Master of Education in Educational Administration (Online)

About the Online Master of Education in Educational Administration Degree

The Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Administration program prepares graduate students to enter into principalships or assistant principalships in elementary, middle, or high schools as well as district-wide administrative positions such as program directorships and supervisor or coordinator positions. This program is designed specifically to enhance abilities in planning, organizing, delegating, supervising and leading through a variety of activities, procedures, and experiences.

To earn the Texas Standard Principal Certificate through the completion of the Online Master of Education in Educational Administration, the student must complete the thirty-six (36) semester hours detailed through the following link, earn the MEd degree, have a valid Texas teaching certificate, have completed two (2) years of successful teaching in an accredited School, and successfully complete the certification examination required by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). This program is offered online as well as on campus.

This program offers an exceptional learning experience for educators who are looking for meaningful ways to improve the lives of others. The MEd in Educational Administration is a valuable credential for educators seeking leadership roles within the educational system.

View the Degree Completion Plan.

Texas Principal Certification Only Program

The Principal certificate plan consists of 21 hours of graduate coursework. Required for the plan is the completion of the Administration Core (18 hours) and the Principal Internship and Leadership Seminar (3 hours).

In order to fulfill principal certification requirements, students must successfully complete the 21 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

Learn more about this program and additional admissions requirements here.


Admission Requirements

Official Transcripts – Students must have two years of teaching experience and provide all official transcripts, and any additional transcripts for content area certification. Official transcripts should be sent directly to the Online Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your bachelor’s degree. Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted.

Additional Transcripts – For students applying to be certified in a content area, you are required to submit all of your transcripts to the Online Graduate School.

References – Applicants must provide contact information for two (2) references on their application. References must be a principal or supervisor, parent 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 resume and an official school district, charter, or independent school service record from an accredited institution. Some specializations may require a specific length of work experience as shown on the service record.  Documents may be sent to the Online Graduate School at

Interview – An interview may be required as part of the admission process.

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