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Educational Leadership and Human Development

Lovinger Building, Room 4101
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4341
Office Manager: Barb Hicks


Master of Science in Education (MSE) in School Administration

This program is designed for teachers and administrators who aspire to school leadership roles including that of superintendent and principal and includes a minimum of 30 credit hours that culminates with two semesters of internship activities. The curriculum has been developed around the professional standards (Interstate School Leader Licensure Consortium) for school leader preparation programs and includes experiences related to theory and practical application, along with numerous field-based experiences. Typically, students can complete 6-9 hours of study each summer, 3-6 hours of study each fall and spring and complete the program in 2 years. Courses are offered on campus and at UCM's Central Summit Center in Lee's Summit. Courses are offered in the evening during the school year and on a four-day per week basis during summers. Some courses are offered on a weekend basis.

A student who holds or is eligible for a valid Missouri teaching certificate and has teaching experience may pursue the Master of Science in Education Degree in Elementary School Administration or Secondary School Administration. To be accepted into either of these options, a student must have a minimum overall undergraduate grade-point average of 2.75 or a 3.0 grade-point average during the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study. Applicants who do not meet any of the above GPA criteria must achieve a minimum of a 3.50 graduate grade point average during their first 12 hours of graduate study (which must include required degree courses) and have a minimum combined (verbal and quantitative) score of 900 on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Required coursework

MSE in Elementary or Secondary School Administration