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

Admissions

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: Elementary School Emphasis

Student Learning Outcomes

The master's program with emphasis in school administration is designed to prepare leaders for 21st century schools. These leaders must begin now to envision the nature of a global technical-information-based society and the schooling such a society will require. Assumptions based on available knowledge concerning these schools will be made in designing the M.A. program for students. Students will be expected to develop "Learning Organizational Culture" schools and demonstrate competency to develop:

  1. Into a facilitator of relationships and outcomes that enhance the effective operation of the school.
  2. Collaborative and participative planning and decision-making structures (teams).
  3. Support networks from the community and in the school.
  4. School organizations as cultures of renewal, risk, problem-solving, trust and caring.
  5. School culture of reflective and critical thought concerning learning theory and practice.

On completion of the program, students will be equipped to envision and embrace an information-based, developmental society. 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 or internship) 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 (Kansas) or principal (Missouri). Students must complete the Educational Specialist to earn advanced principal certification in Missouri. Advanced certification is required to be a principal in an AAA-rated school district. Administrative assessment (the School Leaders Licensure Assessment) is required in Missouri and Kansas.

Degree Requirements

Theoretical and Functional Aspects of Educational Administration 1
EDUC-UL 5501Foundations Of School Leadership & Organization (Block I) 23
EDUC-UL 5502Building Administration And Management (Block II) 23
EDUC-UL 5503Student, Staff And Organization Development (Block III) 23
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
Curriculum - Select one of the following:3
Introduction To Curriculum Theory
Curriculum Design
Curriculum & Instruction For The 21St Century
Humanistic - Select one of the following:3
Philosophical Inquiry And Education
Philosophical Foundations Of Education
Historical Foundations Of Education
Behavioral - Select one of the following:3
Advanced Educational Psychology
Child Behavior And Development
Cultural Foundations Of Education
Sociological Foundations Of Education
Adolescent Development And The School (Meets Middle School cert. requirements)
Research - Select one of the following:3
Principles And Methods Of Research
Principles Of Testing
Total Credits36
1

Required core for all level principals.

2

EDUC-UL 5501, EDUC-UL 5502 and EDUC-UL 5503 must be taken sequentially. EDUC-UL 5501 is offered in the fall and spring semesters only.

Master of Arts in Educational Administration: Secondary School Emphasis

Student Learning Outcomes

The master's program with emphasis in school administration is designed to prepare leaders for 21st century schools. These leaders must begin now to envision the nature of a global technical-information-based society and the schooling such a society will require. Assumptions based on available knowledge concerning these schools will be made in designing the M.A. program for students. Students will be expected to develop "Learning Organizational Culture" schools and demonstrate competency to develop:

  1. Into a facilitator of relationships and outcomes that enhance the effective operation of the school.
  2. Collaborative and participative planning and decision-making structures (teams).
  3. Support networks from the community and in the school.
  4. School organizations as cultures of renewal, risk, problem-solving, trust and caring.
  5. School culture of reflective and critical thought concerning learning theory and practice.

On completion of the program, students will be equipped to envision and embrace an information-based, developmental society. 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 or internship) 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 (Kansas) or principal (Missouri). Students must complete the Educational Specialist to earn advanced principal certification in Missouri. Advanced certification is required to be a principal in an AAA-rated school district. Administrative assessment (the School Leaders Licensure Assessment) is required in Missouri and Kansas.

Degree Requirements

Theoretical and Functional Aspects of Educational Administration 1
EDUC-UL 5501Foundations Of School Leadership & Organization (Block I) 23
EDUC-UL 5502Building Administration And Management (Block II) 23
EDUC-UL 5503Student, Staff And Organization Development (Block III) 23
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
Curriculum - Select one of the following:3
Introduction To Curriculum Theory
Curriculum Design
Curriculum & Instruction For The 21St Century
Humanistic - Select one of the following:3
Philosophical Foundations Of Education
Historical Foundations Of Education
Behavioral - Select one of the following:3
Advanced Educational Psychology
Child Behavior And Development
Cultural Foundations Of Education
Sociological Foundations Of Education
Adolescent Development And The School (meets Middle School cert. requirements)
Research - Select one of the following:3
Principles And Methods Of Research (required for Kansas Certification)
Principles Of Testing
Total Credits36
1

Required core for all level principals.

2

EDUC-UL 5501, EDUC-UL 5502 and EDUC-UL 5503 must be taken sequentially. EDUC-UL 5501 is offered in the fall and spring semesters only.

Principal Certification

Students seeking administrative certification must first offer proof of holding valid teaching certification at the same level (i.e., elementary or secondary), and have a minimum of two years teaching experience. The M.A. is offered with certification concentrations in elementary school administration or secondary school administration. Additional coursework is required for certification as a middle school administrator.

Those who complete the master of arts in educational administration may be recommended for initial certification as a building administrator (Kansas) or principal (Missouri). Students are encouraged to complete the educational specialist degree to further their careers. In addition to completion of the academic program, Missouri and Kansas require all prospective administrators to successfully complete the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.