Unleash robust career possibilities by earning your post-master certificate or specialist degree at St. Cloud State University. Our affordable, highly-flexible hybrid program prepares you to inspire and prepare students to succeed in PK-12 schools and districts.
You'll interact with world-class faculty to develop advanced skills in PK-12 school administration. Plus you further refine your skills in the career areas that most interest you. And, you'll grow as a leader.
The flexibility of our program fits your busy lifestyle. Our hybrid approach is designed to use the best of online and campus-based learning for market-ready skills you can apply immediately.
You'll connect and engage with colleagues from all backgrounds to ensure differing viewpoints and robust discussion.
The post-master’s degree provides a path to administrative licensure as a PK-12 school principal, special education director, or superintendent of schools. Students may pursue more than one path at a time.
The specialist degree is recognized throughout the nation and prepares you for new roles with increased responsibilities. You’ll increase your marketability for important administrator positions and be better able to address the challenges school leaders face.
Our faculty are recognized practitioners and published researchers. Students have the unique opportunity to learn from and partner with experienced and respected scholars.
Each class is taught by faculty, not teaching or research assistants.
Enjoy courses on-campus and/or in hybrid (mix online and on-campus) format. Courses are offered weekdays, evenings, and weekends, allowing you to choose the option that fits you best. Summer courses may also be offered in an accelerated one-week format. Courses can be taken in St. Cloud or in Brooklyn Park at North Hennepin Community College.
Follow course lectures, read materials, submit assignments, communicate in discussions, video conference, meet industry experts and converse with professors — all while connecting online or in the classroom. Utilize technology such as D2L Brightspace and Zoom.
During your first course, faculty will review your academic and professional credentials and provide you with a list of courses needed to complete licensure requirements. Faculty provide a syllabus with structured requirements for each course, including assignment deadlines. Students are expected to review course materials, participate in learning activities and complete assignments.
Students varied professional backgrounds provide enriching and engaging discussions in which you learn with and from your peers. Together you will advance your knowledge and improve practices in your field.
Post-masters students will take core coursework, courses in their administrative specialty, and complete a field experience. Students in the specialist program will participate in a thesis.
Without any sacrifice to academic quality, you benefit from amazing value when you choose our program.
*Minnesota resident and reciprocity. Graduate assistants enjoy in-state tuition rates.
|Program||Tuition Per Credit Hour||Student Fees Per Credit||Credits in Program|
|Educational Administration Post-MS/Specialist - On-Campus and Hybrid||*$497.28||**$55.80||60-72|
|Educational Administration Post-MS/Specialist - North Hennepin College Location||*$534.62||$28.40||60-72|
The University and program offer online or on-campus graduate assistantships to attain academically relevant experiences. Students receive a stipend for their work and tuition remission. Students may apply for assistantships through the Career Center.
St. Cloud State offers scholarships gifted by friends and alumni of the University
The Academic and Cultural Sharing Scholarship (ACSS) offers resident tuition rates to international students who meet and maintain eligibility requirements.
We provide you with an overview of financial aid programs and give you guidance in the application process. Submitting the FAFSA application is free. Contact the Financial Aid Office to talk with a staff member about how to pay for school and keep your debt load down.
The Veterans Resource Center will assist active duty service-members and those separated from service with obtaining education benefits.
Check with your Human Resource Office to determine if you are eligible for any type of tuition waiver through your employer. Your contract may cover a tuition waiver or cover your tuition credits under your professional development benefits.
Minnesota State Employee tuition waiver: employees are entitled to enroll in a limited number of courses on an annual basis at some Minnesota State institutions without payment of tuition. See your union contract for specific benefit information or speak with an individual in the Human Resources Department at your institution.
Graduate students, under the direction of a faculty member, have access to research funding in the Office of Sponsored Programs.
The Vera Russell Graduate Student Travel Fund was developed to support the College of Education and Learning Design graduate students presenting at a regional, national, or international professional conference. Funds of up to $2,500 per graduate student are awarded in multiple rounds throughout the academic year. Funding is in the form of reimbursement.
The Huskies Food Pantry provides nutritious options to students experiencing food insecurity in an effort to support learning, health and student retention. All current St. Cloud State students are welcome at Huskies Food Pantry.
St. Cloud State provides a list to community resources, campus resources, academic support and student services to assist students with resources such as child care, clothing, counseling, employment, food, housing, healthcare, legal assistance, transportation, accessibility and so much more.
The Minnesota College Personnel Association LGBTQIA+ Commission provides a resource library with scholarships and grants to local and national non-profit organizations.