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Educational Administration (M.S.A.)

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Our Master of Science in Administration (M.S.A.) in Education Administration will prepare you for a leadership position in an elementary, middle, or high school. Our program develops your ability to promote high student achievement through instructional planning, data analysis, problem-solving, consensus building and coaching and retention of teachers and staff. Come learn how to use assessments to facilitate instructional planning and to assist teachers in their use of best practices through professional development.

The Master of Science in Administration degree offers two options:

1. Educational Administration- for those pursuing administration positions in a broad range of education settings.

2. Educational Administration with a Specialization in Early Childhood Education- for those wishing to pursue positions specifically in early childhood settings.

By joining this cohort program, which meets just one weekend a month for 20 months, you will be prepared to take the School Leadership Licensure Assessment (S.L.L.A.), a requirement for all new school principals in both Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia. You will fulfill the requirements for the Administrative Services Credential in Washington, D.C.

Program Requirements

• Credits: 36 (10 classes + 3 internships; internships are 2 credits each)

Admissions Requirements

• Bachelor’s Degree or greater
• Teacher certification (professional teaching license)
• Completed at least 2 years of experience as a full-time classroom-based teacher, PreKdg -12
• Have a school in which to complete the internship
• GPA: 2.8

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Featured Courses

EDAD 599 Research in Education EDAD 601 Leadership, Management, and Supervision EDAD 602 Technology and Systems EDAD 603 The School, the Community, and the Society EDAD 604 Staff and Group Development EDAD 605 Curriculum and Program Development EDAD 607 Cultural Diversity EDAD 608 Teaching and Learning in a Trauma Informed School EDAD 633 Finance and Resource Management EDAD 634 Legal and Ethical Issues in School Administration

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Career Paths

  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Day Care Center Director
  • Preschool Director
  • Instructional Coach
  • Dean
  • Program Director

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Six credit hours of internships are required, which are completed in the schools where students are employed. The schools’ placements include public, charter, and private school systems in the Washington, DC area.

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All School of Education programs are approved by the DC State Education Agency, Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), and meet requirements for state certification.

Trinity’s initial-license and advanced-level Education programs are accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Licensure and Certification Notification

The principal preparation program at Trinity Washington University is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Successful completion of the educational administration program at Trinity Washington University will meet the education requirements necessary to pursue the Administrative Services Credential in the District of Columbia and certification in most states in which a student intends to practice. Some states have additional requirements, such as completion of training in alcohol and drug related disabilities or courses in Multicultural Education or Cross-cultural Communications, etc. Students should contact the appropriate state licensing board to determine if the program at Trinity Washington University can lead to licensure in that state and what, if any, additional licensure requirements exist in that state. Trinity stands ready to assist with state licensure questions, and students should consult with their advisor, program director or Dean, in case of doubt.

You may access principal/administrative certification requirements by state, including information regarding state reciprocity here:

You may also access certification requirements and contact information for your state department of education at the Federal Department of Education here:

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