School Administration Question and Answer Sheet




What makes the program and delivery model unique? 

The Masters of Science in Education: School Administration/Educational Leadership P-12 is a program designed to prepare the candidate for certification as a school principal, supervisor, department head, activities director, or similar administrative position.


The program difference is the delivery model.

Classes meet one (1) weekend a month – five (5) times a semester for five (5) semesters.
Weekend classes will be interactive and involve group activities.
Your readings, writing, and discussions will be applicable to your classroom, school, and district.
The focus is on the participants supporting one another in a community of learners.
Summers are spent completing approved electives to fulfill programs of study and preparing literature reviews to compliment your research.


As a student:

You design and implement your own learning plan.
Your learning is based on what you are doing in your educational setting.
You are assessed using growth portfolios that demonstrate your learning and intense work.
Your learning can be done alone and with others.
You have colleagues and advisory support groups.
Your research will apply to your educational setting.



How will this program be conducted?

Community of Learning participants function as a member of various "communities" over the course of two and a half years, under the direction of two or three facilitators, to create the most exciting learning experiences possible and to support multiple learning styles. The MSE: School Administration/Educational Leadership P-12 supports your professional growth as an educational leader and ties directly to what you are about in your classrooms, schools, and districts as you strive to prepare today's students and staff for the next generation's needs and demands.



What is the typical composition of a Community of Learning?

A Community of Learning consists of a minimum of 30 students to as many as 50: early childhood, elementary, middle level, and high school educators can make up a diverse community. The years of professional experience for participants vary from two or three to 30 or more. The people attending value personal and professional learning and growth, respect their profession, and thrive on the opportunity to learn with others—linking the best of the affective and cognitive worlds.



What is the program delivery model?

The MSE: School Administration/Educational Leadership P-12 Community of Learning is an alternative delivery model of other programs in the School of Education and Counseling because it:

is facilitated by a team that organizes and conducts the program while serving in an advisor/facilitator relationship;

creates a community culture for learning and success supported by common goals and shared values;

develops a positive community culture for adult learning which supports each learner's needs;

meets the MSE: School Administration/Educational Leadership P-12 outcomes and the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC);

involves integration of affective and cognitive learning;

improves professional practice that will improve the learning of pre-K-12 students, staff and administration;

defines and promotes self, peer, and collaborative assessment;

has continual sharing (validation) of individuals' learning on a monthly basis; • informs the profession;

blends and integrates curriculum and supporting processes throughout the five-semester program while reporting your learning as courses on your transcript;

uses resource people who will come to the group with specialized information;

develops collegial groups that collaborate and support learning, projects, and application;

supports one another in creating and using growth portfolios for continuous assessments;

empowers members to support the learning of others as a part of everyone's learning; and

visits other learning communities and WSC campus for special interest activities.



How will transcripts look?

Your transcript will include the 45 credit hours required for the program. The transcript degree statement will be posted as an MSE: School Administration/ Educational Leadership P-12.

Required Courses


EDU 603 Professional Seminar
EDU 610 Elementary School Administration P-8
EDU 611 Secondary School Administration 7-12
EDU 627 Current Issues and Trends
EDU 650 Research Design
EDU 654 Middle School Administration 
EDU 655 School Law 
EDU 657 School Organization and Administration
EDU 658 Fund of Curriculum Development
EDU 659 Finance/Facilities
EDU 666 Supervision of Instruction
EDU 689 Internship in Administration P-8
EDU 690 Internship in Administration 7-12
EDU 696 Standards & Assessment
















+6 hours of electives – prior approval

TOTAL = 45 credits

Each semester the Office of Continuing Education will automatically register you for a predetermined set of courses.



What are the major program requirements?

There is a final project evidenced in an acceptable graduate file paper, as well as a portfolio that meets all three of the following criteria: (1) demonstrates knowledge of research skills, (2) demonstrates depth of thought, organization and competence in the discipline, and (3) demonstrates writing proficiency at the graduate level.



Is the MSE degree and endorsement accredited?

Yes. This is a new delivery model, not a new program.



What are the admissions standards for the program? 

The program is designed to prepare the candidate for certification as a school principal, supervisor, department head, activities director, or similar administrative position. To become endorsed, the candidate must have two years of verified successful teaching experience, and have completed the required human relations and special education courses.


