Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Education
Location(s): Online
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Elementary Administration: Online Master of Education Program

Online graduate degree; Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Earn your Master of Education in elementary administration in a convenient, online program designed for working professionals. The online elementary administration graduate program at the University of Mary blends theory and applied leadership opportunities to prepare students to lead in an elementary school setting. Students will both develop their skills as professional elementary teachers and expand their employment opportunities in the field of education as a result of the online program.

In addition to being offered online, the Master of Education in elementary administration is available as a blended program that combines online courses with on-site evening classes at the University of Mary’s main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Elementary Administration Online Program Highlights

At the University of Mary, you can earn your Master of Education in elementary administration online in an accredited master’s program at an affordable, private, Catholic university:

  • Earn your master’s degree in elementary administration online while balancing time at work and home.
  • Easily study, share, and submit work online using our state-of-the-art online learning platform.
  • Work in an online cohort format with a community of peers with whom you can connect academically, professionally, and even socially.
  • Access career and academic counseling services throughout your online program.
  • Complete a capstone project of your choice, which can either be a thesis or a comprehensive professional portfolio.
  • Learn in a curriculum grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values that will enrich your career and your everyday life.


Graduate credit carrying a letter grade of "B" or better earned through LEAD Center may be accepted as elective coursework for this degree. Completion of a Master of Education in elementary administration meets the requirements for the Level I Elementary Principal Credential. If seeking a North Dakota elementary administration credential, an individual must:

  • Hold a valid North Dakota teaching license based on a bachelor's degree with a major (or other appropriate endorsement) in elementary education.
  • Have three years of successful teaching and/or administrative experience in elementary schools.
  • Have a master's degree.

EDU 704 Research Presentation (3)

Portfolio Option:
EDU 705 Portfolio Preparation (2)
EDU 706 Portfolio Presentation (2)

Emphasis Area Requirements (19 credit hours):
EDU 545 School Administration (2)

Prerequisite to other Emphasis Area Courses:
EDU 527 Management Theory and Personnel (3)
EDU 566 School Curriculum K-12 (3)
EDU 570 Differentiated Instruction (3)
EDU 620 Integrating Technology in Education (2)
EDU 632 School Law (2)
EDU 634 School Finance (2)
EDU 692 Internship: Elementary Administration (2)
EDU 531 Ethics in Education and Human Performance (2)
EDU 551 Critique and Design of Research (2)
(It is strongly suggested that EDU 551 be taken prior to EDU 565.)
EDU 565 Statistics (3)
EDU 567 Diversity in Culture and Human Relations (2)
EDU 608 Foundations in Education (2)

Thesis Option:
EDU 700 Research Seminar I (1)
EDU 701 Research Seminar II (1)


Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Individuals holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 overall, or 2.75 during the last two years of the undergraduate degree, or 3.0 in a major field will be admitted to begin graduate study.

Individuals seeking a North Dakota credential or endorsement must hold a bachelor’s degree in education from an accredited institution, have the appropriate North Dakota licensure and years of experience, as well as the required coursework, to be recommended for North Dakota credentialing or endorsement by the University of Mary Department of Education.

In most cases, the requirements listed below must be met prior to admission for graduate study. In addition, a student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to continue in the graduate program in education. To complete the application process, please submit:

  • Completed application (to include goal statement)
  • Current teacher education licensure (unless seeking licensure)
  • Two letters of reference
  • Resume identifying appropriate experience
  • Application/enrollment fee

Graduate credit earned at other institutions may be accepted toward a degree at the University of Mary. Upon approval, up to one-third of the required credits may be transferred as part of the graduate degree.

Dr. Carmelita Lamb, PhD - Chair of Graduate and Distance Education

For information about the graduate education program, please contact Dr. Carmelita Lamb at [email protected] or the University of Mary Admissions Office at (800) 288-MARY.

If you are considering the online Elementary Administration M.Ed. program, you might also be interested in the following online graduate programs at the University of Mary: