Oct 28, 2020  
2020-21 NSU Graduate Catalog 
2020-21 NSU Graduate Catalog

School Administration, M.Ed.

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OSRHE Program Code: 103
CIP Code: 130401

Major Code: 3765

(36 total hours)


The School Administration program prepares individuals for positions in educational administration at the building level. Persons admitted to this program will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to administer elementary and/or secondary schools and other units of school administration such as departments of personnel, curriculum development, secondary education, elementary education, and federal programs.

Specialty Accreditation

NSU’s educator preparation programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), www.caepnet.org, (1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036-1023, 202-223-0077), and the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability (840 Research Parkway, Suite 455, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, 405-522-5399), www.ok.gov/oeqa

Credential Requirements

All candidates seeking certification need to take the state certification test for school administration at the completion of the program. There are fees associated with certification testing which is administered by an outside agency under contract with the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability. NSU’s Education Certification office can assist with information regarding university recommendation for certification.  If seeking certification in any state other than Oklahoma, it is recommended that individuals contact the appropriate State Department for guidelines so they can be built into the program.

Program Admission Requirements:

Beyond the admission requirements for the Graduate College, admission to the Leadership program requires:

  • Be eligible for an Oklahoma teacher’s certificate/license.
  • GPA Requirement* of:
    • 3.00 overall, undergraduate, or
    • 3.25 in the last 60 credit hours, undergraduate, or
    • Have an earned Master’s degree from an accredited university
    • Potential candidates not meeting GPA requirements will be placed on conditional program enrollment
  • Submit the following to the online portfolio:
    • A statement of your specific immediate and long-term career objectives (Goals Statement) and how a master’s degree in the program will help the applicant achieve your objectives.  (This statement is to be between one and two pages, typed, double-spaced, 12 point font with margins of 1 inch all around.)
    • A copy of your teaching certificate (if a licensed teacher in any state).
    • Three (3) sealed letters of recommendation to:

Northeastern State University
College of Education / Dept. of Ed. Leadership
600 North Grand Avenue
​Tahlequah, OK 74464

Program faculty my request a formal interview and or other material to make recommendations concerning admission to the program.


For individuals who wish to pursue a degree, but are unable to meet the undergraduate GPA requirements, conditional enrollment may be allowed as follows:

  • A graduate program GPA of 3.5 must be obtained for 12 credit hours of course work taken at Northeastern State University, and all other admittance requirements must be completed during first semester of enrollment.
  • Full admittance will be considered by the program faculty at the completion of 12 credit hours upon the written request of the student within the semester deadlines for admissions.
  • The second semester of enrollment will have to be authorized by the student’s advisor.
  • Course work completed will be considered and applied to the degree as applicable.
  • Program faculty will make all final determinations on conditional enrollment. 

Students who do not meet the program requirements within the specified time frames and structure will be blocked form further enrollment in the program.


After acceptance into the program and two portfolio artifacts have been submitted to the portfolio, students will contact their assigned advisor to complete the candidacy process.


A faculty advisor in the School Administration program is assigned to the student by the Graduate College when the student is admitted to graduate studies and is indicated on the acceptance letter.  It is the student’s responsibility to make an appointment with the advisor to discuss policies and procedures relevant to the degree program.  The advisor develops the plan of study in conference with the student, assists in the selection of classes each semester, and counsels the student.

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