M.Ed. in Educational Administration

 

Move from leading your classroom to leading an entire school with Concordia University, Nebraska’s Master of Education in Educational Administration.

Our online program gives elementary and secondary teachers the academic theory and practical skills to become engaged, community-oriented academic leaders focused on developing great students, great teachers and great schools.

Learn from top-ranked educational practitioners and academic professionals: what you study in class is directly relevant to your career path as you prepare for certification as an elementary or secondary school principal.

Concordia, Nebraska’s M.Ed. in Educational Administration program qualifies you for one level of administrative certification after completing the 36-hour program. Your teaching certificate determines the level of administrative certificate you earn – either elementary administration (K-8) or secondary administration (7-12). If your certificate is K-12, then we look at your teaching experience to determine the appropriate level.

A 45 credit-hour Dual Certification M.Ed. program (elementary and secondary) is also available.

The Next Cohort Start Date is January 5th

M.Ed. in Educational Administration Program Goals

In addition to meeting all the objectives and requirements for the M.Ed. in Educational Administration online degree program, successful candidates in either the elementary or secondary concentration will also demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of:

  • School curriculum development and implementation
  • Techniques and principles of school organization, management, and leadership
  • Duties and responsibilities of supervising instruction
  • Educational administration processes, including fiscal and political management
  • Ethics related to administering educational systems
  • School law and its utilization
  • The full range of school administrator performance, including effective communication, group processes, evaluation, and staff development
 

Course Descriptions

M.Ed. in Educational Administration Program Course Descriptions

Concordia University, Nebraska’s Master of Education in Educational Administration online degree program is a 36 credit-hour curriculum that meets State of Nebraska requirements for certification as an elementary or secondary principal, based on your teaching certificate.*

In the State of Nebraska, a certification requires 36 or 45 graduate credit hours in an approved educational administration program. Thirty-six graduate credit hours are required if the principal certification is at the same level (elementary or secondary) as the teaching certificate. Those seeking a principal certification at a level different from their teaching certification, or those seeking dual administrative certifications must complete an additional nine hours, the 45-hour program.

Single Administration Certification, Elementary or Secondary Requirements
36 credits
EDUC 581 (3)
Introduction to School Administration
An introduction to philosophy and practice of school administration. Students will begin the observation and practice of specified administrative and supervisory skills required in their 250 practicum hours. Practicum and Portfolio collection procedures will be explained.
EDUC 594 (3)
Research Evaluation and Design
This course emphasizes the development of skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the evaluation of various forms of existing information, with emphasis on the ability to relate this information to personal professional practice.
EDUC 501 (3)
Contemporary Thought in Education
This course provides an examination of the theoretical and philosophical bases for contemporary educational patterns; and current educational issues. Interests of the participants will determine the areas of application to private and public education.
PSY 511 (3)
Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning
A study of selected theories of learning and their implications for the classroom setting. Applications of psychological principles and research to instructional situations with an emphasis on those that involve a Christian setting.
EDUC 551 (3)
Curriculum Design and Evaluation
This course will begin with a review of major educational philosophies and their respective approaches to curriculum development. The focus of the course will include basic principles and practices in the curriculum planning and development cycle; aligning standards to curriculum; issues surrounding curriculum design and implementation, and the link between curriculum, instruction, and evaluation for an elementary, middle or secondary school. Theory will be linked to real-life problems utilizing a variety of active learning exercises.
EDUC 552 (3)
Processes in Elementary and Secondary School Administration
This course deals with processes in educational administration with emphasis on administrative organization and the role of the curriculum supervisor and principal in leadership and management responsibilities in the elementary, middle or secondary school.
EDUC 610 (3)
School Resource Management
An examination of the principles of planning and administering school resources including fiscal, human and physical resources.
EDUC 554 (3)
Supervision of Instruction
The student will study modern theories of supervision of instruction; their purpose, methods, and participants. Special emphasis on the role that both teacher and administrator play in the process of supervision in an elementary, middle or secondary school.
EDUC 557 (3)
School Law
A survey of the principles and practices of school law and their effect on the administrator and classroom teacher. Topics will include education as a state function, separation of church and state, discipline and corporal punishment, tort liability, contracts, and educator protection against lawsuits.
EDUC 612 (3)
School Community Relations
An examination of how to manage the marketing and public relations functions of the school in order to facilitate open communication with all community partners.
SOC 565 (3)
Serving and Leading in the Community and World
This course provides an in-depth examination of vocation, professional and organizational development and the ways educators, building on their personal beliefs and values, enact authentic service and leadership in a variety of contexts. Using the framework of evangelical Lutheran Christianity, participants explore, analyze and clarify, and apply vocation to their community and to the world.
EDUC 620 (3)
School Improvement Processes
An examination of various school improvement processes to include collaborative visioning, data driven decision making, continuous sustainable improvement models and transformational change at the building level.

