Online Master of Arts in Education: Administrative Services Credential

Concordia University offers an online Master of Arts in Education with Administrative Services credential to assist administrators and to equip teachers for administrative responsibility. This program is designed to help the educator achieve skills toward effective leadership in elementary and secondary schools.

Teaching administrators.

With your master's degree in Educational Administration from Concordia University, you will be able to:

  • Develop basic skills in organizational management, coordination of student and staff personnel and communication.
  • Become aware of school governance structures and functions.
  • Acquire the necessary skills in decision-making, human resource management, public relations and evaluation.
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Fully online.

The online master’s in education degree in educational administration is exactly what it claims to be: fully online. You continue to live and work where you are, while the supervision and partnership of Concordia University comes to you. You’ll fulfill all program requirements online since the educational administration master’s in education degree utilizes state of the art technology and programs to deliver dynamic learning. You will be guided through your 100 hours of practicum by an onsite supervisor at your school – usually your principal or assistant principal. The site supervisor, along with your Concordia-based administrative supervisor, will coordinate and partner to help guide and provide you an enriched practicum experience.

State specific. Since you will be earning not only a master’s degree, but also an administrative services credential, it is important to understand that this program is a standards-based program rather than a course-based program. Because the California state standards are spread throughout all courses of the Educational Administration program, transferring credits is very difficult, because a candidate may have taken a course with a similar description but which lacks specific state standards. As such, transfer credits cannot be accepted into the Administration program.

Cohort learning
and mentorship.

You might think that being fully online means you won’t have opportunities to interact in meaningful ways with other educators or program supervisors, but that is not the case with Concordia University. With regional centers located throughout the southern California area and centrally in the San Francisco Bay area, there are real people who are going to be engaging you throughout your program experience. You will have support and mentorship through partnership between your school site and Concordia supervisors.

You will also be encouraged to make a trip every so often to come in person to participate in three weekend symposiums. It’s a great opportunity to be face-to-face with other members of your cohort and connect in person with supervisors. The sessions last four hours and are followed by meeting times with your Concordia program supervisor. After that, you could be headed to the beach in beautiful southern California for a weekend refresher! Start considering a little vacation while still completing coursework!

If you cannot make a trip to southern California for symposiums, you can still participate in a smaller gathering either through a regional site or at home on your laptop or tablet. Conference technologies and live streaming allow you to attend every meeting or symposium from the comfort of your favorite chair or coffee shop.

Start dates.

You may start your program in either the Fall I semester or Spring II semester. The MAED in Administration runs on an eight week cycle per course as indicated by the dates below, including seasonal holiday considerations.

Start in Fall

Term Dates
Fall I Aug 19 - Oct 11, 2013
Fall II Oct 14 - Dec 13, 2013
Spring I Jan 6 - Feb 28, 2014
Spring II Mar 3 - May 2, 2014
Summer May 5 - Jun 27, 2014
Fall I Aug 18 - Oct 10, 2014
Fall II Oct 13 - Dec 12, 2014
Spring I Jan 5 - Feb 27, 2015
Spring II Mar 2 - May 1, 2015
Summer May 4 - Jun 26, 2015 (Tentatively)

Start in Spring

Term Dates
Spring II Mar 3 - May 2, 2014
Summer May 5 - Jun 27, 2014
Fall I Aug 18 - Oct 10, 2014
Fall II Oct 13 - Dec 12, 2014
Spring I Jan 5 - Feb 27, 2015
Spring II Mar 2 - May 1, 2015
Summer May 4 - June 26, 2015
Fall I Aug 18 - Oct 11, 2015
Fall II Oct 13 - Dec 12, 2015
Spring I Jan - Feb 2016 (TBD)

Coursework.

This Master’s in Education degree in Educational Administration requires 30 units of coursework in conjunction with an action research project. Explore the topics and skills related to each course here.

