Earn Your Online Education Administration and Supervision Degree from Southern Miss!
We invite you to explore this opportunity to become part of the fully online program in Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Administration and Supervision. Our online education administration and supervision degree graduates enjoy positions of leadership in elementary and secondary schools throughout the world. This affordable, convenient online degree in the area of education administration is designed to offer you a quality education while enabling you to maintain the increasingly complex schedules of today’s professional educators.
Founded nearly 100 years ago as a teacher’s college, The University of Southern Mississippi continues its tradition of excellence by offering an attractive, fully online master’s program for teachers who find it difficult to attend traditional face-to-face classes. Fully accredited through the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the four-semester online Educational Administration program maintains the integrity and rigor of an on-campus academic program, while unleashing the creativity that emerging technologies can afford. Seeking to involve technologies within a context of collaboration and communication, faculty members are dedicated to the futuristic pursuit of educational excellence, while striving to expand our traditional classrooms.
Need an undergraduate degree first? We offer an Elementary Education Online Degree (BS), as well as a Special Education Online Degree (BS). Alternately, a Master’s in Special Education Online Degree is also available.
Degree Requirements (34 hours)
The M.Ed. program requires a minimum of 34-credit hours and is designed with a spiraling curriculum in which concepts introduced at one level are built upon and expanded at the next. Students also complete internship experiences during the last three semesters of the program at two or more sites.
Foundations of School Leadership
Leading Diverse School Populations
Practitioner as P-12 Researcher
Intro to Leadership for Organizational Effectiveness
Intro to Instructional Leadership
Advanced Leadership for Organizational Effectiveness
Advanced Instructional Leadership
Administrative Internship (1-12 hrs.)
Socio-Political Issues and Educational Leadership
Please note that the above information is meant to be a guide and is not official. For further information regarding courses for this degree, see the University Bulletin. Please be aware that not all course choices listed in the University Bulletin are available online. However, sufficient online options are available to complete this degree.
Frequently Asked Questions
Additional course fees for the online education administration and supervision degree may apply. Fees range between $20 – $60.
No, online students pay resident tuition. For information about pricing, click here.
Yes, teaching experience is required in order to be considered for the online education administration and supervision degree program; 2-3 years preferred.
Yes, you must take the GRE for the online education administration and supervision degree. However, the GRE is not the sole criterion for admission. We evaluate candidates on GRE, GPA, portfolio, interview, writing sample, and letters of recommendation.
The priority deadline for the online education administration and supervision degree is May 31st
The online education administration and supervision degree program is 34 credit hours completed in four semesters.
The priority deadline to apply is May 31st. However, applications will continue to be accepted until the cohort has been filled.
The online education administration and supervision degree takes four semesters to complete.
The online education administration and supervision degree program prepares students to become principals; however, you must check with your state’s department of education licensure office for specific requirements for administrative licensure.
Official transcripts, GRE scores, and immunization records are sent directly to the Graduate School.
There may be partial endowment scholarships available once applicants are accepted to the program. Once these scholarships are available an email will be sent to all students within the program inviting them to apply for those scholarships in which they meet the qualifications for.
Transfer credit will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Other classes that aren’t listed may count towards your online education administration and supervision degree once your transcript has been evaluated and posted.
The prospective student must complete the Graduate School admission application online and pay the application fee at http://apps.usm.edu/graduate-school/grad-school-apps/.
- Submit all required materials to department.
- Submit application, transcripts, GRE, and immunization reports to Graduate School (http://apps.usm.edu/graduate-school/grad-school-apps/).
- Contact department to make sure application is complete and that ELSC has your contact information.
- The department’s admission committee member will contact you for an interview and writing sample.
- Once the admissions committee determines your eligibility, your admission paperwork will be processed.
- You will receive an email from the Graduate School notifying you of your admission status.
CRITERIA FOR ENTERING EDA MASTER’S PROGRAM
Applications for admission are evaluated by a combination of the following criteria:
- Letter of application for the appropriate program*
- Statement of goals*
- Current resume including name, mailing address, phone number, and email address *
- Copies of Teaching Certificates and verification of years of experience*
- Copies of documentation of professional development activities: graduate classes, seminars, continuing education, workshops, in-service certificates. Demonstrate your continuing education and creativity.*
- Statement of philosophy of education (limited to 1 typed page, 12 font)*
- A description of the classes taught recently: an outline of teaching area/areas, grade level(s), class content, teaching style*
- Example(s) of student work (please limit to 5 examples)*
*These items must be included in your portfolio. A current administrator may make the portfolio materials applicable to current job position.
- Copies of recent lesson and unit plans and the assessment(s) used
- Examples of assessment techniques
- Student comments and parent letters
- Evidence of reflections on good teaching practices
- Technology uses/involvement/abilities
- Peer observations, comments, letters of commendations
- Teaching evaluation comments, administrator comments
- Special skills: languages, music, art, other
- Community service: volunteer work, leadership roles, service organizations
- Involvement in professional organizations
- School and/or district activities/projects: letters of appreciation, evidence of committee work
- Copies of honors/awards
- Letter of Application/Cover Letter
- Teaching License
- Teaching Experience of 2-3 years
- Three Letters of Recommendation [2 from supervising administrators; 1 candidate choice]
- Application submitted to Graduate School
- Personal Information Form