Educational Administration

The Educational Administration emphasis is intended primarily to equip educational superintendents and elementary and secondary school principals. The emphasis includes the knowledge and skills needed by Christian school administrators to lead teachers, students, parents, and church members in creating positive learning environments.

 

Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (fourpoint scale). A prospective student who does not meet the entry-level GPA requirement may be admitted under probationary status and given opportunity to meet this requirement by earning a 3.00 GPA at AIIAS during the first 12 semester hours.
  2. Demonstrated English proficiency.

Prerequisites

  1. Adequate undergraduate preparation in education to include a minimum of 8 credits of professional education, with at least one class from each of the following four areas:
    • Philosophy of Adventist Education
    • Educational Psychology
    • Methods of Teaching
    • Testing and Evaluation
    The following courses are offered on campus as graduate level self-study modules to meet these prerequisites:
    • EDFN 501 Methods of Learning and Instruction (2)
    • EDFN 518 Educational Psychology (2)
    • EDFN 520 Philosophy of Adventist Education (2)
    • EDFN 525 Instructional Evaluation (2)
    In order to fulfill the prerequisite requirements, these courses must have a minimum grade of B. A student who has not met these requirements may take courses at the graduate level. The credit earned for graduate courses used as prerequisites, however, will not apply toward the MA degree.
  2. Teaching experience, normally a minimum of 1 year. A letter of verification is required. Those specializing in Educational Administration are required a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience. Those specializing in TESOL are waived of this prerequisite in lieu of the mandatory teaching practicum.
  3. Those taking an emphasis in TESOL must have at least 10 undergraduate credits in English language (at least 4 credits of which are in addition to basic English skills courses).
  4. At least one religion course (undergraduate or graduate), with a minimum grade of C, from each of the following areas:
    • Adventist Beliefs
    • Adventist History or Spirit of Prophecy
    • Biblical Studies
    The following courses are offered as graduate level self-study modules to meet these prerequisites:
    • CHIS 501 Spirit of Prophecy (2)
    • NTST 502 Life and Teaching of Jesus (2)
    • THST 501 Adventist Doctrines (2)

Requirements

To complete the program and be awarded the degree of Master of Arts in Education, a candidate must meet satisfactorily the following requirements:

  1. Complete a minimum of 41 semester hours of coursework, excluding the culminating phase.
  2. Complete the culminating phase of the degree program in one of the following three modalities.
    • MA Project (3 semester hours.)
    • MA Thesis (6 semester hours.)
    • A comprehensive examination plus one additional elective course (3 semester hours).
  3. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  4. Complete Service Learning requirement.
  5. Develop an e-portfolio to showcase his/her work in meeting the professional competencies.

Curriculum

The curriculum for the online MA in Education consists of a total of 44-47 semester hours and is configured as follows:

Core Courses Credits
EDCI 625 Instructional Media 3
EDUC 526 Pedagogical Foundations 3
EDUC 583 Foundations of Christian Education Curriculum 3
EDUC 624 Faith and Learning in Christian Education 3
LEAD 610 Biblical Foundations of Leadership and Ethics 3
RESM 520 Academic Writing 2
Total Credits 17

 

Educational Administration Emphasis Credits
EDAD 601 Supervision of Instruction  3
EDAD 640 Institutional Finance  3
EDAD 651 Principalship and School Improvement  3
EDAD 674 School Organization and Law  3
EDCI 610 Classroom Management  3
Total Credits 15

 

Research Credits
RESM 610 Research Methods 3
RESM 615 Statistics 3
RESM 625 Action Research 3
Total Credits 9

 

Culminating Phase Credit
One of the following three culminating modalities:  
   a. MA Project EDAD/EDCI/EDTE 696 MA Project 3
   b. MA Thesis EDAD/EDCI/EDTE 698 MA Thesis 6
   c. A comprehensive examination and one elective course chosen in consultation with the academic advisor  
Total Credits 3-6

                                                                                             

Total Semester Hours 44-47

Academic Advisor

Leni Casimiro