Master of Education School Leadership and Administration (M.Ed./SLA)

Leading to Mississippi K-12 Administrator Licensure

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Leadership and Administration is designed for professional educators in Mississippi schools who want to advance to the role of administrator. The program, which aligns with the Mississippi state K-12 licensure guidelines, allows candidates to study both theory and practice of school administration from a Christian worldview.

Classroom teachers interested in the program must have three years of teaching experience before applying. The Master in Educational Leadership and Administration curriculum addresses the National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Program Recognition Standards which include the following:

  1. Mission, Vision, and Improvement
  2. Ethics and Professional Norms
  3. Equity, Inclusiveness, and Cultural Responsiveness
  4. Learning and Instruction
  5. Community and External Leadership
  6. Operations and Management
  7. Building Professional Capacity

In addition, upon completion of the M.Ed. in School Leadership and Administration candidates are prepared to take The School Leaders License Assessment Exam (SLLA). Upon passing the SSLA, the Belhaven University School of Education will recommend candidates for the Mississippi Administrator’s License.

Courses in the Educational Leadership and Administration degree are designed for the busy educator to focus on leadership and management techniques to build effective and efficient schools. All faculty members hold doctoral degrees and have been or are currently serving as school administrators, superintendents, principals/assistant principals and/or other leadership positions. In addition, faculty share strategies on how to apply wisdom in leadership as a Christian professional educator while serving in public or private school environments.

Each course lasts seven (7) weeks, which allows for the entire degree program to be completed in as little as two years.
  • 33 credit hours
  • 100% online
  • 7-week courses, taught year round
  • All classes taught from a Christian worldview
  • Competitive tuition rates

The program includes three capstone courses consisting of two Principal Internship courses and a course requiring the successful completion of a data and reading literacy assessment.

The 320-hour required Internship is incorporated as the candidate matriculates through each of the program’s courses. The candidate will be required to submit the Belhaven University School of Education Memorandum of Understanding for Principal Internship Agreement Form, signed by the School Principal of the school building in which the candidate is a teacher and is serving the internship hours. This form will serve as indication that in addition to the candidate’s employment as a teacher, the principal of the school is willing to serve as the candidate’s Principal Mentor during the candidate’s Administration Internship hours.

During the Internship the candidate will be assigned a School of Education Mentor along with the school’s principal serving as the School Principal Mentor. During each course taken, in the program’s plan of study the candidate in his/her role as an intern will be required to keep a weekly log of the administrative activities, functions, and actions in order to validate intern hours. Candidates will also be given an assignment related to each course in their plan of study that addresses one of the National Policy Board of Educational Administration Standards (NELP), and the MISSISSIPPI EDUCATOR & ADMINISTRATOR PROFESSIONAL GROWTH SYSTEM STANDARDS. Candidates will be responsible for developing a portfolio of their responses to the National and State Administrator Standards. The Internship Program will culminate in the completion of Principal Internship I and II (EDU 677 and 678).

M.Ed./Admin candidates who desire to receive an administrative endorsement on their license, M.Ed./Admin candidates must also successfully pass The School Leaders License Assessment Exam (SLLA)* as well as meet any other/additional requirements as prescribed by the Mississippi Department of Education. All criteria and requirements must be met before the Belhaven University School of Education will recommend a candidate for the Mississippi Administrator’s License.

*The testing fee for the SLLA test is $425 and is at the candidate’s expense. (This is an Educational Testing Service (ETS) fee; it is not a Belhaven University School of Education fee.)

  • Applicants must have a minimum, of a 2.75 GPA from his/her undergraduate academic course work.
  • The applicant is required to have one letter of recommendation: 1) current school administrator and/or 2) a superintendent, another former school administrator, a supervising teacher, and/or another professional licensed educator.
  • MOU M.ED. & ED.S./SLA – School Leadership & Administration
  • The School of Education Graduate Council may request an additional letter of explanation/appeal from an applicant and/or an on-location, phone, Zoom, or FaceTime interview. Passing the SLLA test is only required for licensure.  It is not a requirement for graduation.

Mississippi Residents Requirements
The following documents must be submitted as part of an individual’s application file and are requirements of the Mississippi Department of Education for entrance into a School Administration program leading to the Mississippi Administrator License.

  • The applicant is required to hold a current and valid 5-Year Renewable Mississippi Teaching License.*
  • The applicant must provide proof of having completed at least three years of teaching experience before making application.
  • The Belhaven University School of Education Verification of Teaching Experience Form will need to be completed to verify three years of prior teaching experience.  This form will also serve as verification to MDE for licensure validation.  The applicant should have the School Principal and/or the School District Human Resource Offices or the applicant’s District Superintendent’s Office complete the form to meet these criteria.
  • For candidates to receive a Mississippi Administrator License, the candidates’ Internship hours must be taken and completed in a Mississippi school.

Belhaven University is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).  As a member, Belhaven University is authorized to offer online degree programs in NC-SARA states.  Out-of-state applicants need to confirm that their state is a member of NC-SARA and confirm reciprocity regarding the Belhaven University School of Education’s Masters of Education in School Leadership & Administration degree program.

These rates are for August 1, 2022 through July 31, 2023.

Tuition and Fees Per Credit Hour
Master of Education, Grad. Certificate in TESOL $595
Special Discount Rate for Educators $386

All students enrolled in this program are eligible for the special discount rate for educators.

* Military/first responder benefits cannot be combined with any other institutional scholarships or discounts.

Visit the Scholarship, Discounts and Fees web page to view other fees and the cost estimate calculator.

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