School Administration - Non Licensure

  • Credits: 32
  • Degree:
    Master of Education

Program Description

The School Administration program is based on the standards of the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and follows the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) Guidelines for the Preparation of Administrative Leaders. The program prepares administrators who have demonstrable skills in instructional leadership, management and operations, family and community engagement, and fostering of a professional culture. The ultimate goal is to create competent, caring and qualified educators, based on the principles of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.  This program prepares students for educational settings that do not require licensure.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates demonstrate a realistic understanding of the expectations and responsibilities of site-based administrators. They shall be able to promote the learning and growth of all students and the success of all staff by cultivating a shared vision that makes effective teaching and learning the central focus of schooling. They are able to effectively, safely, and efficiently use resources to implement appropriate curriculum, staffing, and scheduling; establish effective partnerships with families, community organizations, and other stakeholders to support the mission of the school and district; and nurture and sustain a school culture of reflective practice, high expectations, and continuous learning for staff.


Graduates in the non-licensure track are able to pursue positions in private and charter schools; in workforce development, training, or policy. Some graduates enter the Cambridge College CAGS program in educational leadership and move into the same positions as above with the addition of central office positions.


For more information, please contact Admissions at 1-800-829-4723.


Professional Seminar and Project
Professional Seminar I: School Administration (Initial)
EAD 691N 2 credit(s)
This seminar focuses on the development of leadership and human relationships within the school and community. Attention is paid to personal aspects of leadership such as style, dealing with stress, time management and the moral responsibility of school administrators. Students also discuss educational topics and issues of current interest. (This theme continues through all four terms.) Students are introduced to basic research skills such as use of on-line and professional libraries and the conventions of APA style for writing papers and the Independent Learning Project (ILP). Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Professional Seminar II: School Administration (Initial)
EAD 692N 2 credit(s)
Prerequisite: EAD691N. Pre-practicum: Fifteen hours directed field-based training required. This second seminar emphasizes the development and functioning of organizations and the study of organizational behavior. Attention is paid to the leader's role in culture and climate. Students examine the culture and climate of their own work setting within frameworks reviewed in the seminar. Students learn how to prepare and write the literature review for the ILP.
Professional Seminar III: School Administration (Initial)
EAD 693N 2 credit(s)
Prerequisite: EAD692N. This third seminar emphasizes the study of introducing and supporting change efforts in schools. Topics include managing change, dealing with varying attitudes toward change and institutionalizing change. Supporting topics include the use of vision, goal setting, identifying priorities, allocating resources and collecting data on learning. Students learn principles of basic research design and should develop the initial draft of their ILP this term. Those students completing a practicum in this term will present it to the students in the seminar, providing a basis for the discussion of the relationship of action research to the reality of school reform. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Professional Seminar IV: School Administration (Initial)
EAD 694N 2 credit(s)
Prerequisite: EAD693N. The final seminar emphasizes linking practice and theory. Particular attention is paid to processing the issues and questions that arise during the practicum experience. Interpersonal aspects of leadership are revisited in the context of the field experience. Students discuss issues connected with obtaining a leadership position including resumes, the interview process and contracts. The ILP is completed and presented to the members of the seminar, providing a basis for the discussion of the relationship of action research to the reality of school reform. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Independent Learning Project: School Administration
EAD 800 3 credit(s)
Prerequisites: EAD691-693. The Independent Learning Project (ILP) is a culminating learning experience that helps school administrators integrate their personal and formal learning and their professional experiences into a meaningful whole. It reflects the general guidelines for school administrators and articulates the individual’s educational and administrative philosophy. The project is research and action based on a focused topic chosen by the student within the area and level of licensure sought. It engages students in sustained research into school administration. Parts of the project may be implemented during the practicum.
School Administration Courses
Legal Aspects of School Administration
EAD 688 3 credit(s)
This course explores the legal principles which apply to current educational practice. It specifically deals with issues of students’ rights and teachers’ rights which impact and influence the operation of schools and the related tension created by multiple structures. Laws/ regulations and court decisions related to free speech, equal rights, and school discipline are studied. In addition, laws and policies dealing with IDEA (special education) and No Child Left Behind are examined in depth. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Finance and Business Administration for the School Administrator
