Online Master of Arts in Education: Educational Administration

The Master of Arts in Education: Educational Administration degree assists administrators and equips teachers for exemplary administrative responsibility.

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 to deliver dynamic learning. Through a blend of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, you will engage in rich dialogue with your instructor and peers. 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; for instance, 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 Educational 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. Live synchronous sessions allow you to collaborate with your instructors, peers, and guest speakers. 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 August 21, 2017

Start in Spring

Term Dates
Spring II March 6, 2017
Spring II March 5, 2018


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, along with recruiting, developing, and retaining staff, and the theories and practices of collective bargaining.
  • EDUA 558: Financial Resources
  • 3
This course examines the trends, issues, scope and practices of school finance and personnel administration. Financial and personnel management strategies, techniques for developing a projected budget and strategic plan, theories of managing school personnel and addressing the evaluation protocol for classified and certificated personnel will be addressed.
  • EDUA 581: Educational Research: Methods and Analysis
  • 3
This course will provide students with an examination of the field of educational research by exploring qualitative research models, analyzing research articles, and applying measurement and basic statistical techniques to problems or issues in education. Students will learn the essentials needed to carry out the entire research process and develop a collaborative research proposal that will guide the qualitative action research project.
  • EDUA 590: Administrative Practicum
  • 3
The first practicum is taken concurrently with the first half of the course work. The goals of the practicum experiences are to foster the development of a positive organizational culture to facilitate and enable various constituencies to contribute to development and realization of organizational goals. The candidates are provided an opportunity to develop supervisory skills that promote improvement of instruction for all students including those from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The activities are typically conducted at the candidate’s school site. The practicum students and supervisors will meet for monthly meetings to offer mutual support based on their experiences.
  • EDUA 591: Advanced Administration Practicum
  • 3
The second practicum is taken concurrently with the second half of the course work and builds upon the accomplishments of the first practicum. The advanced practicum is designed to continue fostering the development of a positive organizational culture and to facilitate and enable various constituencies to contribute to the accomplishments of organizational goals. This experience provides students with the opportunity to develop advanced supervisory skills that promote the improvement of instruction for all students including those from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The practicum course requires students to develop objectives and specific sit-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-credit 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 the required assignment for each.

Required Dates

November 5, 2016
February 4, 2017
May 20, 2017

All symposia are held:
Saturdays from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
CU Center
Concordia University
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612

Tuition: Each symposium counts as one credit toward your 30-credit graduation requirement. You will enroll in 3 symposia throughout your program. You will be notified when it is time to register. Symposia are billed at one unit each (for a total of 3 units for the 3 symposia, the equivalent cost to a regular 3-unit class). Students will complete the prescribed assignment to receive a grade.

  • EDUA 605: Collaborative Capstone Project
  • 3
During this course, students work in collaborative groups and with their capstone advisor to finalize planning, implement the action plan, and write the action research report. An oral presentation upon completion of the project involves a critique of the students’ action research experiences. Prerequisite: EDUA 581.

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

2018-2019 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 Graduation Fee
Tuition $555/unit

Apply now.

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
    ** Must be on letterhead from applicant’s school
  • Minimum of two years of successful full-time teaching experience
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.70 or better

Application Deadlines

Term Dates
Spring II 2017 February 24, 2017
Fall I 2017 Aug 21, 2017
Spring II 2018 February 23, 2018

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