Dual Certification Requirements

Concordia, Nebraska’s Master of Education program in Educational Administration qualifies you for one level of administrative certification after completing the 36-hour program. Nebraska Department of Education requires a 45-graduate-hour program (nine additional hours) for both levels of certification. Your teaching certificate determines the level of administrative certificate you earn first. If your certificate is K-12, then we look at your teaching experience. Based on that information we determine the area (elementary or secondary) for your additional nine hours of coursework.

Dual Educational Administration Certification: Elementary with added Secondary Certification Requirements
45 credits
EDUC 581 (3)
Introduction to School Administration
An introduction to philosophy and practice of school administration. Students will begin the observation and practice of specified administrative and supervisory skills required in their 250 practicum hours. Practicum and Portfolio collection procedures will be explained.
EDUC 594 (3)
Research Evaluation and Design
This course emphasizes the development of skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the evaluation of various forms of existing information, with emphasis on the ability to relate this information to personal professional practice.
EDUC 501 (3)
Contemporary Thought in Education
This course provides an examination of the theoretical and philosophical bases for contemporary educational patterns; and current educational issues. Interests of the participants will determine the areas of application to private and public education.
PSY 511 (3)
Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning
A study of selected theories of learning and their implications for the classroom setting. Applications of psychological principles and research to instructional situations with an emphasis on those that involve a Christian setting.
EDUC 551 (3)
Curriculum Design and Evaluation
This course will begin with a review of major educational philosophies and their respective approaches to curriculum development. The focus of the course will include basic principles and practices in the curriculum planning and development cycle; aligning standards to curriculum; issues surrounding curriculum design and implementation, and the link between curriculum, instruction, and evaluation for an elementary, middle or secondary school. Theory will be linked to real-life problems utilizing a variety of active learning exercises.
EDUC 552 (3)
Processes in Elementary and Secondary School Administration
This course deals with processes in educational administration with emphasis on administrative organization and the role of the curriculum supervisor and principal in leadership and management responsibilities in the elementary, middle or secondary school.
EDUC 610 (3)
School Resource Management
An examination of the principles of planning and administering school resources including fiscal, human and physical resources.
EDUC 554 (3)
Supervision of Instruction
The student will study modern theories of supervision of instruction; their purpose, methods, and participants. Special emphasis on the role that both teacher and administrator play in the process of supervision in an elementary, middle or secondary school.
EDUC 557 (3)
School Law
A survey of the principles and practices of school law and their effect on the administrator and classroom teacher. Topics will include education as a state function, separation of church and state, discipline and corporal punishment, tort liability, contracts, and educator protection against lawsuits.
EDUC 612 (3)
School Community Relations
An examination of how to manage the marketing and public relations functions of the school in order to facilitate open communication with all community partners.
SOC 565 (3)
Serving and Leading in the Community and World
This course provides an in-depth examination of vocation, professional and organizational development and the ways educators, building on their personal beliefs and values, enact authentic service and leadership in a variety of contexts. Using the framework of evangelical Lutheran Christianity, participants explore, analyze and clarify, and apply vocation to their community and to the world.
EDUC 506 (3)
Integrating Technology into the Classroom
This course is designed to provide students with a practical understanding of educational technology, computer use and applications, integration of technology in classroom curriculum, and use of the World Wide Web as an information repository and learning tool. This hands-on course will provide teachers with opportunities to use and explore existing hardware, software and Internet resources in order to incorporate them into the design process. Each teacher will be expected to use course information to design an instructional unit that effectively integrates technology as a tool for enhancing the learning environment.
EDUC 534 (3)
Empowering Teachers as Leaders
This course introduces the concept of teacher leadership and its value in the field of education today. This course will explore what it means to be a teacher leader in various environments, to be advocates for students, to participate meaningfully in school reform and/or renewal processes, and to articulate knowledge of content, pedagogy, and other teaching/learning.
EDUC 566 (3)
Reading in the Middle and Secondary School
A foundations course in developmental reading for teachers of intermediate, junior (middle) and senior high students (grades 4-12), emphasizing reading in the content areas, comprehension levels, reading-study skills, oral interpretation of literature, recreational reading, and current issues in teaching the older student to become more proficient in reading.
EDUC 620 (3)
School Improvement Processes
An examination of various school improvement processes to include collaborative visioning, data driven decision making, continuous sustainable improvement models and transformational change at the building level.

