Master’s in School Leadership & Administration


Classroom teachers with a minimum of 3 years teaching experience who want their master's degree to focus on leadership and management techniques to build effective and efficient schools. This program leads to the Mississippi State Administrator License.

What You Learn:

The goal of graduate education is to prepare competent educators who demonstrate both academic excellence and professional knowledge while providing distinctive Christian leadership and service to students, parents, and communities. The conceptual framework of the department reflects these goals and supports the following objectives:

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: The Master of Education program seeks to provide experiences that will enable the teacher candidates to: synthesize best instructional and curriculum practices through collaborative problem-solving, increase knowledge of subject matter content and critical thinking skills and apply this knowledge in the field, evaluate a school’s curriculum, goals, and instruction and use current research and innovations to solve site-based problems, acquire and use current research about how children learn and develop to improve instruction from infancy through adolescence, and acquire skills and knowledge of educational technology and its uses in the classroom.

PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE: The Master of Education program seeks to provide opportunities for the teacher candidates to acquire skills to: evaluate instructional strategies and build a variety of teaching modules that will improve learning within the classroom and school; use professional materials, organizations, and current research to expand knowledge about innovations and trends in education to improve instruction in the elementary and secondary school; design and implement research studies that observe, record, and evaluate children’s behavior in order to plan appropriate instructional programs and improve learning environments; and acquire greater knowledge as to appropriate research methodology and analysis of current trends in education and the implication for today’s schools.

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: The Master of Education program seeks to provide opportunities for the teacher candidates with experiences for the development of skills to: evaluate curriculum, resources, and opportunities within the community to enhance instruction and improve relationships with parents and the school community, and promote cooperative exchanges within the classroom, among faculty, and with parents to provide greater opportunities for improvement in the curriculum and instruction in the school.

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: The Master of Education program seeks to promote the personal and spiritual development of the candidates to: integrate and exhibit the Christian worldview in involvement with students, parents, coworkers, and the community, Demonstrate integrity in research and implementation of programs to improve instruction, analyze and develop models of service to schools and communities, and manifest the dispositions of the profession as well as the ethical principles of a Christian professional educator.

How You Learn:

Online Option: This is a fully online cohort. You will log into the online classroom using our online learning management system (Canvas) to participate in online activities which may include assignments, webinars or chats, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically. You will finish one course every 8 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in as little as 22 months.

Career Outcomes:

Upon completion of the program, students will have earned a Master of Education: School Leadership & Administration. After successful completion of the School Leaders License Assessment Exam (SLLA), Belhaven will recommend candidates for the Mississippi Administration License.

Degree Requirements:

Course Title Hours
EDU 646 School Law and Ethical Principles 3
EDU 644 School and Community Relations 3
EDU 645 Enhancing Curriculum & Instructional Capacity 3
EDU 650 Leadership & Management for Effective & Efficient Schools 3
EDU 655 Equity & Cultural Leadership 3
EDU 657 Assessment for Continuous School Improvement 3
EDU 667 Operations & Fiscal Management 3
EDU 669 Human Resource Leadership 3
EDU 675 Instructional Leadership Comprehensive Paper 3
EDU 677 Principal Internship I 3
EDU 678 Principal Internship II 3
  Total Credit Hours: 33

Please Note:

Candidates must pass the SLLA (School Leaders License Assessment) before Belhaven will make a recommendation for the Mississippi Administrator's License.