Master of Science in Education – Educational Administration (With Principal Licensure Option) online

Help lead students and staff to success.

Apply by 10/11/21
Start Class 10/25/21

Program Overview

Discover YSU's master's in Educational Administration with Principal Licensure option

$12,450* In-State Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30/36 Credit Hours
$12,450* In-State Tuition
As few as 12 Program Duration
30/36 Credit Hours

The Master of Science in Education – Educational Administration (With Principal Licensure Option) is ideal for students who are interested in working in K-12 administration in public, private or charter schools. In this 100 percent online education program, you will gain the legal, financial, data, and personnel management knowledge you need to meet the daily challenges of school administration, as well as the instructional leadership skills required to improve student outcomes.

This M.S.Ed. program is on top of the newest demands facing leaders such as trauma, poverty, opioid crisis, ethical behavior, etc. and meets the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) standards. This educational leadership program includes an online principal licensure option that gives students an in-depth look into current issues affecting education as you discover ways to improve collaboration with students, parents, colleagues and the community to ensure the best learning environment for all.

Through a combination of coursework and practical application, including clinicals, prepare for a broad range of leadership roles. For students who meet eligibility requirements, additional coursework leading to Ohio principal licensure is available.

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In this Educational Administration program, you will learn to:

  • Collaboratively lead, design and implement a school mission, vision and process for continuous improvement that reflects a core set of values and priorities
  • Promote the current and future success and well-being of each student and adult by applying ethical decisions and to cultivate and enact professional norms
  • Develop and maintain a supportive, equitable, culturally responsive and inclusive school culture
  • Evaluate, develop and implement coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, supports and assessment
  • Engage families, community and school personnel in order to strengthen student learning, support school improvement and advocate for the needs of school and community
  • 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
  • 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
  • Synthesize and apply the above outcomes through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real school building settings
  • Collaboratively lead, design and implement a school mission, vision and process for continuous improvement that reflects a core set of values and priorities
  • Promote the current and future success and well-being of each student and adult by applying ethical decisions and to cultivate and enact professional norms
  • Develop and maintain a supportive, equitable, culturally responsive and inclusive school culture
  • Evaluate, develop and implement coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, supports and assessment
  • Engage families, community and school personnel in order to strengthen student learning, support school improvement and advocate for the needs of school and community
  • 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
  • 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
  • Synthesize and apply the above outcomes through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real school building settings
  • Collaboratively lead, design and implement a school mission, vision and process for continuous improvement that reflects a core set of values and priorities
  • Promote the current and future success and well-being of each student and adult by applying ethical decisions and to cultivate and enact professional norms
  • Develop and maintain a supportive, equitable, culturally responsive and inclusive school culture
  • Evaluate, develop and implement coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, supports and assessment
  • Engage families, community and school personnel in order to strengthen student learning, support school improvement and advocate for the needs of school and community
  • 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
  • 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
  • Synthesize and apply the above outcomes through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real school building settings

In this Educational Administration program, you will learn to:

  • Collaboratively lead, design and implement a school mission, vision and process for continuous improvement that reflects a core set of values and priorities
  • Promote the current and future success and well-being of each student and adult by applying ethical decisions and to cultivate and enact professional norms
  • Develop and maintain a supportive, equitable, culturally responsive and inclusive school culture
  • Evaluate, develop and implement coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, supports and assessment
  • Engage families, community and school personnel in order to strengthen student learning, support school improvement and advocate for the needs of school and community
  • 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
  • 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
  • Synthesize and apply the above outcomes through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real school building settings
  • Collaboratively lead, design and implement a school mission, vision and process for continuous improvement that reflects a core set of values and priorities
  • Promote the current and future success and well-being of each student and adult by applying ethical decisions and to cultivate and enact professional norms
  • Develop and maintain a supportive, equitable, culturally responsive and inclusive school culture
  • Evaluate, develop and implement coherent systems of curriculum, instruction, supports and assessment
  • Engage families, community and school personnel in order to strengthen student learning, support school improvement and advocate for the needs of school and community
  • 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
  • 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
  • Synthesize and apply the above outcomes through substantial, sustained, standards-based work in real school building settings

Nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council

Graduate this online Educational Administration program prepared for a variety of elevated roles, including:

  • Principal
  • Education Director
  • Education Administrator
  • Curriculum Leader
  • Educational Consultant
  • Instructional Specialist

Nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council

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Tuition

Pay for your online program by the course

YSU offers students the opportunity to earn their online degree with affordable, pay-as-you-go tuition.

Tuition breakdown:

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$415* Per Credit Hour
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$12,450*/$14,940 Total Tuition

*In-state tuition.

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
In-State Out-of-State In-State Out-of-State In-State Out-of-State
M.S.Ed. Ed Admin (w/ Principal Licensure Option) $415 $420 $1,245 $1,260 $12,450 $12,600

Additional Fees

Application: $45 (waived if you are an active/veteran military member)

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. The first step in applying for financial aid is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). YSU's Federal School Code is 003145.

Contact Us

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
One University Plaza
Meshel Hall, 203
Youngstown, OH 44555

Phone: 330-941-3505
Fax: 330.941.1659
Email: [email protected]

Calendar

Program dates you need to know

At YSU, we offer multiple start dates throughout the year so you never have to wait long to get started on your online degree program. The chart below shows upcoming start dates, along with important deadlines, such as when your application should be submitted and when payments are due.

