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Educational Administration - Master of Science in Education

Earn a master's degree in educational administration

SBU's Master of Science in Educational Administration is a 38-hour degree program leading to initial K-12 principal certification. This master degree program will broaden your knowledge and strengthen your skills for building-level leadership roles in today's complex educational environment.

Developed in accordance with certification requirements established by the Missouri Board of Education, the Educational Administration program is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Upon successful completion of this program, the required courses, and a state test, you will receive certification as a building-level administrator.

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Admissions Information

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Course Format

hybrid course format

Educational Administration courses are offered in a hybrid format, which is a fusion of real-time class sessions (accessed in a variety of mediums) and online coursework. The online courses in this degree program allow for more flexibility for our students.

SBU students

The SBU Advantage

  • Learn from faculty who are highly qualified educators with experience as teachers, principals and superintendents. In addition to their roles as faculty members, many also serve on state and national education boards.
  • Benefit from an engaging and relevant curriculum with an emphasis on practical application. Learn in our classroom one night and apply it in your classroom the next day.
  • Fit classes into your busy schedule through our convenient online and hybrid offerings that are scheduled with the time-constrained demands of the working educator in mind.

Faith Integration

SBU's Education graduate degree programs have been intentionally designed to model how the Christian faith shapes expertise, practice and experiences in professional educational settings. To assist students in developing as transformative agents in today's schools, our programs provide a foundation to become both scholars and practitioners — a synthesis of academic knowledge, practical skills and servant leadership. We desire that our students, while working toward a graduate degree in education, become true servant leaders who are able to integrate their faith into their practice to make a difference in today's society.

Tammy Condren
"As an administrator, some of my best educators were graduates of SBU and I am glad to be a part of a quality program at SBU."
Dr. Tammy Condren
Assistant professor of graduate education

MSE in Educational Administration Course Rotation

Course Delivery Types

Online (OL) — Complete assignments when it is most convenient for you with online courses that are facilitated by our highly qualified faculty through the Blackboard Learning Management System. A “+ #” indicates the number of real-time class sessions, if any, during the semester. Real-time class sessions may be accessed through Zoom video conferencing software, ITV or seated on campus.

Hybrid (H) — Interact with your peers and faculty through a fusion of real-time class sessions and online coursework. Real-time class sessions may be accessed through Zoom video conferencing software, ITV or seated on campus. Online coursework is facilitated through the Blackboard Learning Management System.

Face-to-face (F) — Build stronger relationships with your peers and faculty as you meet in real-time class sessions all semester long. Class sessions may be accessed through Zoom video conferencing software, ITV or seated on campus.

Arranged — Internships are arranged with faculty.

Note: You can begin the course rotation in either fall, summer or spring terms.

Year 1

Fall Semester

EAD 6001 Technology for School Administrators (OL) 1
EAD 6002 Foundations of Educational Administration (OL) 2
EDU 5083 Educational Research (OL) 3
Total hours 6

Spring Semester

EAD 6083 Essentials in School Law, Finance and Buildings (OL +1) 3
EAD 6093 Administration of Special Programs (H) 3
Total hours 6


EAD 6014 School Curriculum for Administrators (F) 4
EAD 6024 School Administration (F) 4
Total hours 8

Year 2

Fall Semester

EAD 6053 School Supervision (H) 3
EAD 6062 Internship I (arranged) 2
Total hours 5

Spring Semester

EAD 6113 Administrative Communication, Innovations and Management (H) 3
EAD 6143 Educational Organizations, Leadership and Change (OL) 3
EAD 6072 Internship II (arranged) 2
Total hours 8


EDU 5033 Learners and the Learning Process (OL) 3
EAD 6132 Capstone Experience
Total hours 5

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog for your final degree requirements and consult with your advisor to develop an official plan of study. Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation. You are responsible for understanding and completing all degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

Download in PDF format:
MSE in Educational Administration Plan (PDF)