Educational Administration and Leadership Degrees

educational administration and leadership programsYou probably need to know about educational administration and leadership if you want to progress in a career in school or college management.  This page is about the programs that provide the knowledge and skills required.

These degree programs, (and variants such as educational management and administration) are designed to enhance your expertise and career potential in school and college administration. 

Most people who choose this specialization are already licensed teachers or school administrators wishing to further their career in administration.  So the specialization is usually only offered at graduate level, e.g., as an education administration masters, or an educational leadership doctorate.

This page deals specifically with online programs - if you want an on-campus program, check the information using the navigation links for On Campus Programs and On Campus Universities.


Finding the educational administration and leadership programs you want

Most of educational leadership and administration (or educational management and administration) programs are taken at master's or doctoral levels.  To browse programs in this area, use the search form or the list of schools below.  

  • Capella University
    • MS - Leadership in Educational Administration
    • EdS - Leadership in Educational Administration
    • PhD - Leadership in Educational Administration
  • Click here for a page that links to campus universities and campus colleges in Canada. It also provides some advice on choosing a suitable campus.


What do the programs cover?

Online degrees in this area are designed for teachers who are interested in a career as a principal or educational administrator.  A typical masters program might include: education policy analysis, school law, roles and responsibilities of the principal, finance and budgeting, educational psychology, management, community relations, evaluation and assessment, educational technology, and supervision of personnel.  Programs might also include an internship experience in school administration at the principal level and an action research project.



What jobs do the programs prepare you for?

Graduates of educational administration are equipped to pursue a career as a principal of a elementary, middle, or secondary school; academic dean; department chair; or other administrative and leadership position.

In the United States, the annual income with either a campus or an online educational administration degree is around $85,000 for elementary school principals to nearly $100,000 for school superintendants.


For more schools and programs

Browse the schools below to find a suitable school and program. Request information from several schools and compare the admission requirements and course content before you choose a program.

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