The Master of Arts in Educational Administration degree program at Governors State University provides in-depth study to prepare school administrators and leaders to meet the challenges of a demanding educational environment. Our graduates are caring, critical, reflective professionals who are academically strong, pedagogically skilled and responsive to the needs of our diverse society.

Outstanding Preparation

You can choose from three areas of concentration to advance your career:

  • Chief School Business Official (K-12)
  • Higher Education Administration (colleges and universities)
  • Principal Leadership (K-12)

Field and clinical experiences give you the opportunity to transition from the classroom to a leadership role. You will gain authentic experience and an appreciation and understanding of diversity and social justice.

For more information, contact Program Advisor Carla Johnson.

Chief School Business Official

Course Requirements for Sequence in Chief School Business Official Endorsement


I. Required Courses (33 Hours)

EDAD 6621 Foundations of School Administration and Organization (3)
EDAD 7729 Research in Educational Administration (3)
EDAD 7731 Community Relations (3)
EDAD 8832 School Finance (3)
EDAD 8833 School Law (3)
EDAD 8836 Administration of School Personnel (3)
EDAD 8838 Collective Negotiations (3)
EDAD 8839 School Finance II: Advanced Concepts/Chief School Business Official (3)
EDAD 8840 School Finance III: Applications/Chief School Business Official (3)
EDAD 8845 School Business Internship (3)

EDAD 8865 Information Technology for School Administrators (3)


II. Selectives (3 Hours)

(With advisor’s approval)


III. Elective Requirement

(3 Hours over three terms at 1 Hour each term.)
(For all degree seeking and certificate students without CSBO experience.)

EDAD 8846 Practical Experience in School Business Management (1)


IV. Total - 36-39 Hours

Higher Education Administration

Course Requirements for Sequence in Higher Education Administration


I. Required Courses (30 Hours)

EDAD 7729 Research in Educational Administration (3)
HEAD 6618 The Adult Learner (3)
HEAD 6621 Foundations of Higher Education Administration and Organization (3)
HEAD 6625 Institutions of Higher Education (3)
HEAD 7713 Leadership and Organizational.Behavior in Higher Education (3)
HEAD 7731 Community Relations and Higher Education (3)
HEAD 8823 Higher Education Administration (3)
HEAD 8833 Higher Education Law (3)
HEAD 8834 Practicum in Higher Education Administration I (3)

HEAD 8835 Practicum in Higher Education Administration II (3)


II. Selectives (6 Hours)

With advisor’s approval, select six hours from the following courses:
EDAD 6661 Curriculum Development and Learning Theories (3)
EDAD 7724 School Supervision (3)
EDAD 8836 Administration of School Personnel (3)
EDAD 8838 Collective Negotiations (3)
EDAD 8865 Information Technology for School Administrators (3)
HEAD 8832 Higher Education Finance (3)

 

III. Total - 36 Hours

Principal Leadership

A faculty supervisor will be assigned to each candidate throughout the duration of the coursework. The faculty supervisor will serve as an advisor and mentor for the candidate. There is no thesis or comprehensive exam required by GSU, but candidates must pass the  teacher evaluator assessment and the principal assessment required by the State. Candidates will earn a Master's Degree in Educational Administration.

Program Requirements

EDAD 7801 Organizational Leadership (3)
EDAD 7802 Technology Driven Leadership (3)
EDAD 7803 Principal as Evaluator (3)
EDAD 7804 Principal as Curriculum Leader (3)
EDAD 7901 Instructional Leadership (3)
EDAD 8101 School Improvement Process (3)
EDAD 8102 Leading for All Students (3)
EDAD 7906 Effective Operations for Fall (1)
EDAD 7904 Effective Operations for Spring (1)
EDAD 7905 Effective Operations for Summer (1)
EDAD 8103 School Law for Principals (3)
EDAD 8105 Engaging the Community (3)
EDAD 8201 Principal Internship I (2)
EDAD 8202 Principal Internship II (2)
EDAD 8203 Principal Internship III (2)

Total: 36 Hours

 

Application materials that need to be submitted to evaluate each candidate are:

  •  A letter of application expressing your interest in the program.
  •  A portfolio containing evidence of teacher leader achievements.
  •  Letter(s) of recommendation from an administrator who can attest to your leadership potential.
  •  A copy of your valid and current Illinois teaching certificate.
  •  A letter from your district verifying two years of teaching experience on a valid professional educator license.
  •  Verification of successfully passing the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP).
  •  Completion, after the evidence-submittal process, of both University and College applications.
  •  Copies of transcripts: undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 or a GRE score of 300 and writing score of 4.

