Educational Administration (M.S.A.)
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.
• Credits: 36 (10 classes + 3 internships; internships are 2 credits each)
• 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
Featured CoursesEDAD 599 Research in EducationExamines current trends in qualitative and quantitative educational research methodologies. Students learn to read, analyze, and interpret the current literature in teaching, student learning, and school administration. Topics include defining the research process, writing a review of the literature, exploring methods of gathering quantitative and qualitative data, developing a research design, and examining ethical issues related to the research process. Students will review and analyze research relevant to school administration.
3 credits EDAD 601 Leadership, Management, and SupervisionFocuses on theories of leadership and supervision and how these theories impact on effective school administration and effective teacher supervision. Emphasizes the human dynamic as it affects the organization and administration of a school. Students examine current theories of leadership, motivation, management, performance appraisal, and evaluation, and they apply these theories to current school issues. Students develop a personal philosophy of leadership and supervision. Formerly ADM 610
3 credits EDAD 602 Technology and SystemsExamines the national standards for integrating technology into a school and/or district. Theories and current research in technology integration will be included in reading assignments and discussions. Students will have experience using computer applications that support management and operational functions necessary in a school setting. Students will complete journal writing and group activities that promote problem solving from the school administrator's perspective. Students will be provided with a process for assessing the technological needs of a school and aligning school resources with these assessed needs. As a Final Project, students will develop a comprehensive technology plan that addresses the use of technology to support the management and instructional goals of the school.
Hyrbid Online Course EDAD 603 The School, the Community, and the SocietySurveys historical, social, economic, political, and philosophical foundations of education, with an emphasis on theories of American education in an interdependent world and the multicultural character of the American classroom. Implications of understanding contemporary educational issues, policy, and decision making are stressed. Students investigate successful models of school, family, business, community, government, and higher education partnerships.
3 credits EDAD 604 Staff and Group DevelopmentProvides students with opportunities to employ strategies and skills to assist in the design of a personal development plan. Students will be able to articulate the role of professional development, professional learning communities and collaborative instructional planning in effective schools. Students will be able to analyze and evaluate the dynamics related to instructional leadership in a school environment.
3 credits EDAD 605 Curriculum and Program DevelopmentReviews historical and current approaches to curriculum development and implementation. Topics include competency-based learning, authentic assessment, curriculum design, and program evaluation. Students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to be effective instructional leaders.
3 credits EDAD 607 Cultural DiversityExamines the effects of diversity and multiculturalism on society. International and economic issues are explored to help students broaden their knowledge of the complexities and interdependence of contemporary schools. Students study cross-cultural communications while developing the skills to accommodate specific needs that arise in culturally diverse environments.
3 credits EDAD 608 Teaching and Learning in a Trauma Informed SchoolThis course is designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills needed to be effective instructional leaders.The focus of the course is the art and science of instructional leadership and the exploration of how theories of teaching, learning and research can be applied in the classroom. Candidates will review historical and current approaches to teacher supervision, professional development, conferencing, and learning strategies that best support student learning. Topics include visioneering, ACEs and brain-based research, marginal teacher improvement and resiliency and assessments.
The course will prepare candidates to create a school-wide environment that is conducive to optimal teaching, learning and well-being by using existing school resources differently to integrate trauma-informed practices and procedures into school-wide behavior management and instructional systems.Candidates will analyze the influence of principals on the promotion of professional growth, encouragement of critical study, and the building of resilience and support in teachers, in students, and in the school culture. EDAD 633 Finance and Resource ManagementPrepares students to manage the monetary funds and resources necessary to create and maintain a successful learning environment. Students will gain a working knowledge of school finances - from day-to-day accounting procedures to the principles behind state-aid formulas. Students will also explore issues in school facilities management, insurance and risk management, and human resources management.
3 credits EDAD 634 Legal and Ethical Issues in School AdministrationIdentifies the legal and ethical issues related to the operation of a school. Students will examine legal issues in the relationship between schools and students, parents, staff and the larger community with a particular focus on federal and state laws and court decisions. Students will also explore ethical concepts and develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to resolve the ethical dilemmas the will encounter as school administrators.
- Assistant Principal
- Day Care Center Director
- Preschool Director
- Instructional Coach
- Program Director
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.
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: