Study Format

  • Online

Program Length

  • 30 Credit Hours
  • 12 or 24 Months

Application Deadlines

Jan, 03

Domestic Students

Spring 2024 Application Due | Classes start Jan. 8, 2024

Nov, 08

International Students

Spring 2024 Completed File Due | Classes start Jan. 8, 2024

The Master of Arts in Educational Administration is for students who seek an online master’s degree program in the administration of educational programs. The program is designed to prepare potential leaders to assume various administrative positions which require knowledge and skills in leadership, supervision, and the ability to effectively administer in educational settings.  Course curriculum will translate theory into effective practical application so that students become ethical and innovative leaders who can manage and administer in diverse educational environments. This program does not lead to state licensure.

This program prepares educators for administrative responsibilities.  The objectives of the program are:

  • Promote the success of all students through developing and implementing a shared vision of learning.
  • Understand and ensure quality program development and evaluation that results in effective instruction.
  • Develop skills in management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.
  • Collaborate with staff, boards, students, families, and community stakeholders in response to diverse educational and community interests.
  • Demonstrate integrity, fairness, and ethical behavior to help in the development and sustainability of a caring and moral educational community.
  • Understand and respond to the larger political, social, legal, and cultural context.

Program Information

Instructional Leadership

Elements of instructional leadership are examined emphasizing parent, staff and community collaborations including advanced curriculum and instruction.

Curriculum and Assessment: Frameworks for Student Learning

The analysis of curriculum frameworks aligned to state and national standards and assessment processes leading to school improvement. It will prepare the instructional leader to develop the knowledge and skills related to curriculum and assessment at the building level.

Supervision and Improvement of Instruction

A study and application of various educational supervisory models with emphasis on the instruction process.

Schools, Parent, Community Partnerships

Processes and skills needed to develop effective communication programs linking schools, parents and the community.

Research in Education

The focus of this course is on the understanding of educational research. Emphasis will be on the interpretation of research and the development of basic research skills for school improvement.

School Law

Analysis of legal issues as they affect teachers, students, programs, and tort liability.

School Finance and Business Management

Financing of public and nonpublic schools and its relationship to government and other sponsoring agencies. Introduction of methods used in business and financial management of schools.

Ethics of School Leadership

Analysis and application of normative ethical theories and the perspectives of care and the Christian life to moral issues.

School Organization and Human Resources

Leadership theory and its impact on educational organization, culture, leadership skills, and processes.


Capstone Experience

A master’s capstone is required for all master of arts candidates. This culminating project highlights the candidate’s mastery of content throughout his or her studies. Capstones are traditionally a summary of work demonstrating overall growth and specific understandings of the professional standards. The capstone serves as a performance-based evaluation and promotes reflective practice. It also demonstrates the professional’s proficiency in integrating technology and his or her ability to interpret theory into practice.

School Evaluation and Change Process

Candidates will complete the needs assessment project in School Evaluation and Change Process. Also, a narrative reflection of how the program coursework has influenced the student's framework and viewpoint of educational administration will be done in the final course taken in the program.

Seminar in Higher Education (EDU 6015)

In addition to the base program curriculum, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.

Course Description

This course will serve as an introduction to the U.S.-based higher education learning environment. Students will work to understand Concordia University Chicago’s academic conventions, technological systems and communication culture while developing English grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

The Seminar in Higher Education is an excellent opportunity for students to further develop critical skills to help them to be successful in their academic program. This 3-credit course is mandatory for international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus. 

Course Objectives

  • Developing knowledge about local and academic culture
  • Building grammar, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
  • Conducting graduate-level research with the use of electronic and library resources
  • Developing note-taking strategies for coursework
  • Reflecting on the U.S.-based education system

Academic support for work in students’ current coursework will also be provided during or after class. Guest speakers include representatives from the campus library, writing center and technology services.

Student feedback for the Seminar in Higher Education

  • After taking the Seminar, I have the ability to perform more professionally in my assignments.

  • The instructor was very dynamic and a good listener. He gave feedback and made sure all the students understood.

  • The hands-on activities after the lessons helped my learning experience.

  • The professor truly cares for the students. He helps students individually and encourages us to support our peers.

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