Educational Administration (MEd)


Program Details

The Master of Educational Administration degree (MEd) provides the preparation required for principals, administrative specialists, superintendents and other educational administration positions. Students earning a master's degree in educational administration collaborate with area school administrators, learn from faculty who are experts in their field and gain hands-on experience through internships in local school settings. 

The MEd in Educational Administration consists of 9 credit hours of core courses plus 21 credit hours of licensure courses.

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Applications are accepted throughout the year from students with a bachelor's degree and a solid academic background. You may begin the program in the summer, fall or spring term.

To apply, submit the following application materials to the Office of Graduate Admission.

  • The online graduate application
  • One official transcript sent directly from the college/university of all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework to
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    Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-5131
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  • Official test scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). If you have previously taken the GRE and want to have your scores sent to Xavier, please contact GRE at 1-888-GRE-SCORE.

Applications are processed immediately upon receiving all of the necessary materials, and you will be notified of your status as soon as possible. The admission committee considers all of the information contained in the admission application, including prior grades, test scores and evidence of potential for success in graduate study.


Applicants to Graduate Programs in the School of Education Must Have:

  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university AND
  • Admission test score
Test score may be waived under one of the following conditions:
  • State licensed teacher
  • Pursuing a M.Ed. or M.S.Ed. without licensure¬†(if undergrad GPA is 3.0 or higher)
  • Pursuing a principal or administration license
  • Pursuing a second license or endorsement
  • Pursuing a Montessori teaching credential only

*International students may have additional application requirements. See International Graduate Admissions for more information.

For questions regarding the application process, e-mail the Office of Graduate Services at

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Core Courses

Core Education courses are required for the Masters of Education in Administration and all of the administration licensure options.

MEd Core Education Courses (9 semester hours):

EDFD 500: History and Philosophy of American Education............ 3cr.

EDFD 505: Organization of Educational Systems in the United States............ 3cr.

EDFD 507: Educational Research & Educational Research Paper............ 3cr.

Please note all course requirements are subject to change.

Administration Courses

All licensure courses listed below (except electives) are required for all licensure options (in addition to the appropriate internships). An academic advisor will evaluate your previous transcripts to determine if you have already completed any of the courses listed below for licensure.

The following courses total 21 semester hours and will, when combined with the 9 core hours, equal 30 semester hours and thus qualify the candidate to apply for the M.Ed. in Educational Administration graduate comprehensive examination. Upon successful completion of the comprehensive examination the M.Ed. will be awarded.

Candidates must have a resident educator or professional teaching license.

EDAD 543: Supervision of Instruction and Staff Personnel............ 3cr.

EDAD 548: Principalship OR EDAD 561: Administration of Pupil Personnel (for non-Principals)............ 3cr.

EDAD 562: Political Structures and School/Comm Relations............ 3cr.

EDAD 563: School Finance, Business Affairs and Physical Facilities............ 3cr.

EDAD 565: School Law............ 3cr.

EDAD 570: Policy, Planning, Evaluation, and Assessment............ 3cr.

EDAD 660: Curriculum Design and Teach Strategies............ 3cr.


To receive a Principal or Administrative Specialist License in the State of Ohio, the candidate must complete two internship courses through Xavier totaling 6 semester hours.

After completing the Principal or Administrative Specialist License Program, the candidate is eligible to complete the application for Ohio Licensure.

Internship(s) I

EDAD 771: Principal............ 3cr.

EDAD 772: Admin Specialist Intern............ 3cr.

EDAD 776: School/Community Relations............ 3cr.

Internship(s) II

EDAD 781: Principal............ 3cr.

EDAD 782: Research............ 3cr.

EDAD 783: Staff Personnel............ 3cr.

EDAD 784: Curriculum, Instruction and Staff Development............ 3cr.

EDAD 785: Pupil Services............ 3cr.

EDAD 786: School/Community Relations............ 3cr.

