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Master of Arts in K-12 Educational Administration

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The Masters program in K-12 Educational Administration prepares aspiring educators for leadership positions in public, charter and private school settings. The program is committed to developing school-level leadership for powerful and equitable teaching and learning and to ensuring students meet the state standards for leadership preparation. Most students complete the program in 2-3 years while working. Successful graduates qualify to apply to the Michigan Department of Education for Administrator Certification with Elementary and Secondary Endorsements.

Now with Hybrid Instruction in Three Locations


The Master of Arts in K-12 Educational Administration is now available in three locations: on MSU's main campus in East Lansing, at Seaholm High School in Birmingham, Michigan,  and at the MSU Detroit Center in Detroit, Michigan, where our core classes will be purposefully tailored to the particular needs of urban school leaders.


At all three sites, the K-12 Educational Administration Masters program accommodates full and part-time students and uses evening and online formats for its courses. The core courses for the degree are offered in a hybrid course format while most elective courses are totally online. Hybrid courses have students meeting face to face four to six times over a semester with the remaining course interactions taking place online. MSU offers faculty and students access to Zoom, an online communication tool that supports synchronous (meeting during scheduled times) online meetings for core instruction and for collaborative group work. Most classes also have components that are completed asynchronously (according to individual student preference). 


Students new to the program take two integrated courses during the fall semester: EAD 806 The Evolving Practice of School Leaders and EAD 811 Inquiry and Analysis of Teaching and Learning. These two classes are "stacked" for the face to face weeks in order to maximize learning time and to minimize travel time. Another class integrated with these, EAD 812 Inquiry and Analysis of School Organizations is best taken immediately after EAD 806 and 811. 


Core studies

Core studies challenge students to progressively develop knowledge and skills for effective school-level leadership including:

  • Leadership practices responsive to contemporary demands for ambitious instruction, student achievement and school accountability;
  • The improvement and management of school organizations;
  • The use of inquiry to understand relationships between teaching, learning and school organizations;
  • The use of data for formative and summative assessment, planning and decision-making;
  • Understanding Michigan school finance policy and the effective allocation of school resources;
  • The development of teachers and teacher learning communities;
  • The promotion of in-depth understandings of the cultural and social contexts in which students live and learn;
  • Personal leadership development through ongoing apprentice learning activities and a year-long internship (designed for working educators);
  • Preparing and interviewing for competitive leadership positions.

Elective courses

Beyond core studies students choose elective courses, through which they develop the knowledge and skills needed for specific career directions, including:

  • Leadership for Urban Education
  • Policy studies
  • International Education

A full listing of current courses including dates, times, and room locations is at Choose a semester and EAD Educational Administration.