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Educational Administration (M.Ed.)

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The online Master's in Educational Administration is designed to prepare individuals to be principled leaders of quality schools in a pluralistic, democratic society. This program is closely aligned to building-level school leadership preparation and professional standards, making it a great fit for those interested in serving a leadership or administrative capacity in PK-12 education. The degree in Educational Administration with an emphasis at both the elementary and secondary levels meets South Dakota requirements for the principalship endorsement.

Online Master's in Educational Administration

Your Passions, Your Career, Your Choice.

Students are required to complete Plan C from the Graduate Catalog, which involves taking a minimum of 35 credit hours of coursework in order to graduate. Coursework includes two semesters of internship, at both the elementary and secondary levels, as required for principal endorsement. 

Course Work Format

The program can be completed fully online, so it is ideal for local as well as distance students and is flexible in accommodating working students' professional schedules and obligations.

Student Engagement and Support

The Teaching, Learning and Leadership Department has several assistantships for which students can apply.

Professional Licensure

Candidates completing the SDSU M.Ed. program in Educational Administration seeking a principal's endorsement are required to have at least three years of experience on a valid certificate in an accredited K-12 school, including at least one year of classroom teaching experience or direct services to students. Additionally, candidates from other states must meet current requirements for their home state to be licensed in that state as a principal.


Professional Licensure and Certification

Click here for professional licensure and certification information.

Questions regarding Professional Licensure and Certification can also be directed to Continuing and Distance Education.


Program Contact

Dr. Alison Wilson
Assistant Professor
Teaching, Learning and Leadership
605-688-6418

SDSU Continuing and Distance Education

Phone: 605-688-4154
Email: sdsu.distance@sdstate.edu
Website: sdstate.edu/online

SDSU Graduate Admissions

Phone: 605-688-4181
Email: gradschl@sdstate.edu
Website: sdstate.edu/graduate