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Educational Administration (M.Ed.)

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Lead positive change for all learners

The M.Ed. degree in educational administration is designed to meet the needs of individuals who work (or plan to work) with youth of all ages in an administrative capacity. The School of Education, Counseling and Human Development provides professional preparation for those who expect to become qualified administrators in PreK-12 schools where certification is required. The coursework is closely aligned to program and professional standards for building-level education leaders, which may include principals, assistant principals, curriculum directors and supervisors. 

The Educational Administration program meets the requirements for endorsement as a principal in South Dakota. These requirements are designed to meet the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Building Level Standards. This major is also appropriate for professionals who wish to serve in administrative roles in schools or related service agencies.

The South Dakota State Board of Education requires that in order to be endorsed, individuals must have three years of verified teaching experience on a valid teaching certificate in a K-12 school, one year of which includes classroom experience or direct services to student.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Want to advance your career as an educational leader.
  • Have an academic and professional background in education.
  • Have a desire to make positive changes in education.
  • Possess strong leadership and communication skills.
  • Are self-motivated and work well independently.

Career Opportunities

  • Principal
  • District administrator
  • Education specialist