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Master of Science in Education, Administration

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Teacher Education -
Master of Science Degree

Missouri School Leader Certification Program


The mission of the Teacher Education Department is to develop reflective educators for a global society.


The MSSU Teacher Education faculty and staff are dedicated to developing competent teachers who will incorporate into their classrooms a strong foundation of knowledge and pedagogy; a lifelong love of teaching and learning; and motivation to improve practice through reflection, self-study, and professional development.  It is our goal to assure that all candidates become ethical classroom practitioners, cognizant of the need to help all students meet their full learning potential.  All Teacher Education programs have been approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

About the Program                                                                        

This program aligns with the Missouri Leader Standards, which emphasize the school leader as a competent manager and instructional leader who continuously acquires new knowledge and skills and is constantly seeking to improve leadership practice to provide for high academic achievement for all students. Courses and assessments in this program encourage prospective school leaders to exercise good professional judgment and to use these standards to inform and improve their own practice.  Upon completion of the required coursework, students in the program will be eligible to register for the Missouri School Leader Performance Assessment (MoSLPA), which will be completed during your clinical experience prior to graduating from the program.  The other exam required for certification is the Building-Level Administrator Missouri Content Assessment.     

This M.S.Ed., Administration program follows a cohort structure allowing two courses per semester (6 credit hours) which will be offered sequentially in separate 8-week sessions.   The program is offered in an online format with on-ground internship requirements. Requirements for thesis, internship or other capstone experience(s) will align with Portfolio (MoSPE Standards).

Master of Science in Education, Administration                                         


Degree Requirements    

EDUC 650 Research Design         

EDUC 635 School Law

EDUC 630 Assessment of Student Learning

 EDUC 633 Administration Leadership 

EDUC 603 Foundations of School Administration    

EDUC 607 Leadership Capstone 

EDUC 627 School Supervision    

EDUC 623 Ethics & Policy in School Leadership    

EDUC 640 Curriculum Instruction



EDUC 665 Elementary School Administration  

EDUC 668 Internship I in Elementary School Administration     

EDUC 657 Internship II in Elementary School Administration   


CONCENTRATION OPTION 2-  SECONDARY                                    

EDUC 667 Secondary School Administration  

EDUC 669 Internship I in Secondary School Administration  

EDUC 657 Internship II in Secondary School Administration

2017 - 2018 Master of Science in Education, Education Administration











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Admission to the M.S. Ed., Administration

  1. Complete application for admission and pay application fee. (See US Citizens Application)
  2. Possess an earned Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) degree from a college or university accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri Southern State University.
  3. Have your official undergraduate transcript and any graduate program transcripts submitted to the MSSU Admissions Office at  or mailed to Admissions at 3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, MO  64801. Your undergraduate and graduate transcripts must show a minimum overall grade point average of 3.00.  
  4. Submit to  a written professional autobiography focused on the applicant’s professional goals and leadership roles.
  5. Submit to a copy of your teaching certificate.
  6. Submit to a minimum of three reference forms; one from current supervisor and two from past supervisors or professional colleagues.

Financial Aid

Students who wish to apply for financial aid for a graduate program should complete the free application for student aid(FAFSA) and list the Missouri Southern State University school code; 002488. For graduate students, 6 to 8 hours is considered part time and 9 or more hours is considered full time. 

Stafford Loans can be used for graduate studies until the award is exhausted, provided that the student is degree-seeking.

Lion Pride Tuition :  Students in M.S.Ed. programs are eligible for Lion Pride tuition grants in-state tuition to students from Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee, Kentucky, Nebraska and Texas. 

TEACH grants are available to graduate students in Teacher Education; however the funding is linked to federal budget funding, so the amount of award funds may fluctuate. 

Books, tuition and student fees are subject to change each semester.  Tuition and fees chart

Tuition and Fees

In-State and Lion Pride Tuition   -   $250 per credit hour

Out of State Tuition -   $375 per credit hour

Graduate Program Fee -   $20 per credit hour

Other applicable university fees

Steps to Graduation

  1. Complete all coursework with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  2. Apply for graduation in the term prior to graduation.  A one-time, graduation fee will be assessed and must be paid, regardless of student participation in the commencement exercise.
  3. The graduation application form must be completed by the student and signed by the graduate program adviser.  The complete graduation application must be submitted to the Registrar through the Dean's Office.
  4. Complete the Building Level Administrator Exam and report scores to
  5. Complete the Missouri School Leaders Performance Assessment and report scores to
  6. Prior to commencement, the Missouri Southern State University Registrar's Office will mail commencement information, which will contain a form to order academic regalia.
  7. Complete Department of  Teacher Education departmental program exit survey. 

Contact Us

For more information contact program coordinator Dr. Bobbie Augspurger, Ed.D.
Dr. Bobbie Augspurger, M.S.Ed Administration Coordinator
Missouri Southern State University
Gene Taylor Education Building
3950 E Newman Road, Joplin, MO  64801
Office: 417-625-3559 Fax: 417-659-4387

Welcome to Lion Country! We look forward to working with you.