Master of Arts in Urban Education with a concentration in Principal Preparation Online

Expand your administrative and decision-making strengths to create an even greater impact as an influential administrator in diverse PreK-12 school environments.

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Program Overview

See where our online Master of Arts in Urban Education Principal Prep program can take you

$17,550 Total Tuition
As few as 16 months Duration
39 Credit Hours

Elevate your ability to empower students and staff to excel by earning your Master of Arts in Urban Education with a concentration in Principal Preparation online from Norfolk State University. Upon graduation, this NCATE-accredited degree program leads to the Administration and Supervision PreK-12 Endorsement.

The 100 percent online principal preparation curriculum builds on your foundation in education while providing a theoretical and practical study of culturally responsive school leadership in urban settings and beyond. You will explore the importance of employing equity of policies and procedures, counseling skills and techniques, and decision-making approaches that best meet the needs of a multicultural community. You will also gain insight into motivational and organizational theory as you develop your ability to conduct effective clinical supervision and teacher evaluation.

The online M.A. Urban Ed Principal Prep program includes coursework that culminates your advanced professional development in school administration and leadership, supervision and evaluation of instruction, along with school finance. You will also gain hands-on learning as an administrator through internships designed to ensure you obtain diverse experiences between suburban, rural, and urban districts as well as elementary and secondary schools.

Note: A teaching license is required for admission to this program.

Graduates of the online M.A. Urban Education – Principal Preparation will:

  • Strengthen leadership styles to positively impact diverse student populations in PreK-12 school environments
  • Understand how to apply data literacy and analytical skills to educational issues
  • Implement techniques for making effective decisions concerning financial resources
  • Develop skills to investigate, collect, classify, interpret and report on school data
  • Gain practical, on-the-job administrator experience through embedded field experiences and internships at the building level as well as in the central office
  • Strengthen leadership styles to positively impact diverse student populations in PreK-12 school environments
  • Understand how to apply data literacy and analytical skills to educational issues
  • Implement techniques for making effective decisions concerning financial resources
  • Develop skills to investigate, collect, classify, interpret and report on school data
  • Gain practical, on-the-job administrator experience through embedded field experiences and internships at the building level as well as in the central office

Career opportunities:

  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Central Office Administrator
  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Central Office Administrator

Also available:

NSU offers the online M.A. Urban Education in a variety of concentrations. View all options.

$17,550 Total Tuition
As few as 16 months Duration
39 Credit Hours
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All teacher education programs at Norfolk State University are approved by the Virginia Department of Education and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), now the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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Tuition

Invest in your success with NSU Online

Our student-centered focus is reflected in our affordable tuition for the online M.A. Urban Education – Principal Preparation. Gain a top-tier Norfolk State University education and benefit from the flexibility of paying by the course.

Tuition breakdown:

$17,550 Total Tuition
$450 Per Credit Hour

Tuition breakdown:

$17,550 Total Tuition
$450 Per Credit Hour

Calendar

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With 7-week courses and multiple start dates a year, the online programs at NSU are designed to be ideal for working professionals.

Now enrolling:

8/8/22 Apply Date
8/22/22 Class Starts
TermStart DateApp DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineClass End Date
Fall 18/22/228/8/228/15/228/17/228/19/2210/7/22

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Admissions

What you need to know to enroll in the M.A. Urban Ed Principal Prep program

The online M.A. Urban Education – Principal Preparation program features a streamlined admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. View the full requirements for admission below.

  • Teaching license
  • Undergraduate degree in related field
  • 2.75 GPA or higher

Applicants to the NSU Online M.A. Urban Education – Principal Preparation must meet the following criteria for admission:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA of 2.75 or higher. No GRE is required.
  • Three letters of recommendation; at least one must be from a school principal (academic letters are preferred)
  • One statement of purpose that provides insight specifically about your academic experiences and GPA
  • Online interview
  • Resume or CV
  • Teaching certificate
  • Three years teaching experience
  • Background check required before beginning field experiences

Courses

Look closer at the online M.A. Urban Ed Principal Prep degree plan

For the online M.A. Urban Education – Principal Preparation program, you must complete 11 courses totaling 33 credit hours, including 27 credit hours of core courses and 6 credit hours for internships. Students are required to pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) with a minimum score of 163 prior to beginning internship.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is intended to provide candidates with a theoretical and practical overview of leadership expectations in school settings. Candidates will have an opportunity to reflect on and practice important contextual ideas, concepts, and skills necessary for effective school principals and other school leaders.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is intended to provide participants with a theoretical and practical overview of leadership expectations in urban school settings. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on and practice important contextual ideas, concepts, and skills necessary for effective school principals and other school leaders.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the impact of culture on behavior and provides knowledge that candidates can use to increase effectiveness is counseling and leading individuals from other cultures. In addition, candidates explore ways in which their respective cultures form their worldview and how this worldview may impact their interactions with others. Candidates learn about the cultural norms of specific groups and explore the importance of implementation of equity of policies and procedures, counseling skills and techniques, and decision -making approaches that best meet the needs of all stakeholders in a diverse society.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course prepares candidates for effective leadership roles in urban systems through an understanding of the relationship between needs assessment, program goals, measurable outcomes, and program mission statements.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on the relationships between school and the local community, the impact of social systems on educational opportunities for community field experiences, media for interpreting needs of the community, views and achievement of the school.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course analyzes the historical, sociopolitical, economic, and cultural dimensions of curriculum development as foundational pieces for state mandated guidelines in the context of an ever evolving technological society that espouses multimedia platform production orientation.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is intended to give the participant an understanding of leadership skills as applied to the supervision process. Students will gain insight into motivational theory, organizational theory, clinical supervision and the teacher evaluation process.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is intended to provide participants with an overview of school law. Participants will learn terminology of federal and state court systems and their implications for public schools. The course will cover major legal issues affecting education and Virginia School laws. Participants will be expected to develop skills using legal resources and to have a working knowledge of current laws affecting schools.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Current practices and techniques for making efficient and effective decisions concerning financial resource management in public schools are analyzed and evaluated. Attention will be given to state aid formulas and current practices in accounting systems as applicable to public schools.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Personnel management is that aspect of school administration that is concerned with the effective supervision of the school staff. This course examines the concepts and strategies that make people satisfied and productive whether they are professional or hourly rated employees. In addition, the participant will also gain experience in dealing with conflicts and personal problems.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to assist graduate candidates in education and behavioral sciences to develop skills associated with the systematic investigating, collecting, classifying, interpreting, and reporting of data. Candidates will become familiar with scholarly research, terminology, and methodology for evaluating and writing a research proposal.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The internship is structured as the culminating practical experience for the candidates. Course includes 120 contact hours at the building level.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course serves as an extension of UED 793P. Course includes 80 contact hours at the central office.
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