For further information contact: Joseph J. Matula, Program Coordinator at jmatula@govst.edu.

General Program Requirements

Licensure/Endorsement

Completion of the Principal Leadership sequence leads to the Illinois Professional Educator license endorsed in Principalship. Completion of the Chief School Business Official sequence leads to the Illinois Professional Educator License endorsed in CSBO. Note: Holders of an MBA from a regionally accredited institution may wish to complete the school finance sequence (EDAD8839, EDAD8840 and EDAD8845) to prepare for service as Chief School Business Officials. Check the ISBE website (www.isbe.net) for detailed information about Chief School Business Official Endorsement requirements for holders of an MBA.

Program Requirements

In order to continue in the program after meeting the university admission criteria, students must submit the following documentation before completing nine hours of course work, which must include EDAD6621 and EDAD7729.
Submit to the College of Education in the supplemental application packet:

  • Transcripts showing a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or higher in all undergraduate work attempted and all grades in graduate course work at a “B” or better.
  • Scores from the Graduate record Examination (GRE General Test) including a score of “4” or higher on the Writing Subtest.

Additional submissions for the sequence in Principal Leadership include:

  • Copy of a valid Illinois or comparable out-of-state Professional Educator License.
  • Evidence of two years teaching experience in a recognized public or private school as directed in the application materials.

Additional submissions for the sequence in Principal Leadership and Chief School Business Official:

  • Two recommendations submitted on the EDAD Admissions Recommendation Form. Recommendations must be completed by a school administrator who holds an Illinois Professional Educator License endorsed in Principalship or an out-of-state equivalent administrative license and submitted in a sealed envelope.
  • Evidence of having passed the Basic Skills Test or Test of Academic Proficiency of the Illinois Certification Testing System, or of possessing an Illinois license that required passing this test.

Additional submissions for the sequence in Chief School Business Official only:

  • Evidence of two years of administrative experience in school business management is required before applying for state licensure.

Additional submissions for the sequence in Higher Education Administration:

  • Two recommendations submitted on the EDAD Admissions Recommendation Form. Recommendations must be completed by a university administrator and submitted in a sealed envelope.
  • Evidence of two years of experience in a higher education setting.

After the student has completed EDAD6621 and EDAD7729, the faculty will review this information and recommend that the student continue in the program, continue in the program conditionally, or be dismissed from the program. To receive a recommendation to continue, the student must earn a grade of “B” or better in EDAD6621 and EDAD7729.

Admission to Candidacy

To continue in the program, the student must be accepted as a candidate for the M.A. in Educational Administration degree program after completing EDAD6621, EDAD7729, and two other courses listed on the student’s approved study plan. Students must submit to the Division of Education Graduate Advising Office an application for candidacy in the semester that they expect to have completed 12 credit-hours in courses required in the program: September 30 for fall semester, January 31 for Spring semester, or May 31 for summer term. Application forms are available in the student portal.
To qualify for candidacy, a student must:

  • Have completed the four courses referred to above with a GPA of 3.00.
  • Display, or be judged as exhibiting, or developing, the dispositions expected of graduate students as listed in the “Teacher Licensure” section in the GSU catalog.
  • Receive a positive recommendation from the Educational Administration faculty.

Student Progress

The faculty monitor and evaluate student progress continually. The section “Teacher Licensure and Education” in the GSU catalog provides a general description of the standards used to evaluate student progress. A more detailed statement of the standards and processes followed by the Educational Administration faculty is available in the Educational Administration Student Handbook available in the student portal.

Degree Requirements

Students must meet all university requirements for a Master’s degree.
In addition students must:

  1. Successfully complete 33 hours of required course work including supervised practica and three hours of selected course work.
  2. Pass a comprehensive examination.
  3. Meet all other requirements listed in the Educational Administration Student Handbook.

Academic Advising

The Division of Education provides professional Academic Advisors to serve the needs of all of its candidates. Your program's Academic Advisors are the ideal first contacts for:

  • Individuals considering transfer into this degree program.
  • Newly admitted candidates who need to develop a plan of study, including evaluation of transfer credits.
  • Continuing candidates who have questions or comments on program policies, procedures and requirements.
    The Advisor for the Master of Arts in Educational Administration program is Ms. Carla Johnson. Ms. Johnson's office is located in The Graduate Advisement Center room D34035. She can be reached via phone: 708.235.3989 or email: cjohnson@govst.edu.