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.

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. grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 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.

Program of Study

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
A culminating assessment is also held during the second summer term
Total Hours33