The master of arts (MA) in educational leadership and administration is designed to prepare candidates for leadership and administrative positions in a variety of educational settings. This program emphasizes an understanding of the complexities of change in schools, communities and organizations. Participants develop and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to create and maintain learning environments that value diversity, continual knowledge acquisition, instructional leadership, innovative and ethical decision making, reflective and relational practice, and successful achievement of all students.
The MA in educational leadership and administration is for K-12 teachers who are passionate about schools, teachers and student learning. This program is an excellent way for students to rekindle their passion and to work on school improvement and student learning while meeting their professional development goals.
A challenging curriculum will deepen leadership capabilities, enhance learning and professional growth, and help candidates to think critically about the challenges in education today. Coursework provides opportunities for students to integrate knowledge learned in the field of leadership. Internship hours are required and offer students an opportunity to integrate leadership skills learned in coursework under an approved on-site mentor. Learning opportunities are presented in large and small group discussions, case studies, lectures, scenarios, simulations, problem-based actives, project based learning and field experiences which are integrated into the coursework.
This program meets the standards of the National Educational Leadership Preparation Program (NELP) program for building leaders and the MO Leader Standards. It is approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Skills taught prepare students to assume leadership roles in instruction, management, supervision, school improvement and problem solving.
Webster University does not issue principal certification but provides the coursework leading to certification. Students seeking an out-of-state certificate must contact their state's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for information on requirements for administrative certificates. Some states require students to complete the entire program at one university before issuing certification.
Students seeking certification must take the appropriate Praxis for their state. Missouri students will take the MOCA 78. All students will take the Missouri Performance Assessment. This assessment is embedded in coursework.
This program is designed to be completed in three semesters and one summer term.