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Master of Education (MEd) Degree with a Concentration in Education Administration

Online Master’s in Education with Concentration in Education Administration

The goal of the Master of Education with a concentration in Education Administration is to develop the knowledge and skills to help candidates prepare to pursue opportunities as a school administrator or educational leader.

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February 22, 2023
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Online Master's in Education Administration Program Details

Why Get a Master of Education Degree with a Concentration in Education Administration?

Earning a master’s in education administration can help candidates prepare to pursue advanced roles in this field, such as an education administrator, program administrator, or curriculum and instruction director.1

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is projected to grow by…

  1. 7%
    among education, training and library occupations from 2021 to 20312

  2. 7%
    among instructional coordinators from 2021 to 20313

1 American InterContinental University cannot guarantee employment, salary or career advancement. The list of career paths related to this program is based on a subset from the Bureau of Labor Statistics CIP to SOC Crosswalk. Some career paths listed above may require further education or job experience.
2 "Education, Training, and Library Occupations: Occupational Outlook Handbook." U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 3, 2023. This data represents national figures and is not based on school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
3 "Instructional Coordinators: Occupational Outlook Handbook." U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 3, 2023. This data represents national figures and is not based on school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Online Master's in Education Administration Concentration Degree Program Outline

The one-year master’s in education with a concentration in higher education administration is designed to help candidates work to develop a solid foundation of professional skills and prepare to pursue careers in education administration or organizational leadership. In addition to the MEd curricula, this concentration provides an additional component that focuses on administration processes and regulations specific to educational institutions, which is vital in a leadership role.

The education administration master’s program at AIU features online courses that focus on instructing candidates to utilize industry-authentic tools and develop career-relevant skills in preparation for the next steps in their career path. The master’s in education administration concentration explores how to collaborate in a community of adult students while studying human resources management, financial administration, regulation and compliance, and the development of curriculum and e-learning solutions for school, faculty, staff and students.

At AIU, candidates have access to instructors who have real-world experience in their field. You can engage with faculty and network with peers, receive access to online career counseling resources and support services, and access resources in the virtual library.

The master’s in educational leadership degree program was developed for working adults, so candidates can pursue this degree 100% online, allowing the flexibility to study on your terms and your schedule.

AIU’s Online Education Administration Concentration Master’s degree program can help you learn how to:

  • Design educational content and programming.
  • Justify educational decision-making.
  • Adapt advanced, discipline-appropriate professional communication and research skills.
  • Employ professional education disposition in practice and educational leadership.
  • Implement instructional strategies and technologies to support learning on various platforms.
  • Analyze the impact of instructional design methodology and learning theories/sciences.
  • Integrate continuous improvement strategy, learner assessment, e-learning models, education technologies and evaluation plans.
  • Identify factors and components to considering education program planning, such as community, regulatory agencies, organizational hierarchy and governing boards.
  • Assess the impact of personal leadership style on the goals and environment of educational organizations.
  • Develop a process for recruitment, selection, and development plan.
  • Evaluate a collective bargaining contract from both a human resources and union perspective.
  • Discriminate between different types of funding sources in education.
  • Discuss legal and regulatory requirements of educational financial management.
  • Justify educational decision-making based on educational budgeting models

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American InterContinental University’s Master of Education degree is not designed to meet state educator licensing or advancement requirements; however, it may assist candidates in gaining these approvals in their state of residence depending on those requirements. Contact the state board of education in the applicable state(s) for details.

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Degree Requirements


Division Core
MED 501 Learning Theory Foundations 4.5
MED 503 Integrative Design and Effective Curricula 4.5
MED 505 Analysis, Assessment, and Evaluation 4.5
MED 511 Educational Research Qualitative (Legal and Ethical Focus) 4.5
MED 513 Educational Research Quantitative (Curriculum Focus) 4.5
MED 515 Data Applications for Education Technology 4.5
MED 590 Capstone 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 31.5
Education Administration
MED 551 Education Administration Dynamics and Culture 4.5
MED 553 Personnel and Human Resources 4.5
MED 533 Computer Mediated Learning and Technology Selection 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 13.5

Total Credit Hours : 45

Education Administration Concentration Master's Degree Classes Overview

The courses that comprise the education administration concentration are designed to provide an opportunity for candidates to directly engage in the various components necessary for the leadership and administration of educational institutions. The program culminates in a capstone project akin to a thesis, which will provide real-world experience while encouraging the fluid integration of knowledge.

The education administration master’s program courses emphasize the practical implications of cognitive science, learning and educational leadership models, legal and regulatory requirements, human and facility resources management, and e-learning best practices. The master’s in higher education administration concentration is designed to expose candidates to real-world models in budgeting, curriculum implementation, and school success using research-based decision-making. Candidates will develop planning and implementation documents using the Articulate 360 suite of tools while creating an ePortfolio, participating in colleague peer networking, and establishing badging credentials throughout the program.

For an Online Education Administration Master's Degree, classes include:

Education Administration Dynamics and Culture

This course examines educational leadership models, their underpinning theories, and their applications in current educational settings. This course is designed to help candidates prepare to pursue operational and strategic leadership roles as professionals in the education field.

Personnel and Human Resources

The course examines the processes of human resource planning and financial management in educational organizations, including recruitment, training and development, motivation and retention, budgetary concerns, and performance appraisals. It course provides an overview of financial and human resource administration and addresses evaluation, problem-solving and leadership skills.

Financial Management

The financial management course in the education administration master’s program examines financial management processes specific to educational organizations, including recruitment and hiring costs, training and development investments, motivation and retention initiatives, budgetary concerns, and academic and facility resources. The course is designed to provide an overview of financial administration as well as addressing evaluation, problem-solving and educational leadership administration of financial assets.

Integrative Design and Effective Curricula

This course examines the development of curricula for education and workplace learning and development. Students can study how to align curriculum and instruction with foundational learning theories through the comparison of evaluation design, curriculum design, and instructional design. Candidates will focus on creating learning objectives, assessing curriculum, designing instructional solutions, and integrating instructional technology. Program evaluation techniques are also introduced in this course.

Analysis, Assessment, and Evaluation

This course provides the foundations of analysis, assessment, and evaluation methodologies used in curriculum decision-making and the field of education. Candidates can study to incorporateeducational research and data analysis in context with comparisons between formative and summative assessment and evaluation. Foundational curriculum and development applications are covered with a focus on analysis, underlying assumptions, and data-supported curriculum best practices. This course explores the development of comprehensive educational curricula and various teaching and curriculum design practices based on data analysis.

Data Applications for Education Technology

This course examines ways and means to augment learning and teaching resources in the classroom through effective use of both monetary and non-monetary resources.

This course provides the foundations of analysis and assessment methodologies used in the field of education. Learners are introduced to applied quantitative and qualitative educational research methods in context of the practitioner's educational environment. Comparisons of formative and summative assessment and formative evaluation will be addressed.

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Accreditation & Affiliations

AAQEP Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation

American InterContinental University is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). The Master of Education program has been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through June 30, 2026.

AIU is a proud member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), a leading voice on educator preparation. AACTE represents postsecondary institutions with educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are ready to teach all learners.

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