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Educational Administration

  • Credits for Licensure:
    (5 terms)
  • Credits:
    (4 terms)
  • Degree:
    Master of Education
  • Program Approved:
    PR Council of Education

Program Description

The Educational Administration program reflects the current standards established by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC), the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Department of Education of Puerto Rico. The program prepares experienced leaders and PK-12 school and district director candidates who demonstrate leadership skills in teaching, management and operations, parent and community participation, and who promote a professional culture. The ultimate goal is to create competent, caring, and qualified educators, based on the principles of the Council for the Accreditation of Education Program (CAEP). The certification components are exclusively tailored for Puerto Rico.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to: (a) demonstrate a realistic understanding of the expectations and responsibilities of workplace administrators, (b) promote student learning, and (c) support professional development and personal success by cultivating a shared vision that puts the teaching and learning process at the center of education. They will also work effectively, safely, and efficiently by using resources to implement the curriculum, and programming, hire staff, create partnerships with families, community organizations, and other interested parties to support the specific school, district, or other educational missions, and to encourage and maintain a culture of reflective practice, high expectations, and continuous learning for all involved.


Graduates will be qualified to obtain certification as an administrator, receive management- and policy-related duties in PK-12 public school contexts or other educational settings. In general, graduates become leaders for teachers, subdirectors, and directors or seek administrative positions in organizations and agencies specializing in education. Similarly, graduates without certification normally seek leadership positions in private institutions and charter schools, as well as positions where they provide workforce development through training of education policy. 
Administrative licensure is required for part- or full-time employment as a director, department head, or curriculum specialist.
For more information, please contact Admissions at 1-800-829-4723.


All classes are taught in Spanish.

Term 1
Selection, Development, and Supervision of Educational Personnel
EAD 684 3 credit(s)
This course alerts students to the wide range of activities covered by the term “personnel management” and presents the best of current practices in the field. Students are prepared to select, develop and supervise teachers and other staff effectively. The school is presented as a learning organization - a place where all are supported in continuous growth and describes the administrator’s role in creating that culture. Formative and summative techniques for feedback about performance are emphasized. The course also includes the topics of the legal and ethical aspects of evaluation, hiring and dismissal. The importance of the administrator’s role as an instructional leader is emphasized. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Curriculum Principles and Practices for Educational Leaders
EAD 712 3 credit(s)
To better understand and utilize state curriculum frameworks, this course focuses on curriculum construction principles and aims that underlie the organized programs of study in schools. Students will examine the origins of the school curriculum and gain familiarity with methods of organization, curriculum planning and development, pertinent curriculum applications, and current trends. Equity issues related to curriculum tracking and detracking will also be examined through the use of appropriate case studies.
Term 2
Finance and Business Administration for the School Administrator
EAD 690 3 credit(s)
This course prepares educators to understand and effectively manage the fiscal aspects of a school or school district. The work focuses on school finance as a matter of public policy and law, the different sources of school financing, and the funding mechanism at various levels of government. Proposition 2 1/2, the Massachusetts foundation budget process, financing procedures in other states, and the financing of charter, choice and voucher programs are examined. In addition, educators study school budgets, the role of the school’s community in developing and establishing the budget, and different approaches to the budgeting process. Finally, educators address the issues of plant management, custodial care, building maintenance, preventive maintenance, scheduling, energy management, collective bargaining and purchasing of materials for plant management. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Legal Aspects of School Administration
EAD 688 3 credit(s)
This course explores the legal principles which apply to current educational practice. It specifically deals with issues of students’ rights and teachers’ rights which impact and influence the operation of schools and the related tension created by multiple structures. Laws/ regulations and court decisions related to free speech, equal rights, and school discipline are studied. In addition, laws and policies dealing with IDEA (special education) and No Child Left Behind are examined in depth. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Statistical Decision Techniques for Managers
MMG 525 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MMG506 Quantitative Analysis for Managers or equivalent. This course provides students with the knowledge and appropriate use of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques used in management decision making and develops their ability to characterize management problems that can be solved by such techniques. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, simple and multiple regression and correlation, chi square testing, analysis of variance, and decision theory. spreadsheet and statistical computer programs are used in the class.
Term 3
Contemporary Issues and Topics in Educational Administration
EAD 662 3 credit(s)
The effective educational administrator actively pursues further study in his/her field. By so doing, the administrator strives to acquire a knowledge base which will help deal with contemporary issues that will affect students, staff, community and the organization of the school. This course, therefore, features research and in-depth discussion of topics of immediate concern to the educational administrator. The topics may include, but will not necessarily be limited to strategic planning, organizational change, effective staff development, team building, outcomes based learning, the use of data for decision making, interpersonal skills necessary for site-based management, teacher evaluation, issues of equity, and community relationships. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Organizational Change for School Leaders
EAD 782 3 credit(s)

