Master of Arts in Educational Administration (P-12 Administration)Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations (ELPF)
The MA with a focus in PK-12 Educational Administration prepares individuals for leadership positions in 21st Century schools. Students begin the program with a cohort and take courses together, working with faculty and school leaders from the metropolitan area to develop leadership competencies through individual and group project work. In addition to required coursework, candidates develop skills through field experiences, action research, individual study, and the practice of inquiry. Students will be expected to prepare for educational leadership through deepening :
- Development of skills necessary to exercise visionary leadership in a variety of environments with students from diverse backgrounds
- Organizational management & school improvement planning
- Interpersonal/intergroup communication & relationships
- Parental involvement & community collaboration
- Missouri’s leadership competencies & technological proficiency
- Democratic schooling & constructivist leadership
- Guiding professional development & personal reflection and renewal
- Instructional leadership & growth in student achievement
It is expected that students will tailor their elective coursework, as well as their culminating practicum experience, to the building level at which they currently hold teaching credentials. Upon completion of the program, graduates will complete the ETS School Leadership Licensure Assessment, which is required for certification as a building administrator in both Missouri and Kansas.
- Undergraduate Grade Point Average of at least 2.75
- Completion of a course in psychology or education of the exceptional child
- Must hold a current teaching license/certificate
- At least one year of certified teaching experience
- Complete the online UMKC Graduate Application
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended to the UMKC Admissions Office (email@example.com)
- Complete the PK-12 Education Administration Application Packet Cover Sheet (See Resources)
- Provide three professional or academic letters of reference on official letterhead. At least one letter must be from a direct supervisor.
- Provide a written statement of purpose outlining your rationale for application to the program and learning goals
- Provide a copy of your teaching license/certification. Copies of administrative certification is also required for the Online Superintendent Ed.S. Program
- Provide a copy of your current professional resume, showing at least 1 year of certified teaching experience
The online graduate application and the official transcripts will need to be sent directly to the UMKC Admissions Office.
All other supplemental application materials should be sent to the ELPF Division Office:
The admissions process is competitive and satisfaction of the minimum criteria does not guarantee acceptance. Candidates are selected after careful review of their complete application package by department faculty, and with consideration of the adequacy of department resources. *Applicants who do not meet all of the full admission requirements may be conditionally admitted to the program with the requirement that all conditional terms be met prior to the end of their first semester in the program.