Master of Education in Educational Administration

(100% Online and Residential)

About the Degree

The Educational Administration program prepares graduate students for positions as principals or assistant principals in elementary, middle or high schools, and for such district-wide administrative positions as program directorships and supervisor or coordinator positions. The Master of Educational Administration program is designed to enhance students’ abilities in planning, organizing, delegating, supervising, and leading through a variety of activities, procedures, and experiences, some of which are campus-based and some field-based. Students completing the program may also qualify for the Texas Standard Principal Certificate after passing the TExES exam.

Program Coordinator

For more information about the program, please contact Dr. James A. McSwain (jmcswain@hbu.edu).

Student Learning Outcomes

Master of Education in Educational Administration students acquire knowledge, experience, and demonstrated competence in the following areas of leadership learning:

  • Instructional Leadership and Evaluation
  • Leadership for Inclusive Education
  • Interpersonal Communication and Public Relations
  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • The Role of the Principal
  • School Business Management and Finance
  • Systems Thinking: Theory and Application
  • School Law
  • School Personnel Leadership
  • Administration Theory and Practice
  • Creating and assessing school health, culture and climate

What Can I Do With My Master’s in Educational Administration?

Professional settings in which students may be hired:

  • Public or Private K – 12 Education
  • Higher Education
  • Trade and Industry School Education
  • Alternative Teacher Certification
  • Education Consultancies
  • Federal, State, and Local Governmental Entities
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Private Industry Education Design
  • Medical and Other Professional Education Design

Career paths students may pursue:

  • Public/ Private School Assistant Principal/Principal K – 12
  • Lead Teacher
  • Athletic or Instructional Coordinator
  • Educational Program Director
  • Higher Education or School System Central Administrator (except Superintendent)
  • Education Director Private Industry, Other Professions, Governmental Entities

Admission Requirements

Students must apply and meet all Graduate Admissions Requirements. In addition, students must submit:

  • Additional Transcripts – Individuals applying to be certified in a content area are required to submit ALL of their transcripts to The Graduate School.
  • References – Applicants must provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. References must be a principal or supervisor; parents of a taught student; or colleague. One must be for a campus or school district leader if applicant is a certified teacher. Friends and family members should not be listed as references.
  • Résumé/CV and Service Record – Applicants must provide a current résumé and an official school district, charter, or independent school service record. Some specializations may require a specific length of work experience as shown on the service record. Documents may be sent to the Graduate School at verification@hbu.edu.
  • Interview – An admission interview is required.

Students who meet the graduate admissions requirements for the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences (COEBS) must meet additional requirements prior to being admitted to the Principal Certification program. Each applicant must:

  • Provide a valid Texas Teaching Certificate
  • Provide proof for two years of successful full-time classroom teaching experience in an approved accredited school
  • Provide proof of a GPA of 2.5 or higher over the last 60 hours
  • Provide a letter of support from a school building administrator

Online v. Residential Options

Courses are offered at times convenient for full-time teachers. All EDAD courses are offered in a hybrid/online format. Students will be meeting at  HBU to interact with professors who have leadership experience in public and private schools. However, some of the course learning activities have been moved online, making it possible to utilize a hybrid format. Classes will typically meet face-to-face one week, and then online the next.

Course Requirements

Master of Education in Educational Administration
MEd Course Requirements Hours
EDUC 6320: Research Techniques and Procedures 3
Educational Administration Classes 3
EDAD 5320: Systems Thinking – Theory & Applications 3
EDAD 6191: Internship in Principalship I 1
EDAD 6192: Seminar in Educational Leadership 1
EDAD 6193: Internship in Principalship II 1
EDAD 6301: Administrative Theory and Practice 3
EDAD 6302: Instructional Leadership and Evaluation 3
EDAD 6303: School Law 3
EDAD 6304: School Business Management and Finance 3
EDAD 6308: The Role of the Principal 3
EDAD 6311: Leadership for Inclusive Education 3
EDAD 6312: Interpersonal Communication and Public Relations 3
EDAD 6313: School Personnel Leadership 3
EDAD 6316: Data Driven Decision Making 3
Total Hours 36

View Degree Plan

[PDF]MEd in Educational Administration

Note: Check prerequisites before enrolling in any courses. Students will be eligible to register for EDAD 6191 (1 hour) or 6193(1 hour) after they have completed at least 12 hours of the course requirements.  Students must complete 160 hours of school leadership on-the-job activities while being mentored by a school leader who holds a valid Texas Principal Certificate.  Students will participate in Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) appraiser training. Internships are offered in the Spring and Fall semesters.  Students must pass the TExES Principal Assessment.  

Additional Program Information

  • In-District Cohorts

    Students enrolling in our courses through the district cohort program take their classes together, an approach which encourages learning and discussion focused on their school district and the unique opportunities, challenges and dynamics affecting their workplace. Courses are offered at times convenient for full-time teachers and can be scheduled to meet the needs of other school system personnel. They will be offered in a face-to-face and online hybrid format. Cohort program partnerships are established between HBU and specific school districts; participating students enroll individually.

    For more information, or to discuss starting a cohort for your school district, please contact:
    Dr. Lesli Fridge, Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Education
    Office Phone: (281) 649-3307

    Email: lfridge@hbu.edu

  • Texas Principal Certification Only Program

    The Principal certificate plan consists of 18 hours of graduate coursework. Required for the plan is the completion of the Administration Core (15 hours) and the Principal Internship and Leadership Seminar (3 hours).

    In order to fulfill principal certification requirements, students must successfully complete the 18 hours of coursework, have a valid Texas teaching certificate, two years of successful full-time classroom teaching in an approved accredited school, and pass the principal state assessment.

    Students who meet the graduate admissions requirements to the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences (COEBS) must meet additional requirements prior to being admitted to the Principal Certification program. Each applicant must:

    • Have a GPA of 2.5 over the last 60 hours
    • Provide proof of having a valid Texas teaching certificate
    • Provide a letter of support from a school building administrator

    Check prerequisites before enrolling in any courses. Students will be eligible to register for EDAD 6191 (1 hour) or 6193(1 hour) after they have completed at least 12 hours of the course requirements.  Students must complete 160 hours of school leadership on-the-job activities while being mentored by a school leader who has a principal certification. Students will participate in Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) appraiser training. Internships are offered in the Spring and Fall semesters.