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Master's in School Administration – Indiana License

If you want to earn your Indiana school administrator license, consider the MS in School Administration program at Indiana Wesleyan University. With this master’s in education administration degree, you can move into higher-level roles in Indiana’s education system with the confidence to lead and the skills to solve complex organizational challenges through effective accounting solutions. Discover how IWU helps students achieve their professional goals in a flexible, faith-based learning environment.

Why Pursue My Master’s in School Administration at IWU?

There are several benefits to pursuing your education online at IWU. We offer accredited degree programs taught by experienced faculty who are experts in the topics they teach. We also provide student services, from tech support to tutoring, to help you succeed in this master’s in education administration program. Our approach to online learning allows busy professionals and parents to continue their careers without putting their current lives on hold. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling education administration career.

What Will I Learn in This MS in School Administration Program?

This master’s in education administration program is designed to help current Indiana educators qualify for leadership and administrative-level roles in the field. Through a 100% online format, students engage in collaborative and interactive career-focused projects that reflect real-world scenarios. Course materials are delivered through virtual reality, video discussion, concept maps, demo videos, and other tech-driven applications. Course topics include classroom action resource tools, instructional leadership, relational leadership, and more. This program concludes with two clinical internship experiences that will exhibit your academic and personal growth as a school leader throughout the program.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

33 Credit Hours


$499/ Credit Hour

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans’ benefits, and employer reimbursement.

Financial AidTuition Info

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing
What You Will Study in This MS in School Administration Program

The curriculum for this master’s in education administration covers how to:

  • Apply Christ-like leadership principles that build the spiritual foundation critical to your success and that of your staff and students
  • Facilitate a collaborative vision and a culture of continuous improvement in the schools you lead
  • Leverage school operations, manage resources, and provide a safe learning environment for student growth and achievement

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Assistant Principal
  • Athletic Director
  • Dean of Students
  • Head of School
  • School Principal

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements
  • A baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. Transcripts from foreign institutions may need to be sent to an outside agency for evaluation and determination of transferable credits, degrees, and GPA. If this outside review is necessary, students are responsible for the initiation of this evaluation and for any fees incurred during the process.
  • A GPA of 2.75 or above from the degree granting institution at which at least of minimum of 30 hours was completed
  • Be currently employed in or have access to a P-12 public or non-public school in which the principal is willing to serve as a mentor for the internship phase of the program. Submission of a completed internship agreement with a building principal will be required prior to the start of the internship phase.
  • Hold an initial, standard, provisional, proficient, or accomplished practitioner Instructional or School Counselor license. (Non-licensure candidates may have a private, state, international, ACSI, or charter school license).
  • Obtain recommendations from two school leaders (superintendent, principal, or assistant principal) who are qualified to judge the applicant’s knowledge, skills, and dispositions in relation to pursuing the MS degree program and/or a Building Level Administrator’s license. (Non-licensure candidates may acquire letters from school, church, or mission leaders.)
  • Submit a signed SILD FERPA Release Form.
  • Indiana:
    • Have two years of full-time teaching experience on one of the licenses listed above in an approved and accredited public, private, or parochial elementary, secondary, or postsecondary school in the United States or abroad. Please note that in keeping with Indiana Department of Education licensure policy, experience gained by a teacher holding only an Emergency Permit, Provisional Permit, Transition to Teaching Permit, Career Specialist Permit, Charter School License, Substitute Permit, or Workplace Specialist II License is not acceptable as licenses of these types do not meet the prerequisite license requirements.
  • Ohio:
    • Have two years of full-time teaching experience as a lead classroom teacher or teacher of record under a standard or professional educator license (or two years of work experience under a professional pupil services license) for the ages and grade levels for which the principal license is sought. *Please note that in keeping with Ohio Department of Education licensure policy, experience gained by a teacher holding a substitute license or any alternative license, certificate, or permit is not acceptable as these do not meet the prerequisite requirements.
  • Successfully complete the M.S. curriculum.
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in all graduate work and a minimum grade of "B-" in each course.
  • Satisfy admission, mid-program review, and program completion gateways.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.


Indiana Candidates - Successful completion of the M.S. – School Administration program meets the academic requirements for recommendation for licensure. Additionally, candidates must complete other requirements of the Indiana Department of Education before a principal’s license will be issued, including receiving a passing score on the related state assessment test, evidence of at least two years teaching or work experience as a teacher or school counselor on one of the following license types: initial, standard, provisional, proficient, or accomplished practitioner instructional or School Counselor license.

Ohio Candidates - Successful completion of the M.S. – School Administration program meets the academic requirements for recommendation for licensure. Additionally, candidates must complete other requirements of the state of Ohio before the appropriate PK-6, 4-9, or 5-12 principal’s license will be issued, including receiving a passing score on the related state assessment test.

Other Candidates - Applicants who seek administrative licensure in states other than Ohio bear the responsibility to determine whether completion of the IWU M.S. – School Administration program will meet the academic and assessment requirements of the state in which licensure is sought.

Clinical Requirements
  • All clinical experience requirements are embedded in specific courses and must be passed successfully to complete the program.
  • All Master degree candidates must complete a six-credit-hour internship spanning six months in accordance with NELP requirements. Candidates should anticipate paying additional clinical experience fees during EDL 612 and EDL 625 to remunerate the services of a mentor.
  • All candidates must secure a principal-mentor for each internship course at the school in which they are currently teaching or leading. The mentor administrator must have a principal's license and be able to attend scheduled video conferences with the internship professor. The principal-mentor will work with the candidate throughout the course of the internships.
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

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