conferencing. Applicants must submit both GRE scores and an undergraduate GPA. (Though note that students with a GPA above 3.0 or students who have already earned a master's may waive GRE scores.) Founded in 1923, Lamar has a student enrollment of approximately 15,000.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $269
  • Program Focus: General

7. Georgia Southern University

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Georgia Southern University offers an MEd in Higher Education Administration that consists of 36 credits. Course requirements include Learning Theories and Applications, Educational Research, American Higher Education, Higher Education Administration, Higher Education Law, History of American Higher Education, and a practicum in the final semester in order to gain valuable real-world experience. From there, students also have the opportunity to tailor the degree according to professional interests with 9 credits of electives from classes like Politics of Higher Education, Higher Education Finance, and The Community College. Georgia Southern is especially convenient for students looking for a highly flexible degree, with full- and part-time tracks available (83% and 17% of enrolled students, respectively), preparing students for careers in vocational/technical institutes, 2-year and 4-year colleges, comprehensive universities, and proprietary. Further, with an alumni network of more than 70,000, Georgia Southern graduates can be assured to find numerous professional opportunities through GSU connections. Applicants should have earned at least a 2.75 undergraduate GPA and must submit either MAT or GRE scores. Founded in 1906, the university began its online offerings in 2008.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $410
  • Program Focus: Higher Education

8. Sam Houston State University

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Sam Houston State University offers an MEd in Administration that consists of 30 credits. Course requirements include Administration & Organization Of Public Schools; Federal-State-Local School Law; Campus Business Management; Role Of Principal In School Administration; Building Capacity For Technology & Learning; Program Evaluation For School Improvement, and more. In addition, all students must complete an internship in campus leadership in order to gain valuable hands-on experience. SHSU's degree is designed primarily for students working toward a Principal Certification in the state of Texas, and upon completion of the degree students will be prepared to improve instruction and curricula, and understand how diverse populations and special programs affect a school and its community. Applicants should submit undergraduate GPAs (preferably 3.0) and a teaching service record indicating at least 2 years of professional experience. For those interested, Sam Houston offers a wide variety of related programs, including: MA in Higher Education, MA and MEd in Instructional Leadership, and certifications for Principal, Superintendent, Academic Advising, and more. Founded in 1879, the university has an enrollment of just over 20,000 students.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $492
  • Program Focus: K-12

9. Grand Canyon University

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Grand Canyon University offers an MEd in Educational Administration that consists of 36 credits. Course requirements include Educational Law, Education Finance, Shaping School Culture, Developing Professional Capacity, Improving Teacher Performance and Efficacy, Developing and Empowering Instructional Leaders, Strategic Leadership, and more. In addition, Grand Canyon places a special emphasis on experiential learning, and students must complete 9 credits in a clinical internship for hands-on work. In order to place students on career fast track, courses deliver in accelerated 6-week blocks, and students may complete the degree in less than two years. Further, thanks to a generous transfer policy, students with previous academic credits may waive up to 12 credits. Course work aligns with the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) and Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC), and the degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). GCU's online format is highly flexible, allowing for self-scheduled studies in an intimate, collaborative learning environment that has been recognized by Forbes as among the best in the country. Founded in 1949, GCU is a Christian school with over 60,000 online students; religious concepts will be incorporated into the curriculum.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $515
  • Program Focus: K-12

10. Old Dominion University

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Old Dominion University offers an MEd in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Administration and Supervision that consists of 30 credit. Course requirements include Accountability and Organizational Improvement, Educational Politics and Policymaking, Strategic Communication and External Relations, Learning Theories and Professional Development, Instructional Leadership and Supervision, Educational Finance and Budgeting, and Educational Law and Ethics. From there, students must complete 6 credits of hands-on work in internships, totaling 320 hours, to gain real-world experience. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to: articulate and implement strategies for school improvement; analyze data for decision making; and lead human resources and fiscal management efforts. ODU's online program is designed for maximum flexibility, and 96% of graduates report being very satisfied with the overall experience. Plus, with over 30 years in distance-learning education, ODU is among the most experienced in the field. Students have 24/7 access to course material, up to 50 GB of free online storage, a web conferencing platform, advising, a career management center, and tech support. Founded in 1930, Old Dominion has had over 11,000 online students graduate.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $516
  • Program Focus: K-12

