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Master of Education in Educational Administration online

The Master of Education in Educational Administration 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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PLUS: $1,000 in tuition savings on any LU online program Learn More >>

About the Program

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in as few as 16 months
30 credit hours
$275 per credit hour*

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

In addition to research- and evidence-based instructional and curriculum management skills, with an online master’s degree in Educational 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.

For students considering Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Educational Diagnostician, Principal Certificate or Superintendent Certificate, or any other academic program that leads to professional licensure in a state outside of Texas, please contact the applicable licensure board(s) in the state you 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.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

Online Courses

30 hours of coursework includes 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.

EDLD 5311 Fundamentals of Leadership and Technology

This course provides students the opportunity to construct a foundation of leadership through fundamental theories of leadership. Students define their own purpose of leadership and begin to develop the basic skills required to build communities that support learning for all students. Special emphasis is given to leadership as relationships between and among people and systems.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDLD 5326 School Community Relations

This course provides a foundation for developing relationships with stakeholders within the school community; students, faculty, parents, and the community at large for the expressed goal of supporting student learning. A fundamental purpose of the course is to understand and implement strategies to develop essential partnerships between schools and the larger community to foster student learning and achievement.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDLD 5333 Leadership for Accountability

This course concentrates on both short and long-range district and campus planning. Students will examine the state accountability system; disaggregate data, and use data and resources to improve instruction and the curriculum. An emphasis will be placed on problem solving techniques and facilitation skills of effective school leaders.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDLD 5335 Curriculum Management

This course builds an understanding of curriculum models, curriculum frameworks, including those articulated at the state level, alignment of instruction to standards, and assessment of learning outcomes. District level curriculum and policies are reviewed. The alignment of policy, goals, and human resources are examined with application to a specified school context.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDLD 5339 Organization & Management Issues

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
EDLD 5344 School Law

This course provides teachers a foundation to understand the legal, ethical, and policy dimensions of education. Special emphasis is given to the interpretation of case law, Texas Education Code, and federal and state statutes.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDLD 5345 Human Resource Management

This course focuses on building the human resources to support the learning and instructional mission of the school and the attainment of school goals. Topics include: ethical considerations in interactions with others, district policy and its relationship to personnel, confidentiality, employment and personnel law, contract renewal and non-renewal, teacher development, and an understanding of motivational theories and its application within the school environment.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership

This course emphasizes techniques for improving instruction and learning through the application of the research on effective schools and on models of instruction. Topics include leadership related to curriculum, instruction, supervision, and theories and methods for adult learning and professional development. The principal as the leader of learning involves such tasks as teacher evaluation, supervision, mentoring, and effective communication.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDLD 5397 Internship for Supervision

Designed to give the prospective supervisor job-related experience under the joint supervision of a school district supervisor and faculty of Lamar University.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
EDLD 5398 Internship in Principal

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.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3


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

Upcoming Start Dates:

January 22, 2019

Apply by December 20, 2018

March 4, 2019

Apply by February 27, 2019

April 15, 2019

Apply by March 14, 2019

Tuition & Financial Aid

For nearly a century, Lamar University has been committed to offering a high quality education that is also accessible to students at all levels of financial need.


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


Per Credit Hour. Price includes distance learning fee.

Financial Aid

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.


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.

* All applicants must submit official, sealed, transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Send transcripts to: Lamar University Online Admissions, P.O. Box 10017, Beaumont, Texas 77710
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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

Students with a GPA of 3.0 and higher are eligible for a GRE waiver.

Program-Specific Requirements

Verify the departmental and program-specific admission requirements for this program.


Doug Lum, Lamar University online M.Ed. in Educational Administration

“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 Educational Administration

Read Doug’s story.