Master of Educational Administration

If you seek to enhance learning environments and nurture student achievement in ways that change young lives forever, SAU has a program to help you reach your goals. We inspire educational leaders.

Ambrose Advantages

  • Extensive Clinical and Field Experiences
  • Connect Skills And Theory In Real-World Situations
  • Excellent Faculty, Strong Mentoring

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Lori Dodds in Classroom

Eric Ewald in front of chalkboard

Our MEA faculty give you the attention, skills, knowledge, and opportunities to succeed. Our curriculum helps you become a more compassionate and caring professional, and to manage and communicate effectively in educational settings.

See our MEA Program Fact Sheet (pdf)

More Information on the MEA Program

What will I learn?

You will learn how principals serve as instructional leaders; organizational development; curriculum development; school law, ethics, finance, community relations, and extensive study of leadership theory and practice.

You will get insight into the daily activities of an educational leader and see administration in action. Mentor principals work with program faculty to monitor your personal growth, offer career advice, and give you campus-based learning opportunities.

The 36-credit hour curriculum can be completed in as few as two years and includes extensive clinical experiences and a two-semester internship. The program uses a cohort model. Instruction takes place through synchronous online format and classroom experience.

Course activities and assessments are aligned with the Iowa Standards for School Leaders.


Principals, in collaboration with program faculty, work with you as your mentor to monitor your personal growth and offer career advice. You will meet bi-weekly with your university supervisor and more frequently with your mentor to individualize your internship. Mentors help select clinical experiences that provide you with campus-based opportunities to demonstrate and strengthen your understanding of the Iowa Standards for School Leaders.

Typically, your building principal will be your mentor. In some instances, the mentor may be selected from outside the campus to provide a perspective beyond that of the on-site principal.

Mentors provide direct insight to their daily activities, allowing you to see administration in action. They also provide students with opportunities to attend additional trainings and school meetings where they can discuss issues with educational leaders and superintendents.

What are the benefits of earning my MEA at St. Ambrose?
  • Our MEA is designed for working professionals. Although normally a two-year program, you can progress at a pace that may be more comfortable, and take one class per semester.
  • For added convenience, faculty use a portal system to distribute course materials. This allows you to participate in course discussions and submit assignments anytime, anywhere.
  • Some class sessions are held through Collaborate, an interactive, synchronous online platform. This gives you the convenience of attending class anywhere there is an internet connection. Watch this video to learn how our MEA students interact in those classes.
  • At St. Ambrose, our community becomes your professional network. You form strong bonds with your cohort group and interact with students in the other program cohorts.
  • Alumni maintain supportive relationships with faculty advisors and mentors. And, we maintain contact through social networking sites and recruiting events.

Learn why you should study for your master's at SAU. Watch this video.

What have alumni of this program done?
  • Lori Dodds '10 MEA is a 5th grade teacher at Truman Elementary School in Davenport. She joined the MEA program while working as a math teacher at the Kimberly Center Alternative High School (now Midtown High School) in Davenport.
  • Eric Ewald '10 MEA is principal at Van Allen Elementary in Iowa City. He enrolled in the program while working as a 6th grade teacher at Sudlow Intermediate in Davenport.
  • Alan Hartley '11 MEA is head of special education at Williams Intermediate School in Davenport.
How much does this program cost?

The St. Ambrose MEA program is valuable and affordable. Students earn the reputation and credentials to grow careers with more responsibility, higher salaries, and greater influence on student learning.

Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $582/credit hour.

Most graduate students are eligible for student loans. Educators working at Davenport Diocesan schools are eligible for a tuition reduction through an endowment. Tax credits may be available for students who are enhancing their current skills before pursuing a principalship.


St. Ambrose University sets rates for tuition and fees each fall. Tuition, fees, room and board are due each semester before students attend class, unless payment arrangements are made with the Student Account Services Office.

All students attending St. Ambrose University will be assessed a technology fee based upon courseload. Some courses carry additional fees.

2018-19 Fees

Undergraduate/Accelerated students taking 12 or more credit hours $280/yr. ($140/semester)
Undergraduate/Accelerated students taking 11 or less credit hours $140/yr. ($70/semester)
Graduate level students taking 9 or more credit hours $280/yr. ($140/semester)
Graduate level students taking 8 or less credit hours $140/yr. ($70/semester)
Online course fee $25/credit hour
Matriculation $75 (undergraduate only)

Degree Requirements

Course activities and assessments are aligned with the Iowa Standards for School Leaders.

Complete 36 MEA graduate credits with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in consortium coursework and all other coursework.

Read MEA course descriptions in the online course catalog

Degree Candidacy

Candidates for the Master of Education in Educational Administration degree must successfully meet the following criteria:

  • Complete all course work as set forth in the student's degree plan
  • Maintain a "B" average in the degree plan
  • Obtain no more than two "C"s within the degree plan, which are offset by "A"s

Ready to Apply?

Take the next step toward earning your master's degree and apply to the Master of Educational Administration program.

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School of Education
Center for Communication and Social Development
1310 W. Pleasant St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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