Educational Administration and Leadership (EDAD) Master of Science Program
Offered through the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration
in the School of Education
B109 Education Building
M.S. program: http://www.stcloudstate.edu/edad/mastersprogram_info/default.asp
Department Chairpersons: Dr. Michael Mills / Dr. John Eller
Department Secretary: Ms. Kelli Schreiner
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Frances Kayona
Graduate Faculty: Janine Dahms-Walker, John Eller, Nick Miller, Frances Kayona
Doctoral Program Director: Dr. John Eller
Accreditation specific to the program
National Council for Accreditation and Teacher Education (NCATE)
Minnesota Board of School Administrators
The educational administration and leadership program prepares students for a profession in education administration for K-12 school organizations. Specifically, these positions include principals, superintendents, special education directors, and directors of community education.
Graduates will be able to seek employment in public and private K-12 school settings, area education agencies or regional educational service units, and positions at the state department level.
Admission Requirements Specific to the Program
- For admission consideration to the program, a candidate must first meet the minimum GPA admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies at St. Cloud State University.
- The GRE is not required.
- Applicants to the M.S. must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
- Undergraduate GPA is closely reviewed. A large emphasis is placed on scholarship within the undergraduate education core.
- Admission decisions are made throughout the year as completed application files are received. Students may be admitted for fall, spring and summer terms.
- Applicants to the M.S. program should note that rolling admissions is available. Throughout the year, as the department receives a completed application an admission decision will be made immediately and a student will be offered the next available start date. The program admits students for fall, spring and summer terms.
- For priority consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply by the deadlines posted. If space remains in the program, applications will continue to be reviewed after the posted priority deadlines.
Graduate Assistantship Overview
- Two graduate assistantship positions are generally sponsored each year, and are available both fall and spring semesters. Some summer hours may also be available.
- Graduate assistants do a variety of activities, including assisting faculty in various research and instructional preparation tasks.
Length of M.S. Program — Measured by Semesters
- Part-time student: four to five semesters taking six credits per semester.
- Full-time student: three semesters taking 12 credits per semester.
- During the academic school year courses are scheduled on weekends and evenings.
- Summer courses are scheduled in one-week blocks.
Degrees and Plans Offered
- Master of Science in Educational Administration and Leadership: Plan A (Thesis) at 31 credits
- Master of Science in Educational Administration and Leadership: Plan C (Portfolio) at 36 credits
- Specialist Degree in Educational Administration and Leadership at 36 credits
Master of Science — Educational Administration and Leadership
The educational leadership program develops leaders for Minnesota's schools — teachers, principals, special education directors, community education directors, superintendents, and central office personnel committed to providing the finest learning opportunities for K-12 students. Courses offered focus upon developing the skills and personal traits necessary for successful school administration. In addition, field-based learning experiences are an integral, crucial aspect of the program.
Programs have been approved by the Board of School Administrators for meeting the professional preparation requirements for licensure in the following areas: K-12 school principal, director of special education, school district superintendent, and director of community education. In addition, the department participates in the development of special studies programs which lead to graduate degrees in other areas of educational administration.
- Provides the first step in pursuing educational administration licensure.
- Upon completion of the M.S. a graduate may choose to pursue: sixth-year graduate certificate licensure tracks, a specialist degree program or a doctoral program.
Master of Science in Educational Administration and Leadership
Plan A, 31 credits; Plan C, 36 credits
Plan A, 12 credits
- EDAD 682. Research Design in EDAD, 3 credits
- EDAD 699. Thesis, 6 credits
- CEEP 678. Introduction to Graduate Statistics, 3 credits
- EDAD 680. Introduction to Research in EDAD, 3 credits
- EDAD 612. Program and Assessment/Evaluation Technique, 3 credits
Plans A, Plan C
- EDAD 601. Introduction to EDAD, 1 credit
- EDAD 610. Administrative Leadership, 3 credits
- EDAD 620. Introduction to School Law, 3 credits
- EDAD 630. Introduction to Personnel Administration, 3 credits
- EDAD 640. Introduction to School Finance, 3 credits
- EDAD 650. Introduction to School/Community Relations, 3 credits
Plan A, Plan C
- EDAD 670. Practicum in EDAD, 3 credits
Related Studies Courses
- Select courses in consultation with the graduate advisor.
Minnesota Administrative Licensure Requirements
Currently the state of Minnesota requires that applicants for administrative licensure have at least three years teaching experience or be eligible to apply for alternative licensure. Licensure requires a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership/Administration plus 30 semester credits, obtainable through the sixth-year graduate certificate licensure tracks or the specialist degree program. A final portfolio assessment is also required of licensure candidates.
Twin Cities Cohort
Join our Twin Cities cohort to obtain licensure as a K-12 Principal, Director of Special Education, Director of Community Education, or Superintendent of Schools. Choose to learn on our St. Cloud campus or in Maple Grove, Minnesota at SCSU's Twin Cities graduate center. The Maple Grove cohort will meet on Friday evenings and Saturdays during the academic year and for eight days in the summer. Find us at the intersection of 494 and Bass Lake Road in the Dex Building.
EDAD Program Inquires
For program information contact: Dr. John Eller at 320.308.4272 or email@example.com.