Master of Arts in Education Administration

About the Program

The purpose of the Master of Arts in Educational Administration program is to prepare students with the training to become effective school administrators. This program will lead to K-12 administration certification.

  • How to Apply

    Complete the online application

    Applications should be submitted by the following dates. However, applications will be continued to be reviewed until classes begin as space allows.

    • Fall Semester (Aug-Dec) apply by August 1

    • Fall Semester 2nd 8-weeks apply by October 1

    • Spring Semester (Jan-May) apply by December 1

    • Spring Semester 2nd 8-weeks apply by February 1

    • Summer Semester (May-July) apply by April 1

    • Summer Semester 2nd 8-weeks apply by June 1

    Once you submit your application, a personal portal will be created. Other materials to upload and attach there include:

    • A personal statement (1-3 typed pages) regarding your interest in pursuing a Master degree in Education Administration and career aspirations/goals.

    • Two or more letters of professional recommendation. The letters of recommendation should be from former professors, supervisors, or other professionals familiar with the candidate’s academic, personal, or professional integrity.

    If you have any questions or for more information about the program, please email or call the Dean of the School of Education and Social Sciences, Dr. Lisa Rice, or 660-631-4648.

  • Standards & Indicators

    The program focuses on defining effective school leadership as related to the Missouri Model Leader Standards and Indicators. The standards organize the functions that help define strong school leadership in five areas. These standards represent the high-priority themes that education leaders must address in order to promote the success of every student. The standards address the following roles of a school administrator:

    • Standard 1: Visionary Leadership
      • The Principal as the Visionary Leader develops and implements a vision for the school to guide the learning of all students.
    • Standard 2: Instructional Leadership
      • The Principal as the Instructional Leader ensures a guaranteed and viable curriculum, guarantees effective instruction practice, coordinates the use of effective assessments and promotes professional learning.
    • Standard 3: Managerial Leader
      • The Principal as the Managerial Leader implements the operational system, oversees personnel and ensures the equitable and strategic use of resources.
    • Standard 4: Relational Leader
      • The Principal as the Relational Leader interacts professionally with students, staff, family, and the community.
    • Standard 5: Innovative Leader
      • The Principal as the Innovative Leader continues professional growth, actively engages in reflective practice and applies new knowledge and understanding to drive appropriate change.
  • Program Completion

    To complete the program, students must complete at least 36 graduate credits, including the prescribed program requirements, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and no more than 6 hours below a grade of B. Embedded in the course work is the state-required, written assessment. Scoring of the written assessment will be done at the institution level by the faculty of the program.

    Students are required to pass the School District Leadership assessment-Test Code 080 Building Level Administrator in order to obtain certification from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

  • Curriculum and Instructional Design
    CourseDescriptionCredit Hours
    ED501History of Educational Administration3
    ED502Current Issues in Educational Leadership3
    ED503School Leadership: The Principalship3
    ED504Teacher Evaluation & Instructional Improvement3
    ED505Education Finance3
    ED506Education Law3
    ED507Supervision and Building Management3
    ED508Educational Media Relations3
    ED509Facilities Analysis and Design3
    ED510Design of Effective Curriculum3
    ED511Research in Educational Administration3
    ED512Internship I (Hours Embedded in courses)0
    ED513Internship II3
  • Educational Administration Handbook

Course Offerings & Descriptions


Dr. Earl Wellborn

Professor of Education
Dr. Lisa Rice
Associate Professor
Janine Machholz
Adjunct Instructor of Education
Debbie Gonzalez
Program Director - RPED
Adjunct Instructor