Online Education Administration Programs

Online education administration programs provide students with the skills needed to manage an educational organization. Those who pursue these programs should be strong problem solvers, work well with others, have patience and perceptiveness, and have strong communication skills. Education administration programs are available online at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree levels, and some schools offer pre- and post-baccalaureate certificate options.

Graduates may find employment in public or private schools, universities, charter schools, or state education departments. Online programs may provide students with the necessary skills and training required to land a job as a principal, program director, dean of students, assessment coordinator, or childcare instructional director.

Available Degree Levels

  • Certificate: One to two years to complete
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Four years to complete
  • Master’s Degree: One to two years to complete
  • Doctoral Degree: Three to five years to complete

Students enrolled in online certificate programs in education administration receive training in the developmental needs of students. They also learn how to organize and manage educational programs, both from an academic and financial standpoint. These certificate programs are available as pre- and post-baccalaureate options, and students may be able to apply credits toward associate, baccalaureate, or master’s degree programs. Students may complete courses in financial accounting, childcare administration, and management principles.

Individuals interested in online baccalaureate programs in education administration typically study theories of childhood development and garner advanced organizational management skills. Coursework may cover school finance and operations, educational leadership, conflict and resolution, principal-ship, and human resource management in education.

Online master’s-level programs in education administration prepare students for leadership roles in the education industry. Students gain the problem-solving, management, and leadership skills needed to work in advanced positions in academia. Courses may include school administration, public school law, educational research, and managing school resources.

Doctoral programs in education administration tend to be research-heavy and prepare students for roles as school superintendents or principals. Students learn how to articulate, develop, and implement a school’s vision with the ideas presented by the school district. Courses may cover educational research methods, educational statistics research, and educational administration.

Career Options

Graduates of online education administration programs may obtain the leadership skills needed to secure employment in public or private schools, alternative schools, traditional land-based or online colleges and universities, charter schools, or state education departments. Those who have an education administration degree may have strong communication, problem-solving, decision-making, and interpersonal skills.

Possible career fields include:

  • Principal
  • Assessment Coordinator
  • Dean of Students
  • Program Director
  • Childcare Instructional Director

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