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Master of Education in Administration online


This online degree program is designed to help educators develop leadership skills that allow 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 state principal certification exam.

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Ranked as a top affordable online graduate education program by both U.S. News & World Report and, 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.

icon $8,250* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 16 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours
icon $8,250* Total Program Cost
icon As few as 16 months Program Duration
icon 30 Credit Hours

Lamar University's College of Education and Human Development is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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

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We understand that it can be difficult to manage work, classes, life and finances. That’s why Lamar University offers an affordable online education with pay-by-the course options.

$8,250 Total program cost. Price includes distance learning fee.

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Total program cost depends upon transfer hours and program advisement relevant to program requirements. For more information, contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist contact a Lamar University enrollment specialist.

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Ready to get started on your degree program online but need help finding ways to fund your education? We can help you discover student financing sources that include grants, loans and other payment options. Learn more about financial aid here.

Doug Lum

"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."

-Doug Lum

Lamar University online M.Ed. in Administration


Lamar University's online Master of Education in Administration offers multiple opportunities per year to enter your program. So once you're ready to start, you won't have wait long!

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5-Week Courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Spring I 2020 1/21/2020 12/12/2019 1/16/2020 2/24/2020
Spring II 2020 3/2/2020 2/3/2020 2/27/2020 4/6/2020
Spring III 2020 4/13/2020 3/13/2020 4/9/2020 5/18/2020
Summer I 2020 6/1/2020 5/4/2020 5/28/2020 7/6/2020
Summer II 2020 7/13/2020 5/25/2020 7/9/2020 8/14/2020

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Lamar University's online programs have specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For specific questions or more details, view our admission FAQs.


Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $25 application fee online.


Teaching Certificate

Submit documentation of your valid, state-issued teaching certificate. Applicants must have at least two years of teaching experience.


Minimum 2.5 Undergraduate GPA

Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 in the institutional bachelor's will not be admitted.

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University Admission Requirements

  • Online Application & Fee: Complete online application and pay a one-time application fee of $25.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended*
  • Teaching Certificate: Students must have a valid state-issued teaching certificate upon enrolling in the program.
  • Teaching Experience: Applicants must have at least two years of teaching experience.
  • 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.

Out of state students should check with their state department of education to determine if there are specific state requirements needed.

Department of Educational Leadership Admission Requirements

The Department of Educational Leadership requires the following for admission to the department program. These requirements will be solicited from you at the time your Apply Texas application is uploaded to the Lamar University data system. You can determine right now if your place of employment is approved by TEA.

  • Teaching Certificate: Valid teaching certificate.** This does not include a probationary or permit issued certificate.
  • Teaching Experience: Two years teaching experience
  • Employment: Employed 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.
  • Personal essay
  • Reference: Reference from your principal

Out-of-state applicants must determine whether the program will meet their state credentialing requirements by contacting their state’s Dept. of Education.

**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.

Out of state students should check with their state department of education to determine if there are specific state requirements needed.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710


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*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Lamar University Office of Admissions will no longer require or college community college transcripts for graduate applicants. Official transcripts from all other institutions will be required. However, if a department or program wishes to review a community college transcript for decision purposes, the department or program may directly request the applicant to submit the official community college transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions for processing.

For students considering an academic program that leads to professional licensure in a state outside of Texas, such as Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Educational Diagnostician, Principal Certificate or Superintendent Certificate, please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside of Texas.


30 hours of coursework 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. The cost to the candidate for this service is $180.00.

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

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EDLD 5301: Research

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to skills and techniques necessary for research in education and counseling. Emphasis on planning, designing, and methodology leading to a research proposal.

EDLD 5312: Leadership Diverse Learners

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the relationships between and among human behavior, belief systems and administrative style.

EDLD 5311: Fundamentals of Leadership

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the relationships between and among human behavior, belief systems and administrative style.

EDLD 5333: Leadership for Accountability

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.

EDLD 5335: Curriculum Management

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Models of curriculum development and evaluation with particular emphasis on the management of these functions.

EDLD 5339: The Principalship

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.

EDLD 5344: School Law

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Interpretation and implementation of school law including a study of the Texas Education Code and the Handbook for Public School Law.

EDLD 5345: Human Resources Development

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.

EDLD 5352: Instructional Leadership

Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Techniques of improving instruction through application of research on effective schools and models of instruction.

EDLD 5398: Internship in Principal

Duration: 5 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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