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Empower and guide your students.

The Division of Educational Leadership offers a host of online graduate programs designed to prepare individuals for administrative and leadership positions in the K-12 and adult and higher education settings.

We believe that reflective leaders are skilled educators whose practices and decisions draw upon the best available theory, research and experiential wisdom. Reflective decision making engages administrators in cycles of thought and action based upon theoretical, ethical and professional knowledge. The Division of Educational Leadership is committed to preparing reflective leaders.

Key Benefits of Our Program:

  • Flexible scheduling for working professionals
  • Small classes
  • Highly accessible faculty and advisors
  • Graduates are sought after for employment

Program Descriptions

Adult & Higher Education: M.A. in Educational Administration and Leadership

Our mission is to prepare post-secondary education leaders to be reflective, active, and conscientious administrators, researchers and teachers as they explore the post-secondary educational context as a means to expand, interpret, and apply current and personal conceptions of professional practice.

The Adult and Higher Education program develops practitioners who can add substantially to this field. Within the program, students will be challenged to explore core themes and content that will provide them with a breadth of exposure pertinent to both professional and academic objectives in the field of adult and higher education.

Adult & Higher Education Curriculum: Master's Degree Completion Plan

Pre-K-12 Principal: M.A. in Educational Administration and Leadership

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Educational Administration and Leadership, Pre-K-12 Principal program provides aspiring school leaders a combination of online courses and field experiences that draw upon the best available theory, research, and experiential wisdom. The coursework is offered online while the field-based internship is completed under the supervision of experienced school administrators. This provides a purposeful balance of academic preparation and field-based practical experience to produce an effective school administrator.

Upon completion of the online Educational Administration and Leadership degree, including the accompanying field-based internship, students may earn PK-12 Principal licensure. Students should contact their state for specific licensure requirements.

Pre-K-12 Principal: Master's Degree Completion Plan

Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Educational Leadership in the current graduate catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants.  For more information, visit International Admission Requirements.

For more information about the online Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Leadership programs, contact USD Online at 605-658-6200 or by email at

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