Dual Educational Administration Certification: Secondary with added Elementary Certification Requirements
45 credits
EDUC 581 (3)
Introduction to School Administration
An introduction to philosophy and practice of school administration. Students will begin the observation and practice of specified administrative and supervisory skills required in their 250 practicum hours. Practicum and Portfolio collection procedures will be explained.
EDUC 594 (3)
Research Evaluation and Design
This course emphasizes the development of skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods, and the evaluation of various forms of existing information, with emphasis on the ability to relate this information to personal professional practice.
EDUC 501 (3)
Contemporary Thought in Education
This course provides an examination of the theoretical and philosophical bases for contemporary educational patterns; and current educational issues. Interests of the participants will determine the areas of application to private and public education.
PSY 511 (3)
Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning
A study of selected theories of learning and their implications for the classroom setting. Applications of psychological principles and research to instructional situations with an emphasis on those that involve a Christian setting.
EDUC 551 (3)
Curriculum Design and Evaluation
This course will begin with a review of major educational philosophies and their respective approaches to curriculum development. The focus of the course will include basic principles and practices in the curriculum planning and development cycle; aligning standards to curriculum; issues surrounding curriculum design and implementation, and the link between curriculum, instruction, and evaluation for an elementary, middle or secondary school. Theory will be linked to real-life problems utilizing a variety of active learning exercises.
EDUC 552 (3)
Processes in Elementary and Secondary School Administration
This course deals with processes in educational administration with emphasis on administrative organization and the role of the curriculum supervisor and principal in leadership and management responsibilities in the elementary, middle or secondary school.
EDUC 610 (3)
School Resource Management
An examination of the principles of planning and administering school resources including fiscal, human and physical resources.
EDUC 554 (3)
Supervision of Instruction
The student will study modern theories of supervision of instruction; their purpose, methods, and participants. Special emphasis on the role that both teacher and administrator play in the process of supervision in an elementary, middle or secondary school.
EDUC 557 (3)
School Law
A survey of the principles and practices of school law and their effect on the administrator and classroom teacher. Topics will include education as a state function, separation of church and state, discipline and corporal punishment, tort liability, contracts, and educator protection against lawsuits.
EDUC 612 (3)
School Community Relations
An examination of how to manage the marketing and public relations functions of the school in order to facilitate open communication with all community partners.
SOC 565 (3)
Serving and Leading in the Community and World
This course provides an in-depth examination of vocation, professional and organizational development and the ways educators, building on their personal beliefs and values, enact authentic service and leadership in a variety of contexts. Using the framework of evangelical Lutheran Christianity, participants explore, analyze and clarify, and apply vocation to their community and to the world.
EDUC 565 (3)
The Young Child: Language and Literacy Development
A foundations course in developmental reading for teachers of younger children (ages three through grade 3), emphasizing the characteristics of young children, oral language development, developing reading interests, the integration of all language arts in the beginning reading program, and current issues in teaching the young child to read.
EDUC 507 (3)
Reading and Writing Across Curriculums
Will show students how to incorporate reading, including study skills; writing; speaking; listening; research and inquiry, and technology and media into specific content areas. This course will examine theories and practices in reading comprehension, instructional strategies and communication skills that assist students in becoming mature readers.
EDUC 524 (3)
ESL/ELL Instruction
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of second language teaching and learning.
EDUC 620 (3)
School Improvement Processes
An examination of various school improvement processes to include collaborative visioning, data driven decision making, continuous sustainable improvement models and transformational change at the building level.

All degrees and certifications are accredited by the Nebraska Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education The Nebraska Department of Education requires two years of teaching for the certification.

*Students seeking Educational Administration certification in states other than Nebraska should determine the licensure requirements in the state(s) in which they will be seeking certification. Written approval that this program will be acceptable for licensure by their state's educational department should be obtained prior to beginning the program.

 

Career Opportunities

The following are just a few of the unique career opportunities possible with a M.Ed. in Educational Administration online degree available through Concordia University, Nebraska:

  • School Principal/Vice Principal
  • Director of Curriculum
  • Administrative record-keeping
  • Academic Program Developer
  • Athletic Director
  • Specialized Subject Director/Manager

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