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Master of Science in Education, Administration


Missouri School Leader Certification Program-Principal


to develop competent, reflective educators and administrators who can successfully teach and lead a diverse population in a complex and changing world


to be the premier Teacher Education program in the four-state area

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.  During the capstone semester, students will complete the Missouri Performance Assessment for Aspiring Building Administrator. Students will also register for and complete the Building-Level Administrator Missouri Content Assessment prior to graduating from the program.       

This M.S.Ed., Administration program follows a cohort structure allowing two courses per semester (5-7 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 portfolio, internship, or other capstone experience(s) will align with Portfolio (MoSPE Standards) and the Missouri Leadership Development System expectations.

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Program Learning Goals/Outcomes

At program completion students will be have or be able to:

  • Work cooperatively with numerous groups of stakeholders to conceptualize, communicate, and implement school and district vision.
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan, operationalize, and manage various systematic and logistical components of the school day and building to ethically support staff and students.
  • The capability to lead instructionally as evidenced by the ability to respond to instructional needs within the building; including curriculum planning and design, remediation and enrichment opportunities, research-based instructional practices, and the ability to understand, interpret, and make data-driven decisions.
  • Skills to establish working relationships, offer support, and respond appropriately to all stakeholder groups including students, faculty and staff, parents, and community members.
  • Create and take part in innovative practices to support all students in their learning, including social-emotional learning, by promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, resulting in a positive culture of student achievement.
Master of Science in Education Administration 31 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 3
EDUC 623 Ethics & Policy in School Leadership 3
EDUC 627 School Supervision 3
EDUC 640 Curriculum Construction 3
EDUC 672 K-12 School Administration 2
Internship Option 1-ELEMENTARY  
EDUC 668 Internship I in Elementary School Administration 1
EDUC 670 Internship II in Elementary School Administration 1
Internship Option 2-SECONDARY  
EDUC 669 Internship I in Secondary School Administration 1
EDUC 671 Internship II in Secondary School Administration 1
*All Programs of Study are subject to change.

2021 - 2022 Master of Science in Education, Education Administration

2020 - 2021 Master of Science in Education, Education Administration

2019 - 2020 Master of Science in Education, Education Administration


Admission to the M.S. Ed., Administration

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

2.     Possess an earned baccalaureate 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 (2.75 for tentative admission).

The following items will be submitted through the MSSU application portal:

4.   Submit a writing prompt (between 500-1,000 words) that answers the following

       Question: What are the traits of an effective administrator?

What are the traits of an effective administrator? Why do you want to become an administrator? What traits have you currently developed as a teacher that you think will help you become an effective administrator?

Rubric to score writing prompt

5.    Submit a current resume. 

  6.  Three references are needed.    One  educational 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

 8.  A copy of current teaching certificate.
Application materials are due by: January 1 for the Spring Semester and May 1 for the Summer 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 grade of C or better and cumulative  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, gown and hood. 
  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 Dr. Angie Durborow, Ed.D.
Dr. Angie Durborow, M.S. Ed Administration Coordinator
Missouri Southern State University
Gene Taylor Education Building
3950 E Newman Road, Joplin, MO  64801
Office: 417-625-9791
Program Email:

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