The Master of Education in Educational Administration is a 36-credit program designed for graduate level educators who are presently teachers or administrators in a school setting and have regular weekly access to a school and classrooms. The Master of Education in Educational Administration will provide opportunities for educators to learn and develop skills and strategies in the areas of school management, law, finance, and instructional supervision to be an effective leader.
The goal of the program is to develop scholars-practitioners who will learn and practice advanced skills in designing, implementing and analyzing effective research-based strategies in school leadership so they can provide an active, positive and effective leadership in the school environment. All students enrolled in the Master of Education in Educational Administration degree program will demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills related to PSEL and NELP organization standards. These standards are approved by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education).
The standards focus on the following areas:
- Effective leadership – using data-based decision making
- Effective teaching – utilizing research-based practices
- Student learning with high expectations for all
- School culture of fairness and respect for all
- Continuous monitoring of progress
- Professional development
- Staff, student, parent, and community involvement
Eligibility and admission requirements
- Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university – The degree must be verified on original transcripts sent by the undergraduate institution directly to Acacia University.
- English language competency – Applicants whose first language is not English and who do not have a master’s degree from a university in which instruction is conducted in English must provide evidence of English proficiency by submitting their TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score. Doctoral applicants must demonstrate college-level proficiency with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT) or 80 on the Internet-Based Test (iBT).
- Verification of a teaching position or access to classrooms – The position must be verified by a letter on school letterhead from an administrator of the school to which the student is practicing or has access.
- The Master of Arts in Elementary Education requires access to elementary classrooms.
- The Master of Arts in Secondary Education requires access to secondary classrooms.
- The Master of Education in Educational Administration requires a minimum of 2 years of prior successful teaching experience and access to classrooms.
- The Master of Education in Special Education requires access to Special Education classrooms for the implementation of strategies and assignments.
- The Master of Education in English as a Second Language requires access to classrooms with ESL students.
- Ongoing access to computer technology – All Acacia University courses are presented online so each applicant must have computer and internet access to participate.
- Given a scenario, recommend supervisory practises based on leadership standards, leadership theories, and critical success factors
- Identify characteristics of effective schools and explain opportunities and strategies for improving schools
- For a given instructional need, identify and explain appropriate research-based effective teaching strategies for special education, ESL, and struggling students
- Outline resources and processes for data-based decision making for strategic planning and school improvement
- Develop a plan to implement a Professional Learning Community via a focused culture, climate, and communication strategies in an established school
- Create a team leadership Supervisory Platform that implements your vision for education leadership in terms of duties and responsibilities
- Determine appropriate approaches to developmental supervision and professional development
- Explain pertinent laws related to special needs, discrimination, discipline, and personnel
- Create a supervisory plan that implements both clinical supervision and differentiated supervision
- Explain the role of the principal in managing school facilities and fiscal management
- For a given school setting, propose strategies for community relations, parent involvement, and internal communication
- Complete a Portfolio Project demonstrating research and analysis skills related to a pertinent school topic
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills of the program in a mentored practicum (internship) in both an administrative setting and with online students in the master’s program
- Design a plan for implementing district and state policies to address specific teacher supervision and evaluation issues
Master of Education in
EDA509 Essential Instructional Strategies
EDA519 Child and Adolescent Development
EDA529 Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
EDA539 Special Needs Students
EDA549 Principles of School Leadership and Management
EDA559 Education Law
EDA569 Education Finance
EDA579 Foundations of Elementary and Secondary Education
EDA589 Personnel Management and Supervision
EDA599 Principles of Continuous Improvement
EDA609 Mentored Practicum/Administrative Internship
EDA619 Portfolio Project
All master’s level courses are $225 per credit
The cost for a single 3-credit graduate level course is $675.00
($225.00 x 3)
The total cost for a 36-credit master’s degree program is $8,275
($225.00 x 36 + $75.00 one-time application fee + $100 graduation fee)
*Returning after 12-month or more absence
Most Acacia courses require no textbook. For those courses that do require a textbook, it is the responsibility of the student to purchase or rent the textbook prior to the start of the course. Acacia does not sell or lease textbooks. Students may purchase or rent in any format (hardback, e-textbook, new, used, etc.) but must use the assigned edition. Prices at the time of the current student handbook publication are listed here, but are subject to change. Prices listed are from the publisher, however, students may purchase from any source.
Tuition and fees are payable at the time of registration for each course. Students will not receive official grade reports, transcripts, or be awarded a degree until all financial obligations have been met. Students who have outstanding financial obligations to Acacia University will not be permitted to register for future courses unless special arrangements have been approved through the Finance Office.
Students may pay by check, money order, wire transfer, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). International students must pay with U.S. currency. Students whose employers will be invoiced for tuition shall submit a billing authorization form prior to the second week of class in lieu of course payment.
Military tuition assistance (TA) students may be eligible for a deferral of tuition once their DA 2171 Form has been completed, authorized, and received by Acacia University.
Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits
In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679(e), Acacia University adopts the following additional provisions for any students using the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post-9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from VA. Acacia University will not:
- Prevent the student’s enrollment;
- Assess a late penalty fee to the student;
- Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;
- Deny the student access to any resources (access to classes, libraries, or other institutional resources) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution.
However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:
- Produce the VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE) by the first day of class;
- Provide a written request to be certified;
- Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Acacia University offers graduate degrees for current teachers to achieve their professional goals. Prospective and current students in the US must be licensed teachers in the state in which they work. Therefore, Acacia programs are NOT a pathway to teacher licensure in the US.
This information is provided per U.S. Federal Regulations, 34 CFR § 668.50 (2016 Rules), 34 CFR § 668.43 (2019 Rules), and in compliance with the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Manual version 19.2.
Acacia University is an approved institution of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) which allows the university to provide distance learning programs and coursework to students located in states other than Arizona. NC-SARA approval does not grant reciprocity or exemption from state professional licensing requirements.