Apr 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Educational Administration and Leadership - Adult and Higher Education (M.A.)


Program Overview


The educational administration and leadership programs at USD are designed for school district superintendents, elementary and secondary principals, special education directors, curriculum directors, adult educators, and higher education administrators and classroom instructors. They develop education leaders to be effective school administrators by cultivating change for the future. Offered at master’s, educational specialist and doctoral levels, the programs can be taken on-campus, online or via a hybrid learning environment. Specializations vary depending on the degree level. Examples include adult and higher education, curriculum director, pre-K-12 principal, pre-K-12 educational leadership, director of special education and school district superintendent. The USD School of Education has been accredited by CAEP (formerly NCATE) since 1956. Learn more at https://www.usd.edu/Academics/Graduate-Programs/Educational-Administration-and-Leadership.

DELIVERY: On campus | Online 

Master of Arts in Educational Leadership - Adult and Higher Education Specialization


Master of Arts, Adult & Higher Education, Plan A (thesis): Total 32–34 credit hours


Supporting Area Coursework


Master of Arts, Adult & Higher Education, Plan B (non–thesis): Total 32 credit hours


General Application Requirements


  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Statement of purpose
  6. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. This list is not all-inclusive, to view specific program requirements and submission deadlines, follow the  “Admissions Information” hyperlink at the top of this page OR visit the specific program/dept. page found here: link.usd.edu/grad-catalog

Note:


Students have seven years from the time they are admitted to complete the requirements for their degree program. 

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live


If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization

Questions?


Division of Educational Leadership
605-658-6614 | edad@usd.edu | usd.edu/edleadership

Graduate Admissions 
605-658-6140 | gradadmissions@usd.edu  | usd.edu/grad