Admission to the Degree Program:
In addition to the admission and registration procedures, which apply to all graduate programs, each applicant must:

  1. possess a valid teaching certificate appropriate to the level of preparation or must demonstrate the ability to earn such certificate upon completion of the MSE program.
  2. have an overall minimum GPA of 2.75 in the undergraduate degree and/or a GPA of 3.0 in the first 9 hours of core courses in the administration program;
  3. take the Pre-Professional Skills Test and receive scores of at least 170 in Reading, 171 in Mathematics, and 172 in Writing;
  4. receive satisfactory letters of recommendation from two (2) school administrators;
  5. receive a satisfactory evaluation from WSC faculty members based upon performance in completed program courses at WSC;
  6. be approved by the school administration interview committee after having completed a minimum of nine (9) but no more than fifteen (15) hours of the program; and
  7. have an overall minimum GPA of 3.2 in all program course work.
  8. eligibility for program: applicants must have completed two (2) years of teaching prior to starting the program.


How do I apply for the program?

Admission to graduate study requires the following steps:

  1. File an application for admissions with the WSC Admissions Office.  Be sure to check "Community of Learning on the application" and write in desired location.  If you are seeking Administration mark "P-12 Administration" under Community of Learning.

  2. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts of previously established academic records bearing the official seal of the institution(s) (one per institution) where course work has been taken must be sent directly from the registrar of each institution to the WSC Admissions Office.

  3. Candidates are required to list the names and phone numbers of three references.

  4. Application letter to the Dean of the School of Education and Counseling.

  5. Students must have on file with the Dean of the School of Education and Counseling three letters of recommendation from school administrators, current employers, or previous employers. The recommendations cannot be from peers, people the student is currently supervising or has supervised in the past. The letters of recommendation must address the student’s academic and leadership potential.


What happens if I can not make part or all of a weekend session?

The attendance expectation is 100%. Adult students may have life circumstances that result in missing parts of the Community of Learning weekend session. Absence must be worked out with the Community of Learning and your facilitators. Keep in mind that missing a weekend session is like missing 15 to 20 hours of an on-campus program—a significant loss of learning time and something that carries consequences and is not to be taken lightly. When someone is "missing" not only is that person unable to receive and take part in the learning but the rest of the Community of Learning is unable to tap into his or her expertise and collaborate to expand the learning. You need to maintain the highest of expectations for your learning. Participating in the learning experiences is part of those expectations.



Can someone join a Community of Learning after the first weekend?

A Community of Learning will be formed whenever 30 or more people register for a program hosted at a single site. We encourage people to start the first weekend with their Community of Learning because of the community and curriculum building that takes place. However, we understand that some individuals may want to join after the first weekend if a colleague should return to school and invite others to get involved with the School Administration/Educational Leadership P-12 program. For this reason, no new enrollments will be accepted after the second weekend. If someone joins the second weekend he or she will need to complete the Admission form and other paperwork prior to leaving the Sunday of the second weekend and be responsible for assignments from the first weekend.



How long do I have to complete the MSE?

Officially you have seven (7) years from the date you begin the program to complete it. Candidates will almost always complete their work in five semesters. If you need an extension of more than one semester to complete the program of study, you will have to make special arrangements with your facilitator and the Graduate Office—this circumstance should be rare.



What is the cost of the program?

Currently for the 2011-12 semesters, in-state tuition will be $163.50 per credit hour, while out-of-state tuition will be $327.00, special tuition will be $245.25. In addition, there will be a Continuing Education fee of $36.75 per credit hour. As of this printing, tuition and fees for 2011-2012 have not been determined.



What payment options are available? 

You have several options:

You may pay the full amount by the sixth day of class or immediately upon registration. This can be paid by check (either through the mail or by dropping the check off at the Business Office) or by e-check or credit card via People Soft.

Using our FACTS payment plan you may make from two to five installment payments during the term as determined by application date. (A down payment is required with the two or three payment option.)

You may apply for financial aid as a 3/4 time graduate student. If you choose this route, you must have your admission papers completed as soon as possible. The forms for financial aid need to be filed immediately, or you can go online to complete this process. Should your financial aid not be in place at the beginning of a semester, you may need to arrange for a short-term note elsewhere until your loan is granted. All fees must be paid in full before you can register for the next semester.

*Note: Paper bills will no longer be sent.  You need to access your account through WildcatsOnline.



Is financial aid available?

Yes. Because you will be considered a 1/2 to 3/4 time student carrying 15 credits each year, you may qualify for an unsubsidized Stafford Loan (SL). The SL program provides loans of up to $8,500.00 per year for graduate students. This loan does not rely on financial need, as does a subsidized Stafford Loan. Applications must be approved through the Financial Aid Office. For further loan information, contact the WSC Financial Aid Office at: 402-375-7230.



What happens if I have to drop out of the program?

You would need to notify your facilitators and the School of Education and Counseling Office.


For more information:
Kelly Kenny, Office Assistant II
Wayne State College
 School of Education and Counseling Office
1111 Main Street
 Wayne NE 68787
1- 800-228-9972 ext .7389 or

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