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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 Texas state principal certification exam.

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Program Overview

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16 months
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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.

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 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.

Lamar University’s M.Ed. in Administration, M.Ed. in Counseling and Development – Prof. School Counseling, and Program Certificate in Principal Education are accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

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Learn more about our affordable tuition

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

$9,735 Total program cost. Price includes distance learning fee.

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice due to action by the Board of Regents or the Texas State Legislature.

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

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.


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.

Upcoming Start Dates:

Apply by:9/12/22
Start Class:10/3/22

5 week courses Program Start Date Application Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day TEA Requirement Deadline Department Required Deadline
Summer II 07/11/2022 06/20/2022 07/07/2022 08/14/2022 07/03/2022 06/24/2022
Fall 1 08/22/2022 08/01/2022 08/15/2022 09/25/2022 08/15/2022 08/06/2022
Fall 2 10/03/2022 09/12/2022 09/26/2022 11/06/2022 09/26/2022 09/17/2022
Fall 3 11/14/2022 10/24/2022 11/07/2022 12/18/2022 11/07/2022 10/29/2022
Spring I 01/17/2023 12/27/2022 01/09/2023 02/19/2023 01/04/2023 01/06/2023
Spring II 02/27/2023 02/06/2023 02/21/2023 04/02/2023 02/15/2023 02/17/2023
Spring III 04/10/2023 03/20/2023 04/03/2023 05/14/2023 03/29/2023 03/31/2023

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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.

Online Application

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

Official Transcripts

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 a 2.5 in the institutional bachelor’s degree will be denied admission. Applicants with a Master’s Degree with a GPA over 3.0 will be accepted.

University Admission Requirements

  • Online Application & Fee: University requirements will be assessed by the online application through 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, 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 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.


Read about our M.Ed. in Administration online classes

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.

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.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to skills and techniques necessary for inferential and descriptive research in education and counseling. Emphasis on planning, designing, and methodology leading to a research proposal.
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 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
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
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: 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.

*Price includes distance learning fee.

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