Administration of Elementary and Secondary Education M.Ed.

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This degree qualifies you for an Alabama Class A professional educator certification in instructional leadership, and prepares you to serve as an instructional administrator and leader in a K-12 setting. Our program focuses on collaboration, student learning, and achievement. Using a cohort format co-taught by experienced leaders and university faculty, you will engage in a sequential, developmental, and comprehensive preparation program. We offer regular opportunities to integrate theory and practice.

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Degree Overview | Cost and Financial Support | Administrative Certification | Admin. of Elem. and Sec. Education Faculty | Admissions Information | Initial Registration Requirement

Degree Overview

Our program prepares you to be an instructional leader in a K-12 school. The courses cover topics as follows:

Instructional Leadership Courses – 27 hrs
  • Principal Leadership
  • Action Research & Data Analysis
  • Leadership & the Learning Organization
  • Planning and Continuous Improvement
  • Instructional & Curricular Leadership
  • Educational Finance & Resource Management
  • Educational Systems & Communities
  • Legal & Ethical Issues
  • Supervision and Personnel Issues in Education
Internship – 6 hrs

Each student must complete 6 hrs of internship.  These hours are distributed across four semesters.

Additional Courses – 0-3 hrs
  • Advanced Survey of Exceptionality (required if not previously taken)
Educational Leadership Course Descriptions
Curriculum Model

Cost and Financial Support

Scholarships Available
  • Dr. Dennis J. Sabo Fellowship
    • Graduate student in EFLT
    • Preparing for or presently serving in a leadership role in K-12 education, or preparing to teach in higher education in area of K-12 leadership
    • Evidence of financial need
    • Priority to recipients who have a family for which they are, at least in part, responsible for supporting.
  • Dr. William A. Spencer Annual Fellowship
    • Graduate student in EFLT
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • Exhibits exceptional promise and leadership in one of the areas of the EFLT Department
  • JoAnn Granberry Murrell
    • Fully admitted to College of Education
    • Part-time or Full-time student
    • Enrolled in EFLT program
    • Demonstrate financial need


Administrative Certification

  • You must earn a passing score on the appropriate Praxis II test.
  • Effective for candidates unconditionally admitted July 1, 2017 and after, a minimum GPA of 3.25 will be required on all courses used to meet master’s-level certification program requirements.
  • You must complete an administrative certification application sent from Professional Education Services.

Admin. of Elem. and Sec. Education Faculty


Admissions Information

Application Deadlines

Admission Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Minimum GPA 3.00
  • Approval by the administration of elementary and secondary education program faculty members, the coordinator of graduate student services, and the dean of the graduate school

Application Materials

  • All official transcripts
    (Hard copies) Send to: Graduate School, 106 Hargis Hall, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849
    (Electronic copies) — if permitted by granting institution — Send to:
  • Graduate Record Examination Score —
    Competitive Scores:  400/146 Verbal; 400/140 Quantitative; 3.5/Competent Writing
  • Miller’s Analogy Test Score (as alternative to GRE) — Competitive Score: 380
  • Statement of Intent
  • 3 recommendation forms
  • Up-to-date resume
  • Valid & renewable teaching certificate
  • Clear background check
  • EDUCATEAlabama Professional Learning Plan & feedback
  • Evidence of ability to improve student achievement
  • Evidence of leadership & management potential
  • Evidence of 3 full years qualified teaching experience —
    Send notarized Supplemental Experience Form to: Program Coordinator, Jason Bryant (email), Ph.D., 4036 Haley Center, Auburn, AL 36849.

Initial Registration Requirement

Auburn University requires on-campus students to provide proof of vaccinations.  Students must only do this before their first term of course registration.  This process is now managed through an online service, Med+Pass.