This course emphasizes organizational theory and the varied forces shaping learning environments in P-12 schools, including the myriad contexts influencing the shifting roles and expectations of school leaders in responding to change at multiple levels. Also explored is the intentionality and collaboration required at the building, district, and community level to manifest constructive change supportive of teaching and learning and the use of data in designing, analyzing, reporting, and monitoring effective change initiatives.

Term 4
6 (or 9 for non-certification)

EAD623 is only for non-certification.

Advanced Technologies in Education for Puerto Rico Administration - 3 credits
EAD 600 3 credit(s)

This course introduces students to actual and potential ways in which technology is used in school through a combination of practice-based theory and hands-on technology applications. Students will learn to evaluate the technology needs of their school or work organization, to plan for those needs, and to evaluate the success of technology programs. From a theoretical perspective, it focuses on using new technologies to serve various pedagogical philosophies and the impact of new technologies on instructional design, teaching and school reform.

Laws and Regulations Pertaining to Special Education
ESP 695 3 credit(s)
This course will focus on special education laws regarding the pre-referral and referral of a student and the development of an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Emphasis will be on strategies for including students in general education classrooms in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).
Classroom Management Using Accelerated Learning
EED 623 3 credit(s)
Accelerated learning is used to explore strategies for creating an environment, which supports students and minimizes teacher stress. Traditional strategies including control of movement, time and space management, establishing effective rules, interpersonal relationships, small and large group dynamics, behavior modification, as well as relaxation, mood setting, win-win solutions and a range of alternative methods of intervention and curriculum strategies are explored through role play, group activities, multi-media and readings.
Term 5 - certification only

Practicum is only for candidates seeking DEPR Director certificate.

Practicum Prerequisites:

  • Pass applicable Puerto Rico teacher test, PCMAS, if not already passed at undergraduate level.
  • Pass all courses.

EAD790G must be taken concurrently with EAD694.



Practicum for School Director PK-12
EAD 790G 3 credit(s)

This course includes 150 hours of documented field-based experience specific to the application of professional practice as school directors and supervisors in PK-12 settings. The Practicum is required for the level of license sought and guided by a College supervisor and cooperating practitioner certified in the area. The Practicum must be taken simultaneously with EAD694 Professional Seminar IV and include reflection on professional growth and the application of theory in practice.

Professional Seminar IV: Educational Leadership
EAD 694 2 credit(s)
Prerequisite: EAD693. The final seminar emphasizes linking practice and theory. Particular attention is paid to processing the issues and questions that arise during the practicum experience. Interpersonal aspects of leadership are revisited in the context of the field experience. Students discuss issues connected with obtaining a leadership position including resumes, the interview process and contracts. The ILP or action research paper is completed and presented to the members of the seminar, providing a basis for the discussion of the relationship of action research to the reality of school reform. Practicum hours of directed field-based training required.


  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required for admission into non-licensure programs

  • Admissions Office:
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50 ($100 for international students)

Program Requirements

Prior valid Puerto Rico teacher certification in another area required.

School Requirements

International Students 

International students need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit 

Please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more about transferring credits.



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  • Application Fee:
    $50 ($100 for international students)
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Note: Rates are as of July, 2022, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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