Master of Education in Administration
Master of Education in Administration
The Master of Education degree program in Administration prepares you for effective school administration at the elementary, middle and/or secondary level(s). All coursework required by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is included.
The program emphasizes abilities 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. Current research, educational trends, knowledge assessment, legal frameworks, and cultural issues are emphasized.
Program graduates with a passing score on the state’s building-level assessments are eligible for initial building-level administration certification.
William Woods University’s graduate programs are designed for working individuals. The cohort model allows students to develop lasting relationships with peers focused on pursing similar career goals. Cohorts are situated in convenient locations around the state and once accepted into the program you are registered for all courses listed on your cohort calendar. Tuition is maintained at the same rate, providing there is no interruption in enrollment. William Woods University students consistently score well on the state leader assessment tests.
Who is this program designed for?
This program is designed for teachers with an interest in pursuing a building administration position in pk-12 schools. The program is designed to meet Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requirements.
What will this program do for me?
The program will provide participants actual experiences administrators face on a daily basis. It will also focus on pedagogy, current research, and educational trends. Successful completion of the program, along with a qualifying score on the DESE assessments, will enable a candidate to apply for building-level administrator certification within the state of Missouri.
- Completed application
- Copy of teaching certificate
- Must present an appropriate score on the Missouri Educator Profile
- Two year's teaching experience in the classroom
- 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
- Complete the Data Information Form
- Complete the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF)
Tuition & Fees
Tuition & Fees
Independent Study Fee (per credit hour)
Transcript Fee (per transcript)
Returned Check Fee (per check)
Tuition (per credit hour)
Online Tuition (per credit hour)
Online Course Fee (per course)
EDU500 Current Issues
This course is designed to provide educators and non-educators with a broad understanding and better perspective of current issues facing the educational community, i.e. students, teachers, schools, and our nation as a whole. The course will focus on a lively discourse and reflection of the many issues currently facing public education, school reform, and teacher education reform, etc. The course will serve as a platform for bridging the gap between goals, principles, theories, philosophies, and methodologies in the educational process and the real world of the classroom and teaching. By discussing educational issues, it is hoped to expand and enlighten the practitioner’s outlook, thought processes, understanding, and repertoire of knowledge, attitudes, skills, and strategies when faced with those issues. 3 Credits
EDU557 Field Experience I
The student and field experience on-site supervisor, a certificated building-level administrator, will meet to discuss and plan the student’s field experience. Course expectations and requirements will be discussed. The student will have the opportunity during the field experience to practice the attitudes, skills, and behaviors necessary to provide positive leadership in an elementary, middle, or secondary school. In collaboration with the university course facilitator and the on-site supervisor, the student will start to plan for the 300-clock-hour field experience requirements. Discussion with the on-site supervisor will allow the student to be responsible for all field experience requirements to be completed in a timely manner. 1 Credit—Students will need to enroll in the course three different times.
EDU580 Educational Technology
Through reading, reflective writing, and hands-on activities or practices, this course is designed to help practicing educators become aware of the current status of educational technologies for curricular enhancement, professional development, instructional management, administrative application, basic telecommunication infrastructure, and teaching tools. 3 Credits
EDU520 Research Design
This course is designed for all emphasis majors in the M.Ed. It emphasizes knowledge of various issues and simple statistical procedures used in educational research and program evaluation. Equal emphasis is given to qualitative and quantitative techniques. Experimental, quasi-experimental, and non-experimental designs will be used, including historical, naturalistic study, and/or ethnography. Processes to determine and use basic statistical data through computations will also be introduced. 3 Credits
EDU525 Foundation of Educational Administration
This course develops a basic foundation for the student preparing for a leadership role in a school system. The student will study the attitudes, practices, and skills necessary to become an effective school leader. 3 Credits
This course introduces educators to the theories, knowledge, skills, and techniques of supervision as applied to the instructional setting and focuses on the role of supervision in the improvement of instruction. The course is two parts, one focusing on the role of the teacher as practitioner in mentoring pre-service and beginning teachers, while the second focuses on the role of the principal/administrator in a supervisory and evaluative capacity. The evaluative process as it relates to supervision is also discussed. Several approaches to supervision, including the developmental and clinical models, will also be presented. Learning methodology will emphasize both individual and collaborative group activities and will include case study analysis, discussion, and classroom presentations. 3 Credits
