Earn your master's degree in educational administration degree at GMercyU

Online Master of Science in Educational Administration

Graduate from Classroom Leadership to School Leadership

As an experienced classroom teacher, you probably see opportunities for growth and development in your school community. At Gwynedd Mercy University, you can equip yourself with the skills and knowledge you need to make your vision of success a reality. Our 33-credit online Master of Science in Educational Administration - K-12 Principal Certification can prepare you to take on the challenges facing today’s educational leaders. This program can prepare you to earn your Administrative I Certification in Pennsylvania.

The GMercyU Difference

The MS in Educational Administration features comprehensive professional preparation for the next phase of your educational career. You’ll develop practical managerial skills that will help you nurture talent in your teachers and staff. You’ll gain insight into issues of school finance, law, and community relations. You’ll also explore the social, political, and economic issues that influence the course of public education in the United States. Finally, you’ll undertake an in-person professional practicum experience under the guidance of GMercyU faculty and a mentor administrator.

You can achieve all of this through 100% online coursework. Our program features industry-leading interactive collaboration tools powered by Teachscape® that let you collaborate with our expert faculty members and your classmates. Courses are delivered one at a time in seven-week blocks. With GMercyU, you can prepare for the challenges of school leadership without disrupting your busy schedule.

What You Will Learn - Online Master's in Educational Administration 

The online MS in Educational Administration extends the leadership skills you’ve developed as a teacher and staff member for school management. While pursuing this degree, you will hone your ability to deliver professional presentations, perform research, and write for a variety of audiences. After graduation, you should be prepared to continue with self-directed professional development and evaluation of new educational research.

As a GMercyU graduate, you will be able to:

  • Think and plan strategically to create an organizational vision focused on student success and communicate the vision to all relevant stakeholders
  • Create an organizational culture of teaching and learning in which student learning is paramount
  • Manage resources effectively to bring about desired results
  • Collaborate, communicate and empower others inside and outside the organization to pursue excellence in learning
  • Operate fairly and equitably exhibiting personal and professional integrity

Upon completing this program, you will be prepared to take the School Leaders Licensure Assessment in the School Leadership Test Series to earn your Administrative I Certificate.

An Educational Community Dedicated to Your Success - And Your Students' Success

At GMercyU, we select faculty members whose achievements inspire us. Our professors bring direct school experience, advanced research backgrounds, and a passion for teaching to your classroom. Their insights and mentorship will help you effectively create a safe, productive learning environment for all of your students.

Upon graduation, you and your classmates will join our extensive network of alumni. The colleagues, contacts, and friends you find in this leadership community will inspire you to continue to discover the Next.


The online MS in Educational Administration is a 20-month program that consists of 33 credits. After successfully passing these courses, you may apply to take any required certification exams to obtain your certification as a principal in Pennsylvania.

Please note that, per Pennsylvania Department of Education regulations, you must have at least three (3) years of full-time teaching experience with an Instructional I Certification before you can obtain Principal Certification. You will need to have at least one year of experience when you begin your master’s degree in order to meet this requirement at graduation.

Course Requirements – 33 Credits

EDU 510 Research Skills for Reflective Practitioners
EDU 571 The Principalship
EDU 572 Curriculum and Instructional Supervision
EDU 573 Communications and School-Community Relations
EDU 574  School Law and Policy Issues
EDU 576 Human Resources and Staff Development
EDU 577 School Resources Management
EDU 578 Educational Leadership
EDU 579  Seminar on Current Issues in Education
EDU 595  Practicum I: Leadership and School Administration
EDU 596 Practicum II: K-12 Principalship

To review course descriptions, please refer to the graduate catalog (PDF).

Admissions Requirements

To qualify for admission to Master's in Educational Administration, you must provide:

  • Proof you have obtained a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0**   You must provide official transcripts from every college or university attended
  • Proof of a current Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate
  • A completed application form with fee
  • A current professional resume demonstrating at least three years of full-time teaching experience
  • A writing sample stating your professional and academic goals (one page, double-spaced)
  • Two completed supervisory reference forms
  • A minimum score of 550 (written), 213 (computer), or 79 (internet) on the TOEFL examination if English is not your native language

* If you wish to become a principal in another state, you will need to confirm with your state’s department of education that our program meets its requirements.

**If your GPA was lower than 3.0, we encourage you to apply for evaluation on a case by case basis. Personal interviews may be required for any candidates as determined by the admissions committee. 

Become a School Principal

Learn more about how you can prepare for a future as a principal with our innovative online master’s in Educational Administration degree program. Call 844-707-9064 or send e-mail to accelerate@gmercyu.edu to contact an admissions counselor. You also can begin your application online now! 

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Career Outcomes

What You Can Do With a Master’s in Educational Administration

GMercyU’s Master of Science in Educational Administration teaches the skills you need to become certified as a principal in Pennsylvania. After graduation, you should be equipped to pursue leadership roles including principal, vice principal, assistant principal, and more.

*Please note: If you teach in another state, you should confirm with your department of education that our program meets its requirements.