11. University of Massachusetts – Lowell

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University of Massachusetts – Lowell offers an MEd in Educational Administration that consists of 30 credits (10 courses). Course requirements include Role of the Curriculum and Instructional Leader, Principles of Supervision, Principalship PK – 12, Leading the Professional Learning Community, Program Evaluation, Managing Resources and Finances, and School Policy and Law, among others. From there, students have the opportunity to tailor the degree with electives and an action research capstone, which may be taken in conjunction with one other course. Lowell's online offerings are among the largest in the northeast, and all faculty are experienced full-time faculty or expert working professionals in the field. Course work is designed for maximum flexibility in order to accommodate the schedules of adult learners and working teachers. Additional resources include 24/7 access to course material, tech support, student advising, tutoring, and more. Applicants should submit undergraduate transcripts, relevant test scores, and must have worked as a professional teacher for at least 5 prior to admission. The degree is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $570
  • Program Focus: K-12

12. Dallas Baptist University

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Dallas Baptist University offers an MEd in Higher Education that is a non-thesis, 36-credit program. Required core courses include College and University Administration, Legal Aspects and Finance in Higher Education, Research Methods in Higher Education, History and Philosophy of Higher Education, Methods for the Higher Education Administrator, and Teaching, Learning, and Student Development. From there, students have the opportunity to tailor the degree through one of the following concentrations: Community College Leadership, Student Affairs Leadership, Interdisciplinary Studies, or Distance Learning. (There is also a separate Instructional Track option in which students specialize in a particular discipline, i.e., English, History, Communication, etc.) Applicants should have earned a 3.2 undergraduate GPA, or 3.5 in their last 60 hours. Depending on a student's transcript, GRE scores may or may not be required. Note that, as a Christian university, DBU's curriculum incorporates religious concepts, and the much of the degree follows faith-based learning and objectives. For motivated students, Dallas Baptist offers dual master's degrees in Business Administration, Management, Communication, Student Ministry, Teaching, Curriculum and Instruction, and Kinesiology. Founded in 1898, the university has an enrollment of approximately 5,500.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $823
  • Program Focus: Higher Education

13. University of Texas of the Permian Basin

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin offers an MA in Educational Leadership that consists of 36 credits. Course requirements include Educational Psychology, Research Design in Education and the Social Sciences, Cultural Proficiency, School Finance, School Law, School Public Relations, and Principalship, among others. All students are also required to take a leadership practicum in order to gain valuable real-world experience. In order to provide students with a career fast track, courses deliver in accelerated 7-week blocks, and degree completion time can be in as little as 2 years. Further, there are six entry dates throughout the year, and the program is designed for maximum flexibility with asynchronous delivery. By utilizing the Blackboard educational platform, the program creates a highly collaborative, intimate learning environment, with group discussion boards, live chat rooms, 24/7 access to course materials, and video conferencing. (UTPBS's online offerings have been nationally recognized by major publications for student engagement and services/technology.) Applicants should have earned a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or satisfactory GRE score, in addition to 1 year of teaching experience and a teaching certificate. The degree is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), ELCC, and SACS.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $249
  • Program Focus: K-12

14 (tied). Mississippi College

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Mississippi College offers a master's degree in Higher Education that consists of 33 credits. Some course work includes Basic Understandings in Higher Education Administration, Law and Higher Education, Finance in Higher Education, Finance in Higher Education, Research – Methods and Procedures, and Basic Effective Leadership. All students must also complete two practicum experiences in order to gain valuable hands-on work outside the classroom. Designed for both current and future teaching professionals, Mississippi's curriculum is broad-based to provide students with a firm foundation general, administrative theory, and practice. The curriculum also allows for a career fast track, and students are able to complete the degree in as little as 18 months while maintaining the usual additional responsibilities of adult learners, thanks to a highly flexible format. The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. For those interested, Mississippi College also offers a Master of Teaching Arts and certificate of Higher Education Administration that consists of 15 credits. The school has a student enrollment of just under 5,000, with 1,500 in graduate programs. Founded in 1826, it's the oldest college in the state of Mississippi. Note that as a Christian university the school may incorporate religious concepts into the curriculum.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $523
  • Program Focus: Higher Education

