School Administration, MA

Initial certification, School Principal

30-33 credit hours

Master of Arts in School Administration 30 credit hours

Prerequisite 3 credit hours

The Lindenwood University school principal preparation program is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education ( The College of Education and Human Services is also a member in good standing of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (

The Master of Arts in School Administration meets the needs of those students seeking initial certification as a school principal. The program stresses reflective leadership to foster effective schools. Skills taught prepare students to assume leadership roles in instruction, management, supervision, and problem solving in a creative and effective manner. To be admitted into the Master of Arts in School Administration program, all students must complete the university admissions process and meet the following criteria:

  • Possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students with a GPA below a 3.0 may have their files reviewed by the director of admissions and the College of Education and Human Services.
  • Complete the required graduate coursework, maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Completion of EDU 34100 or EDU 54100 Education of the Exceptional Child, or equivalent.

To receive the initial principal administration certificate in Missouri, students must

  • Hold a valid professional initial teaching certificate.
  • Have had two years’ teaching experience.

Note: In Missouri, school counselor certificates, speech-language pathologist certificates, etc. are not considered initial teacher certificates.


Prerequisite Coursework

3 credit hours of coursework from the following option:

EDU 54100Education of the Exceptional Child


Major Coursework I

9 credit hours of coursework from the following options:

EDT 50900Innovation Mindset


EDU 51000Conceptualization of Education


EDU 57000Educational Research


Major Coursework II

21 credit hours of coursework from the following options:

EDA 50500Foundations of Education Administration


EDA 58100Instructional and Curriculum Leadership in Culturally Responsive Schools


EDA 58200Managerial and Ethical Leadership


EDA 58300Relational Leadership and Community Outreach in Diverse Societies


EDA 58400Visionary and Innovative Leadership


EDA 58600Initial K-12 Field Experience and Data-Based Decision-Making


EDA 58700Culminating K-12 Field Experience