Emphasis Area: School (Grades K-12) Administration

Uzziel Pecina, (816) 235-2716, pecinau@umkc.edu


Admission and retention for the M.A. in educational administration, with an emphasis in school (PK-12) administration, requires that the following steps be successfully completed:

Admission into Program

  • Completion of a course in education of the exceptional child.
  • Attain an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75.
  • Provide copy of a current permanent or professional teaching license/certificate.
  • Provide resume showing at least one year of certified teaching experience in elementary, middle or secondary schools under a fully licensed teaching certificate (temporary or provisional certification does not meet this requirement).
  • Essay statement regarding past, present and future career goals (500 words or less).
  • A minimum of three letters of reference on official letterhead from a direct supervisor of professional teaching experience.

Students who do not meet all of the above admission requirements may receive conditional admission to the program. Full admission is contingent upon completion of a minimum of six hours of core requirements during the first semester of enrollment with a grade of 'B' or better.

Acceptance into Practicum

  • Successful completion of all coursework (1) with a B grade or better.

Program Completion and Recommendation for Administrative Certificate

  • Successful completion of the practicum.
  • Recommendation of the faculty based on coursework completion, development of an administrative platform, and action research presentation.
  • Completion of the student exit survey.

Post-Program Completion

  • Student completion of ELPF graduate survey relative to preparation program and ELCC standards.
  • Employer survey completion (supervisor).
  1. No more than 6 post-undergraduate/graduate credit hours may transfer into the M.A. program.
  2. Students must file a Program Plan of Study while enrolled in the course EDUC-UL 5501
  3. EDUC-UL 5501 is the prerequisite to EDUC-UL 5502 ; and EDUC-UL 5502 is the prerequisite to EDUC-UL 5503. These courses are mandatory and cannot be waived. Students must enroll in these courses in sequence.

Master of Arts in Educational Administration: PK-12 Certification

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • See student Learning Outcomes listed below

Student Learning Outcomes

The Aspiring School Administrator will:

  •  use multiple data to describe school climate and culture including demographic information regarding students, faculty, and community;
  •  develop a school improvement plan based on data and aligned with best practices;
  • communicate effectively with all stakeholders: students, staff, parents, community and central office administration;
  • engage in activities and best practices related to both formative and summative assessments to promote instructional improvement; and
  • identify legal implications related to school operations involving all stakeholders: students, staff, parents, community members, and central office administration.

Students begin their program of study with a cohort group of other potential school leaders and will take a series of 3-credit-hour block courses. Each cohort will work collaboratively throughout its studies and be led by University faculty.

Students will complete both individual and group projects, over the course of their degree program, and participate in field experiences each semester. While the three-block sequence is intended for school leaders at every level, it is expected that students will tailor their elective coursework and their culminating experience (practicum) to the building level at which they hold their teaching credentials.

Students who complete the master of arts in educational administration may be recommended for initial certification as a building administrator for Missouri. Passing score of 10 on the Missouri School Leaders' Performance Assessment and  passing score of 220 on Missouri Pearson Content Exam are required for principal certification in the state of Missouri. 

Degree Requirements

Theoretical and Functional Aspects of Educational Administration
EDUC-UL 5501Foundations Of School Leadership & Organization (Block I) 13
EDUC-UL 5502Building Administration And Management (Block II) 13
EDUC-UL 5503Student, Staff And Organization Development (Block III) 13
EDUC-UL 5507Instructional Supervision3
EDUC-UL 5515Governmental And Legal Aspects Of Education3
EDUC-UL 5518Leadership for School Improvement3
EDUC-UL 5520Data Driven Leadership for Reculturing Schools3
EDUC-UL 5574Administrative Practicum3
Related and Supporting Areas
Research - Select one of the following:3
Statistical Methods I
Principles And Methods Of Research
EDUC-C&I 5505Introduction To Curriculum Theory3
EDUC-UL 5525Cultural Foundations Of Education3
Total Credits33