14 (tied). Fort Hays State University

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Fort Hays State University offers an MS in Educational Administration with a Principal track that consists of 36 credits. Required course work includes Utilization of Technology in Classrooms, Education Research, School Law, Supervision and Evaluation of Personnel, Introduction to School Administration, Special Education for School Leaders, Educational Finance, Educational Leadership, Curriculum Planning & Evaluation PK-12, School and Community Relations, and more. Online classes at FHSU are designed for maximum flexibility to accommodate working professionals and adult learners. Students have the opportunity to choose both synchronous and asynchronous courses, which allow for students to complete course work according to their own schedules. Further, with open enrollment, prospective students have the freedom to determine when the best time is to begin their studies. Additional resources include a personalized academic advisor to plan and track goals, virtual orientation and course demos, and a wide range of dynamic learning tools which encourage active engagement and collaboration, including Blackboard, Google Apps for Education, Blogs, Wikis, Youtube, and Facebook. Completion of this program will demonstrate a mastery of standards set by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). It is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Related programs at the schools include a master's in Education with emphasis in Higher Education-Student Affairs, School Psychology, Special Education, and General Education.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $253
  • Program Focus: K-12

16 (tied). Concordia University – Chicago

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Concordia University – Chicago offers an MA in Educational Administration that consists 30 credits. Course requirements include Instructional Leadership, School Evaluation and Change Processes, Curriculum and Assessment: Frameworks for Student Learning, Supervision and Improvement of Instruction, Research in Education, School Law, Ethics of School Leadership, and School Organization and Human Resources. All students are also required to complete a capstone experience in order to gain valuable hands-on experience and demonstrate a mastery of materials. In particular, program objectives are: develop skills in managerial organization, operations, and resources for a safe and effective learning environment; learn to collaborate with staff, boards, students, families, and the community; understand and respond to political, social, legal, and cultural issues. To set students on a career fast track, degree completion time can be as little 12 months on an accelerated track, and Concordia excels in offering flexible options for students with busy schedules. The school has also been nationally recognized for its online programs, and are one the fastest-growing institutions of its kind in the country. It is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, which also conferred its "Continuing Accreditation of all Education Programs without conditions" on Concordia. Founded in 1864, the school's total enrollment of approximately 5,300 students, with 3,500 enrolled in the graduate school.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $440
  • Program Focus: K-12

16 (tied). Gwynedd-Mercy University

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Gwynedd-Mercy University offers an MS in Educational Administration with a K-12 Principal Certification Track that consists of 33 credits. Course requirements include Research Skills for Reflective Practitioners, The Principalship, Curriculum and Instructional Supervision, Communications and School-Community Relations, Communications and School-Community Relations, Human Resources and Staff Development, School Resources Management, Educational Leadership, and a Seminar on Current Issues in Education. All students are also required to complete a two practicum experiences in Leadership and School Administration and K-12 Principalship to gain valuable hands-on work and demonstrate mastery of course material. In particular, students will learn to: plan and management organizational strategy to allow for student success; articulate management strategy to stakeholders; empower others inside and outside the organization to pursue excellence in learning; and operate in an ethical and fair manner. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the School Leaders Licensure Assessment to earn official certification. Courses are designed for maximum flexibility, and students can graduate in as little as 20 months in order to gain a career fast track. Further, by utilizing the Teachscape learning platform, GMU encourages students to engage in a highly collaborative educational environment which seamlessly connects fellow students and instructors. Note that applicants must have completed at least 3 years of teaching before admission.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $525
  • Program Focus: K-12

18 (tied). Stony Brook University

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Stony Brook University offers an MA in Higher Education Administration that consists of 36 credits. Course requirements include Foundations of Higher Education Administration, Survey of College Student Development Theory, Leadership in Higher Education, Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, Diversity and Higher Education, and a final project seminar to demonstrate mastery of material (150 hours of work). Students also have the opportunity to tailor their degree through completing 18 credits of electives, with classes like Technology in Higher Education, Enrollment Management, Career Counseling and the Psychology of Work, Crisis Management and Prevention in Higher Education, and more. Stony Brook's curriculum is designed for maximum flexibility, and students can choose between fully online and blended delivery formats depending on individual needs. (Part-time students can take up to 5 years to complete the program.) Courses are asynchronous, delivering over the Blackboard educational platform, which creates a collaborative, intimate learning experience through group discussion boards, live chat rooms, 24/7 course material access, and video conferencing. Additional resources include tech support, an online orientation, Founded in 1957, Stony Brook began offering online courses in 1996; today the school offers 100 online courses per term. Note that the school also offers an 18-credit Advanced Graduate Certificate, for those interested.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $925
  • Program Focus: Higher Education

