Online Educational Administration Degrees and Courses

Review some of the classes you'd take in an online educational administration degree program, and find out how online programs work. Get information about degree programs for aspiring educational administrators at the elementary, secondary and preschool levels. Review the licensure requirements for educational administrators. Schools offering College Administration & Leadership degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

An educational administrator is responsible for instituting educational standards, establishing school policies and managing the operation of the school. Check with the school you've chosen to attend to make sure your bachelor's degree leads to a teaching license as this is not always the case. A major benefit of an online degree program is that you can schedule your classes around your teaching schedule.

Degree Programs Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Early Childhood Education, Master of Science (M.S.) in Educational Administration, Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership
Courses Strategies of school administration, leadership in education, managing the classroom, technology in schools, evaluating students and instructors, educational funding and finance, ethics and law for educators
Online Most of this program is available online except for practicum or in-person field experience

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,University of Massachusetts Lowell

What Degrees Are Available in Educational Administration?

Most degrees in educational administration are at the post-graduate level. A master's degree in educational administration usually emphasizes planning, leadership and management strategies to fill leadership roles in early childhood, primary and secondary school administrations. Online programs allow students to obtain a graduate degree with a more flexible schedule. A few examples of schools with online educational administration degree programs are below:

• University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas) offers two online options for an M.S. in Education Administration: one track is designed for students interested in obtaining licensure, the other for students seeking a master's without licensure.

• University of Massachusetts (Lowell, Massachusetts) has an online program offering both M.S. and Ed.S. degrees in K-12 administration, with licensure and non-licensure tracks available.

• University of Nebraska (Lincoln, Nebraska) offers three different Ph.D. programs for educational administration.

• Ashford University (San Diego, California): All levels of online education degrees are offered through this university.

What Will I Learn in These Programs?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), preschool directors in public schools usually need a bachelor's degree (www.bls.gov). Postsecondary education requirements for private preschool directors may vary. Both public and private preschool directors typically have some experience as teachers.

If you haven't already earned a bachelor's degree, you might enroll in an online bachelor's program in early childhood education. Typical course topics could include reading skills, children's health and nutrition, behavior management techniques and games as educational tools. In post-graduate programs, courses offered may include:

• Principles of leadership

• Principles of supervision

• Managing budgets and resources

• School policies and laws

• Designing and implementing curricula

Do Programs Fulfill Licensure Requirements?

While online graduate programs in educational administration don't always lead to licensure, the BLS notes that a master's degree is a common requirement for aspiring administrators at the elementary and secondary levels. For example, aspiring principals usually need to complete a master's program, a state test and some on-the-job training in order to earn a school administrator license, as reported by the BLS. A doctorate may be required for some administrative positions at the college level.

State licensure requirements for preschool directors may include professional experience as well as an undergraduate degree. Some states expect licensure candidates to hold the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential offered by the Council for Professional Recognition. Requirements for CDA certification include a high school diploma, formal training in early childhood education and professional experience in a preschool or daycare setting.

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