Next Start & Application Due Dates:

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10/11/21 Next Application Deadline
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10/25/21 Start Classes
First StartsProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineLast Class Day
Fall 18/30/218/16/218/23/218/25/218/27/2110/16/21
Fall 210/25/2110/11/2110/18/2110/20/2110/22/2112/11/21
Spring 11/10/2212/27/211/3/221/5/221/7/222/26/22
Spring 23/14/222/28/223/7/223/9/223/11/224/30/22

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Admissions

Follow our streamlined admission requirements

YSU's online M.S.Ed. programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

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  • Complete online application for admission
  • Pay $45 application fee ($90 International). Waived for active/veteran military members or for applicants who have attended the College of Graduate Studies in the past.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Names and contact information for 3 professional references (in online application)
  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework from regionally accredited institutions
  • Submit official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (waived for applicants who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  • Valid teaching certificate
    • Students without a teaching certificate or license may be admitted on an individual basis to graduate programs leading to certification or licensure in certain areas

Transcripts must be mailed from the granting institution or sent electronically through a secured server vendor.

Mailing Address:

YSU College of Graduate Studies
One University Plaza
Coffelt Hall
Youngstown, OH 44555

Email Address:
[email protected]

Courses

Learn more about the online master's in Educational Administration curriculum

For the Master of Science in Education – Educational Administration online, you are required to take 10 courses for a total of 30 credit hours. An additional six credit hours is required for the Ohio principal licensure option.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Leadership behaviors and expectations intended to build teacher commitment, increase teaching competence, and improve the learning climate of students. The importance of and role that adult development and learning play in teacher leadership regarding curriculum and instruction decisions are stressed.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Significant theories, research, and professional practices in the leadership of schools and school systems. Detailed analysis of primary sources and application of sources to reflection on issues and problems of administrative practice. This course reviews the main research, theories, and practices that have been proven to facilitate effective organizational leadership. Change theory and processes will be studied to acquire knowledge and skills related to develop, implement and evaluate a continuous, responsive, sustainable, data-based school improvement process to achieve the mission of the school.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines culturally responsive pedagogy (CRP), which is a philosophy to facilitate student engagement and academic success by incorporating student cultures, experiences, and identities into the curriculum so that students and teachers can become co-creators of classroom knowledge.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an in-depth examination of policies and practices designed to reconcile the interests of organizations (schools) and stakeholders (staff, faculty, and community). Topics include professional and staff development, equal employment, positions description, recruitment, selection, performance appraisal, removal, compensation, and emerging human resource issues.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Theories of leadership and schooling that provide future principals with guides for action and behavior will be presented. Theories that shape personal decision-making processes that build schools as learning communities will be presented.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the integral impact data-informed decision management has on educational accountability and the efficacy of program initiatives that facilitate standards for improvement in the classroom, building, and district level. Comprehensive data retrieval, analysis, and interpretation are invaluable to promote equitable and culturally responsive leaders who foster not only school improvement, but also a climate where accountability for students reaches further than academic performance.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Leadership skills that build community support and recognize the value of message delivery to targeted audiences in the community will be related to collaborative partnerships with the school, families, and community. skills to establish strong systems for communicating with their various school constituencies and to improve public relations at all levels. Teaches the ways in which administrators and school leaders can effectively engage and enlist partnerships with teachers, staff, students, parents, and community members.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Examines school discipline and youth problems that threaten student health, welfare, and safety and research-proven school programs for addressing such problems. Emphasizes the role of school leaders in developing and implementing comprehensive policies and student support programs.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Reviews the legal foundation of schools and educational policy through the review of cases, statutes, and constitutional provisions affecting the operation of elementary and secondary schools in the United States and explores the relationship between legal, ethical and political issues in public administration. Acquaints educators with professional norms and ethical as well as legal standards, and means of identifying, evaluating and making legal and ethical decisions, and modeling such behavior communicating and cultivating legal and ethical behavior in others.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on an analysis of school funding on a state and local level. School budgeting, site-based management and school business practice are major topics. An action research project is part of the course requirement.
Before being admitted to licensure coursework, the student must submit a current professional resume and documentation of the willingness of the supervising principal, superintendent, or other licensed administrator of support for the student’s candidacy and willingness to serve as clinical supervisor in accordance with YSU’s policies and procedures. Additional coursework leading to Ohio principal licensure are as follows.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Provides an introduction to schools as political systems and the values that shape educational politics and policymaking. Examines the concept of educational change, the role of school leaders including the importance of implementation in attaining outcomes intended when introducing new initiatives. Uses special education law as vehicle for exploring change in educational policy and practice. Reviews the rights of pre and elementary and secondary students with disabilities to a free and appropriate education through an examination of state and federal laws, regulations, guidance documents and judicial interpretations of the Individual with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Explores issues of eligibility and evaluation; IEP development and student placement in LRE settings; related, assistive technology, and transition services; student discipline and behavior management; means of conflict or dispute resolution including mediation and due process hearings; as well as remedies available to parents for non-compliance under IDEIA and 504 RA of 1973. Clarifies the role of the building principal in implementing the law and supporting staff in its implementation.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
Completed in a school covered by teaching certificate or license. Second administrative clinical experience designed to highlight tasks. May be repeated for credit to fulfill program requirements.

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