18 (tied). Tiffin University

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Tiffin University offers an MEd in Higher Education Administration that consists of 30 credits (15 courses). Requirements include Philosophy of Education, Educational Leadership, World History of Education, Ethical & Legal Issues in Education, Student Enrollment and Retention, Crisis Prevention in Educations, Higher Education Finance and Budgeting, and Educational Research, among others. Students also have the opportunity to tailor the degree through electives and must complete an ePortfolio capstone project in order to demonstrate a mastery of material. Tiffin's course work is designed for maximum flexibility to accommodate the schedules of working professionals and adult learners. (Most Tiffin students work in admissions, financial aid, student affairs, and/or school athletics.) Courses deliver in accelerated 7-week blocks to set students on a career fast track (students may graduate in as little as 18 months), and there are entry dates available throughout the year, in January, March, May, July, August, and October. Founded in 1888, Tiffin has a student enrollment of approximately 4,200. This degree is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Residency options are available in Cleveland, Toledo, and Fremont, Ohio.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $500
  • Program Focus: Higher Education

20 (tied). University of Nebraska Online

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The University of Nebraska Online offers both a MA in MEd in Educational Administration, with specializations and areas of study available in Educational Leadership, Higher Education Administration, Student Affairs Administration, and P-12 School Leadership. There are also endorsement and certifications for the state of Nebraska in Elementary Principal (P-8), Secondary Principal (7-12), Curriculum Supervisor, and Supervisor of Special Education. A 6-year certificate in Educational Administration and Supervision is available online for those seeking Superintendent of Schools studies. All faculty are experienced professionals, including administrators, curriculum specialists, and college administrators, who are able to provide both up-to-date academic theory and a unique real-world perspective. Courses are designed with working professionals and adult learners in mind, so degrees are flexible and accommodating to busy schedules. Founded in 1869, Nebraska is the oldest university in the state and has a student enrollment of approximately 25,000. Note, for those interested, Nebraska also offers EdD and PhD options, plus graduate certificates in Community College Leadership and Early Childhood Special Education.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $829
  • Program Focus: General

20 (tied). Ball State University

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Ball State University offers a Master of Arts in Education in Educational Administration and Supervision that consists of 36 hours (11 courses). Requirements include Introduction to Educational Leadership, Human Resource Development, Educational Decision Making, Supervision of Instruction, Educational Finance and Ethics, The School Principal, School Law, Methodology of Educational and Psychological Research, and more. Ball State places a special emphasis on experiential/immersive learning that incorporates research, community projects, and capstone projects. As so, students are required to complete a 6-credit internship (principal track) to gain valuable hands-on experience; this can be completed at a elementary school and a middle school or high school, depending on the student's area of focus. Electives are available to tailor the curriculum according to professional interests. To create a career fast track, students are able to complete the degree in as little as 18-20 months. Blended and 100% online delivery options allow for maximum flexibility both for scheduling and learning preferences. Founded in 1918, Ball State's enrollment is approximately 21,000, with 4,100 graduate students and 10,000 online students. Its distance education program, totaling 60 online degrees and certificates, is considered among the top 15 in the country and was founded in 1990s. All applicants should have earned at least a 2.75 undergraduate GPA, or cumulative 3.0 in the final half of the bachelor's.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $640
  • Program Focus: K-12

