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MA in Education and Human Development in Educational Leadership and Administration

Current professionals seeking to obtain administrative positions in K-12 schools could build the necessary skills in the George Washington University's Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Leadership and Administration program. Find more details here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Leadership and Administration

School Offering Program:

The George Washington University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Individuals interested in entering this MA in Education and Human Development program must hold a bachelor's degree and have at least one year of teaching experience. Strong evaluation skills are also important, as students in the program review assessment processes in areas of instruction and curriculum development. An understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a school principal would be helpful as well. Applicants to the George Washington University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

What are best practices in school principal leadership? How is school improvement achieved through instructional leadership? What issues do school leaders face and how do they impact program quality and delivery? These are among the topics explored in the online and on-campus Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Leadership and Administration program at the George Washington University. Other topics students could discuss include school laws; legal influences on school policy; school financial and resource management that includes budgeting, staff retention, and technology acquisition; school-community relations; and assessment methods used in academic settings. The application of methods and practices studied in the curriculum is achieved in an internship within a school district. This program could prepare students for administrative certification in some locations, including the District of Columbia, North Carolina, and Maryland.

Learning Format:

Online and on-campus

Program Length:

30 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact The George Washington University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Leadership and Administration:

The completion of nine courses and an internship is needed to earn this 30-credit MA degree. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact the George Washington University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses (30 credits)

  • Introduction to Quantitative Research
  • Supervision of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Foundations of K-12 Educational Leadership
  • School Law and Policy
  • Leadership for Equity and Social Justice
  • Instructional Leadership for School Improvement
  • Administrative Issues in Education
  • School, Family, and Community Engagement
  • School Finance and Resource Management for School Leaders
  • Internship: Administration

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the MA in Education and Human Development - Educational Leadership and Administration program who are intending to pursue postsecondary administrative or teaching careers or who wish to obtain the highest levels of administration in K-12 schools, such as superintendent, might continue their studies in an educational specialist or doctoral degree program. In these programs, students might learn more about learning theories, instructional design, educational policy development, and leadership in higher education.

Doctoral degrees graduates might be prepared to pursue include:

  • Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership

Career Paths:

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Education and Human Development - Educational Leadership and Administration program, graduates might apply their leadership skills and knowledge of school administration processes to leadership roles in their current academic environments or seek positions in a new school. They might assess and develop new school policies, oversee school improvement plans, assess instructional practices and curriculum development, interact with parents and community leaders, and manage school budgets.

Probable career options for graduates include:

  • Principal
  • Assistant principal
  • Education consultant
  • Academic program director
  • Central office administrator

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