  • Educational Administration Core Courses
  • 30 Units
  • EDUA 516: Instructional and Transformational Leadership
  • 3
This course combines the important theories of educational leadership with the theories of transformational leadership. This course examines the context of change as it impacts society and its schools; determines leadership qualities and skills necessary for creating successful and enduring change in schools; explores the culture and politics of change as it relates to various members of the school community including administrators, teachers, students, parents, and community leaders; and develops effective strategies for marketing, managing, implementing, and integrating change in three essential areas--teaching, learning, and leadership. This course will provide students with an understanding of school organization and the management and leadership of schools.
  • EDUA 517: Curriculum Design and Evaluation
  • 3
This course will provide students with an intensive study of pedagogical approaches and materials including state curriculum documents, the curricular recommendations of professional associates, recommendations that have emerged from recent educational research, and the recommendations of recent reform movements. Specific emphasis will be given to the study of alternative approaches to curriculum theory, design, practice, and evaluation.
  • EDUA 556: Legal and Political Aspects in Education
  • 3
This course will explore the shaping of education in America by law and the legal system. Many of today’s issues of educational policy are also issues of law: desegregation, the treatment of students with disabilities, English as a second language, religion in the schools, and school finance. Consequently, decisions regarding schools increasingly are being made by the courts. This course provides the educator a basic knowledge of the judicial branch of the government and its impact on education.
  • EDUA 557: Human Resources
  • 3
This course examines the trends, issues, scope and practices of personnel administration in schools. Personnel management strategies, theories of managing school personnel and addressing the evaluation protocol for classified and certificated personnel will be addressed.
  • EDUA 558: Financial Resources
  • 3
This course examines the trends, issues, scope and practices of school finance. Financial management strategies, techniques for developing a projected budget and strategic plan, Local Control Funding Formula and Local Control Accountability Plan will be addressed.
  • EDUA 581: Educational Research: Methods and Analysis
  • 3
This course examines how action research can generate knowledge in education to effect school change and school improvement. Multiple forms of data collection and data analysis are examined, to provide students with research strategies by which to evaluate educational programs and practices. The course assists students in formulating problem statements, articulating research questions, connecting theory to practice (literature review), aligning data collection strategies with research questions, increasing the validity of a study, illustrating ways to analyze data, drawing conclusions based on data, and reporting the results of the study.
  • EDUA 590: Practicum in Educational Administration
  • 3
In the Administrative Fieldwork/Practicum (EDUA 590/591) students examine administrative and supervisory behaviors in the context of the school site based upon Anchor Activities and other administrative experience activities. These activities are designed to give students hands-on experiences at the school site and the district level. A minimum of 20 hours of the activities must be at the district level and minimum of 20 hours must be at a site different from where the Practicum Student works. This experience provides students with the opportunity to develop supervisory skills that promote improvement of instruction for all students including those from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The practicum course requires students to develop objectives and specific site-based activities that relate to the organizational and cultural environment of the school.
  • EDUA 591: Practicum in Educational Administration
  • 3
In the Administrative Fieldwork/Practicum (EDUA 590/591) students examine administrative and supervisory behaviors in the context of the school site based upon Anchor Activities and other administrative experience activities. These activities are designed to give students hands-on experiences at the school site and the district level. A minimum of 20 hours of the activities must be at the district level and minimum of 20 hours must be at a site different from where the Practicum Student works. This experience provides students with the opportunity to develop supervisory skills that promote improvement of instruction for all students including those from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The practicum course requires students to develop objectives and specific site-based activities that relate to the organizational and cultural environment of the school.
  • EDUA 593: Saturday Symposium (1 unit each)
  • 3
EDUA 593 is a series of three one-unit "best practices" symposia held on various Saturdays throughout the school year. Each symposium presents a new topic on critical issues in education for administrators as presented by distinguished participants in the educational administration field. Students attend three symposia throughout the administration program and complete an assignment for each. Symposium events are held at the Irvine campus. Online students will have Internet access to the events.
  • EDR 605: Action Research
  • 3
Students enrolled in EDR 605 Action Research work individually or in small groups, and with their faculty advisor to finalize planning, implement the action plan, and write the action research report. Students collaborate online, and when necessary face-to-face, with their faculty advisor and other group members to share and discuss the progress of their project. Ultimately, students meet with their faculty advisor and other students at the Capstone Experience oral presentations to share and discuss project outcomes and reflections.

Master Teacher Creates Masterpieces.

Since graduating from Concordia University with his Master of Arts in Education, Gregory McFall has been named a District Teacher of the Year, Orange County Teacher of the Year, and California State Teacher of the Year. Through his training at Concordia and practical applications both in the classroom and with the surf club he started, Greg continually refines his ability to connect with his students by showing how much he cares and believes in each of them.

Dr. Margaret Christmas-Thomas
Assistant Professor of Education

A reputation for excellence.

At Concordia University, we recognize that amazing educators are a natural product of faculty who inspire and skillfully prepare others to teach.  For this reason, experienced Christian faculty members who are committed to uniting outstanding, fully accredited programming with vocational mission thoughtfully design each course in the program.  Their leadership and expertise are why the School of Education at Concordia University enjoys an excellent reputation in the academic community with graduates teaching throughout the region.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are included here for your reference, but are subject to change without notice.

Tuition/Fee Cost
Application Fee $50
International Application Fee $150
Graduation Fee $140
Tuition $480/unit

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To complete your admission file we will need:

  • Completed Application
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Official copies of all college/university transcripts
  • Two completed reference forms
  • Completed Admission Essay
  • Copy of Teaching Credential
  • Copy of CBEST Card
  • Verification of Experience Form

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