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Master of Science in Education, Administration

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Missouri School Leader Certification Program-Principal


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).

Program Learning Goals

Administrative Candidates will be able to effectively

Master of Science in Education Administration 30 credit hours
EDUC 650 Research Design 3
EDUC 635 School Law 3
EDUC 630 Assessment of Student Learning 3
EDUC 633 Administration Leadership 3
EDUC 603 Foundations of School Administration 3
EDUC 607 Leadership Capstone 2
EDUC 623 Ethics & Policy in School Leadership 3
EDUC 627 School Supervision 3
EDUC 640 Curriculum Construction 3
EDUC 665 Elementary School Administration 2
EDUC 668 Internship I in Elementary School Administration 1
EDUC 657 Internship II in Elementary School Administration 1
EDUC 667 Secondary School Administration 2
EDUC 669 Internship I in Secondary School Administration 1
EDUC 657 Internship II in Secondary School Administration 1

 2017 - 2018 Master of Science in Education, Education Administration


Admission to the M.S. Ed., Administration

1.     Complete application for admission and pay application cost.  (See US Citizens Application)

2.     Possess and earned baccalaureate degree in a related field from an institution 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 (2.75 for tentative admission) effective for Fall 2018 applicants not approved by May 1, 2018. 

4.   Submit  to a writing prompt (between 500-1,000 words) that answer the following
        What are the traits of an effective administrator?

5.    Submit to a current resume. 

6.  Three references are needed. Use the student form  here  and the reference form  here.   The reference form link
      will need to be  shared with 3 persons that are references for the applicant. One  education administrator and
      two professional education colleague submissions are needed for the student  application file.

7.    A video recording, no longer than 5 minutes, of candidate describing: 
                    Introduction of self
                    Professional background
                    Professional goals
                    Reason for applying to the program
      Submit to or mail to Teacher Education Graduate Program, 3950 E Newman Road,   
      Joplin, MO  64801.
8.  A copy of current teaching certificate.
Application materials are due by:
              August 1 for the Fall Semester

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 and tuition are subject to change each semester.  Tuition chart


In-State and Lion Pride Tuition   -   $350 per credit hour

Out of State Tuition -   $350 per credit hour

Other applicable university costs

Steps to Graduation

To ensure timely processing of your graduation application, please be aware of graduation deadlines.

  1. Complete all coursework with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  2. Visit Lionet to submit your electronic graduation application in the term prior to graduation.  Go to the Student Quick Links>Student Menu>Student Records>Apply to Graduate.    A one-time, graduation cost will be assessed and must be paid, regardless of student participation in the commencement exercise. 
  3. Contact your adviser, and they will process your graduation checklist and route it to the Registrar's Office. 
  4. After the Graduation Checklist is received by the Registrar, a confirmation email will be sent to your university email account. 
  5. If you are attending the ceremony, you will receive a prompt in Lionet to order your cap and gown. 
  6. Complete the Building Level Administrator Exam and report scores to
  7. Complete the Missouri School Leaders Performance Assessment and report scores to
  8. Complete Department of  Teacher Education departmental program exit survey. 

Contact Us

For more information contact program coordinator 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
Program Email:

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