EAD 690 3 credit(s)
This course prepares educators to understand and effectively manage the fiscal aspects of a school or school district. The work focuses on school finance as a matter of public policy and law, the different sources of school financing, and the funding mechanism at various levels of government. Proposition 2 1/2, the Massachusetts foundation budget process, financing procedures in other states, and the financing of charter, choice and voucher programs are examined. In addition, educators study school budgets, the role of the school’s community in developing and establishing the budget, and different approaches to the budgeting process. Finally, educators address the issues of plant management, custodial care, building maintenance, preventive maintenance, scheduling, energy management, collective bargaining and purchasing of materials for plant management. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Selection, Development, and Supervision of Educational Personnel
EAD 684 3 credit(s)
This course alerts students to the wide range of activities covered by the term “personnel management” and presents the best of current practices in the field. Students are prepared to select, develop and supervise teachers and other staff effectively. The school is presented as a learning organization - a place where all are supported in continuous growth and describes the administrator’s role in creating that culture. Formative and summative techniques for feedback about performance are emphasized. The course also includes the topics of the legal and ethical aspects of evaluation, hiring and dismissal. The importance of the administrator’s role as an instructional leader is emphasized. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Curriculum Development, Assessment & Improvement for the School Admin
EAD 712 3 credit(s)
Pre-practicum: Fifteen hours of directed field-based training is required. Development, assessment and improvement of curriculum to engage students in the learning process and prepare them to be active contributors in the information age is a challenge for school administrators nationwide. This course familiarizes students with proven practical techniques, methods and strategies for developing, implementing and evaluating curriculum. Current theories, research and practices related to effective teaching, curriculum designs and frameworks, and national state standards are explored. Internet resources and research sites are examined to aid students in understanding the complexities of curriculum development. Students also address different learning styles, cultural awareness, ethnic minorities, equity issues, and the use of community resources while designing and evaluating curriculum. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Contemporary Issues and Topics in Educational Administration
EAD 662 3 credit(s)
The effective educational administrator actively pursues further study in his/her field. By so doing, the administrator strives to acquire a knowledge base which will help deal with contemporary issues that will affect students, staff, community and the organization of the school. This course, therefore, features research and in-depth discussion of topics of immediate concern to the educational administrator. The topics may include, but will not necessarily be limited to strategic planning, organizational change, effective staff development, team building, outcomes based learning, the use of data for decision making, interpersonal skills necessary for site-based management, teacher evaluation, issues of equity, and community relationships. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Reconceptualization of Schools for School Administrators
EAD 782 3 credit(s)
Students examine the historical and metaphoric forces responsible for the shaping of our modern schools, changes in the dominant values, school culture and the culture of organizations in general. Attention is paid to changing roles and expectations of school administrators, pressures for school reforms, the role of school committees and boards and the use of data in change efforts. Emphasis is placed on considering change as a complex problem. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
additional course for Supt/Asst Supt

Program total 40 credits.

Advanced Systems Theory
ECA 720 3 credit(s)
It is essential that educational administrators in the central office understand systems theory and the dynamics of complex social entities such as schools and school systems. With knowledge of the system and subsystems that make up the total school organization, a school leader will be able to understand better the impact that decisions have on the entire school organization and therefore manage change more effectively. This course is required for all candidates for the Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent license. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor



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    Passing grade on TOEFL (English language proficiency test) is required for international students.

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    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

General Requirements

Official Transcript
Two Completed Recommendation Forms
Current Résumé

Personal Statement

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  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)
  • Graduation Fee:
    $110 (charged in last term)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $1,497 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of September 2013, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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