The Master of Science in Educational Administration Program is a fully accredited program preparing educational leaders in K -12 schools. Candidates can achieve both their degree and comprehensive principal's certificate in 30 credit hours. Five years of professional school experience and earning a passing score on the School Leadership Licensure Assessment is a prerequisite in applying for the certificate.
A choice of venue is available to students enrolled in this program. These include membership in one of our cohorts or taking courses on campus in a traditional format. The Principal Network Cohort combines both face to face instruction during the summer and online study during the school year. A new cohort begins every June and concludes in just 15 months. Cohorts also meet at the Intermediate Unit #1, Coal Center, PA and the Neshannock Township School District, New Castle, PA.
This program enables a student to develop competencies needed to meet the criteria for a Pennsylvania Supervisor's Certificate. Requirements for completion of the program will vary depending on the specific program of specialization and the candidate's background. Eligibility for certification requires graduate study and five years of certified experience in a cognate or specialization field. Students may begin at the graduate level in any of the following cognate or specialist areas:
- Elementary Education
- School Counseling
- Special Education Services
- Secondary Subject
- Foreign Language
- Music Education
- Social Studies
Along with the Online Application, the following are necessary requirements:
Graduates with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college, university or seminary and a teaching certificate will be considered for admission to graduate study in the School of Education. Admission decisions are based primarily on the applicant's previous academic record as shown by official transcripts.
The admission criteria used to guide decisions include:
A minimum overall 3.00 GPA (grade point average) OR A minimum 3.00 GPA on the most recent 48 credits OR A minimum overall 2.80 GPA with a Miller Analogies qualifying score of at least 396
A resume that documents competence and effectiveness in professional work
Three letters of professional reference - from either faculty members or K-12 administrators
After the application for admission and transcripts have been favorably reviewed by faculty, the Graduate Office will send the applicant official notification of admission to graduate study.
Consistent with university policy, a maximum of six credit hours may be accepted in transfer from other accredited institutions. Transfer credits will be allowed only for courses which closely match existing program requirements, and courses must be taken no more than five years prior to the date they are transferred. Decisions concerning the appropriateness of transfer credit are made by the Program Director. Appeals may be made to the Committee on Student Standing in instances of dispute.
Development of cognitive and affective behaviors in administration, leadership, management, supervision, and curriculum as they related to and are identified in the following knowledge outcomes.
1.0 The candidate will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles and theories of administration and be able to translate administrative theories to concrete situations and practices.
2.0 The candidate will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles and theories of supervision and be able to use supervisory techniques.
3.0 The candidate will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of curriculum, curriculum theory and development; and be able to translate theory of curriculum to concrete situations.
4.0 The candidate will demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of individual and group dynamics and human relations and the ability to employ humanistic qualities of empathy and respect in making decisions and in working with others.
5.0 The candidate will demonstrate the knowledge and ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form.
6.0 The candidate will demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of financial management concepts, program budgeting procedures, and resource allocation; and the ability to use these in practical situations.
7.0 The candidate will demonstrate the knowledge and ability to plan and implement school programs.
8.0 The candidate will demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of educational research, design, and evaluation.
9.0 The candidate will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of technology and information systems and be able to utilize them.
10.0 The candidate will demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of the principles and concepts of pupil personnel services and apply them in the school setting.
11.0 The candidate will demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of the principles and concepts of community and media relations and apply them in the school setting.
12.0 The candidate will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of educational law, public policy, and political systems, and apply them to school settings.