Online Master of Science in Educational Administration
Graduate from Classroom Leadership to School Leadership
As an experienced classroom teacher, you probably see opportunities for growth and development in your school community. At Gwynedd Mercy University, you can equip yourself with the skills and knowledge you need to make your vision of success a reality. Our 33-credit online Master of Science in Educational Administration – K-12 Principal Certification can prepare you to take on the challenges facing today s educational leaders. This program can prepare you to earn your Administrative I Certification in Pennsylvania.
The GMercyU Difference
The MS in Educational Administration features comprehensive professional preparation for the next phase of your educational career. You ll develop practical managerial skills that will help you nurture talent in your teachers and staff. You ll gain insight into issues of school finance, law, and community relations. You ll also explore the social, political, and economic issues that influence the course of public education in the United States. Finally, you ll undertake an in-person professional practicum experience under the guidance of GMercyU faculty and a mentor administrator.
You can achieve all of this through 100% online coursework. Our program features industry-leading interactive collaboration tools powered by Teachscape that let you collaborate with our expert faculty members and your classmates. Courses are delivered one at a time in seven-week blocks. With GMercyU, you can prepare for the challenges of school leadership without disrupting your busy schedule.
What You Will Learn – Online Master s in Educational Administration
The online MS in Educational Administration extends the leadership skills you ve developed as a teacher and staff member for school management. While pursuing this degree, you will hone your ability to deliver professional presentations, perform research, and write for a variety of audiences. After graduation, you should be prepared to continue with self-directed professional development and evaluation of new educational research.
As a GMercyU graduate, you will be able to:
- Think and plan strategically to create an organizational vision focused on student success and communicate the vision to all relevant stakeholders
- Create an organizational culture of teaching and learning in which student learning is paramount
- Manage resources effectively to bring about desired results
- Collaborate, communicate and empower others inside and outside the organization to pursue excellence in learning
- Operate fairly and equitably exhibiting personal and professional integrity
Upon completing this program, you will be prepared to take the School Leaders Licensure Assessment in the School Leadership Test Series to earn your Administrative I Certificate.
An Educational Community Dedicated to Your Success – And Your Students Success
At GMercyU, we select faculty members whose achievements inspire us. Our professors bring direct school experience, advanced research backgrounds, and a passion for teaching to your classroom. Their insights and mentorship will help you effectively create a safe, productive learning environment for all of your students.
Upon graduation, you and your classmates will join our extensive network of alumni. The colleagues, contacts, and friends you find in this leadership community will inspire you to continue to discover the Next.
The online MS in Educational Administration is a 20-month program that consists of 33 credits. After successfully passing these courses, you may apply to take any required certification exams to obtain your certification as a principal in Pennsylvania.
Please note that, per Pennsylvania Department of Education regulations, you must have at least three (3) years of full-time teaching experience with an Instructional I Certification before you can obtain Principal Certification. You will need to have at least one year of experience when you begin your master s degree in order to meet this requirement at graduation.
Course Requirements 33 Credits
Research Skills for Reflective Practitioners
What You Can Do With a Master s in Educational Administration
GMercyU s Master of Science in Educational Administration teaches the skills you need to become certified as a principal in Pennsylvania. After graduation, you should be equipped to pursue leadership roles including principal, vice principal, assistant principal, and more.
*Please note: If you teach in another state, you should confirm with your department of education that our program meets its requirements.
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