Master of Education in Educational Administration

This 24-month program provides opportunities for educators to develop skills in the areas of school management, law, finance, and instructional supervision to be an effective leader.

Program Description

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

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university – The degree must be verified on official transcripts sent by the awarding institution directly to Acacia University. Mail or secure electronic delivery is accepted. International applicants: applicants submitting transcripts from non-US institutions must have their transcript evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member agency. This requirement does not apply to international applicants who received a degree from a US college or university.

English language competency – Applicants whose first language is not English and do not have a master’s degree from a university in which instruction is conducted in English must provide evidence of English proficiency.

The following are accepted exams and minimum scores required for admission:

  • 60 on the paper-delivered Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT), or 71 on the Internet Based Test (iBT)
  •  6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS)
  •  50 on the Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report
  •  100 on the Duolingo English Test
  •  55 on the 4-skill Michigan English Test (MET)
  •  650/LP on the Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Competency in English (ECCE)
  •  650/LP on the Michigan Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE)


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 in 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 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 a computer and internet access to participate.

    Talk to an admissions counselor about your goals and transfer credits.

    * The Master of Education in Educational Administration is a 36-credit program designed for graduate level educators.
    At the end of this program, students will be able to
    • 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


    Per Credit

    Master of Education in
    Educational Administration


    EDA509 Essential Instructional Strategies 3
    EDA519 Child and Adolescent Development 3
    EDA529  Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment  3
    EDA539  Special Needs Students 3
    EDA549  Principles of School Leadership and Management 3
    EDA559  Education Law 3
    EDA569  Education Finance 3
    EDA579  Foundations of Education  3
    EDA589  Personnel Management and Supervision 3
    EDA599  Principles of Continuous Improvement 3
    EDA609  Mentored Practicum/Internship 3
    EDA619  Portfolio Project 3

    Required Courses:


    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 $200 per credit


    The cost for a single 3-credit graduate level course is $600.00
    ($200.00 x 3)

    The total cost for a 36-credit master’s degree program is $7,375
    ($200.00 x 36 + $75.00 one-time application fee + $100 graduation fee)


    Application Fee (one-time)
    Graduation Fee
    Official Transcript Fee
    Late Fee (On Monthly Payments)
    Reactivation Fee
    Returned Check Fee

    *Returning after 12-month or more absence

    Who Should Enroll
    The master’s degree programs at Acacia University are designed for certified teachers who want to acquire advanced expertise in education. Gain the skills to provide your students with the best learning foundation possible.
    Transfer Credits
    Acacia University recognizes the prior learning of admitted students by awarding credit for courses at the graduate level, completed at an accredited institution, and documented through official transcript when the credit is applicable to the student’s degree program at Acacia University. As many as twelve (12) credits may be transferred.
    If an applicant has earned a degree at another university, credits from that degree cannot be transferred or used for an additional degree at Acacia University.
    The acceptance of transfer credits between institutions lies within the discretion of the receiving college or university. Credits earned at other institutions may or may not be accepted by Acacia University. Likewise, credits earned at Acacia University may or may not be accepted by another institution depending upon its own programs, policies, and regulations. Students planning to complete credits for a graduate degree in another college, university, or graduate school are advised to contact the Admissions Office of such institution in advance of applying.

    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.


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    Payment Policies

    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).

    * Disclosure notice to US students:

    Acacia University offers graduate degrees for educators to achieve their professional goals. Completion of a degree program in itself does not constitute having a professional credential. Professional certifications and licenses are governed by boards empowered via State laws and/or professional organizations and commissions. Therefore, Acacia programs are NOT a pathway to teacher licensures 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.

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