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K-12 Education Administration M.Ed.

Being a school principal is a challenging, rewarding career for the right individual. Prepare to be an effective school principal with the Master of Education in Education Administration. Lead faculty, staff, and students to accomplish academic goals. Work to create positive change for students with the school board, teachers, students, parents, staff, and the community.

The Master of Education in K-12 Education Administration aligns with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation standards. If student and faculty needs come first, a career as Principal may be right for you!

Educational Leadership, K-12 Education Administration Concentration, M.Ed.

Preparing professional educators for leadership and administration in schools and higher education

Career Opportunities

  • Public School Principal
  • Private School Principal
  • State Departments of Education
  • Alternative School Principal
  • School Capacity Building
  • Charter School Principal
  • Textbook Consultant
  • Education Policy Consultant
  • Central Office Administrator   

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Program and Admission Requirements

The Master of Education in Educational Administration is designed to strengthen a candidate's knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the Core Standards for Advanced Professionals and Idaho State University Department of Educational Leadership Standards for Educational Leaders (which parallel the Idaho standards for school principals).

Admissions requirements and procedures are detailed on:

The ISU Graduate School website

The Graduate School graduate catalog

Admission Information: 

  • Meet the ISU Graduate School admission requirements
  • Hold a Bachelor's degree in education or a related field from a regionally accredited institution
  • Have a minimum of 3.0 GPA in upper division undergraduate coursework
  • Have at least one year of K-12 teaching experience or equivalent documented experience
  • Submit a letter of interest, stating why the applicant is interested in the M.Ed. in Educational Administration
  • Submit a current resume, including names of and contact information for at least 2 professional references

This M.ED. requires a minimum of 31 credits:

  • 9 credits in “core” professional studies courses
  • 18 credits in Educational Administration emphasis courses
  • 3 credits of internship
  • 1 credit of case study

Candidates who already have a master's degree in an education-related field may choose to complete just the requirements for the State of Idaho endorsement for principals IF the master's degree included the core professional studies courses. The endorsement requires a minimum of 22 credits:

  • 18 credits in Educational Administration emphasis courses
  • 3 credits of internship (minimum)
  • 1 credit of case study

Required Courses

Patti Mortensen

Dr. Patti Mortensen

Assistant Professor

Office: College of Education 377

(208) 282-3661

mortpatt@isu.edu