Master of Science in Educational Leadership with a Concentration in School Administration

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Program Overview

The program for the Master of Science in Educational Leadership with a concentration in School Administration prepares educators for careers as school administrators. Program candidates learn to analyze data, evaluate instruction, improve student achievement, make strategic decisions, creatively solve problems, involve families in their children’s education, empower others, supervise staff, promote change, establish positive school culture, understand budgets, and manage resources. The program is nationally accredited by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and approved for administrative licensure by the Mississippi Department of Education. Graduates are prepared for a wide range of professional positions in education, including principal, assistant principal, coordinator, and director. 

The program is designed to complement the professional lives of P-12 educators and can be completed in 14 months. The program can be completed on the Starkville or Meridian campuses, or online via the Center for Distance Education. 

We are currently accepting applications thru May 1st, 2022 for the summer 2022 cohort.

Admission Criteria

To be eligible for admission to the program, the applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, meet the basic requirements specified for graduate students at Mississippi State University, demonstrate interest in the mission of P-12 schools, and demonstrate academic proficiency based on the following indicators:

  1. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale on the last half of the bachelor’s degree;
  2. letter of endorsement from current school administrator and two other letters of reference;
  3. statement of purpose;
  4. copy of valid teacher’s license;
  5. evidence of three years of teaching experience;
  6. current résumé; and
  7. interview.

Required Courses
First Summer
EDL 8413School Legal and Ethical Perspectives3
EDL 8423School Leadership3
EDL 8433Using Data for School Improvement3
EDF 8443Evaluation of School Programs3
EDL 8513School Leadership Internship I3
EDL 8523Educating Diverse Learners3
EDL 8613School Leadership Internship II3
EDL 8623Leading Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment3
Second Summer
EDL 8713School Business and Facilities3
EDL 8723Leadership for Positive School Culture3
EDL 8633Human Resources Leadership for Schools3
Total Hours33

A comprehensive examination is also held during the second summer term. Students admitted in 2022 and beyond will be required to complete the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA).