Earn Your Master of Education in Administration Online


This online degree program is designed to help educators develop leadership expertise that allows them to build diverse, inclusive learning communities of continuous improvement. With instruction from experienced superintendents and relevant, research-based content based on the needs of today's educators and school districts, you will become fully prepared for the Texas state principal certification exam.

Apply by: 8/1/24
Start class: 8/22/24

Program Overview

Get to know our 100% online M.Ed. in Administration

Ranked as a top affordable online graduate education program by both U.S. News & World Report and GetEducated.com, Lamar University’s M.Ed. in Administration online program gives you the benefit of hands-on experience from day one, immersing you in research and helping you gain valuable real-world experience throughout the program. You will begin by delving into the planning, designing and methodology of your research proposal and building skills in gathering and analyzing data.

In addition to research and evidence-based instructional and curriculum management skills, with an online Master of Education in Administration degree, you also will learn best practices and techniques for instructional leadership related to curriculum, instruction and supervision, as well as the theories and methods for adult learning and professional development. By developing effective communication and mentoring skills, you’ll build expertise in teacher evaluation and personnel management. Finally, through internship experiences in supervision and principalship, you will gain job-related knowledge in supervision and facilities management.

In this program, you will gain advanced expertise in:

  • The key roles of technology, research, accountability and legal issues in educational administration
  • Developing essential partnerships with stakeholders in your school community for the express goal of supporting student learning
  • Effective organizational, discipline, human resources and fiscal management strategies
  • The key roles of technology, research, accountability and legal issues in educational administration
  • Developing essential partnerships with stakeholders in your school community for the express goal of supporting student learning
  • Effective organizational, discipline, human resources and fiscal management strategies
Total Tuition $10,260*
Duration As few as 13 months
Credit Hours 30

*Distance learning fee is included in the tuition listed



Lamar University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The M.Ed. in Administration, M.Ed. in Counseling and Development – Prof. School Counseling, and Program Certificate in Principal Education have been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through December 2027.

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The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Education in Administration online. Our tuition is affordable and can be paid by the course.

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Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $10,260*
Per Credit Hour $342
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Don't let time constraints or financial constraints keep you from entering the program. The flexibility of the Lamar University online program is student friendly and the quality of the instruction is excellent.

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Doug Lum Lamar University Alumni

I'm proud of it. People ask me where I got my master's, and I say, 'Lamar University. They have an extensive online program you can do.' The flexibility really drew me to it.

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See the important dates you need to know

Our Master of Education in Administration online program features multiple start dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Find the start date that works best for you and apply before the application deadline associated with it.

5 week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlinePayment DueLast Class DayTEA Requirement DeadlineDepartment Required Deadline
Summer II7/1/246/17/246/24/248/1/246/24/246/17/24
Fall 18/22/248/1/248/15/249/18/248/15/248/8/24
Fall 29/30/249/9/249/20/2410/30/249/23/249/9/24
Fall 311/4/2410/14/2410/28/2412/5/2410/28/2410/14/24
Spring I1/16/2512/26/241/9/252/26/25
Spring II2/27/252/6/252/20/254/9/25
Spring III4/7/253/17/253/31/255/7/25

Now enrolling:

Apply Date 8/1/24
Class Starts 8/22/24

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Here are the steps to being admitted to our M.Ed. in Administration online program

The Master of Education in Administration online program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • Teaching Certificate
  • Minimum 2.5 Undergraduate GPA

University Admission Requirements

  • Online Application & Fee: University requirements will be assessed by the online application through ApplyTexas.org. There is a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • Conferred degree GPAs will be used for admission purposes. Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 in the conferred bachelor’s degree will be denied admission. Applicants with a conferred master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA and above will be accepted.
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Waivers of any experience or certification requirements will be initiated by Lamar University Admissions staff as necessary in instances where they may not apply, such as applications from states that do not require certification for licensure.

Department of Educational Leadership Admission Requirements

The Department of Educational Leadership requires the following for admission to the department programs. Instructions for the department application and reference will be e-mailed to you after your ApplyTexas application is processed. Instructions for submitting the other documents will be e-mailed separately if you are accepted to the program.

  • Department application with essay responses
  • Reference: Reference from a principal or assistant principal who has supervised you.
  • Teaching Certificate: Valid teaching certificate.** This does not include a probationary or permit issued certificate.
  • Teaching Experience: Two years teaching experience. Applicants seeking certification in Texas should request a service record with an authorized signature from their HR office.
  • Employment: Applicants seeking certification in Texas must conduct practicum/internship activities on a TEA-approved public or private school campus.*** To determine if your school is TEA approved, please use the following links: public school or private school.

View information regarding licensure outside the state of Texas. Students who do not conduct practicum activities on an approved campus in Texas are not eligible to apply for certification in Texas or take the Texas principal certification exam/assessment.

**Please note that out-of-state students may not be required to meet this criteria.

***Not applicable to out-of-state students unless taking the TExES Principal Exam.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710


Submit electronically to [email protected]

*All applicants must submit official transcript(s) indicating: 1) The conferred bachelor's or master's degree as required for the program of application from a regionally accredited US institution or its equivalent. 2) The transcript of the most recent attendance if it differs from the institution of the conferred degree. This requirement applies regardless of the length of time in attendance and regardless of whether credit was earned or is desired. However, if a department or program wishes to review additional transcripts from prior attendance for decision purposes, the department or program may directly request the applicant to submit the official transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions for processing. Students must be eligible to re-enter all colleges and universities previously attended. Failure to disclose previous college attendance is justification for revocation of acceptance and dismissal from Lamar University.


Read about our M.Ed. in Administration online classes

The 30 hours of coursework for this program include the capstone Internship (EDLD-5398) course, which requires successful completion of all other courses prior to enrollment. Courses are offered on a rotational basis and not every course is offered in each session. EDLD-5311 and EDLD-5398 are offered each session.

The Texas Education Agency requires students in online programs who live and work out of state and who plan to apply for Texas Principal Certification to undergo review of teaching credentials by the Texas Education Agency.

View information regarding licensure outside the state of Texas.

Note: Lamar University Graduate Education Programs do not permit students to take coursework for transient credit.

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School Law for Educators focuses on the legal rights and responsibilities of school personnel to adhere to relevant constitutional, statutory, administrative and judicial law governing public education and includes ethics and digital citizenship.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the relationships between and among human behavior, belief systems and administrative style.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A study of short and long-range planning and problem solving techniques of effective school leaders. Special emphasis will be given to applications in an individual campus and the relationship to district planning processes.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Models of curriculum development and evaluation with particular emphasis on the management of these functions.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course positions the school leader as the effective manager of the organization and its operations. Multiple topics are addressed such as safe and effective learning environments, student support services, school policies and procedures, discipline management, behavior intervention, and fiscal issues in school management.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Fundamentals of human relations and organizational behavior in developing programs of recruitment, selection, assignment, evaluation, promotion and termination of personnel.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Techniques of improving instruction through application of research on effective schools and models of instruction.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction, analysis and usage of educational research. Overview of the research process including design, methodology, ethics and proposal development.
Duration: 15 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Designed to give the prospective principal job-related experience under the joint supervision of a school administrator and faculty of Lamar University. Management issues include: operations resources, facilities, and safety. Study of the instructional and administrative proficiencies necessary for effective schools. Should be the last course taken. May be repeated once for credit.

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