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Elizabeth City State University

Program Description

Elizabeth City State University provides a challenging and supportive environment that prepares its students for knowledgeable, responsible participation and leadership in an ever-changing, technologically advanced society. It continues to promote excellence in teaching as its primary responsibility to meet the needs of the students and citizens of the state nation, and world.

The School of Education and Psychology offers the Master of School Administration (MSA) degree. The Master of School Administration Program is interdisciplinary in scope and offers students both full-time (accelerated) and extended-time (regular) options. Persons possessing a master's degree in education may take the appropriate coursework and Internship for Add-On Licensure. This program of study closely links theory to practice in ways that enrich candidates, local educational agencies, and regional, national, and global communities.

The Conceptual Framework of the School of Education and Psychology represents the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are essential for the development of professional educational leaders as decision makers. The knowledge, skills, and dispositions identified in the conceptual framework are attained through a collaborative relationship between the University, Local Education Agencies, the community, and family. Our conceptual framework identifies three types of knowledge (content knowledge, professional knowledge, and pedagogical knowledge) that candidates in our program will attain. In addition, candidates are expected to demonstrate the six dispositions which are leader as reflective practitioner, leader as advocator of diversity, leader as effective facilitator, leader as critical thinker, leader as proficient technology user, and leader as competent evaluator. The conceptual framework also directs the Master of School Administration program by informing the decisions that faculty make regarding teaching and evaluation. Students enrolled in the degree program are expected to engage in action research prior to being recommended for licensure. Students seeking add-on certification who have completed a thesis study or the equivalent are not expected to engage in the action research project.

The Master of School Administration program seeks to fulfill its mission by preparing professional educational leaders as decision makers to:

  1. Reflect on appropriate practice and communicate a vision that engages the school family and community in creating an effective learning environment;
  2. Promote acceptance of diversity by acting with integrity and fairness while encouraging respectful relationships among students, faculty, administration, families, and the community;
  3. Understand principles of organization and management and use evidence-based practices in creating environments that maximize efficiency, effectiveness, and learning;
  4. Think critically about the philosophical and historical context of teaching and learning and apply processes of conceptualizing, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gained by observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action;
  5. Use technology to enhance instruction, communication, development and evaluation, and management operations; and
  6. Use appropriate assessment and development strategies to promote a focus on student learning consistent with the school's vision and goals.