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Master's of Educational Administration with Principal's License

Program Code: ME6272 (Athens Campus), ME5027 (Regional Campus), ND6272 (Principal's License Only)


Through a balanced approach of online and in-class instruction, the program offers course work and internships required for obtaining a master’s degree in educational administration and/or an Ohio principal’s license. Students may choose to pursue only the license or only the master’s degree or they can pursue both the degree and license.

Typically, two or three cohorts of the Principal Preparation Program operate concurrently. They include (1) an Athens Campus Cohort, (2) a Chillicothe/Southern Campus Cohort, and (3) a Pickerington Cohort. The program involves two calendar years of studies. For this reason, studies with a cohort will be offered on a rotating basis. Chillicothe/Southern and Pickerington every other year beginning in 2016 and Athens every other year beginning in 2017.


  • The Principal Preparation Program is Nationally Recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC), which is a premier accreditation organization for Educational Administration Programs.  
  • Program graduates tend to do exceptionally well on the required Ohio Licensure Test, to be employed as administrators based upon the strong reputation of the program, and to be successful once they become administrators.
  • The master’s degree portion of the program can be completed by the end of the second summer of study.
  • One academic year is needed to complete the balance of the licensure coursework.
  • Each of the cohorts meets a total of 9 times on Saturdays between September and May (i.e., during the school year). During the summer, each of the cohorts typically meets two times per week for between 5 and 8 weeks.
  • Two full-year internships are included as part of the program.
  • The program provides its students with an opportunity to become knowledgeable in a substantive manner about the operation of a school.
Principal Preparation Program of Study Credits
Summer   EDAD 6010 Introduction to Educational Administration 4
Summer  EDAD 6020 Organizational Structures in Education 4
Summer II EDRE 5010, Introduction to Research 4
Fall  EDAD 6425, The Role of the Principal in Instruction and Learning 4
Fall  EDAD 5910, Internship in Education 2
Spring  EDAD 6980, Seminar in Education 4
Spring  EDAD 6310, Personnel Administration 4
Spring  EDAD 5910, Internship in Education 2
Summer  EDAD 6110 Educational Law (with basic finance) 4
Summer  EDAD 6610 School-Community Relations 4
Summer II EDCS 5040 Social Structure and Change in Education 4
Fall  EDAD 6400 The Principalship 4
Fall  EDAD 5911 The Internship 2
Spring  EDAD 7820 Politics in Education 4
Spring EDAD 5911 The Internship 2


Admissions Requirements

  • A 2.9 GPA in the undergraduate coursework of a bachelor’s degree, a 3.25 GPA in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester hours of a bachelor’s degree, or a 3.5 GPA in the coursework comprising a master’s degree.  Undergraduate coursework taken after the obtainment of a bachelor’s degree is not included in these calculations.
  • An applicant, whose GPA is below the levels stated above, can be considered by taking and reporting the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). See http://www.ets.org/ for details. A combined score of 300 is preferred.
  • Non-native speakers of English must submit a TOEFL score. A score of at least 550 is preferred.
  • Three recommendations on organizational letterhead of the individual making the recommendation. 
  • An autobiography focused upon the professional career and objectives of the applicant. The autobiography should be double spaced and approximately four pages in length.
  • A curriculum vita or a resume is preferred; however not required.
  • For those individuals who have completed a master’s degree at Ohio University, a completed online application and statement of purpose form are all that is needed for the application.
  • if you wish to complete the program on the Athens Campus, please use the degree code ME6272.  For Regional Campus admissions (Chillicothe, Southern, Pickerington) please use ME5207 when applying.

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For more information, contact:

Charles Lowery
Program Coordinator
Educational Administration Program