Bob Curtis, ‘13 Master of Education in Administration
Secondary Principal, Community R-VI School District
Prepare for building-level leadership
Day-to-day administration of an elementary, middle or secondary school presents unique challenges in organizational management and curriculum supervision. As a teacher or administrator with leadership as a career goal, you will get the skills you need to meet these challenges through the combination of coursework, preparation for certification, and hands-on field experience that comprise the William Woods University Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Administration degree.
All coursework required by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is included in this program, which emphasizes the ability to formulate effective educational practice involving school administration, school management, curriculum development, and supervision as they relate to the Missouri School Leader’s Standards and the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards. The curriculum for the M.Ed. degree emphasizes current research, educational trends, knowledge assessment, legal frameworks, and cultural issues. As a student in this program, you will graduate with the broader understanding of how schools operate at the building level. Through an extensive field experience, you will benefit from the opportunity to experience many aspects of school building leadership.
At William Woods, you’ll be participating in an Education graduate program known for its excellence and for providing a significant number of the leaders in Missouri’s state school system. Our Education graduate students are well-prepared and continue to score well on state administrative certification tests. As one of these students, you will have the opportunity to learn from active practitioners in the field and make the connections you need for leadership and career growth.
This degree is designed to fit the schedules of working pk-12 teachers and administrators and can be completed in two years or less through evening courses taught in convenient locations around the state. You can expect rigorous coursework with real-world relevance, designed and taught by professionals who have proven their expertise. We structure the schedule so as to keep students together, allowing you to develop lasting relationships with peers focused on similar career goals. And, to make this an investment you can count on, your tuition will not go up as long as you stay continuously enrolled.
Your Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree at work
This degree prepares you for upward mobility within a school by becoming a teacher leader, assistant principal or building principal. As a program graduate with a passing score on the state’s building-level assessments, you will be eligible for initial building-level administration certification. Successful completion of the program along with a qualifying score on the DESE assessments will enable you to apply for a principal’s certificate within the state of Missouri.
You will earn the degree by completing 13 three-credit courses plus 300 hours of field experience. You will also create a portfolio demonstrating your proficiency on each of the Missouri Leader Standards/ISLLC Standards, among other requirements.
Courses you may take
This course is designed to provide educators and non-educators with a broad understanding and better perspective of current issues that are faced by educators, trainers, and their learning institutions. The course will focus on a lively discourse and reflection related to contemporary topics and issues relevant to the specific student track. The course will serve as a platform for bridging the gap between goals, principles, theories, philosophies, and methodologies in the educational/training process and the realities of a variety of learning institutions (classrooms, schools, professional training, etc.) The goal of this process is to expand and enlighten the practitioner's outlook, thought processes, understanding, and repertoire of knowledge, attitudes, skills, and strategies when faced with those issues.
This course emphasizes knowledge of various issues, processes, and procedures used in educational research and program evaluation. Research design concepts are developed that lead the student through the identification of a research problem, developing research questions and hypotheses, conducting a review of related literature and developing the outline of the design implementation and analysis. Equal emphasis is given to qualitative and quantitative techniques. An overview of experimental, quasi-experimental and mom-experimental designs will be included. That included historical, naturalistic study and/or ethnography. Processes to determine and use basic statistical data through computations will also be introduced.
Foundation of Educational Administration
This course is designed to offer a balanced approach to the study of educational administration and program leadership for prospective school leaders and those involved with the administration of athletic and activity programs. The course examines the theoretical foundations of school organization with a focus on the basic functions and concepts applicable to school leadership at the building level and for directing and overseeing various educational and program functions. It explores the multidimensional roles of the administrator as educator, leader, manager, and reflective practitioner. Course content focuses on fundamental organizational principles, leadership and decision-making, local school district culture and communication, policy and governance, human resource management, the values and ethics of school leadership, and professional organizations appropriate for the student’s area of focus.
Field Experience I
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This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to practice the attitudes, skills and behaviors necessary to provide positive leadership in an elementary, middle, or secondary school. During the experience, the student will be required to participate in three hundred (300) hours of field experience at the k-8 elementary, or 7-12 secondary level, according to their intended certification area. Students are also reminded that the internship is not grade level specific, but building level specific, and hours should be completed within the entire targeted certification level.
This course introduces prospective school leaders to the theories, knowledge, skills, and techniques for school supervision. It focuses on the role of supervision in the improvement of instruction and in establishing a positive school climate. The course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively as a program supervisor, or principal/administrator in the performance of supervisory and evaluative duties. Several approaches to supervision, including the developmental, vocational, and clinical models, will be presented. Supervision of career preparatory and special education programs will also be discussed. Missouri Educator Evaluation System and the recruitment, training and retaining process will also be addressed. Learning methodology will involve both individual and collaborative group activities through case study analysis, discussions, simulation/role-play, and classroom presentations
Through reading, video examples, reflective writing, analysis of learning environments, development of a professional learning network, and practice using a variety of technology tools; this course is designed to help practicing educators become aware of the current status of educational technologies for instructional enhancement, professional development, and administrative application. The primary focus is upon guiding future administrators and teacher leaders in the process of understanding the changes needed to effectively utilize instructional technologies to build learning environments that focus on 21st century skills as well as providing guidance in utilizing technology to enhance professional practice and effectiveness.
Appraisal of Student Learning
This course is designed to acquaint learners with the complex issues related to assessment and to provide first-hand experience in the development of high quality assessments, including the incorporation of a variety of technology tools in the assessment process. The course will investigate the purpose and application of assessments, the relationship between instructional outcomes and assessments, the development and implementation process for various types of assessments, the collection and use of assessment data, various scoring and grading methodologies, as well as concepts related to Next Generation Assessments. Participants will learn the uses and limitations formative assessment, summative assessment, and diagnostic assessment.
Field Experiences II, Portfolio, School Improvement
This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to practice those attitudes, skills, and behaviors necessary to provide positive leadership in an elementary, middle, or secondary level. Utilizing the practical experiences performed and related literature, the student will address one school improvement issue through the completion of a formal paper. Finally, an electronic professional portfolio aligned to the proper standards will be developed and submitted to the William Woods University TK20 assessment system ad a graduation requirement. (Prerequisite: No student may begin this Field Experience II/Portfolio/School Improvement Plan course unless all other M.Ed. program coursework has been completed prior to the first class session. If you have questions, contact your M.Ed. Academic Advisor immediately.)
Complete the student achievement (pdf) document outlining your accomplishments as they relate to student achievement and signed by you and your direct supervisor.
Official transcripts (2.5 GPA or higher) mailed from the college/university you graduated from
Cohorts available across Missouri
William Woods advanced education programs bring evening classrooms to districts and educators where there is interest. Districts in Fulton, Columbia, Jefferson City, St. Louis, Kansas City, Moberly, Springfield, Ozark, Cape Girardeau, Rolla and many more are running cohorts currently or have in the past.
William Woods in the real world
Many of our graduates hold leadership positions in Missouri’s schools.
Bob Curtis, ‘13 Master of Education in Administration
Secondary Principal, Community R-VI School District
One more thing
A high percentage of our students have impressive day jobs. They’re building level administrators, central office administrators, superintendents, special education directors, curriculum directors, instructional coaches, and professional development coordinators. As a student in our program, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from practitioners like these and form connections that later may lead to job opportunities.
Learn more about graduate admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.