Master of Arts in Education/ Administration and Supervision

Master of Arts in Education/Administration and Supervision

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19 months



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Equip educators for classroom success

You’re an experienced educator, and now you want to create a leadership culture that helps teachers thrive. Advance your education and prepare for K–12 school principal licensure with a Master of Arts in Education/Administration and Supervision. You’ll study from curriculum aligned with national standards set by the Professional Standards for Educational Leadership (PSEL). And you’ll complete an administrative internship to gain real-world, field-based experience in school administration.

In the MAEd program, you’ll learn to:

  • Lead and develop faculty, and understand facility, legal, communication and other administration functions
  • Work with families, business and community groups and the media to support a school’s vision and programs
  • Develop school improvement plans
  • Supervise curriculum and understand how it relates to national and state standards
  • Gain real-world experience through an administrative internship

Wondering how you’ll do it all? We’ve got you. You can complete your coursework in as little as 19 months, and you’ll take just one short course at a time, so you can balance your education with your life.

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Course length:

6 weeks

* Course lengths may vary.

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Requirements and prerequisites

You’ll need 38 credits to complete this program. These may be earned from a combination of required and elective courses. Required courses may vary based on previous experience, training or transferable credits.

Transfer credits

Earn your degree faster. Transfer eligible college credits or you can apply to have relevant experience evaluated for potential college credit. Contact an enrollment representative at 844.YES.UOPX for more information.

Licensure requirements

With a Master of Arts in Education/Administration and Supervision, you can prepare for K–12 principal licensure with a focus on administration. Licensure requirements vary by state.

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California and Hawaii Principals-Earn Your Master’s Degree

California licensed principals and Hawaii principals who have completed the Hawaii Certification Institute for School Leaders (HICISL) Program can achieve their MAED/Administration & Supervision degree in less than a year.  Contact an enrollment representative at 844-YES-UOPX for more information.

The MAED/Administration & Supervision degree program for California and Hawaii students is a non-licensure program.  California students who have completed a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing approved Administrative Services Preliminary Certificate program, and hold a CA Preliminary Administrator Service Credential or a California Administrative Service Certificate and Hawaii residents that have completed the Hawaii Certification Institute for School Leaders (HICISL) Program may apply to have these credentials evaulated for college credit, allowing completion of this MAED program in less than one year.

COE Central

College of Education students will find many helpful resources on COE Central. Program handbooks provide a wealth of information on topics such as professional expectations, clinical experiences, clinical practice, internships,  edTPA and much more. Milestone roadmaps, Technology and Multimedia resources, and various toolkits are also available.

Core courses

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Orientation To Administration And Supervision admin500
Professional Communications com516
Leadership And Collaborative Processes admin518
Equity, Diversity, And Access In Education admin570
Equity, Diversity, And Access In Education eda570
School Policy And Law For Principals admin555
Supervision Of Curriculum, Instruction And Assessment admin524
Principal Internship Part I: Instructional Leadership admin591a
Administration Of Special Programs admin528
School Finance And Facilities Management admin536
Business And Facilities Management admin535
Human Resources Leadership And Management admin560
Principal Internship Part II: Organizational Management admin591b
Family, Community, And Media Relations admin575
Action Research And Evaluation edd581
Research For Improved Practice cur535
School Improvement Processes admin565
Administrative Internship Part III: Professional Practice admin591c
Instructional Strategies In Adult Education And Training aet520
Assessment And Evaluation In Adult Learning aet535
Cultural Competency edl505
Mentoring And Coaching edl531
Facilitating Change aet560
Social Media For Professional Learning aet562
Engaging In Communities Of Practice cur550
Professional Learning For Continuous Improvement cur555
E-learning Design Technologies aet545

Projected job growth:


According to Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth for elementary and secondary education administrators is projected to be 4  percent between 2018 and 2028. A Master of Arts in Education/Administration and Supervision can help prepare you to be a:

  • Principal
  • Assistant principal
  • Athletic director
  • School administrator

Networking opportunities

Access powerful networking tools through our PhoenixLinkTM career services platform. Take advantage of personal career coaching. Search and apply for jobs, or make your resumé visible to employers. And connect with employers and alumni through career fairs and mixers. It’s all about connections. And we help you make them.

Learning outcomes

Along with the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, students who graduate from the College of Education should gain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Each college or school creates a set of Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) to describe the knowledge, skills or attitudes students will possess upon completion of the program of study. By the time you complete your MAED/ADM, you should be able to perform these learning outcomes.

Program purpose statement

The Master of Arts in Education/Administration and Supervision is a graduate program intended to prepare candidates for K–12 school principal licensure. Candidates for this program have already earned a bachelor’s degree. The program includes a clinical component requiring field experiences and an administrative internship above and beyond program coursework. As licensure requirements may vary by state, it is the student’s responsibility to ascertain and meet licensure requirements in any state in which the student desires to practice and to contact the applicable state educator licensure agency to verify current requirements to become a licensed school principal. There may be additional qualifications and/or disqualifications applicable in order to work as a principal with any local, state or federal entity.

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation is your assurance the University meets quality standards.

Institutional accreditation

Regional accreditation is an institution-level accreditation status granted by one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies. Accreditation by more than one regional accrediting body is not permitted by the U.S. Department of Education.

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

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What sets us apart?

When you choose our Master of Arts in Education/Administration and Supervision program, you will discover:

Licensure support

You’re not in this alone. Our program support specialists can help you navigate through licensure and credentialing requirements.

Practical curriculum

Develop career-based skills, such as an understanding of school policies and law, facilities management, school improvement initiatives — and more.

District partnerships

We have close partnerships with hundreds of school districts nationwide.

Take the next step

It’s time to let your education prepare you for the next phase of your career. You’ve got the will. And with a Master of Arts in Education/Administration and Supervision degree, you’ve got the way.

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