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Master of Education (MEd) in Administration

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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.

DESE coursework

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.

575 # of our graduates who are now principals and assistant principals
123 # of our graduates who are now school district administrators
81 # of our graduates who are now school superintendents


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 MLDS/PSEL Standards, among other requirements.

Courses you may take

EDU 500 - Current Issues In Education - 3.00

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.

EDU 520 - Research Design - 3.00

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 that include historical, naturalistic study and/or ethnography. Processes to determine and use basic statistical data through computations will also be introduced. May be repeated with different areas of focus (administration, curriculum and instruction, teaching and technology, athletic administration, STEM).

EDU 525 - Foundations of Educational Administration - 3.00

This course is designed to offer prospective school leaders a balanced approach to the study of educational administration. The course examines the theoretical foundations of school organization and explores the multidimensional roles of the school 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; and the values and ethics of school leadership. In learning content, heavy emphasis is placed on collaboration and problem-solving using cases or vignettes. The cases and vignettes were developed to enhance the ability of students preparing for school leadership positions to encounter new situations in educational administration, assess relevant factors, and decide on effective courses of action.

EDU 557 - School Leader Field Experience - 1.00

This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to practice the attitudes, skills and behaviors necessary to develop 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 both the K-8 Elementary and 7-12 Secondary levels. Each student will select a major and minor level as they select their activity hours. (200 hours in their major area, 50 in their minor level, and 50 discretionary hours in either level) (EDU557 is a pass/fail course)

EDU 570 - Supervision - 3.00

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 the building of positive relationships with staff along with ensuring a culture of mutual support and respect among staff. This course will assist prospective school leaders in knowing how and why analysis of student demographics is used to determine the overall diversity of a school and can explain its impact on the teaching and learning process. The course is also designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively as school leader in the capacity of a program supervisor or principal/administrator in the performance of supervisory and evaluative duties. The Missouri Educator Evaluation System and the recruitment, training, and retaining process will be addressed. Learning methodology will involve both individual and collaborative group activities through case study analysis, discussions, simulation/role-playing, and classroom presentations. In addition, MLDS aspiring leader assignments (treatments) are embedded in this course.

EDU 580 - Educational Technology - 3.00

This course is designed to help practicing educators understand the role of educational technology in today’s learning environments with a focus on enabling them to become educational technology advocates. Participants will investigate the digital transformation in education and the impact this has on the classroom. You will learn to apply various learning frameworks as you analyze technology needs and innovations. You will develop a technology vision for your school and develop a process to plan and advocate for needed technology integration. A 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.

EDU 583 - Performance Assessment for Aspiring Building Level Administrators - 0.50

Effective educational leadership is measured in multiple ways as the aspiring leader completes degree and certification requirements in his/her preparation program. The new prospective leaders must demonstrate competence in vision, instruction, management, relations, and innovation. However, one specific evaluation that is common to all educational administration preparation programs is the use of a performance assessment that focuses on instruction. Prerequisite: Completion of all courses in MED Administration (may enroll concurrently with Field Experince Capstone, but may not be taken prior to FE) Corequisite: EDU597 or EDU697

EDU 585 - School Law - 3.00

This course is designed to provide prospective as well as practicing educational leaders, policymakers, and teachers with the legal knowledge that will enable them to conduct and operate school organizations effectively within the boundaries of constitutional, statutory, and case law. The course will focus on the law related to public education to create an equitable education for all students. Relevant constitutional, statutory and case law pertaining to various aspects of education and major legal issues and principles of law surrounding those aspects will be presented and discussed.

EDU 590 - Appraisal Of Student Learning - 3.00

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 purposes and application of assessment; the relationship between instructional outcomes and assessment; the development and implementation process for various types of assessments; the collection, analysis, and use of assessment data; as well as various scoring and grading methodologies. Participants will investigate the uses and limitations formative assessment, summative assessment, and diagnostic assessment.

EDU 597 - School Leadership- Building Level Capstone - 3.00

This culminating course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to practice those attitudes, skills, and behaviors necessary to provide positive leadership in school administration. Opportunities to present and demonstrate their understanding of the leadership standards and domains, as well as presentation of the performance assessment steps including peer review feedback. In addition, students will prepare for the principal certification assessments, including both the performance and content assessments. A capstone reflection paper will demonstrate the students’ competencies throughout the entire program. Prerequisite: No student may begin this 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.



  • Completed application
  • Copy of teaching certificate
  • Complete the student achievement 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.

Admissions Information

Learn more about graduate admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

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