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Educational Administration

EDAD 2012 Cohort


  • Emphasizing the knowledge, skills, and practices of responsive leadership, the Educational Administration Program fosters a vision of humane, engaging, inviting schools and educational settings.  These learning venues provide arenas where various stakeholders including administrators, teachers, students, parents/guardians, community members, researchers and policy makers can work democratically to promote academic excellence, equity and a more knowledgeable citizenry. The program is committed to social justice and promoting an ethic of leadership that is attentive to the human side of educational change.
  • Recognizing that the program’s graduates serve in a variety of regional, state, national, and international positions, the program is approached with the explicit consideration of the importance of context and place. More specifically, course work and field experiences integrate conceptual and practical knowledge, grounding practice in a thoughtful appreciation of the contexts in which students will deploy their knowledge and crafts.



The Educational Administration Program provides an opportunity for educators and educational leaders to build and enhance capacities in educational leadership, policy analysis, and research for service in local, regional, state, national, and international arenas. The program is committed to preparing students to be agents of change in education and related fields, such as government agencies, foundations, and private non-profit organizations.


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Degrees and areas of study

The Educational Administration Program offers graduate degrees at the master's, post-masters, and doctoral levels. The required coursework is also offered for the pursuit of Ohio principal and district superintendent’s licenses. These programs are delivered in functionally-based combinations of in-class and on-line approaches.

Doctor of Education in Educational Administration

The Doctoral Program in Educational Administration combines conceptual and applied study at an advanced level, preparing individuals for scholarly work in education and related policy arenas. Students can study with cohorts, which are based at the Athens Campus.

The Comparative and International Educational Leadership (CIEL) specialization, within the doctoral program of study, is designed to relate a firm grounding in the theories and methods of international and comparative education for the analysis of education's role in the processes of economic growth, political development, and social change. 

Post Master’s Program

The Superintendent License Program assists students who already hold a master's degree (typically in educational administration) and/or an administrative license (e.g. principal’s license), to achieve Ohio licensure for a variety of administrative roles, including the superintendency.

Master of Education in Educational Administration

The Principal Preparation Program offers a well-balanced academic and field-based approach to a master's degree in educational administration and/or an Ohio Principal’s license. Students can pursue the master’s degree in educational administration and a principal’s license, just the degree, or just the license.  Graduates of the program work as principals, assistant principals, curriculum and instruction supervisors, special education supervisors, and career technical program supervisors.

The General Master’s Degree Program in Educational Administration has one primary strand and two ancillaries that are based upon the primary strand:

1.    The primary strand is the basic general program. One of its most appealing aspects is that it offers a considerable amount of flexibility in course selection.

2.    An ancillary strand is the Teacher-Leader Program, which is offered to meet the needs of students who seek to build and enhance their capacity as teacher-leaders. The program prepares current and aspiring professionals for a variety of leadership roles. However, they are not developed for someone wishing to pursue administrative licensure.

3.    The other ancillary strand is the Organizational Leadership Program, which was developed to provide an integrated offering of business administration, educational administration, and public policy courses.

EDAD Cohort

For more information about the Master's and Licensure Programs, please contact:

Robin Boyd, Administrative Assistant
Educational Administration Program

Note: The Patton College offers a variety of programs at Ohio University regional campuses and eCampus. All cohort programs and the courses therein are contingent on a specified minimum enrollment of students. Program start dates may be postponed if the minimum enrollment is not reached. This decision will be made no fewer than 30 days prior to the advertised start date.