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Master of Education in Administration

The Graduate Studies Program in Administration is designed to equip teachers with the skills necessary to become a school administrator. Recipients of Providence College master’s degrees in administration have gone on to become assistant principals, principals, assistant superintendents, and superintendents.

All program course work is designed to provide the prospective administrator with an understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of the supervisor’s role. Students in the program take a central core of courses in curriculum, evaluation, instruction, law, and finance. To this are added courses that address community concerns, technology, and research techniques. Students are also exposed to innovative governance structures and methods which will further their careers as school administrators. The program culminates with a six-credit internship which requires students to put into practice the theory they have been taught in their classes.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Online application
  • Application fee of $55.00
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from current principal)
  • Essay on Philosophy of Leadership
  • Résumé
  • Copy of professional certification
  • Copy of most recent professional evaluation
  • Signed Release of Records for current principal and superintendent
  • Record of Support from current superintendent
  • Interview and on-demand writing sample

Application Deadlines*
March 1
July 1
November 1
*Students can take up to 2 courses while their application is under review.

Start Term
Summer I or II

A 2.75 undergraduate GPA is required for conditional admission to the program.  A 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA is required for full admission.  A conditional admission indicates that the student will be required to meet additional academic criteria during their initial coursework to gain full admission.

Please visit this site for additional admission information.

Program Requirements

All requirements for the master’s degree must be completed within a period of five calendar years from the time of admission.   All teachers who successfully complete the program and pass the Praxis School Leaders Licensure assessment are eligible for certification in Rhode Island as a PK-12 Building Administrator. Successful completion of the program includes:

  • Completing all required coursework while maintaining a 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Successfully completing and defending a performance assessment.

Passing the Praxis School Leaders Licensure assessment is a program completion requirement as well as a state certification requirement. For information regarding this assessment, please click here.

For more information about program requirements, please refer to the COURSE HANDBOOK and INTERNSHIP HANDBOOK.

Course Sequence

This program has been designed to follow a developmental sequence.  Therefore, students should complete all coursework in one strand before moving on to the next strand. Total credits required are 36 hours.

Strand I
EDU 810 Data, Technology and the Principal
EDU 514 Program Evaluation: Research for Continuous School Improvement
EDU 505 School Law
EDU 512 Family and Community Engagement: Promoting Culturally Responsive Schools
EDU 522 Operations and Management: Organizing Schools for Success

Strand II
EDU 504 Supervision/Personnel Problems in Education
EDU 513 Supervision of Instruction
EDU 515 Principal as Instructional Leader: Building Capacity to Support All Students
EDU 516 School and District Finance: Maximizing Resources for Effective Schools
EDU 532 Curriculum Design and Construction

Strand III
EDU 530 Internship in Administration I
EDU 536 Internship in Administration II