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Master of Science in Education – Educational Administration Online

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Program Overview

The Master of Science in Education – Educational Administration is ideal for students who are interested in working in K-12 administration in public, private or charter schools. In this 100 percent online 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.

$12,450* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours
$12,450* Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours
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In this program, you will gain an in-depth look into current issues affecting education and 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 such as Curriculum Leader, Academic Coach, Staff Development Specialist, or Educational Consultant. This program does not lead to licensure as a principal.

In this 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 cultivating and enacting 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

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

$415* Per Credit Hour
$12,450* Total Tuition

*In-state tuition.

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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.

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

Phone: 330-941-3505
Fax: 330.941.1659


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.

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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

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

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YSU College of Graduate Studies
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Coffelt Hall
Youngstown, OH 44555

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For the Master of Science in Education – Educational Administration online, you are required to take 10 courses for a total of 30 credit hours.

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EDAD 6915: Learning, Teaching, and Instructional Leadership

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.

EDAD 6933: Educational Policy, Politics, and Change

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.

EDAD 6936: Culturally Responsive Leadership

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.

EDAD 7020: Human Resource Leadership

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.

EDAD 6947: School Building Operations and Management

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 which build schools as learning communities, will be presented.

EDAD 6948: Data Driven School Improvement and Program Evaluation

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.

EDAD 6954: Educational Marketing and Community Relationships

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.

EDAD 7018: School Discipline, Safety and Student Support Services: Policies, Programs and Prevention Strategies

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 the school leaders in developing and implementing comprehensive policies and student support programs.

EDAD 6949: Legal and Ethical Issues in Public Administration

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.

EDAD 6952: School Finance and Budget Planning Processes

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.

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