20 (tied). Drexel University

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Drexel University offers an MS in Educational Administration that consists of 45 credits. Some course examples include School Leadership & Decision Making, School Law and Politics, Integration of Technology with School Instruction and Management, School Finance and Facilities, School and Community Partnerships and Relations, Instructional and Curriculum Leadership, Mentoring and Collaborative Leadership, Research Methodology for Action Research, Interpreting & Evaluating Research & Achievement Data, and more. Students may also pursue a principal certification track, which requires 6 credits of internship work in 4 areas: Technology, Finance, Leadership, and School and Community Relations. Further, there is a 46-credit degree option with a concentration in Special Education Leadership, which fulfills the Pennsylvania Department of Education approved certification and a master's degree in Educational Leadership. (Note this certification requires at least 5 years of professional experience, and it can be taken alongside the principal certification.) All courses are designed to accommodate working professionals and adult learners, with maximum flexibility. Founded in 1891, Drexel began offering online courses in 1996 and currently offers more than 100 online degrees and certificate programs. In 2007, the university began National Distance Learning Week, in conjunction with the United States Distance Learning Association. For its excellence in online education, it has received the Sloan-C Award for Institution-Wide Online Education and the United States Distance Learning Association's Best Practices Award.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $868
  • Program Focus: K-12

20 (tied). Texas A&M University – Commerce

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Texas A&M University – Commerce offers an MEd in Educational Administration with Principal Certification that consists of 30 hours. Course requirements include Leading Effective Schools, Using Research for Best Practice, Using the Law in Educational Practice, Building Capacity for Effective Learning, Designing Curriculum for Effective Instruction, Using Evaluation and Data to Improve Learning, Facilitating Learning for Diverse Students, Multicultural Education, and more. Further, to gain hands-on experience, students must complete a community practicum in order to graduate, following the school's emphasis on both theory-based and pragmatic educational approaches. All courses are designed to accommodate students' busy schedules and are highly flexible and collaborative. Students can expect to complete the degree in less than two years. Additional resources include tech support, 24/7 access to course material, student services, an e-library, and a career services center to help students transition into their professional roles. Related degrees include a 21-hour Principal Certification and MEds in Higher Education Administration, Higher Education Teaching, and Educational Technology (Library Science). There are numerous PhD options available, as well. Note that applicants must be admitted by the TAMUC Graduate School and the Educational Administration Master's Degree and Principal Certification Program. Founded in 1889, the school's enrollment is approximately 12,300.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $625
  • Program Focus: K-12

20 (tied). Columbia International University

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Columbia International University offers an MEd in Educational Administration that consists of 33 credits. Course requirements include Understanding the Learner, Authentic Assessment, Curriculum Development and Instruction, Educational Research, Law and Personnel, Supervision of Instruction, and Institutional Advancement, among others. In particular, upon graduation students will be able to: implement instructional strategies and learning theories to enable student success; develop a curriculum that is grounded in sound theory and practice; assess and monitor student progress; and foster a nurturing and safe learning environment, taking in multicultural concerns. Note also that CIU is a Christian university, and 9 credits are devoted to a religious block. As so, much of the curriculum is faith-based, and many graduates go on to work at private Christian day, missionary, international, or national cross-cultural schools. For students interested in specializing in instruction, CIU has another 100% online option in Instruction and Learning (33 credits). Either program can be completed in only two years, and classes are designed to be flexible for working professionals and adult learners; hybrid formats are also available. Founded in 1923, CIU has a student body of just over 1,200, with an alumni network of over 18,000.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $530
  • Program Focus: K-12

25. Emporia State University

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Emporia State University offers an MS in Educational Administration that consists of 35 hours. Course requirements include Beliefs, Values & Issues in Educational Practice; Curriculum Leadership: Models and Strategies; Advanced Educational Psychology for Teacher and Administrators; Technological Applications in School Leadership; Supervision and Evaluation; Human Relations and Group Processes in Education; School Leadership Theory; Educational Law & Regulations; and School Systems Management. In order to provide students with valuable hands-on work, the curriculum also requires two practicum experiences in educational administration. A comprehensive exam serves as a capstone to degree. Upon completion of the program, which typically takes two years or less, graduates are considered eligible for licensure as a building principal, assistant principal, or athletic director. (Prospective students should note slightly different curriculum structures for general licensure and district-level licensure tracks.) Applicants should submit undergraduate transcripts (3.0 GPA in last 60 hours), GRE or MAT scores, and must have evidence of at least one year of professional teaching experience. Related programs offered by ESU include an MS in Curriculum and Instruction, an MEd in Teaching, and several certificate options.

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  • Tuition Per Credit: $436
  • Program Focus: K-12

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