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Master of Education, Educational Leadership - Building Administrator

Program Description

36 semester credits required: Fully online

This major is designed for those seeking formal educational leadership roles such as building-level principals, assistant principals, or instructional team leaders. The program emphasizes the administrator as an instructional leader. Skills appropriate to goal setting and maximizing human potential, the unique aspects of an organizational structure, and the management tasks of an administrator are identified. The major is offered utilizing a cohort model, and schedules are designed to allow the educator to complete a master's degree while teaching full time. 

A significant expectation is that each student will identify a specific topic or problem of interest and will work on a project related to such topic.  The student will also complete a 9-month (2 semester) administrative internship in a school setting. The internship experience should include participation in a maximum number of meaningful experiences related to the principal's role. A minimum of 360 clock hours is required. Students will complete a variety of tasks and duties typical of a building level principal under the supervision of an experienced principal. The internship assignment must be approved by the school district and the NNU program director. Near the end of the coursework, each student will enroll in EDUC7596IIIB Internship Portfolio Binder (0) credits where they will upload their portfolio.

The Building Administrator emphasis takes approximately 21 months, including the 9-month internship. Successful completion qualifies the graduate for recommendation to the State of Idaho for a Pre K-12 Principal endorsement on an Idaho Administrator Certificate.    

It is the student's responsibility to submit the appropriate paperwork and fees to the Idaho State Department of Education for obtaining certifications and endorsements in Idaho. Current forms and information are available from the ISDE website. Students should check the Internet and other sources for specific requirements for certification in other states. An optional class may be offered to help students who want to become principal certified in Oregon: EDUC7570 Oregon Law and Finance. See the course descriptions for more information. 

The program is in a fully online format.  Courses in this program are fully online, but may have synchronous video class sessions.  We encourage students to attend these sessions as they are available.  Usually, archived sessions are available for review.
 
Every Educational Leadership student will be registered for the approved accreditation and assessment software during EDUC8000 Orientation: Graduate Education. There is a fee associated with this course.
 

Required Courses for M.Ed. Educational Leadership - Building Administrator (Online):

EDUC8000. Orientation: Graduate Education (0)
EDUC7511. The Learning Process (3) 
EDUC7553. Curriculum, Assessment and Collaboration (3) 
EDUC7554. Innovative Instruction (3) 
EDUC7555. Mixed Methods Research (3) 
EDUC7556. Conceptual Statistics and Applications for Educators (3) 
EDUC7566. Educational Values (1) 
EDUC7575. Legal and Financial Issues in Education (3) 
EDUC7579. Special Education Law for Administrators (2) 
EDUC7581. Instructional Supervision and Leadership (3) 
EDUC7584. Data Driven Decision-Making (3)
EDUC7585. Administering Human Resources (3) 
EDUC7596III. The Principalship/Internship in School Principalship (3)* 
EDUC7596IIIB. Internship Portfolio Binder (0-1) 


* Must be taken 2 semesters, for a total of 6 internship credits.  

Admission Requirements - M.Ed. Educational Leadership - Building Administrator

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the baccalaureate program.
  3. Certification/Licensure as a classroom teacher, school counselor, or school psychologist, based on a recommendation from a state-approved higher education preparation program. 
  4. Approval by the Graduate Education Admissions Committee. 

The Graduate Education Admissions Committee may approve exceptions to regular admission requirements.

Application Requirements - M.Ed. Educational Leadership - Building Administrator

All applicants to the program are responsible for familiarity with Idaho Code Section 33-1208; no person convicted of a felony or who would otherwise be denied certification or have certification revoked under Idaho Code 33-1208 will be admitted to the Building Administrator program.

The following requirements must be received by Admissions a minimum of one week before classes start, and are online, mailed or emailed as indicated. For mail: Northwest Nazarene University, Attention Graduate Admissions, 623 S. University Boulevard, Nampa, ID, 83686 For email: gradeducationinfo@nnu.edu

  1. Online: application and $50 non-refundable application fee.
  2. Mail: official sealed transcript from the regionally accredited institution(s) where candidate received a bachelor’s degree. (We do not accept faxed transcripts.)
  3. Email or mail: a copy of candidate’s teaching certificate.
  4. Online: recommendation form completed by a professional colleague.
  5. Email or mail: evidence of writing competency through an essay or paper from previous coursework.
  6. Online: an Educational Leadership Evaluation Form from the candidate’s current building administrator. The online recommendation form and the online evaluation form must be completed by different individuals.

​​Graduation Requirements - M.Ed. Educational Leadership - Building Administrator

  1. Credits must be earned in courses numbered 7000 or above. Continuing education courses and pass/fail courses (except those specified for degree completion) do not apply toward the degree. Exceptions for substitutions from other institutions may be approved by the program director.
  2. The candidate must complete requirements as specified in the degree major. The degree must be completed within six years of beginning course work. If the degree is not completed within six years, the candidate must reapply to the program. Credits older than six years may need to be retaken.
  3. The candidate must apply for graduation one full semester prior to anticipated degree completion. Deadlines: June 1 for Fall; October 15 for Spring; and January 15 for Summer.