Transform Schools with a Master of Education in Educational Administration.

Educational leaders can play a significant role in student’s lives—and in an education system’s evolution. The best educational leaders do what they do because they are committed to making schools better and transforming lives. Earning a master’s in educational leadership won’t automatically turn you into an effective administrator, but it can introduce you to and show you how to implement new ideas and theories and give you the tools you need to be a successful school or district manager.


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Master of Education -

Educational Administration

The MEd in Educational Administration, emphasis in School Administration at UMSL is intended for educators interested in being a change-agent. This innovative program fulfills the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requirements for school principal licensure, and is grounded in current research and best practices in leadership development. This advanced degree prepares highly effective administrators to engage in reflective practice, drive gains in student achievement and development, create equitable and efficacious school cultures and utilize strategic planning to organize and track progress toward goals. Participants are prepared to meet any challenge facing school leaders today.

Outcomes and Career Outlook

Become a Versatile Leader in Education Administration 

  • Develop and implement a vision for a school in order to guide the learning of all students.(Visionary Leadership)
  • Promote effective instructional practices, utilize effective assessments, and ensure professional growth among school faculty. (Instructional Leadership)
  • Implement operational systems, oversee personnel, and ensure equitable and strategic use of resources. (Managerial Leadership)
  • Interact professionally with students, staff, family, and community, respecting and embracing diversity and inclusion. (Relational Leader)
  • Actively engage in reflective practice and apply new knowledge and understanding in order to drive appropriate change. (Innovative Leadership)

Employment of elementary, middle and high school administrators is projected to grow up to 4% to 2032, with a median annual salary of $99,940 according to wage and employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Median annual salary


Employment growth by 2032

Career Opportunities

  • Principal
  • Superintendent
  • Assistant Principal
  • University or College Administrator


Those interested in pursuing this degree must meet prerequisites including a minimum 3 years of successful PK-12 teaching experience in a school system (which may contain experience from another state and/or private, public, parochial, independent or charter school), a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in your undergraduate studies and apply for admission to the Graduate School at UMSL.

Application Deadlines

Admission to the Master of Education in Education Administration degree program is competitive. All application materials should be submitted by March 1 for admission in the cohort which will begin the following fall. In order to graduate in two years, students must remain with their cohort.

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Plan of study

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Non-Missouri Residents: Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the UMSL state authorizations page to see if this program is offered in their state throughout their program and to review the licensure or certification requirements for the state in which they reside.

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Career Services – Students have access to professional career counselors who can assist in everything from resume development and interview preparation to lining up an internship or connecting you with your next fulltime career. UMSL alumni also enjoy high quality, lifelong career management programming, services, events and resources to assist in all phases of career development.

Networking – with the largest alumni network in the region, UMSL graduate students have access to leading professionals engaged in business, research, entrepreneurship, non-profit, government, community organizations. Our academic units engage this network in curriculum development to ensure our graduate students gain the skills needed to advance along their choose career path.

Research – There are many opportunities for graduate students to showcase their research including our annual Graduate Research Fair, which is open to students from all graduate programs. Doctoral and thesis master’s students can also compete in the Three Minute Thesis challenge to be evaluated by a panel of judges for a chance to win cash prizes.