Admission is on a rolling basis; however, all master's students start in the fall semester of the year admitted. Ed.S. and Ph.D. students start in either the summer (superintendent license track) or fall (principal license track) of the year admitted. Ph.D. students interested in the superintendent license must be accepted into the doctoral program no later than March 1 of each year and indicate when applying that they are interested in earning their superintendent license.
Master's Degree - M.A. or M.Ed.
The Master's of Arts and the Master's of Education in PreK–12 Educational Administration prepares teachers to become administrators in public and private school settings. This is an academically rigorous and experientially intense program where future school leaders are challenged to excel and take their learning and potential to the next level by developing knowledge and understanding of current and developing leadership theories and practices.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) and the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree require a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate coursework at the 60000 level or above. A major consisting of 18 or more semester hours in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services is required. Master's degree students have six years from the term of first enrollment to complete the program.
Educational Specialist Degree - Ed.S.
The Educational Specialist in Educational Administration–K-12 provides continuing educational opportunities for practitioners who wish to hold professional leadership positions such as a director of instruction, a special subject/area coordinator, or a director of staff development.
Thirty (30) semester hours of planned graduate study beyond the master's degree is required to receive an Educational Specialist degree.
Doctoral Degree - Ph.D.
The Ph.D. in Educational Administration–K-12 Leadership prepares reflective practitioners and scholars who can function effectively as leaders in complex educational settings. Graduates are employed in public and private institutions at the pre-kindergarten to grade 12 and higher educational levels, as well as and in non-school settings, both public and private in nature.
After admission to the degree program, students plan a program of study with their respective faculty advisory committee headed by their advisor. Students' programs may include at least one appropriate graduate-level minor or cognate as well as the major. The doctoral degree requires 54 credit hours, plus 30 credit hours for dissertation.
Graduate Assistant Positions
Some graduate assistant (G.A.) positions exist for students admitted to the graduate programs in preK-12 educational administration. Decisions regarding graduate assistant positions are generally made in mid-spring preceding the academic year of appointment. Applicants who seek assistant positions are therefore advised to submit all application materials by the February preceding an intended fall enrollment.
Generally, graduate assistants are assigned to support one or more faculty members in their work. G.A. duties typically include library work, assistance with course preparation, word processing, and sometimes administrative and organizational tasks.
Limited opportunities exist for those who desire administrative experience in schools or colleges. Graduate assistant positions in these offices are contingent upon faculty recommendations and successful interviews with site supervisors.