Master of Arts in Educational Administration

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General Information

The Master of Arts in Educational Administration degree program is designed to meet the principalship certification requirements in the State of Texas. In addition, a superintendency program of 15 semester credit hours is available for practicing K-12 school administrators. It is estimated that the average length of time which will be required to complete this master’s degree will be two years. Some of the coursework will be offered in a combination of face-to-face and online coursework. We have found that this hybrid combination affords students the greatest amount of freedom and flexibility while also including face-to-face support, which results in highly skilled graduates.

Who Should Apply?

The program is designed for students interested in educational leadership whose career goals include a principalship or a superintendency.

Program Details

Students seeking admission to the program must meet the basic requirements outlined in the Admissions section of this catalog. Students must have a valid Texas teaching certificate for entrance into the program. Applicants without an appropriate background may be required to complete additional preparatory coursework. Such coursework will be determined by the Program Coordinator.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration must earn a minimum of 36 semester credit hours. Students must pass a comprehensive examination toward the end of their formal coursework.

Curricula

Required Graduate Courses (27 semester credit hours):

EDAD 5341

School Administration

3 credit hours

EDAD 5301

Behavioral and Organizational Foundations of Education

3 credit hours

EDAD 5302

Elementary and Secondary School Curricula

3 credit hours

EDAD 5329

Educational Research

3 credit hours

EDAD 5315

Administration of Various Special Programs

3 credit hours

EDAD 5342

Principalship — Elementary and Secondary Schools

3 credit hours

EDAD 5383

Public School Law

3 credit hours

EDAD 5313

Public School Finance

3 credit hours

EDAD 5345

Internship in School Administration

3 credit hours

Required Courses (9 semester credit hours):

EDAD 5382

School Public Relations

3 credit hours

EDAD 5330

Multicultural Education for Educators

3 credit hours

EDAD 5307

School Administration: Advanced Problems

3 credit hours

EDAD 5344

Supervision (Includes AEL)

3 credit hours

EDAD 5312

Supervision: Advanced Problems (Includes T-TESS)

3 credit hours

Admission Requirements

A student must be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies and to a specific program in order to take graduate-level courses. Admission to the program does not guarantee fitness to remain in the program. Only those students who meet program standards will be allowed to continue in the program as decided by the Leadership program faculty. Fitness criteria include: The Texas Code of Ethics for Educators (TAC §247.2) and Texas A&M University-San Antonio Graduate Student Handbook Student Misconduct Standards (see Student Handbook).

Application Process

Each applicant must submit their application and required documents by the appropriate semester deadline to the Office of Admissions. The application is available online at Apply Texas. For questions regarding the application process, please contact The Welcome Center at (210) 784-1300. Please mail official transcripts to Texas A&M University-San Antonio • ATTN: Graduate Admissions • One University Way • San Antonio, TX 78224.

Graduation Requirements

Normal course loads consist of 6-9 hours per semester. Candidates for the Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration must earn a minimum of 36 semester credit hours and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Students must pass a comprehensive examination, administered during the final semester of coursework, as part of the requirements for graduation with the Master of Science degree.

Successful completion of the program and passing the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) can result in a recommendation to the State of Texas for principalship or superintendency certification.

Texas Principal Certificate Requirements

  • Successfully complete a principalship preparation program;
  • Pass the principal certification exam (TExES-068 Principal Exam);
  • Hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education; and
  • Document two years of classroom teaching experience in an accredited school.
  • Hold a valid teaching certification in the State of Texas (TAC §241.15).

Texas Superintendent Certificate Requirements

  • Successfully complete a superintendent preparation program;
  • Pass the superintendent certification exam (TExES-064 Superintendent Exam);
  • Hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education;
  • Document two years of classroom teaching experience in an accredited school; and
  • Hold a valid teaching certification in the State of Texas, and a valid principal certification in the State of Texas (TAC §242.15).
  • In order to sit for the state exam, a candidate must meet academic competency requirements and receive approval to test from the program coordinator (TAC §242.5).

Graduate Admissions Information: (210) 784-1300 | Information about this program: (210) 784-2522

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