Our M.Ed in K-12 Educational Administration and Leadership Degree Program

Online Program

Next Start Date: 
May 3, 2021

The Master of Education in Educational Administration and Leadership (K-12) will prepare candidates to work as elementary and/or secondary school principals. The program curriculum is designed to align to standards set by the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Program Recognition Standards and the South Carolina Expanded Program for Assisting, Developing and Evaluating Principal Performance (PADEPP).  

The program includes relevant coursework in leadership theory and practice. An administrative internship and a practicum are essential parts of the program and are designed to provide real-world, field-based experience in various aspects of school administration and supervision.

Student Learner Outcomes

  1. Graduates are educational leaders who collaboratively lead, design and implement a school mission, vision and process for continuous improvement that reflects a core set of values and priorities. (PADEPP 1; NELP 1.1, 1.2)
  2. Graduates are educational leaders who advocate for ethical decisions and cultivate and enact professional norms. (PADEPP 6; NELP 2.1, 2.2, 2.3)
  3. Graduates are educational leaders who develop and maintain a supportive, equitable, culturally responsive and inclusive school culture. (PADEPP 4; NELP 3.1, 3.2, 3.3)
  4. Graduates are educational leaders who develop and implement coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, supports and assessment. (PADEPP 2; NELP 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4)
  5. Graduates are educational leaders who engage families, community, and school personnel in order to strengthen student learning, support school improvement, and advocate for the needs of their school and community.  (PADEPP 5, PADEPP 8; NELP 5.1, 5.2, 5.3)
  6. Graduates are educational leaders who apply the knowledge, skills and commitments necessary to improve management, communication, technology, school-level governance, and operation systems, to develop and improve data-informed and equitable school resource plans, and to apply laws, policies, and regulations. (PADEPP 3; NELP 6.1, 6.2, 6.3)
  7. Graduates are educational leaders who build the school’s professional capacity, engage staff in the development of a collaborative professional culture, and improve systems of staff supervision, evaluation, support and professional learning. (PADEPP 4; NELP 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4)
  8. Graduates are educational leaders who demonstrate the full range of responsibilities required of building level leaders to promote the future success and well-being of each student and adult in their school. (NELP 8.1, 8.2, 8.3)

Program Format

  • Duration of the Program: One year
  • 48 weeks minimum
  • 6 sessions (2 courses in each session), 8-weeks per session
  • Delivery Format: Eight weeks; maximum two courses taken per session
  • Semester Hours: 36 (9 Core; 27 Professional)
  • Program Start: January, March or August 
  • Internships: One internship and one practicum – The internship is in school currently employed (date will vary; 60 hours must be documented); the practicum is at another school site scheduled during June-August. 240 hours must be documented. 12 sh must be completed prior to practicum. 
  • Applicants must have completed two years of teaching prior to enrolling in the program.
  • Applicants will need to take Praxis II (5412) in order to be recommended to SC SDE for certification. 

Master's Course Requirements