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Education Administration, M.Ed.

College of Education

Learn to lead PK-12 schools as an equity-focused, transformative leader in our 100 percent online program that leads to principal certification for those who have earned a professional teaching certificate.

Graduates enjoy the professional possibilities that result from this flexible online program full of interactions and collaborations with fellow future leaders and guest lectures from nationally and state-recognized administrators. The program can help meet academic licensure requirements for administrative roles.

Program Highlights

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    A Notable Faculty

    Learn from two national principals of the year plus state principals of the year and esteemed educational leaders.

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    Supportive Community

    Network with passionate and focused educators and seasoned leaders in our highly interactive synchronous online program.

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    Our program leads to S.C. principal certification for those who have a professional teaching certificate.

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    In-Depth Studies

    Receive a balanced blend of theory and practice in a challenging curriculum that meets national accreditation standards.

What You’ll Study

Prepare to lead as a principal or assistant principal with knowledge around the successful management of the organization and its resources and how to develop a vision for learning supported by the school community. Learn to promote a positive school culture with integrity and fairness within a larger political and social context.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Leadership

    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential


    Being accountable for one's actions and decisions and fulfilling obligations and duties


    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students

  • Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

    Interpersonal Skills

    Communicating and interacting effectively in a variety of social and professional situations


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Assistant Principal
  • Principal
  • Superintendent
  • Education Leader

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Assistant Principal
  • Principal
  • Director
  • Academic Advisor

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Education Administration
  • School Districts
  • Health Care
  • Information Technology

Employers of Alumni

  • University of South Carolina
  • Lexington County School District One
  • Richland School District Two
  • Richland School District One
  • Lexington-Richland School District Five
  • Beaufort County School District

I really enjoyed the school law section of the program. The knowledge I gained was immediately applicable. I began to understand why leaders made the decisions they did.

Keith Brayman
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Is USC Right For You?

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