EDU585 School Law
This course focuses on the law related to public education. Landmark court cases, federal laws, and Missouri state statutes that impact public education will be addressed. Practical application of the law to the development and implementation of local school policies and practices will be emphasized. 3 Credits
EDU590 Appraisal of Student Learning
This course focuses on aspects of assessment that most concern Missouri educators. Understanding of course content is developed through a variety of in-class and homework activities, discussion, facilitator presentations, and related readings. The course covers the Missouri Assessment Program and its effect on Missouri schools; integrating performance assessment in daily classroom activities; selecting, interpreting and using standardized tests; developing quality classroom assessments; and preparing students to participate in districts’ assessment programs. 3 Credits
EDU535 Elementary Administration
Through reading, role-playing, and data-gathering, students will gain understanding of three areas of elementary administration: (1) the role of the elementary principal as leader and manager within school district, community, and legal frameworks; (2) the various management and leadership tasks performed by elementary school principals; and (3) several models for administrative decision-making and problem-solving. 3 Credits
EDU536 Secondary Administration
Through reading, role-playing, and data-gathering, students will gain understanding of three areas of secondary administration: (1) the role of the secondary principal as leader and manager within school district, community, and legal frameworks; (2) the various management and leadership tasks performed by secondary school principals; and (3) several models for administrative decision-making and problem-solving. 3 Credits
EDU545 Elementary Curriculum
This course explores the values and goals of education, past and present social forces affecting the elementary school curriculum, and methods for curriculum development and revision. Curriculum study will include human development and learning styles as they relate to the development of curriculum appropriate to childhood education in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and other subjects of the elementary curriculum. 3 Credits
EDU546 Secondary Curriculum
This course explores the values and goals of education, past and present social forces affecting the secondary school curriculum, and methods for curriculum development and revision. Curriculum study includes human development and learning styles as they relate to the development of curriculum appropriate to transescents, and young adults in language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and other subjects of the secondary curriculum. 3 Credits
EDU597 Field Experiences II, Portfolio, School Improvement Plan
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 as 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). 3 Credits
Students enrolled in the capstone course will create a portfolio demonstrating their proficiency on each of the Missouri Leader Standards/ISLLC Standards. Students will also be required to write a School Improvement Paper as well as reflections on each artifact included in the portfolio.
Field Experience Requirements
- 300 Clock Hours of building level administrative field experience activities
- Certain courses will have field experience activities embedded within the course. However, the majority of field experience hours will come from out-of-class activities.
Field Experience Supervisor Requirements
Each student will be asked to select an on-site supervisor that reflects the following qualifications:
- Must possess an Education Specialist Degree or higher
- Must have five years of experience as a building-level administrator
- Must possess a valid administrative certificate
Students with on-site supervisors that do not meet the qualifications need to contact the Director of Field Experiences.
Principal Certification Requirements
- Completed master’s degree
- Passes the State Content and Performance Assessments
- Teaching certificate
- Two years of DESE approved teaching experience
- Psych/education of the exceptional child
Making Education Accessible for Working Professionals
WWU programs can be brought to any community within Missouri and select communities in Arkansas. We would appreciate the opportunity to bring a degree program to your hometown. If there is interest in your area, call 1.800.995.3199 or email Evening@WilliamWoods.edu today!
How do I get started?
Visit us at WilliamWoods.edu to inquire about or apply to one of our evening programs. After you submit your information, you will be contacted by an enrollment representative to discuss the opportunities in your area.
How do I apply?
Visit us at WilliamWoods.edu/Apply to complete the FREE online application.
Is there a program starting near me?
How do I register for classes?
After you have been accepted into your program of study, you will be registered for all courses listed on your cohort calendar. Your academic adviser will answer any questions about potential schedule changes once you have started the program.
Is financial aid available?
Financial aid is available to most students. To start this quick and easy process, simply complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at FAFSA.ed.gov, and enter the WWU school code 002525.