2021-2022 University Catalog 
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2021-2022 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Education, Educational Leadership/Principalship, M.E.

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The Master of Education with an area of emphasis in educational administration is designed for educators desiring to work as a building-level administrator in a school setting. Completion of Park’s 30 credit hour program earns a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership/Principalship. Certification as a principal is earned by the additional passing of current DESE state assessments. The program is offered in an 8-week online format. Full-time enrollment is one course per 8-week term. Full time enrollment during the academic year and one or two courses for two summers allows completion in two calendar years.

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a valid state teaching certificate (applicant must provide copy of certificate). Note: This must be completed before the completion of the first three credit hours
  2. School employment as a teacher is required in order to fulfill 300 hours of administrative field experience in the school setting.
  3. Students seeking Educational Leadership/Principalship must have three years’ teaching experience by the time they apply for state certification. DESE requires a Missouri state teaching certificate in order to apply for principal certification.
  4. Minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Advanced candidates with a GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 may be considered for provisional admission.
  6. A felony background check and FBI fingerprint check must be completed and clearance received for admission.

Requirements For: Master - 30 Hours, 3.0 GPA

Additional Requirements

  • Certification as a building-level administrator requires passing the current Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary (DESE) assessments.

Graduation Requirements

Park University confers the Master of Education degrees upon successful completion of the following requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 for Park University courses.
  • Satisfaction of all requirements for a major as outlined in this catalog.
  • Completion of all earned credit with no more than 2 grades of C earned.
  • Submission of an Application for Graduation. 

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