The M.Ed. degree in Educational Administration is designed to meet the needs of individuals who work (or plan to work) in an administrative capacity. The secondary and elementary specializations in Educational Administration meet the requirements for endorsement as a principal in South Dakota. These requirements are designed to meet the ELCC Standards as required by law. One can also emphasize course work in Adult and Higher Education, which does not meet any certification requirements.
Students are able to choose from either a program in which only coursework is required or a program in which they must complete a research project. If a student elects to take only course work (Plan C in the Graduate Catalog), the student must complete a minimum of 35 credit hours in order to graduate. If the research option is chosen, the student must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours including EDER 788 Research Problems (Plan B in the Graduate Catalog).
Those seeking to complete the requirements for the principalship will have very limited flexibility in the coursework taken. See below for the coursework for each area of emphasis.
- K-12 Educational Administration Course Schedule
EDER 610 Introduction to Research 3 credits
EDFN 725 Education in a Pluralistic Society 3 credits
EDFN 600 Advanced Pedagogy 3 credits
EDFN 705 Administration 3 credits
EPSY 740 Advanced Educational Psychology 3 credits
EDAD 741 Community & Public Relations 3 credits
EDFN 730 Education Issues 3 credits
EDAD 736 Law & Legislation 3 credits
EDAD 731 School Finance 2 credits
EDAD 706 Supervision 3 credits
Elective** 3 credits
EDFN 701 Capstone 1 credit
EDAD 794 Internship 1-6 credits
TOTAL CREDITS 35 credits