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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.

Hybrid Instruction in Three Locations


We have purposefully chosen to use a hybrid approach that blends face-to-face as well as online sessions in both synchronous (meeting during scheduled times) and asynchronous (independent work completed flexibly during the week) formats as opposed to having completely online coursework. This approach allows us to both accomodate practicing educators while simultaneously doing the following:


  • Build a strong community of learners;
  • Ensure rigorous, high-quality, and collaborative learning experiences;
  • Network and build social capital with colleagues across Michigan and beyond;
  • Learn from peers in diverse contexts and schools;
  • Foster relationships between students and faculty.


To accomodate practitioners in different parts of the state, our Masters of Arts in K-12 Educational Administration is 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.


Core studies

Core studies (21 credits) challenge students to progressively develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions 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 3 elective courses (9 credits), through which they will develop the knowledge and skills needed for specific career directions, including:

  • Leadership for Urban Education
  • Policy Studies
  • Leading Teacher Learning
  • Special Populations
  • International Education
  • Adult Learning
  • Organizational Development
  • Multicultural Education

Students who have graduated from MSU's Teacher Education program may be able to transfer graduate-level credits from their internship year in place of two elective courses for the K-12 Educational Administration Masters.

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