ONLINE MAEd/ADM DEGREE
ONLINE MAED DEGREE
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Register by: May 17, 2023
You’ll study from curriculum aligned with national standards set by the Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (PSEL) and complete an administrative internship to gain real-world, field-based experience in school administration.
Our program support specialist can help you navigate principal licensure and credentialing requirements. We’ll also help you with school placements for your clinical experience and clinical practice through our close partnerships with hundreds of school districts nationwide. Requirements for licensure vary by state.
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You’ll need 38 credits to complete this Master of Arts in Education/Administration and Supervision. Your course schedule may vary based on transferable credits.
Here’s where you’ll pick up your program-specific knowledge. By the time you finish these courses, you should have the confidence and skills needed in an education environment.
Elective courses allow you to learn about topics you’re interested in. That means you’ll have a degree that’s unique to you and your education goals.
Here’s where you’ll pick up the bulk of your program-specific knowledge. By the time you finish these courses, you should have the confidence and skills needed in this field.
Each course shows which in-demand skills are covered — so you know when you'll have the opportunity to demonstrate the skills employers want.Learn more about skills-based learning
This course is designed to provide an orientation to the primary components of the Master of Arts in Education–Administration and Supervision program. Students will be introduced to the program's progression and degree completion requirements. Field experiences, electronic resources, e-portfolios, benchmark assignments, and the administrative internship will be discussed.
This course provides learners in College of Education programs with strategies for academic success within the University of Phoenix adult learning model. Learners will apply written and oral communication principles to their roles as educators, examine research methods for finding and evaluating resources, and develop effective skills in collaboration and critical thinking in preparation for their program and workplace.
This course provides students with an overview of educational leadership and with an understanding of the issues in educational leadership positions. Students analyze the various styles of leadership and explore how leadership enhances an educational environment. Students examine information on collaborative processes and on how educational leaders can create high performing teams.
This course provides candidates the opportunity to examine and to reflect upon equity, diversity, and access in education. In particular, the course focuses on the potential for contributions of students, families, teachers, and staff through equitable participation in school practices, programs, and curriculum. Candidates examine their personal beliefs, as well as issues regarding equity, diversity, and access, in the context of leadership.
This course examines legal and ethical principles and practices in the context of the educational setting. The legal framework, laws, liability, curriculum, attendance, religion, and school safety are all discussed, analyzed, and applied to current educational practices.
This course examines principals’ responsibilities related to supervision of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Principal candidates study the relationships among supervision, curriculum design, national and state standards, and effective instructional practice for diverse learners. Candidates also review the types of assessments that school leaders must be familiar with, the use of assessments to measure and support student achievement, the continuous school improvement model, and the development of school improvement plans. In addition, candidates participate in field experiences related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
This internship experience provides comprehensive field-based training designed to develop competencies needed by school principals with an emphasis on instructional leadership. Application of all principles and techniques of planning and managing curriculum and instruction, accountability systems, leadership, problem solving, and organizing will be addressed.
This course provides students with an overview of an administrator's role in a wide array of special programs offered in public schools today. Candidates examine programs and services geared towards diverse student populations, including special education, English learners (EL), gifted education, Title I, alternative education, early childhood, career readiness, and school counseling programs. In addition, candidates learn about the importance of student and teacher leadership, as well as Response to Intervention (RTI) as a model for school improvement.
This course provides an overview for principal candidates in the basic concepts of school finance and facilities management. Topics include school funding and finance, legal and political issues of school funding, and the benefits of school funding. Principal candidates will also examine issues regarding facilities planning and management. Principal candidates will participate in field experiences related to school finance and facilities management.
This course focuses on the responsibilities involved in human resources administration in education. Methods of recruitment, selection, induction, development, compensation, and appraisal are examined. In addition, the course analyzes strategic planning, employment continuity, employment justice including laws, policies and procedures, and unionism.
This internship experience provides comprehensive field-based training designed to develop competencies needed by school principals with an emphasis on organizational management. Application of all principles and techniques of planning, leadership, problem solving, organizing, human resource management, personnel evaluation, and budgeting will be addressed.
This course focuses on the role of the school principal as a catalyst in developing and maintaining relationships with families, business and community groups, and the media to support a school's vision and programs. Candidates examine the importance of public relations, effective communication practices, and strategies for identifying a community's resources, interests, and needs. Candidates will also analyze ethical considerations for working with external stakeholders, establishing effective media relations, and building business partnerships to benefit their school and community. In addition, candidates plan a social action project that involves school, families, community, and the media.
Learners examine the process of conducting their own classroom-based or school-based research. The course provides practical experience with action research components in the educational setting for everyday instruction. Learners will use research and data to enhance the instructional environment and to promote lifelong learning.
This course focuses on the use of assessments in K–12 education and in developing school improvement plans from a principal perspective. Students will review the types of assessments that a school leader needs to be familiar with, and they will review how a school leader can use assessments to measure student achievement. Additionally, the model and processes of continuous school improvement are explored.
This internship experience provides comprehensive field-based training designed to develop competencies needed by school principals with an emphasis on community and media relations. Application of all principles and techniques of planning, managing, leadership, problem solving, organizing, working with the media, and family and community relations will be addressed.
College of Education students will find many helpful resources on COE Central. Program handbooks provide a wealth of information on topics such as professional expectations, clinical experiences, clinical practice, internships, edTPA and much more. Milestone roadmaps, technology and multimedia resources, and various toolkits are also available.
Your academic counselor will help you schedule your classes for the Master of Arts in Education/Administration and Supervision.
Plus, you’ll find support from our dedicated program support specialists who partner with you during your required 30 hours field experience (minimum) and 240 hours internship (or more if required by your state). Our program support specialists also help you navigate state licensure requirements, principal certification and any questions you encounter along the way.
When you earn your online Master of Arts in Education/Administration and Supervision, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job.
You'll learn how to:
The Master of Arts in Education/Administration and Supervision is a graduate degree program intended to prepare candidates for K-12 school principal licensure. Candidates for this program have already earned a bachelor’s degree. The program includes a clinical component requiring field experiences and an administrative internship above and beyond program coursework. There may be additional qualifications and/or disqualifications applicable in order to work as a principal with any local, state or federal entity. Requirements for licensure vary by state.
A MAEd/ADM can prepare you to be a:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for elementary, middle and high school principals is projected to be as fast as average between 2021 and 2031.
BLS projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.
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The Master of Arts in Education/Administration and Supervision (MAEd/ADM) program educationally prepares students to apply for initial principal certification in select states.
Educator/Principal licensure requirements vary by state. Candidates located in a state that does not provide a direct path to licensure will be required to obtain Arizona certification first, prior to seeking licensure in their home state as an out-of-state prepared teacher/principal candidate. Arizona certification requires candidates to pass all Arizona-specific licensure requirements, including any Arizona-specific exams (or home state equivalents if recognized by Arizona Department of Education.) After obtaining an Arizona teacher/principal certificate, candidates can then apply for licensure in their home state and may be required to complete additional testing and/or requirements at additional cost. Program requirements may change based upon your home state’s agency licensure requirements. Please visit the teacher licensure page or the principal licensure page for state specific requirements prior to reaching out to your state agency.
*While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.