Note: Internship(s) are required for licensure. Please see an advisor for specific licensure you are seeking. You may schedule an appointment by calling 513-745-4210. All educational administration students must successfully complete the Master of Education (M.Ed.) Comprehensive Examination upon completion of required coursework to earn the M.Ed. degree.

Sample Courses

Supervision of Instruction (EDAD 543) - Study of formative and summative supervision processes with emphasis on accountability and utilizing supervision for individual professional growth. Includes practical application of state mandated instructional policies and processes.

Principalship (EDAD 548) - Designed to incorporate both administrative theory and practice, especially as it relates to the role of the principal, this course provides a special emphasis on the changes in the role of a principal as a result of demographic changes in society, state and local regulations, and in schools.

School Law (EDAD 565) - Legal framework within which schools operate. Federal and state precedents. State code. Legal provisions for school finance.

Curriculum Design and Teach Strategies (EDAD 660) - Theory and practice of curriculum design, development, implementation and evaluation. Correlates curriculum and teaching strategies. Includes formative and summative supervisory functions.

Tuition and Fees


Graduate FlexX Courses

Xavier’s FlexX courses are designed to provide graduate students with the flexibility to attend each class period either in person or remotely (via Zoom) to accommodate each student’s individual schedule. This mode of instruction and course delivery is frequently referenced in academia as a “HyFlex” model. Importantly, Xavier FlexX courses are designed to embrace Xavier’s mission and identity emphasizing an appreciation of and care for the whole person (Cura Personalis).

FlexX courses allow students to fully participate in class discussions, activities, and assignments, either face-to-face or via Zoom. Graduate students are often challenged with balancing daily schedules in relationship to their employment, professional obligations, family commitments, travel, and transportation issues, necessitating flexibility regarding in person attendance. Additionally, students experience health and medical challenges, making it difficult to be present in the classroom. For others, having a choice of attending class in person or remotely, can be less stressful and supportive of one’s health and will being as well as individual learning styles.

FlexX Course Features

In a mindful and attentional fashion, faculty members include course content, questions, activities, and feedback prompts for both face-to-face and remote learners, allowing for real-time class interactions and reactions. Using Canvas, professors post Power Points and materials prior to each class. In addition to live video and sound, remote students use the chat functionality for class participation. Regardless of the mode of attendance, students are expected to have read relevant materials and be prepared to engage and participate in class discussions. Office hours are offered for in person or remote faculty-student meetings, typically before or after class time.

In each course, remote and in person students are queried for feedback concerning interactive strengths and challenges with in person and synchronous learning. The goal is to facilitate equitable participation between in person and remote learners.

The option for total remote attendance contributes to the ability of an inclusive and diverse student course enrollment and participation. Diversity of person, thought, perspective, and area of residence or employment contributes to the enrichment of learning and the educational experience.

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Master of Educational Administration Offsite Locations

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Students earning their Master of Educational Administration degree at Xavier can start core courses at one of five Cincinnati-area locations near work and home.

Master of Educational Administration Licensure Program

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99% of Xavier Education students pass their licensure exams. Xavier's licensure program ensures master's degree candidates, including those in the Masters of Educational Administration program, are prepared to obtain licenses required to lead schools and school districts in Ohio and other states.

Flexible Schedules for Graduate Students

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Xavier's Master of Educational Administration degree program has flexible scheduling options to start classes year-round. Evening classes allow working professionals to finish their degrees as full-time or part-time students.

Master of Education Programs at Xavier

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Educational Administration (MEd) Program at Xavier University

The Educational Administration Master of Education degree, a professional degree, is designed to provide the preparation required for principals, administrative specialists, superintendents, and other educational administration positions. Students are encouraged to select Master of Education courses which correspond with the educational administration/supervision licensure they may seek. Licensure program courses and master's degree courses may be taken in unison or separately. Educational Administration Licensure/Supervision programs include but are not limited to Principal, Specialists, Superintendents, Supervisor of Instruction, Director of Special Education, and Director of Pupil Personnel.

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