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UW Master of Educational Administration Degree Program Ranked Among Nation’s Best

January 11, 2016

The Online Schools Center ranks the University of Wyoming among the nation’s top online Master of Educational Administration degree programs.

UW is included on the center’s list of the nation’s top 20 such programs, based on accreditation, tuition and fee rates, financial aid availability, program/coursework options, degree outcomes and 100 percent online availability. In developing the list, chose not to list the schools in an ordered way but, instead, highlighted the 20 best programs, all of which have unique strengths.

“Ranked 7th in the nation for best value, the University of Wyoming’s Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, K-12, provides students with a wealth of knowledge and experience to form their future careers as educational leaders,” according to the citation. “In the Principal Preparation Program, students participate in supervised internships in applicable local settings.”

“We are proud of our superb faculty and excellent students in this program that is accredited by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council and compatible with the Professional Teaching Standards Board of Wyoming and many surrounding states,” says Professor Mary Alice Bruce, who heads the UW College of Education’s Department of Professional Studies.

Professor Suzanne Young, associate dean of the UW College of Education, says the program leads to a Wyoming principal endorsement. She says it not only serves the state of Wyoming by providing a pipeline for principal preparation, but also serves surrounding states, many of which acknowledge UW’s principal endorsement as meeting their own requirements.

Young says, that in spring 2015, UW graduated seven master’s students and 20 certificate students (students taking most of the master’s courses but not all, since they already have master’s degree). Currently, 44 master’s students are actively earning their principal certificates in educational administration.

The Online Schools Center notes that graduates of the top programs “will affect systematic change within a school system and can guarantee a high level of job security and stability as a principal, vice principal, superintendent and more. Educational administrators generally have superb benefits in their employment and lead very fulfilling careers in PK-12, high school and higher education institutions. Right now, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the job growth of educational administrators at 15 percent for the next six years.”

For course details, requirements, deadlines, scholarship opportunities and other information about the UW program, visit

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