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

Online Program

Next Start Date: 
August 22, 2022

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: The EDAD candidate will design a vision for learning through the school mission and process for continuous improvement that reflects a professional and ethical core set of values and priorities (PADEPP 1, 6; NELP 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3) 

2: The EDAD candidate will develop and implement a culture for learning including coherent systems of curriculum, supports and assessment within a culturally responsive and inclusive school culture. (PADEPP 2 and 4; NELP 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4) 

3: The EDAD candidate will develop a community for learning to engage families and community, and school personnel in order to strengthen student learning and support school improvement. (PADEPP 5; NELP 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3) 

4: The EDAD candidate will develop management for learning to apply the knowledge, skills and commitments necessary to improve school-level governance, and improve data-informed planning reflecting current policies, and regulations. (PADEPP 3; NELP 6.1, 6.2, 6.3)  

Program Format

  • Duration of the Program: One year
  • 48 weeks minimum
  • 6 sessions (2 courses in each session), 7-weeks per session
  • Delivery Format: Seven weeks; maximum two courses taken per session
  • Semester Hours: 36 (9 Core; 27 Professional)
  • Program Start: January 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