Master of Education in Education Administration

The Master of Education in Educational Administration prepares students for principal and other leadership roles in elementary, middle, and high schools and leads to School Principal certification by the New Hampshire State Department of Education. Principals manage day-to-day school operations; participate in curriculum development; hire and mentor teachers and staff members; interact with the community, parents, and students; and work to provide a school environment that supports academic success.

Rivier graduates work as administrators in schools and districts across the country and around the world. Working in public and private schools and in rural, urban, and suburban settings—graduates thrive in all these environments.

Program of Study
This 39-credit program includes coursework, field experiences, and an internship. Coursework spans a wide range of subjects—curriculum development, school administration leadership, staff development, educational finance, the law, collaboration, intervention, and more. The program culminates with an internship in a school setting under the supervision of a certified school principal. Click the View Curriculum icon above for prerequisites and required courses.

Courses are offered in 7-week or 14-week terms. There are a total of six 7-week terms per year (two terms in each of the fall, spring, and summer semesters). 14-week terms are offered once per semester in the fall, spring, and summer.

Facilities and Resources

Rivier’s Education Center is one of the finest facilities of its kind in northern New England. The Education Center houses the Cho Educational Resource Center, an extensive K-12 curriculum library with recently published textbooks, educational software, a parenting resource center, a children’s literature collection, videos, and more. The Education Center also includes counseling rooms with one-way observation windows.

Regina Library offers access to reference materials such as journals and online databases to support student research and learning outside the classroom.

This degree program leads to School Principal certification by the New Hampshire State Department of Education (NH DOE) and is based on the standards for certification established by the NH DOE. In addition, the program incorporates the recommendations of the National Association of Secondary School Principals Assessment Center Project and addresses the competencies identified as Standards for School Leaders by Interstate Leaders Licensure Consortium.

Department of Education
Rivier's high-quality, hands-on bachelor's and master's programs prepare students for leadership roles in a global environment. For more information, visit the Department of Education.


M.Ed. in Education Administration graduates can pursue leadership roles* as:

  • School principals
  • School vice/assistant principals
  • Curriculum coordinators
  • Private school headmasters
  • and other related positions